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HOTEL AKAAL RESIDENCY
Ranked #3 of 143 Amritsar B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Apart from the fact that getting to this hotel is tricky business, once you're there, these guys are brilliant. We were a group of 4 and we negotiated everything from pricing to rooms. He was very accomodating. The food that they serve is outstanding.. and above all, the proximity to the Holy shrine is just perfect. its barely takes a 2-3 min walk to get there. The rooms are clean and neat. Overall, a great stay. Must try.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Can't really complain about this place. Mr Singh is a very personable manager and is not trying to sell anything. Food was great, although a little slow to arrive (and the coffee could be better). But these are minor niggles. The room is clean and the bed comfortable. Wifi is in the rooms and is fast. Close to the Golden Temple as everyone says.

Only advice I'd give people that are thinking of coming here. Try to arrange a pick up from the hotel. Taxi drivers say that they can't get to the hotel as roads near the GT are closed to them. That's is BS. They can, but it's a more complicated route and they can't be bothered. They'll drop you about 10 mins walk from the hotel which is quite hard to find when you first arrive.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
2  Thank twocutedogs
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Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

in first line, i have to shout out a big "thank you" to the team and the owner! with their hospitality and kindness they could even try to run a bigger property or at least open up a successful second place (like this)!

1.) when we arrived in amritsar, we were successfully guided very kindly to the hotel by mobile phone, always in touch with the reception desk.

2.) We were offered a tour package upon arrival, which is too pushy in some places. in this case it's only been friendly because we were told what others usually take and so on. it turned out to be very flexible because we had to shift and they changed the tour date without any extra cost to be charged.

3.) Unfortunately one of us got sick pretty bad. They quickly provided us everything needed and even went out to get us some turmeric powder at local shopping rate. diring our stay, the owners highest aim was to make us feel as comfortable as we could due to the fact of sickness. he and his team never gave us the feeling, that they are bothered by anything and were always on our side wih any question.

4.) we had a few complaints which were solved within minutes after telling them. for example the shower head was leaking all around. the same day every rooms showers head was checked and eventually be replaced. One of the issues with our geyser was solved within 10 minutes.

5.) The fact that there are no windows with view is because the hotel is built in a heritage area (3 mins walk from the golden temple) within a busy alley. regarding this fact and the average crowdedness of this and other particular areas in amritsar, you still have a very good sleep and a good feel within the property.

6.) rooms are some of the cleanest ones discovered in whole of india, with good amenities an nothing, really nothing worn down.

7.) the owner himself is present closely everytime and accessible for any kind of question, never saying no to anything. he's keeping his eyes on everything like a real perfectionist (in a lositive way). running a few businesses, to me he turned out to be a proud but decent and good willing man, very friendly and welcoming.

8.) they offer some pretty good food which is elsewhere cheaper sometimes but worth the small extra cost regarding the fact that suffer from it. pretty clean food as it turned out to be.

while this reads itself like an ad from the hotel, it's not! read other of my reviews and be assured that i sometimes give only one dot due to lacking service, bad personel, etc.
it's this teams and rhe owners effort making me wish that everyone travelling to amritsar should discover this place if not staying private!

thank you, akaal :)

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Hi, We stayed in this hotel for two nights .. good thing is that it is very close to Golden Temple, JalianWala Bag and Local Market .. rooms are OK but not that spacious and their tariff is what a 3 star property should ask but its not a 3 star property. They only accept room rent via credit/debit card and rest (travel/food which is outsourced) you need to pay in cash. Hotel staff is courteous but not that cooperative when it comes to clear bill specially when paid in electronic form..They are just bothered about cash..Manager was incapable of generating an original invoice/bill. You can opt for this hotel only if you have no other choice and want to stay near Golden temple.

Room Tip: Dont rely on your creadit card .. have sufficient cash
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank sandy_live
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PSSAmritsar, Owner at HOTEL AKAAL RESIDENCY, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Dear sir
Thank you very much for sparing time to express your views regarding our property.We are sorry we could not live upto your expectations as far as payment to Taxi/Travel was concerned.But try to understand that how it is technically possible to issue invoice for the services which we have not provided to you?We only arranged a Taxi for you travel purpose and were in no way involved in its financial transactions.How could we receive its payment in our credit/debit card transaction.But Sir,you have not mentioned in the review that even then we accepted your payment through card only as you bluntly refused to pay cash .As far as your invoice was concerned we prepared your invoice @1765/ per night for Executive room and you paid in the tune of Rs 6300/(including your Taxi Bill),we have to mend the invoice for 2 days charging even the Taxi in our rent (which is not our prerogative),that was the reason original invoice was couriered you later on.I hope if you visit us next time we will try to provide you best of hospitality services.But at least carry an ATM with you if you need some cash withdrawal.only debit/credit cards are not sometimes sufficient to fulfill your requirements ,not all people are like us who accommodate even your Taxi Bill in Room Rent.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

My parents stayed here for 2 days and they loved their stay..The staff and the room boys were excellent..The rooms are bit small...but still they were quite comfortable and very neat .Food was good...Very friendly atmosphere.. My parents were so impressed they told me to write down a review over here on their behalf..they will recommend this place to anyone..and everyone..Great job!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank priyaanil
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

So here i am traveling back to Delhi after an awesome experience visiting the Golden Temple. The overall experience of this pilgrimage was quadrupled with a very comfortable stay at Akaal Residency. Honestly, I was sceptical initially even though this property has been rated as the No. 1 B&B in Amritsar, and now I am considering myself fortunate that I chose to stay here with my family.

From the moment we reached the Amritsar station, the hospitality of the hotel started with a clean car being sent for our pick up at 11 PM. Later on I got to know that the owner Mr. Sethi was kind enough to send his personal car realizing that I was being accompanied by my 6 month old son and it will be difficult to travel otherwise. The drive is a difficult one as the roads are narrow and crowded; however, the best part is that it is literally only a 2 min walk to the Golden Temple. Trip advisor is full of some hotels that claim to be walking distance or a few kilometers from the temple but its completely untrue though Akaal residency in all fairness is actualy only 2 min walk to the Temple. All other famous Gurudwaras are also in close distances !!!!

The check-in was smoother than most of the 5 star hotels and everything was ready for us when we stepped in. We were greeted by genuinley interested staff who even though were not coming from the best of hotel management backgrounds but still were more aware of the basics than their competitors in other expensive hotels. Once we were in the room, I was pleasantly surprised at witnessing the cleanliness, aesthetics and peacefulness of the rooms. They have a tea coffee maker, snacks basket (complimentary and chargeable both), fridge and hi - speed free WI-Fi. The cost at which this hotel comes at, these facilities are a luxury. As some of you avid travellers would agree, some major names in the market also dont offer these facilities even though they are 3 times the cost. The breakfast is great and you can enjoy the typical Amritsari kulchas ... please do not trust some reviews that say that this property doesnt have a kitchen, well they do, but its a very basic and needs like bread and eggs can easily be met. The rooms have clean linen and are serviced everyday ... bathrooms are very clean and hygienic.

The owners Mr. Sethi and his wife Aman are fantastic human beings and have tastefully done up the place. This is not just a hotel for them but its like their own baby which has been thoughfully nurtured and carefully groomed. Mrs. Sethi is also a fantastic cook and will oblige you with a cooking session if she's not too busy and provided you request nicely :)

The attention that my family got was impeccable and at times it felt like i've been adopted by them -

All famous eateries are close by and you can experience Bharawan da dhaba etc. at close distances through a rickshaw. Jalianwala bagh etc. are at walking distances from the hotel ... the shops outside would cater to all your needs !!!!

Mr. Sethi is also an ayurvedic doctor himself and do spend some time with him to talk about nature therapy etc. and guess what, this advise can come for free, again if you ask nicely !!!!! All in all a fantastic place that offers great value for money and the well deserved attention that customers miss in other hotels. My wishes to the hotel and thumbs up for a great experience !!!!!

Room Tip: Executive rooms are good
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Harjiv R
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The hotel is basically just round the corner from the Golden Temple. But, as it is in the old town, it is very difficult to reach by a taxi - the taxi just dropped us off at the border of the old town and then the hotel had to send (and pay for) a riksha to take us to the hotel... But the hotel was nice, the rooms were clean and the staff very helpful, so we were very happy to extend our stay for another night.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Mahu73
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Address: Chowk Baba Sahib, Amritsar 143001, India
Location: India > Punjab > Amritsar District > Amritsar
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Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 143 B&Bs / Inns in Amritsar
Price Range: $11 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — HOTEL AKAAL RESIDENCY 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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A Decent Hotel near Golden Temple with 3 star facilities.Your Home away from home in the feet of Shri Guru Ramdass ji. ... more   less 
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