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Grand Hotel
Ranked #49 of 114 Hotels in Amritsar
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Don't stay here. I have pretty modest expectations when I'm traveling, especially when traveling on the cheap in India. I don't mind a little dirt or general unkemptness.

The room I received at the Grand Hotel took me to a very dark place. The room was generally decrepit and musty, with cracked walls and an old smell. But like I said, I can live with that. Things got worse when I found the enormous mold culture growing in the toilet. And then things became intolerable when I discovered FLEAS all over the bed.

On top of that, the place had no heat so was quite cold on the rainy winter Punjabi night I stayed there.

Needless to say, I left after one night. On the plus side, the front desk staff is very friendly.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We were willing to give this place a go despite the worrying reviews and it was clear that either they had heard the last review and listened or it was a very bad day when the previous people went.

We went last night and although there were only a few people in the places the service was very fast and efficient. We had some vegetable pakoras, followed chicken tikka and a tikka marsala with nan bread. The food was good and the service was excellent. We also had some Indian wine with the meal that was also good. So the food was very good and the total costs was about 1400 Rupees.

The atmosphere was subdued ( there were only two other people in the place) but it was certainly a pleasant place to hang out without hassle.

Well done for listening to the last reviewers

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Brian had actually preselected this hotel from Make My Trip. I was yet to sync in to Indian travelling mode. Close to the railway; literally walk out, cross the split in the road and turn right. No need for a cycle or auto rickshaw, but you still need to run the gauntlet of the touts. Our room was functional if a bit dark, and the bathroom was just okay. Water, water everywhere in these wet rooms. It’s the Indian way. I learned to ask for an extra towel, straight away, to satisfy my need for a bathmat ... and in the interests of safety on the ever wet and slippery floors. The hotel is in the hubbub but really quiet inside plus less dusty. Built around a central courtyard with the outside restaurant at one end. Ask for a ground floor room and enjoy. The Grand was probably once very grand and for a first stop it was introduction to budget hotels and hotel restaurant food and service in India. The staff were genuinely supportive and helpful in booking the major Amritsar sights ... Next stop Himgirri, Naddi/Macleodganj

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms open onto a green clean courtyard.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

We arrived from the train late at night and it was an easy 5 minutes walk, a bit less on the return in the daylight when we knew the direct route. Amritsar old town is very busy but this hotel is out of the hubbub and quieter. The room was clean and spacious (we were upgraded, no idea why) and the restaurant food was good and not expensive. We didn't find anywhere else nearby in the evening to eat. The tour to the Border Ceremony was well organized and we had a comfortable car for just 3 of us. An auto up to the Golden Temple was 80 rupees or so and there was always one or more outside. We had a late evening train departure and wanted to keep the room but had to pay a full night cost - this may be normal in India, we're not sure, just be aware. Staff friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank dd338
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

There were some newspaper articles on the wall about the history of the hotel. Unfortunately it seems to have turned a little bit shabby since its glory days but was still acceptable for a couple of nights. The restaurant was a little pricey but the food was quite good. Apparently the bar was the first bar to open in Amritsar, but there didn't seem to be much action there. Hot water took a while to heat up, but did seem to work. The trip to Mata Temple, Wagah Border and Golden Temple was worthwhile and not bad value at 600 rupees each. Convenient location for the station - no need to take any transport (despite what the auto rickshaw drivers will tell you), just walk straight over the footbridge.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Grand Hotel is a very good option for a medium price range...the neighbourhood is noisy and busy…but inside this hotel is an small Oasis…, good food, nice and friendly personnel…We really enjoyed our staying here in Amritsar Grand Hotel…
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Nebenka and Alonso (Nov-13)

Room Tip: Second floor rooms a good option...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alonso C
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

A nice place to stay close to the station. The staff are friendly and my room was spacious, was upgraded for free when I arrived as there had been some sort of mix up, I wasn't complaining. The food is ok, the restaurant/garden is set back enough from the road for it to be nice and peaceful. The tour they do is more of a ride and a point in the right direction. It goes to a trippy hindu temple, Pakistan border closing, and then the golden temple in the evening. as it it recommended by the LP it's a good for meeting fellow travellers.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel

Address: Queen's Road | Opp. Railway Station, Amritsar 143001, India
Location: India > Punjab > Amritsar District > Amritsar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 114 Hotels in Amritsar
Price Range: $14 - $28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Grand Hotel 2*
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