I'd highly recommend Houseboat Flora at Nigeen Lake. Firstly if one likes more serene settings then it's better to stay at Nigeen Lake. It is quiet, peaceful but at the same time is within the striking distance of the Dal Lake.
I just spent 6 nights at Houseboat Flora with my family and it's one of the most comfortable stays I had. Mr. Bashir and his cousin Raja makes it a home away from home for you and there hospitality is to be seen to be believed.
Houseboat has 2 bedrooms - quite comfortable, a dining space, a living room and the beautiful verandah overlooking the lake with a nice view of snow clad mountains of Gul Marg at the distance.
Bashir and team prepares the dinner as per your order.
But the biggest gain is their helpful attitude in guiding the guests to the right places of the state and even accompanying them. There is no hidden agenda when they take you to the shopping places. My initial hesitation went away within a day.
Potential travellers can contact this houseboat at firstname.lastname@example.org and even call Mr. Bashir at 9419982425 or 9697330529.