My family and I were lucky to have had the opportunity to stay at the cozy hidden sanctuary, Hotel Dar e Salaam, for our final night in Kashmir.
The booking process was easy and convenient via a quick call to Khurram, one of the owners of the hotel. He was kind, prompt, and extremely welcoming. We had last minute travel plan changes which warranted us to return to Srinagar a day earlier than planned, so we were relieved to have found accommodation at our first choice - Dar e Salaam.
The property is well maintained and most inviting with its manicured lawns and floral bounty. There is ample outdoor seating to read and relax, sip on chai or qawah, listen to music, … nap.
The rooms are spacious and super comfortable. The large bathrooms were a real treat, too. The rooms had air conditioning, kettle with in-suite tea/coffee, and the beds were perfect to rest one’s tired body.
The dining room and food options were great. The waitstaff were pleasant and attentive, making it a wonderful dining experience with kids.
We highly recommend Hotel Dar e Salaam for families and groups as well as individuals seeking privacy. We will definitely stay at Hotel Dar e Salaam when we return to Srinagar and seek to stay in a clean, tranquil, easily accessible hotel.
hi, there are very few places that one gets really attracted to . n this property is one of them . What with it's fab gardens , awesome location next to nigreen lake &. tasty buffets.
Located right next to nigreen lake , this property waa just a bliss and provided us with all the peace and comfort that one expects after hectic travelling .
As u enter , u r greeted with lush and aptly maintained gardens , greens with more flowers than in the Mughal garden 😉. On entering further inside , one is greeted by the peaceful lake(infact we did our shikara ride too from here only ).
Icing on the cake is the manager cum guide cum the most cooperative person in Srinagar, Mr. Hameed. the guy helped us in getting a local sim (he contacted another very helpful Mr .pervez) . also he guided us to where to eat , shop n relax . Also got us our room way b4 the prescribed check in time .
Though room is small but very intricately done interiors with all the modern amenities likes tea maker , fridge , heater ,etc. I loved the wooden interiors , so different from the brick cement ones we get everywhere! .
bathroom is nice too with a separate bathing cubicle .
Their breakfast buffet on both the days of my stay waa exquisite and neatly spread out . Lovely peaceful sitting area , where one can open up the windows n njoy the meals with cool breeze gushing in !
Enough spots for taking pics with your loved ones . we even sat on their garden at 12 in the nite n had a great time .
Cons: Quite far from the main dal lake area .
Not good eating spots around for the vegetarians .
Room service is a slow since 4-5 guys serve both as porters & waiters .
Do enjoy shikara ride till dal lake early morning . contact Farooq thru Mr Hameed .(@1500/ 2 pax).
I fell in love with the place the moment I walked in. The old-world charm mansion, sitting on the banks of the majestic Nigeen lake with beautifully manicured lawns lake looked nothing short of paradise.
Although my friends & I we spent two lovely days here, there’s a lot of scope to provide a better experience.
The construction being old needs to be looked into - the fittings in the washrooms either leaked, or the drain clogged & one of them had a bad stink which never went away. The toiletries like soap & shampoo were never replenished. We had exactly one bottle of body wash & shampoo between the three of us in a room.There were not adequate towels kept handy.
Only one bottle of water per day per person is not sufficient. Good hotels don’t have such inadequate rationing.
One of our rooms was sun-facing and would get very warm. The generator would work only during a certain period during the scheduled power cut. At times, one had to remind the facilities to replenish the fuel in the genset as they were oblivious to the fact that it had not been working for more than 15 min.
The mattresses seem to be very old and sink in the middle. Definitely not good for one’s back. Need to be changed immediately.
Overall, I would say it was a pleasant stay but the value for money didn’t really come though.
Our trip to Kashmir was quite enjoyable mainly due to the amazing stay and experience at Dar-Es-Salam.
This property is all about location, location and location. It’s bang on Nigeen Lake, with an amazing view. The property is very well maintained and has a beautiful garden overseeing the lake. The inside of the property is also very aesthetically done with a lot of heritage artifacts. And makes the stay very royal and cozy at the same time.
The food and the buffet spread is standard and not lavish like a 5 star, which is ok by us as the food was quite good and hygienic restaurant at our service.
Staff is very courteous and very accommodating. They are always checking on your stay and trying to please the customers to ensure that their stay is comfortable.
Compared to other hotels. This one was value for money. Do not expect amenities like pool, games room etc like a 5 star.
Few things they can improve upon -
1. We were made to change 3 rooms in 4 days. I understand that they were completely booked and hence this was done. The staff ensured that the transfer was hassle free. But it would be great if this can be avoided.
2. Showers in the rooms of our 1st 2 days were not great and the rooms were also small. However the rooms inside the main property are great with large sized rooms and bathrooms.
I would gladly recommend this hotel for family stay as it’s worth every penny you spend!
We had a very smooth booking experience with Dar es Salam during which they guided us to plan our entire Kashmir trip well, a highly appreciated feat. The hotel is very cosy and quaint. Our room was spacious, comfortable and clean. The entire hotel including our room was warm, only the attached bathroom didn’t have a heater which made it slightly discomforting in there. Room service was quite prompt. Quality of food was very good and light on the stomach. The only turn off was the breakfast timing which started at 8:30am, considering many will want to start early for sightseeing this timing doesn’t work at all. Otherwise it was a great experience staying at Dar es Salam.