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Chicago Group of Houseboats

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Gate No 9 Golden Dal Lake, Srinagar 190001 India
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#9 of 707 Specialty lodging in Srinagar
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We have spacious four, three and cozy two bedroom rooms , all with attached bathrooms, electricity and modern plumbing. We additionally provide electronic heating blankets and room heaters during winters. One can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and seclusion from our house boat. We promise you a wonderful stay once you come aboard. We also organize local sight seeing and tour packages for places around Kashmir under proper guidance. You can refer our Instagram page for more pictures. Insta id : chicagohouseboats
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Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Boating
Hiking
Kids stay free
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Car park
Wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Ski rentals
Skiing
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Walking tours
Children's television networks
Car hire
Taxi service
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Ski In / Ski Out
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Laundry service
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Allergy-free room
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Dining area
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Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
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Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
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Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric blanket
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Mountain view
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Urdu
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Nitin289 wrote a review Aug 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates61 contributions56 helpful votes
Let me start from the time we checked in; it was around 4pm and there was some repair n maintenance work being carried out and we had to wait almost 30 minutes before we entered the room. Luckily we got delayed and didn’t arrive around noon. The houseboat keeper just vanished; there was no drinking water in the rooms; Internet not working , no toilet paper and when I finally managed to spot him he just kept assuring that the internet will be fixed soon. The service bells don’t function as we tried many times but nobody came to check. Food was strictly okay. The less I say it’ll be better. The interiors are very beautiful with wood carvings furniture, chandeliers etc but that’s what it is. There’s no natural light/ ventilation/ windows as the house boats are stacked very close to each other. The 1 hour shikara ride is a farce; instead of relaxing and enjoying the ride there were vendors and hawkers trying to sell items. Also the ride was not on the main lake but another golden lake. I had huge expectations with this one night stay in the houseboat but the experience dampened my spirit and was just wasn’t upto the mark. Personal advice to fellow travelers…the houseboat stay can be skipped.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kamal wrote a review Jun 2022
New Delhi, India3 contributions
Chicago Houseboats proved to be a home away from home. The warm hospitality of Khan Chacha and Basharath bhai made our stay comfortable and filled with great memories. The morning coffee and Khawa followed by scrumptious breakfast of our choice. You name it and they would prepare food of your choice from Poha, upma and stuffed paranthas. Then our plan included dinner too so got yummy home cooked food it was such a delight to get the warmth of the lovely dinner. Not one day we felt we were away from home. The owner Mr. Ijaz has really showed us what Hospitality in Kashmir means. It is a place to stay as your base point. And travel everyday for sightseeing as that gives you an opportunity to enjoy shikara rides through floating market every night. And early morning shikara rides are another bonus. The Chicago team is there to help you with all you require even the sight seeing travel. We really were able to have a relaxed and amazing trip. We came back with a promise to visit the place again. Once is not enough. Adding a picture of the view from our deck.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Aditya Prabhu wrote a review Jun 2022
Mumbai, India64 contributions32 helpful votes
Well where do I start from. I am the Third Generation visiting this Iconic House boat CHICAGO. My grand parents, my parents and now me have enjoyed the great hospitality of the Khar Family. Mr.Ajaz Khar is a man who will fill you with warmth and ensure that your stay is as memorable as it can be. The food, the arrangements, the staff are very friendly. The rooms were clean and well maintained. Would definitely return and suggest everyone to do come and enjoy the Legendary "Chicago"
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Marie Doris Felix wrote a review Jun 2022
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Travelling from Leh we arrived sick in Srinagar very late at night. The room we booked on floating boat was not at our taste. Fortunately a Shikara driver took us to CHICAGO another floating boat. As we stepped him we knew it was the good one. Owner and all service team gave us all attention to make us happy. Perfectly clean room and attached bathroom. Room, serviced everyday. Breakfast beyond all expectations: from eggs to poha n upma etc. Just ask and you will get it. Hot thermos of tea or coffee. Dinner is the best in town! No restaurant will serve you so good meal. And above all Mohamad will respect your choice of chilly or not. Excellent food prepared with love. Owner extremely helpful and with a diary full of important contacts which he uses to help his guests. In 5 minutes he could book us a golf in the best golf club. It's a place where you feel safe and secured and loved as you feel at home. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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KDMumbai wrote a review Jun 2022
Mumbai, India285 contributions69 helpful votes
We stayed in Chicago houseboat for a night, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Though houseboat concept is well-known, you have to experience Kashmir houseboat hospitality in a good HB like Chicago. Ours was a 4BR houseboat, one of the bigger ones. We had two rooms, while two other couples were occupying rest. Rooms were not very large, but good size considering it was a houseboat. It had all required amenities for a comfortable stay, including hot water. Food served was good, and HB staff was nice and helpful. We did a two hour Shikara ride in the evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. We came to know afterwards that they also offer Shikara ride as part of the package, but in our case that was not included and we paid Rs.1000 for two hour ride, but it was worth it. The most enjoying part was early morning period the next day. We woke-up at 5.30am for Sun rise, which was simply great. Around 6.15 am, slowly, Dal lake came to life - first came shikaras with a vendor selling flowers, seeds and another with fruits. Then came few handicraft sellers. Good part was that they were not pushy, if you say no, they will go away smiling, I really appreciate that. What is more important here is selection of HB. We were in area called "Golden Pond/lake" which was cleaner and not much smelly. I have read on TA about few reviews where people have complained about smelly surroundings. We will definitely recommend Chicago HB .
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Any room is fine, as neither has any view
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Parshant wrote a review May 2022
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We have been to this place in month of May. I must say that it was one of the best place in Srinagar. We were welcomed by courteous host and helpers, who made our stay memorable. We we mesmerised by host’s simplicity and food was literally delicious, especially rogan josh and chicken curry. If you are looking for best stay with best food and people. This is the place you should book, when you make plan to visit Kashmir. Regards, Parshant
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Aiswarya wrote a review May 2022
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View of the Dal Lake from the houseboat was beautiful. Food was very delicious and rooms were beautifully decorated, clean and well maintained. The staff at the houseboat were very helpful and arranged everything properly.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Praveen G wrote a review May 2022
Hyderabad, India10 contributions1 helpful vote
Every year we plan a vacation to various parts of India. This year we had Kashmir on our cards. In the process reviewed several hotels and found Chicago house boats to be the best for our family stay. Immediately called up the number which is on the website. I could directly get in touch with the owner of the property Ajazji. He was so polite, humble in responding to all my queries. Finally I immediately booked the houseboat for couple of nights in May. Later due to unavoidable circumstances I had to cancel the travel and was upset. I was unsure if I would get my payments back. As you may be aware with airlines and other hotels it is tough as you will not get the full refund. But when I called up Ajazji and explained my situation he said" We are humans and we need to understand each other concerns". Amazing personality, very down to earth. Very unusual to find humans like Ajazji. Thanks so much. I got my full refund (100%) even though my travel my scheduled a week before. May god bless Ajazji and Chicago group of Houseboats. I wish you more success and good health.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Excellent House Boats in Srinagar for Family stay
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S U Dave wrote a review Apr 2022
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We stayed here for 3 nights. It was amazing stay. The view from the houseboat is very beautiful. The owner Mr. Ajazbhai and all the staff are very nice and helpful. I asked to make the bhindi sabji for my kids. And they made it all for 3 days 😀. My kids enjoyed it. The food was very delicious. We had to leave early for our next destination. They packed breakfast for us. We would love to stay here again and will surely come. I will recommend Chicago houseboat to my relatives and friends.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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VINAYAK PATIL wrote a review Apr 2022
Dombivli, India1 contribution
We had visited in Dec 2019 & it was extremely cold as "Chilai Kalan" had started from 21 Dec. Chicago group of houseboats is wonderful with excellent services provided by the owner. Specially Mohammad & Khan chacha. The food was excellent. You name it & they provide the food. Great hospitality. They had provided the Bukhari which had made the room cozy even in severe condition no need of heater. Will definitely recommend to all travellers to stay in the housboat.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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$66 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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chicago group of houseboats hotel srinagar
LOCATION
IndiaJammu and KashmirKashmirSrinagar DistrictSrinagar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago Group of Houseboats
Which popular attractions are close to Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Nearby attractions include Shankaracharya Hill (1.1 km), Darakhshan Holidays (1.1 km), and Chapr Handicraft (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Top room amenities include a desk, a dining area, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking nearby, and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stream Restaurant, Shamyana Restaurant, and Winterfell Cafe.
Does Chicago Group of Houseboats have airport transportation?
Yes, Chicago Group of Houseboats offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chicago Group of Houseboats?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Urdu.
Are there any historical sites close to Chicago Group of Houseboats?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kathi Darwaza (2.8 km) and Parihaspora Pattan (4.4 km).
Does Chicago Group of Houseboats have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.