I stayed in Hari Niwas Palace immediately after my wedding. I had not set any expectations, but the semi suite which I was provided was simply superb. The old palace feel of the hotel makes one feel really good. The room was big and the bathroom was even bigger.
Although the noise from a marriage taking place adjacent to the hotel lawns was a slight dampener, we did enjoy very good sleep. The morning was simply superb......the view of the Tawi river from the balcony attached to the room cannot be explained. I could only spend a day there and was in a hurry to leave the next morning, but the experience was so delightful that I would love to go back there. Breakfast was professional and quite unlike a typical Jammu hotel. A brief stroll in the garden filled us (the newly wed couple) with a lot of sunshine and joy. I could have spent the whole day there.....
The only part which was a bit strange was that in spite of having booked in advance and paid the entire tarrif by money transfer, they didn't acknowledge the payment for nearly a month. Also the manager refused to come on the phone and would answer emails. I sent about 4-5 emails before I received a response and a booking confirmation. One should also be careful about the website since there exist two of them. I sent a booking email 6 months in advance and got no response till I realised that the gmail address and website accessible was probably an old (and wrong) one. The right one is www.hariniwaspalace.in
Inspite of initial let down the experience was memorable and I will definitely go there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We take pride in introducing ourselves as a Heritage Hotel previously the royal residence of Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir, is open to facilitate guest occupancy. Surrounded by hills and mountains, rivers and valleys, this region forms an incredible tourist destination. Once a royal residence and now a heritage hotel, this palace provides grand services to its guests. Close to the city center shopping and sightseeing in the nearby tourist spots is convenient. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hari Niwas Palace Jammu, Asia