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Chicago Group of Houseboats
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 April 2012

We booked Chicago Houeboats purely based on the reviews on TA and we were not disappointed.

Houseboat - We were a group of 6 and We had the entire 'Persian Gulf' HB to ourself. It has 3 bed rooms(one being the master and hence very large) with attached bathrooms and dressing rooms.All the rooms had intricate carvings on the walls and ceiling. The furniture was luxurious, made up of walnut wood.Every bed room has a dressing table, lamp, centre table etc. The drawing room boasts of the best furniture and it also had a TV with Airtel DTH subscription.Best part of the HB was a small balcony to sit and gaze at the beautiful Dal lake and all the activities in and around it.
Every bed had electric blankets and enough number of blankets to keep you warm.
Overall the HB was very neat and clean and well maintained.

Location - Chicago group of houseboats are moored on the Golden lake which is pretty scenic. At the front, you can see the snow capped mountains and scores of houseboats.All the houseboats of Chicago group are in a row.

Food - Mohammad bhai was our care-taker who left no stones unturned to ensure that we had a comfortable stay. The food was awesome(there is a cook for all the HBs) and we loved every bit of it. Chicken curry, Mutton Roganjosh, Mutter Paneer everything was delicious.

Ajaz had impeccably planned our entire trip, along with bookings in Gulmarg and Pahalgam hotels. Tariq- our driver was an excellent guide who was with us during our entire trip.

Ajaz bhai - may your tribe grow!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

OMG..I believed Tripadvisor...and believe me it delivered the best...It is amazing as can be read from other reviews....I had special experience...as we used their personal small boat to go into the Lake....I even enjoyed my beers and drink on this boat in the dal lake...however took special care to keep the lake clean...took my ashtray with me learned paddling and what fun...mohammad bhai was great and as was Ajaz, Called Manager but is actually is owner of the boats....there is no no for anything...and I believe safest place on earth...safer than any other city in India...Believe me I go out and talk to lacal people and found out they can do anything to feel u safe...I did not go to Gulmarg or Pahalgam or Sonamarg..only in this HBoat..beer before lunch in sun on the deck.....amazing place....

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

With all the warnings one reads about Houseboats, it's hard to know if you are making the right choice. Take all the worry out of making your choice and go straight to Chicago. You get what you pay for and much more. The location is quiet and the rooms are good. The beds comfortable and the bathroom was OK (they plan to re-do them soon). Value for money it can't be beaten. Mohammad serves super meals and is always offering to make tea (included in the price). There is no "hard selling" regarding tours and there are free shikara transfers to the mainland whenever you want to go. Ajaz is always on hand to solve any problem you may have. I do not normally write reviews but feel that Ajaz and Mohammed did so much to make our visit memorable, I had to write a few words. Thank you to you both.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

I chose to stay in the Chicago houseboat with my wife after going through trip advisor reviews and after the confident words of Mr.Ajaz "come, see and decide". we thought of staying there for just one night but ended up staying for 4 nights. such was the hospitality and warmth of Mr Ajaz and Mr.Khan, the caretaker.we told Ajaz of our preferences and just relaxed. He planned our sightseeing trips so carefully that we had absolutely no problem anywhere. the cab driver was well instructed and he was very accommodative and obliging.the room was clean and very cosy and comfortable shikara service to and from the houseboat was very prompt..The moment we returned to the houseboat, Mr.Khan would be there to light up the chula and see that we had all that we needed. a word must be added about the humanity of Mr.Ajaz. - a well- wisher of his guests, his priority is our safety.he keeps himself informed of the weather and road conditions and plans our trips suitably. conversing with him on common weal is a rewarding experience. his sense of filial duty, moral obligation, etc are quite appreciable. he arranged our air tickets to jammu and was ready to forego his rightful claim on agent commission I would strongly recommend chicago houseboat , with its beautiful location and nice view of the Hariparbath fort and Sankaracharya temple, for comfortable stay in Srinagar.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We visited kashmir in end of february 2012, for 4 nights and five days and stayed in Chicago House Boats in Dal Lake. Mr Ajjaz and the all the boat house members took great care of us and we didn't feel any lack of resources for a single moment too...and last but not the least the cook of house boat really cooks tempting..We had a really good time for all the visits Mr. Ajjiz planned for us..we will surely plan our trip again in delhi summers..Thank you for all the love and concern. All the very best and i strongly recommend every visitor to stay there once.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chicago Group of Houseboats

Address: Gate No 9 | Golden Dal Lake, Srinagar 190 001, India
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Region: India > Jammu and Kashmir > Kashmir > Srinagar District > Srinagar
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 594 Speciality Lodging in Srinagar
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are spacious three-bedroom boats and cozy two-bedrooms; all feature attached bathrooms, electricity and modern plumbing. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Chicago Group Of Houseboats Hotel Srinagar
Chicago Group Of Houseboats Srinagar, Kashmir

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