Our goal is the Swiss Hotel recommended in our guidebook and it is an excellent choice. The owner is super friendly, gives us a great rate on a nice room and calls us "genuine travelers". Any overlanders on tighter budgets than us should know he will allow you to camp in their driveway or on their lawn and use the facilities for free.
As far as todays photos: we did not take many because of the frustrating cycling. But we took so many portraits yesterday that I have plenty to add here.
Highly recommend hotel Swiss in Srinagar! Have stayed for 3 nights in June this year with my wife and children, and have felt very welcome and very well looked after!
The hotel is 2 min walk to the amazing lake and 10min walk to the city centre. Many walks in walking distance and a few Kashmiri restaurants to choose from.
The hotel manager is a real friend to all guests and had great conversations and insights into the local society, etc.
Only wish we stayed more :(... But will return!.
Stayed June 2014, travelled with family.
The Swiss is one of the friendliest family guesthouses in India. It’s not showy but has reliably good-value budget accommodation and the new block has hotel-standard rooms at walk-in prices that are significantly discounted for foreigners (online rates are far higher). There’s a peaceful lawn, free fast wi-fi and lots of informed opinion from the tirelessly helpful Sufi-spiritual manager. The area stays calm during curfews.
We couldn't have been more relaxed at this amazing hotel. Family run, and a family atmosphere that everyone could feel. Unlike a lot of hotels in India, there's a downstairs sofa area, which acts as a bit of a place to meet other travellers which is good for if you're travelling solo. The owner, Ruf, was more than happy to take his time giving us his advice whenever we needed it, including directing us to what became out favourite restaurant - Lhasa (definitely worth a visit).
The rooms are chalet-like and have everything you need, including hot water and air conditioning. Just off the famous Dal Lake, you're in a great location to get around and see Srinagar. It's also one of the only places that's cheaper for foreigners rather than locals, as Srinagar was pretty expensive! We couldn't have asked for a better experience and would stay nowhere else if ever returning to Srinagar!