I was recently on a road trip in Kashmir and visited Gulmarg for 2 days. In Gulmarg, I stayed at Hotel Affarwat and this is a short summary of how I found this hotel to be, how their services were, and whether or not I will recommend it to anyone.
I do not intend to get into a lengthy time-consuming review so will just mention the good and bad things about the hotel along with a few pictures.
I ended up at this hotel quite by accident. A day before the trip, I was looking for some budget hotels in Gulmarg and the name Hotel Pine View came up. I called the owner of Pine View and it turned out that it was located at Tangmarg, 14 kilometers away from Gulmarg.
When I asked him if he could suggest to me a good hotel in Gulmarg, he mentioned Hotel Affarwat. Not only mentioned but he actually even called them on my behalf and confirmed the booking. And that is how I ended up staying at Affarwat for 2 days of my stay in Gulmarg.
For more details on visiting Gulmarg like how to reach, where to stay, cost, and what to see, please take a look at How to Plan your Trip to Gulmarg. You can also take a look at the following video showing how beautiful Gulmarg looks in the winter season.
Below is a brief overview of how my stay in Hotel Affarwat was.
This is one of the good things I liked about the hotel. It is at a prime location and the view from hotel rooms is just great. Tourist places like Golf Course, Maharani Temple, St. Mary’s Church, and Maharaja Palace are just a small walk away.
There are several other hotels in the same row. This also is a good thing because in case you did not get a booking here, or did not like the room then there are other hotels right next to it where you can check.
The rooms were all very comfortable and very cozy actually. There is very nice wooden work all over the hotel including the rooms which gives it a very classy look. There is an Almirah inside if you want to keep your stuff in.
If you were visiting here in winter, then there is a huge heater as well in the room. The bed was large enough for 2 people and very comfortable. If you are more than 2 people, then you can ask them to put an additional mattress in the room.
The only negative here would be that I felt the rooms could have been a little bigger. I am not saying they were uncomfortably small. The size of the room was decent enough but a little bigger could be a bit better.
Washrooms too were of decent size and clean. Hot running water was available. The toilet seats were English-style.
The staff was very courteous and soft-spoken. All our needs were immediately attended to and with much courtesy.
This could be both negative or positive depending on the person. The hotel is strictly vegetarian only which kind of was a negative for me. Surprisingly though, the majority of the hotels in Gulmarg are vegetarian only.
I and my friends were hoping for some delicious Kashmiri non-vegetarian so we decided to eat outside. There is a restaurant called Malik Hotel at main Gulmarg chowk where we had our food for 2 days and he served good non-veg.
At Hotel Affarwat though, we only ordered a few cups of tea, and was actually good. If you are a strict vegetarian, then staying at Affarwat will work as a positive for you.
They rented us a room for 3 for Rs. 2000 per day. With an additional mattress, this fare went up to Rs. 2,500 but that I believe is standard everywhere.
Gulmarg is an expensive place and there is no hotel here under this price. This is the lowest you can get and during peak tourist season, these charges will go up a bit.
Below are a few pictures of in and out of the hotel.
Hotel Affarwat – Conclusion
My final word was that Hotel Affarwat is a great place to stay. Even if you want to get some non-veg, I will still recommend staying here and eating out at a local dhaba because the food in the hotel will be expensive.
I am certain that the non-veg at small restaurants will taste better. Overall, Hotel Affarwat is a very comfortable, cozy, and hygienic place.
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