Located just off Dal Lake on Boulevard Road, this is a heritage property set in fruit orchards. We stayed here 4 nights in June and would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Srinagar.
When making the booking, we were told that one didn't have a choice of rooms and we were given the ground floor room at the back of he villa which was just across from the kitchen. While we had no issues with noise/smells from the kitchen (a few reviews mention this) we were really troubled by really loudly creaking floorboards of the room above. I am not sure if this is a problem in all ground floor rooms.
When we reported this to the management, they moved us to the cottage next door for the next 3 nights and also adjusted the tariff lower. We had a lovely stay in the cottage which we had to ourselves. It was a bit of a trek to main villa for dinner since it was raining most nights during our stay. But we welcomed the seclusion from the main villa.
The staff are excellent and food superlative. We had dinner on all the nights at the villa. The menu is set but there is variety and food is served piping hot after you are seated at the table.
The owner was not in residence during our stay and I feel her presence would make a big difference in terms of trouble-shooting as well as providing local information.
The TV and WiFi didn't work in the cottage (probably because they weren't expecting to let it out). WiFi was weak in the main villa too but that I suspect was a problem all over Srinagar.
On the whole, I would definitely recommend staying at Almond Villa to anyone looking for an unusual stay experience. It is not a typical hotel so don't expect room service and other hotel-like amenities!
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- Almond Villa Srinagar, Kashmir