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Guesthouses and B&Bs
The 'resort over the river' has funky cabins right on the riverbank. The cabins are lavishly decorated and almost luxurious but something doesn't seem quite right. The bathrooms are tiny but adequate and the restaurant is above average for Gilgit.
Gilgit Continental Hotel
The rooms here are spacious, cool and clean, and some boast river views. There is a restaurant and occasional rooftop barbecues with entertainment by local musicians in summer...
Gilgit Serena Hotel
Gilgit Serena is the best hotel in town, superbly sited above town and giving views across the valley to Rakaposhi peak. The cosy, plush rooms have TV, phone and balcony views...
Golden Peak Hotel & Restaurant
The ramshackle Golden Peak occupies the garden and old summer house of the mir (traditional ruler) of Nagyr. Unfortunately, the rooms in the old wing are too dark, damp and dingy to offer a historically interesting nap...
Horizon Guest House
This excellent guesthouse with five spick and span rooms is run by trekking guides Abdul Bari Rana and Ty Gordon, who also run Lost Horizon Treks & Tours from here...
This welcoming hotel is agreeably located down by the river in its own compound. The high-ceilinged older-style rooms have been renovated and are great value...
The tidy doubles here are pretty good value and the attached Green Dragon Chinese restaurant does acceptable Chinese dishes.
The unadorned JSR is not the worst budget choice, with basic and bearably grungy rooms and a smile at reception. But that's about as much as can be said for it.
Madina Hotel & Guest House
With the perennially obliging Yaqoob managing it, the Madina remains the international travellers' favourite. Rooms vary but all are kept spotless...
The TV-equipped rooms are downstairs and so are considerably cooler in summer; in addition, some downstairs rooms have double beds. All rooms have a telephone. There's a decent restaurant churning out Pakistani and Chinese meals.
New Tourist Cottage
As well as the cheap rates, one of the best aspects of this place is the tranquil overgrown garden. The rooms here are basic affairs with huge bathrooms with reliable hot water. All are kept clean...
Travellers once gave high marks to the North Inn, but lack of patronage has seen standards slip. The once pleasant garden is a shambles and overall there is a feeling of neglect. Cheaper rooms are available downstairs - make an offer.
These rates make the standard rooms good value but rooms in the old wing can be a bit gloomy so inspect a few. Most rooms have TVs and are well kept...
Ptdc Chinar Inn
The hospitable Chinar Inn has a range of older-style, large, comfy fan-cooled rooms with TVs set in a private and peaceful compound. There's a standard PTDC restaurant, of course, and a basic information and travel desk.
This large 48-room hotel is clearly designed for tour groups and makes for an exceptionally comfortable stay - all the better if you negotiate a discount. There's a pleasant garden for barbecues as well as a multicuisine restaurant and coffee shop...
Top Moon Hotel
The manager will probably be quite surprised if you take one of his shabby, easy-on-the-pocket rooms. All have bathrooms, but the hot water plumbing is unreliable. A desperate choice only.