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You can be sure of a friendly welcome at Al Faiz; however, since our last visit the rooms have deteriorated, the prices have sky-rocketed and the restaurant has closed.
Next door to the more obvious Ramlina Hotel is the almost grandiose but neglected Al-Zahra. Spacious, adequately clean rooms and a shady veranda provide a lingering colonial air. Hot water is available on request.
One of numerous hotels in the budget category that will charge Rs300 to Rs500 for a room either side of the summer season but will happily treble these prices in summer...
The worn and rather grubby Bolan near the general bus stand offers the cheapest acceptable rooms with hot showers.
A forestry resthouse at Lake Saiful Mulk can be booked at the Conservator of Forests in Abbottabad, or you could even sleep on the porch with a sleeping bag.
The Errum has clean, good-value doubles with hot shower, TV and phone. There's a rooftop patio plus very welcoming hosts. On the downside, the singles have very tiny bathrooms and there are only two rooms with air-con.
One of a number of better-quality lodgings with room tariffs starting at Rs800 for a single room and Rs1000 for a double.
The Hotel Serenity can be found at the back of a shopping arcade - apparently the only large building to remain standing, and displaying some impressive cracks...
Mansehra's best place to stay, with clean though rather solemn rooms and capable management...
One of numerous hotels in the budget category that will charge Rs300 to Rs500for a room either side of the summer season but will happily treble these prices in summer...
The tiny rooms are well kept but resonate with traffic noise. Other options in the vicinity are not interested in foreigners.
Pakistan Youth Hostel Association Hostel is quite isolated unless you're cycling or driving. If you're not, take a Suzuki to Mandian from Id Gah Rd.
This is a poorer cousin of the big bold PCs elsewhere, but it has very comfortable, well-appointed rooms and the high-quality Nadia restaurant (see Eating ). Breakfast and tax are included in the tariff...
The Pineview is a fine chaikhana (teahouse) with a lively location but it's a barely satisfactory hotel. The poky rooms surprisingly boast cable TV. Mind your head as you enter.
One of a number of better-quality lodgings with room tariffs starting at Rs800 for a single room and Rs1000 for a double. To stay here in summer you will need to book well in advance through the PTDC in Islamabad.
By the road, 3km south of town, is a PYHA Hostel, in a state of disrepair.
The Ramlina has grotty singles though the bigger rooms get more care. There's running hot water and a bare-bones restaurant, but its best feature is that it is convenient for onward transport.
The best place to stay in town, the Sarban is between the bazaar and the Cantonment and close to transport options...
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