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Caravan's has three immaculately clean, nicely decorated rooms with shared hot shower, a relaxing sitting area, a book exchange and good food, all of which conspire to make you want to stay longer than you planned...
A new hotel with a distinct red-tiled front, the name suggests that it gives foreigners what they want - apparently a surfeit of elaborately swagged curtains and faux gilded ceilings...
Fronted in green glass and sat on a busy road, but with rooms far enough back from the traffic to cut down on noise. Rooms are generously sized, with fairly new fixtures and fittings.
For the price, this hotel's reach is slightly beyond its grasp, but rooms are nevertheless comfy and clean. The side street location cuts down on noise while still keeping you near the heart of the action.
There are big doubles here, well-matched to the price. There's also a slightly musty atmosphere, although it doesn't seem to bother the staff or the guests, who usually have the place bursting to capacity in summer...
The simplest of the hotels that accept foreigners, in fact, you get a very warm reception here. Rooms are simple, but good enough for the price (you get a toilet, but cold showers are shared). Down a quiet alley.
The large Zarin Palace has clean, pleasant doubles at the quieter end of the bazaar, one of several similarly appointed and priced hotels within a minutes' walk.
One of many hotels that are uniformly midrange in style, service and rooms, most offering valley views and all aimed squarely at Pakistani holidaymakers.
This simple budget option has a couple of cushion-littered dorms facing onto a courtyard. It's fairly basic (particularly the bathroom) but the friendly management makes up for this, with decent food on request.
An older hotel with a touch of the British hill station about it. Standard rooms are fair, while the suites are almost self-contained bungalows, complete with lounge and balconies over the river...
Set in large grounds, with a main block and some nice huts. A few overlanders have reported being able to camp here, making it a rare budget choice - if you have a tent.
Modern, spacious and comfortable, although destined to be unfavourably compared to the Swat Serena almost opposite. In fact, it's one of the PTDC's better outfits, with the added bonus of a pleasant garden...
A good midrange option, with well-appointed and decent-sized rooms. The decent hotel restaurant makes this a comfortable hotel for the money.
This modern bright hotel has a great location overlooking the river, with each floor opening out onto a wide terrace to catch the views and the breeze. Rooms aren't elaborate but decent and well-sized.
It should be no surprise that this is Swat's plushest hotel, with immaculate modern rooms decorated with hint of Swati tradition...
You get a mixed bag at this hotel. Rooms are generously-sized and of fair quality, but although the staff are friendly they could do with putting the broom about a bit more than they currently do...
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