Hotel Swiss

Top choice guesthouse in Srinagar

One of India's friendliest family guesthouses, the Swiss isn't showy but offers high-quality hotel rooms with fresh, varnished pine walls at foreigner walk-in prices that are vastly cheaper than their nominal web-advertised rates. It's handy for the lake yet set back far enough to avoid traffic noise in an area that generally stays safe during periods of unrest.

There's free wi-fi in the communal sitting room, where travellers swap notes. Get lots of informed opinions from the tirelessly helpful manager.