As a tourist, one of the most haunting items on your travel checklist can be accommodation. And finding that sweet spot between comfort, pricing and accessibility can be one hell of a challenge! While some people still limit Lahore’s experience to old and rustic architecture, tasty yet hygienically questionable street food and a non-glamorous lifestyle, it is true that the city has come a long way from its simplistic attractions. Today, it is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in Lahore, offering world-class amenities and a wide range of cuisines. Here’s a handful that you must stay in, next time you visit Lahore:
Located on one of the busiest avenues of Lahore, the Shahrah-e-Quaid e Azam, is a song of white and glass, an epitome of extravagance and one of the top searches for ‘hotels in Lahore.’ Pearl Continental Hotel is a luxury, 5-star hotel that is strategically situated only 7 km from the Lahore Fort and 4 km from the Lahore Cantonment train station. Talking about the hotel amenities, the list is long and indulgent. We are talking about 607 fully equipped and lavishly adorned rooms, an indoor pool and gym, a spa and salon and not to forget, 8 different restaurants, each offering a different cuisine, ranging from continental to traditional Italian, simplistic Japanese and authentic Pakistani food. Whether you are staying for leisure or business, Pearl Continental Hotel is an ideal choice.
From Nedous Hotel in 1906 to Avari Hotel in the late 1970s, the undying legacy of this 5-star establishment has hosted an insurmountable number of international delegates, local government officials and tourists over the years. Nestled in the heart of The Mall Road, the Avari Hotel gives easy access to famous tourist attractions like the Lahore Museum, Lahore Zoo and Minar-e-Pakistan. To guarantee an excellent stay, the hotel has many notable amenities including a salon and spa, a fitness center, a salon & spa, outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool and 4 different restaurants. One of its most unique features is the ‘Lady Avari Room’ which is designed specifically for female solo travelers. At Avari, safety and luxury go hand in hand!
If food tops your traveler’s bucket list then there is no better accommodation for you, than the Grand Ittehad Boutique Hotel. Whether you are cutting through the finest beef steak at the Oak & Suede, savoring the rich, tasteful aesthetics of The Den or capping the night off with your favorite ice-cream at Movenpick, the dining opportunities at the Grand Ittehad are endless. Not to forget that it is located on the Mehmud Kasoori Road, right next to M.M.Alam Road- the real foodies’ heaven!
From the first step that you take onto this establishment to the time you checkout, the Ambiance Hotel engulfs you in an aura of carefully crafted creativity and complex aesthetics. The stunning artwork and unique decorative items that are spread throughout the premises allow your creativity to run wild. The hotel has 24 different rooms, each possessing their own creative personality and the famous Café Ambience where you can have delicious food in the midst of some truly inspired artistic masterpieces. Ambience Hotel is hands-down one of its kind in Lahore and we highly recommend it!
Looking to make a quick but bougie pit stop right after a long, exhausting flight? The Royal Swiss Hotel is the perfect address for you! Located close to the Allama Iqbal International Airport, the Royal Swiss Hotel boasts a contemporary architecture, a lavishly decorated interior and a vast catalog of 302 rooms and suites. It also has a handful of culinary venues, offering Pakistani, Chinese and even Mediterranean delicacies. But you know what we love the most about the Royal Swiss? The one-of-its-kind MOODS Cigar Lounge. Lounging in plush arm chairs, relishing in the warmth of Cuban cigars, a late-night drink and wood is an experience you will never forget.
A gem from the crown of Arizona, with an impressive presence in 64 different countries, Ramada opened its doors to the people of Lahore in 2019 and since then has been a favorite amongst both local and international visitors. Its Moroccan-inspired architecture makes Ramada an iconic building. However, what really pulls the masses in are the lavishly furnished rooms (a total of 133), and the Meraki Health Club which has a gym, a spa, a salon and a swimming pool. Ramada also offers a myriad of cuisines including Moroccan, Italian, Chinese, and Pakistani at its two dining venues, Café Red and Tajine.
If you are driving from the M.M. Alam Road onto the Noor Jehan Road, then this striking, 22-floor architectural masterpiece is hard to miss. Being strategically positioned in the heart of Gulberg, the Indigo Heights Hotel gives its visitors, easy access to some of the best eateries, shopping areas, and cinemas in Lahore. Indigo Heights has become wildly popular due to its highest rooftop restaurant in Lahore, called the Skye. You can treat your taste-buds to some mouth-watering BBQ while overlooking the scenic beauty of the city.
The palatial architecture, the subtle Arabic nuances in the interior and top-notch hospitality, together make the Bahria Grand Hotel a class apart. While this 4-star deluxe hotel only has 28 rooms and suites, each one of them exuberates excellence in luxury and comfort. It offers 4 different dining options; Pakistani, Continental and Oriental cuisines at the Gold Palm Restaurant, fine dining with a view at Café Grand’s outdoor patio and the aromatic flavor of Brazilian coffee at The Panini Café. To amp up your experience the hotel also features a lush green mini golf, a children’s playground, and Pakistan’s first 7-star banquet, The Taj Ballroom.
Whether it’s the cigar lounge at Royal Swiss, the juicy steaks imported from New Zealand at Oak & Suede or the female-friendly amenities of Avari, if any of the above hotels have triggered the traveler in you, then its time you booked a room ASAP!