Holiday Inn Islamabad
Islamabad Hotel: Bad Experience
I stayed in Islamabad Hotel (Formerly Holiday Inn Islamabad) fro 26 days.
The hotel is ideally located and suited me well because of its proximity. The room was spacious and I simply loved it. The food was generally good and moderately priced. The staff was generally courteous and nice. But at times, the phone services (laundry, room service, reception, housekeeping etc.) lacked a certain degree of warmth and passion such as being soft, kind, and courteous. Usually I called the services and seldom I was greeted warmly and with compliments. Most of the times the voices are flat and mostly unaware of who was calling and from which room.
There were some serious problems I faced during my stay:
• I battled continuously and sometimes desperately with room temperature during my stay. The temperature was often warm if not hot. I had no control over thermostat. I complained many times about cooling but nobody cared to take serious notice of it until 3 days before I had to depart when they replaced the motor so at least the fan was blowing better but temperature remained at uncomfortable point and I simply gave up. Like stated before, I called up many times and heard every kind of excuses, apologies, and assurances but it all turned out to be shallow promises. Amazingly and interestingly enough, it started cooling well the last night of my stay but it didn’t matter anymore I guess.
• Another big problem I faced was rental car. The hotel has Avis car rental booth. There was only one time I was able to get the car on time. In my early days, when I called up reception for a car, they’ll transfer my call to Avis and Avis simply didn’t have cars on all occasions but one. Either they would ask me to wait for as long as 45-60 minutes or worse once they simply said that “the car isn’t available”. The hotel also has another car service called Moon Car Rental. Moon was a little better but have limited cars and I couldn’t rely on it either. I cannot comprehend the logic of giving 30-60 minute notice for renting a car in a hotel. I was on a business trip and I would need the ride anytime and it should’ve been available. Most of the times, the trips were unplanned and/or urgent. I remember one occasion when I had to attend the meeting and Avis gave me 10 minutes waiting time but it turned out to be over 40 minutes. Consequently, I had no choice but to ask four people to come to the hotel so we could have a meeting and that’s just one incident. The fact that once they simply said – “We don’t have a car” – should reflect how damaging and inconvenient it was. I asked the Duty Manager whether I’m the hotel’s guest or the Avis’? And if I’m the hotel’s guest then the car should be arranged by the hotel when I need it rather than transferring my calls to Avis. To make the long story short, after several failed car rental experiences I either asking my friends or colleagues for a ride or had to walk out of the hotel and take the street cab. THAT IS RIDICULOUS!
• The food orders, especially at night, was often messed up - in particular on three different occasions - when I had guests for dinner. Since the last meal order cut-off time was 11:15PM (too early for me to dine), I used to request room service to put it in the warmer but when the food would be served late night, the order was generally screwed up.
Oh and by the way, don't be surprised it you are asked to sign an unprinted or hand written bill because whoever prints the bills is out or not available. Have never seen anything like this before!!
• Housekeeping making the room was generally OK but for first several days there were shortage of soap, face towels, and hand towels. Three days before I left, the trash bin in the restroom was removed and nobody cared to put another one. I felt hotel was trying to save pennies by cutting off hygiene supplies. It got a little better when I harshly complained about such insufficient amount of supplies and that alone should be the point of a serious concern.
• The internet facility in the room was although complimentary but of zero value. The signal strength was either too low or no signals at all. The net was crawling slow in the net to the point of total frustration and consequently I cared not to use it much.
• One interesting example is when I called reception at around 1:00AM to give me a wakeup call at 5:00AM but by then I was very sure that it’s not going to happen so I ended up awake all night as I couldn’t afford a chance to miss my appointment with the client and guess what? NO WAKE UP CALLS! There are several other examples when folks in the hotel promised to follow up in “10” minutes but God knows it never materialized.
I’m not too sure if hotel staff really understands the needs of guests and the quality they expect.
I will not exaggerate if I say that I ignored or not cared to brought to hotel management some other issues as I felt it was falling on deaf ear. Like I said, I simply gave up as I felt like a cry baby. And the credit goes to hotel management to make me feel that I’m indeed a cry baby who is never happy. Thanks to the wonderful management of Islamabad Hotel for giving me such a feeling.
I don’t recall If I made so many complaints during my entire life staying at any hotel. I felt everybody at the hotel thought of me as a problem guest whereas my sincere intention was not to humiliate them but rather expecting a service quality hotel like Islamabad Hotel should provide.
Having spending my whole adult life in the services industry, I witnessed clear lacking of either awareness of the importance of services qualities or it may be a simple case of inadequate training as far as the services is concerned.
Regardless of affordable food and generally friendly staff, it is hard to recommend Islamabad Hotel with a confidence for people who believe in services. Staying in Islamabad Hotel proved to be a mission
It is therefore my sincere recommendation not to consider Islamabad Hotel for your stay.
Stayed there nearly a week its location is pretty good its near to most areas with easy access , only problem is their service not quite upto standard and facilities available restaurants only 2 not that great but their rooftop bbq for pakistani food wasnt to bad.
Wouldnt stay there again as it is located too close to Lal Masjid everyfriday seemed to be protest day for the mullahs sodidnt feel to safe plus the area around it is rundown. better off staying at some of teh guest houses located in F6 and F7 sectors
Directions: near lal masjid
Few Kilometers from the Parliment house is the 4* star Holiday Inn Hotel. It has four floors with 121 guest rooms, 10 suites,19 Non-Smoking Rooms & 111 Double-Bedded Rooms. It is located in the heart of business & commercial areas in Islamabad.Three fine restaurants, tempting cocktail lounge, coffee shop.Complimentary Airport Shuttle service is available 24 hours a day. Check in and check out timings are 12 p.m
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Public Transportation Within Walking Distance
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Holiday Inn Hotel
Holiday Inn is an international four star hotel located in the heart of Islamabad just few kilometers away from Parliament House. All main business and commercial centres are located near this hotel. The hotel with 4 floors offer 121 guest rooms and 10 suites.
There are four fine restaurants in the hotel. Laiba Coffee shop offers you snacks & hi-tea. Chinese Corner deals with Chinese specialities. Dewania Sheesha Cafe deals with Arabic specialities. Roof-top Bar-B-Q restaurant gives you opportunity to enjoy traditional Pakistani food in fresh and pollution-free air of Islamabad. Also there is tempting cocktail lounge and pastery shop.
Check in and check out timings are 12 p.m. Complimentary Airport Shuttle service is available 24 hours a day.
Unique Quality: All rooms are air conditioned with radio, alarm clock, cable channels, international direct dial telephone lines, mini bar and in room movies facilities. Bathrobes and bath rooms ameenities are also available. Complimentary shoe shine and news paper every morning are also offered. Health club, swimming pool, business centre, beauty salon, concierge services, gift shop, laundry facilities, rent-a-car, banks, travel agents, safety deposit box and wake up calls services are also provided.
Room rates start from Rs. 7,000 appox ( $120 ) per night to $ Rs. 11,500 appox ( $ 200 ). Just by paying Rs. 3,500 ( $ 60 appox) you can become member of "Club Inn" which is exclusive membership program offered by this hotel. You can get upto 70 % discount on room rates and huge discounts on all other services offered by the hotel.
Holiday Inn Islamabad
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Address: G6 Civic Centre, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan
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