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Fairfield by Marriott, Amritsar- Pool area

A boutique hotel in the heart of the city of chaos, as I like to call it. Fairfield by Marriott is their chain of reasonably priced, economy hotels, and for this one I can say- a value for money experience. Before the “economy” puts you off, let me clarify that this hotel is unlike most low-cost chains started by big hotel companies that offer sub-standard stays in the name of “budget”stays. The rooms are spacious, the lobby is clean and besides the fact that the hotel is smaller, there’s nothing that doesn’t warrant the Marriott name. The quality of its rooms and food is on par with everything one would expect from a chain run by Marriott.

Fairfield is a 10-minute auto ride away from the Golden Temple (a blessing, if you ask me), and yet somehow manages to be an oasis of calm in the middle of the mayhem that is Amritsar. They have a pool and seating area, bar and dining lounge. The only thing that reads “economy” here are the small bathrooms and limited rooms; nothing one can’t live without.

Their staff is enthusiastic about helping out wherever possible, frequently going out of their way to offer their assistance. They’re prompt, efficient and thoughtful- right from the concierge to the room service. I visited on a busy weekend and I wasn’t a bit inconvenienced from the volume of guests they were hosting.

For the food, I can’t recommend this place enough. Given that food is more a hobby than mere sustenance in our family, ardent foodies that we are, we tasted pretty much everything on their local food menu. Though its limited in its local fare options, the food is amazing. Chef Harpal does justice to every item on the menu; I find myself saying, for the first time, that you should stay at this hotel for the food they’re going to serve you. (I ordered room service both times and it blew my mind!)

Recommended: Chicken Biryani, Dhaba Aloo Ghost, Mutton Biryani, Butter Chicken

The breakfast spread is extensive, with fresh waffles and pancakes, sausages and grills coupled with Indian breakfast items and fresh juices. They’re strict about their breakfast timings though.

As far as value for money goes, this hotel is it. If you’re in Amritsar for a short stay to visit the golden temple or you’re merely passing through- consider staying at Fairfield. It lives up to the standards one would expect from Marriott, without charging exorbitant rates.

Nikita Butalia is a solo 20-something traveler who documents her experiences around India and the rest of the world in witty narratives and travel tales that are best read curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a winter evening.

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