Comrade INN is a plush boutique hotel in Rajbagh area, which is centrally located and close to the major tourist attractions, including the Dal Lake, and marketplaces in Srinagar. The décor seamlessly blends minimalist design elements and functionality with traditional Kashmiri accents like an intricately-carved wood khatambandh ceiling and walnut wood furniture.
Comfort is the keyword at Comrade Inn. The hotel takes in 40 tastefully decorated rooms that are sure to appeal to travellers from all over the globe. The rooms are equipped with every conceivable amenity, from a king-sized bed, your own seating area, a LCD television with satellite connection, a lighted vanity mirror, a fully-stocked minibar to a spotless bathroom with luxurious Kohler fittings and premium bathcare products.
Our restaurant serves up sumptuous Indian, Continental and Kashmiri cuisine, and offers a special vegetarian menu to cater to all kinds of palates. We also have a dine-in-room option with round-the-clock kitchen services. Housekeeping attention twice daily and smiling, willing staff ready at hand to attend of your every need will make you feel taken care of like you are in your own home.
Comrade INN was conceived as a dream in the mind a young, school-going Sajid Farooq Shah many years ago and later took the shape of a hotel that blends the traditional with the modern at all levels. This is visible from the moment one walks into Comrade INN. An arresting woodwork khatambandh ceiling offsets the minimalist, contemporary decor in warm hues of brown — from beige and amber to mahogany and coffee. At another level, it is reflected in the interplay of the warm hospitality that forms the basis of Kashmiriyat and Sajid’s desire to offer world-class services, at par with Western standards.
Sajid, a well-heeled traveller with an eye for detail, has designed the interiors of Comrade INN himself, drawing from his experiences at some of the finest hotels in India and abroad. A hands-on person, Sajid is given to donning many hats. He often slips out of his managing director’s role to personally handle reservations at the reception or to run a quick check on what’s cooking in the kitchen. His warm and affable personality often sees him interacting with guests, guiding them to the best souvenir shops or telling them where they can feast on the most succulent kebabs in town.
The word ‘comrade’, from which the hotel derives its name, is synonymous with the Shah family, which is looked upon with great respect in Kashmir. Sajid’s grandfather, Ghulam Mohmad Shah, was given this title by a senior Army officer during a train journey in the early 1940’s. The officer, impressed by Ghulam Mohmad’s oratory skills and mellifluous voice, gave him the epithet ‘Comrade’, which is what armymen in that regiment called each other. Since then, the name stuck to him and he eventually registered his shoe trade in the name of ‘Comrade Boothouse’ in 1946. Ghulam Mohmad’s son and Sajid’s father, Farooq Ahmed Shah, went on to expand and strengthen the Comrade brand and took it to greater heights than ever before. It was under Farooq’s able leadership that the Comrade group etched a bond of trust with Kashmir. Today, Sajid has taken on the weight of this more than 70-year-old legacy very ably on his young shoulders.