Hotel Hunza Embassy
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The Hotel Hunza Embassy is located in a very affluent and pleasant leafy area of Islamabad, home of some of the leading Pakistani politicians (President Zadari was living there at the time we stayed). Security is impressive, if a bit concerning, with sand bagged road blocks and heavily armed security guards. The Hunza Embassy Hotel also has a security boom gate with armed guards. More like a guesthouse, this very homely hotel has very friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are basic but adequate, the dining area is simple but very pleasant and the food is good. Our only real problem, and it was not the fault of the hotel, was the never ending power outages which are a sad and unfortunate fact of life throughout Pakistan. We had to travel in the height of summer as the road on our forward journey through the Himalayas of Ladakh is closed for most part of the year. Staff tried their utmost to keep their generators going through the outages but it was almost impossible for the air-conditioning to cool the rooms once it stopped.
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