The best low-price, budget hotels in Karachi Saddar and PECHS
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Karachi Saddar (which means centre) was developed as a European Quarter during the British Raj. It was meant to be distinguished from the native neighbourhoods of Mithadar, Kharadar and Jodia Bazaar, which are Karachi’s oldest settlements. Many iconic buildings of Karachi Saddar were established in the colonial area, which are still in use today. Many are known by name such as The Empress Market, St. Andrew’s Church, The Kutchi Memon Masjid, The Governor’s house, and Frere Hall. But countless more colonial era buildings are remain hidden in plain sight as retail shops and subsidized housing.
Saddar was the centre of power of the Sindh Provincial Government between 1936 to 1948. It resumed this role in 1970 and continues to the present. The Provincial Assembly of Sindh, the High Court of Sindh and the Governor’s house Sindh are all located within the boundaries of Saddar
Today, the northern half Saddar is essentially the retail district for all of Karachi. It has some of the city’s oldest markets such as Zainab Market, Bohri Bazaar and the Empress Market where you will find everything from foods to textiles to exotic birds. The Atrium Mall in Zainab Market is an attraction on its own with over 100 designer outlets and a Digital 3D Cineplex (the first in Pakistan) that is extremely popular among Karachiites. Its food-court has more restaurants than any other mall in Karachi.
The southen part of Karach Saddar along I.I. Chundrigar Road is the economic backbone of Pakistan. Here you will find headquarders of most of Pakistan’s largest banks, the Pakistan Stock Exchange and the State Bank of Pakistan.
There are more than a hundred hotels and guesthouses in the Karachi Saddar and Jamshedtown areas. While many of these hotels are just alright and provide no more than just a place to lie down, many others do try actually to go a step further stand out in from the crowd by providing additional amenities and services and these are the types of places we will be discussing in this post.
A majority of Karachi’s most luxurious hotels stand along Shahrah-e-Faisal Road. It is also known as Club Road and Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan Road in Saddar. We will, however, talk of these hotels in a future post.
In this post, we will be looking at hotels in Karachi Saddar as well as in neighbouring Jamshed Town (or PECHS).
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A Map of Hotels in Karachi Saddar and Jamshed Town (PECHS)
Hotel Crown Inn, Karachi Saddar
Hotel Crown Inn Karachi is located in the heart of Saddar Bazaar. It is a 10 minute walk from the Empress Market, Bohri Bazaar and Zainab market. Other attractions nearby the hotel Crown Inn include the High Court of Sindh, the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, The National Museum of Pakistan, The Quaid-e-Azam house and Frere Hall.
While you will find twenty other hotels in the immediate neighbourhood, Hotel Crown Inn is most suitable for families and travellers from abroad.
The Hotel has 80 guestrooms that are beautifully laid out and furnished. Every room is fully air-conditioned and you will find a flat-screen TV, a mini fridge, a work desk, a coffee table and chairs for seating. A hot water kettle is also provided along with complimentary sachets of tea and coffee. Free WiFi is available througout the premises.
The Karachi Crown Inn Hotel has atleast 5 types of rooms that are reservable, which are broadly grouped as Deluxe and Executive. The Deluxe rooms are approximately 215 sq.ft in area, while the Executive rooms have an area of around 250 sq.ft.
You can choose from three different bed configuraitons depending on if you are a solo traveller, a couple, a family or a group. The Deluxe Master and the Executive Master have a single queen size bed. The Deluxe Twin and the Executive Twin have two twin beds. A family or a group may prefer the Deluxe Triple which has three twin beds in one room.
Some of the ensuite washrooms have been upgraded with modern fixtures and glass enclosed shower stalls. The remaining washrooms are satisfactory, but however, in need of an upgrade. They are fitted with a tub and shower, a toilet and a sink fitted into a laminate counter-top. All washrooms are set up with toiletries, towels and slippers for personal use.
All guests at the Hotel Crown Inn are offerred a complimentary breakfast in the morning. The buffet consists of mainly continental items juices and tea. Being in the heart of Saddar, there are numerous eateries around serving local food. A Karachi Broast is located in the front, next to the hotel’s enterance.
There is a gym room equipped with a treadmill, a mulfi-function gym, and free weights. You will also find a club room with a snooker tables.
The hotel offers an airport pickup and drop-off to its guests for a fee. Guests arriving by their own vehicle have access to an underground parking.
For group entertainment, there is a meeting and conference room at the Karachi Hotel Crown Inn that can seat up-to 30 people.
Hotel Mehran, Karachi Saddar
The Hotel Mehran Karachi is exceptional in offering a polished service at budget rates. It is one the largest hotels in Karachi, with 182 guest rooms, 3 restaurants and 8 meeting and conference facilities. It is located on Shahrah-e-Faisal Road at Daudpota Road. Nearby landmarks include the Quaid-E-Azam house, which is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel, the Avari towers, Frere Hall and the Abdul Sattar Edhi International Stadium. The Karachi Cantonment Railway Station is a 5 minute drive from Hotel Mehran.
The Karachi Mehran Hotel has generally retained its 1980s look on the exterior and in the lobby. While the rooms look out of style, they are well maintained. All rooms are beautifully furnished in and each room has its own charm. Every room has a flat-screen tv, a mini-bar, a work-desk and chairs. The air-conditioning is centralized but can be individually controlled in some rooms. A hot water kettle and a bottle of water are provided along with complimentary tea and coffee.
The washrooms are also well maintained and clean but in need of an upgrade. The sink and toilet are very basic, as is the shower stall. Towels and toiletries are provided for personal use.
The hotel has three broad categories of rooms: Deluxe, Executive and Royal. There are three types of rooms under each category: Single (Occupancy), Double and Suite. The Single rooms are furnished with a Queen or King size bed while the double rooms have two twin beds.
The Deluxe single and the double rooms are around 215 sq.ft in area. The Executive single and double rooms have an area of about 250 sq.ft. Families travelling together may be able to request inter-connecting Deluxe rooms.
The Suites have separated living and sleeping areas. While the bedrooms have all the amenities as the standard rooms, the living areas are furnished with sofas, coffee tables, a second flat screen tv and a mini-bar.
The Deluxe and the Executive Suites also have a dining area with a four person dining table and chairs. The Junior Deluxe and the Junior Executive do not have a dining area.
The Mehran Hotel Karachi has two restaurants and a cafe. The Kanwal offers a complementary breakfast of continental and Pakistani buffet to all hotel guests every morning. It also serves a buffet lunch, high tea and dinner of Western, Pakistani and Chinese dishes.
The Killay is a live BBQ that serves Pakistani style meats straight from the grill. It is open for only for dinner.
The Royal Cafe has tea, coffee, cakes, pastries and other sweet treats. It is open 24 hours a day.
If you plan to host meetings and conferences, The Karachi Mehran Hotel has 8 halls which can accomodate between 20 to 170 guests. A banquet hall is also available for large functions and weddings. The hotel offers a full package where it can arrange for a wedding planner, DJ and music, photography, the food and the cake.
Luxury Inn Hotel, Karachi Jamshed Town
The Luxury Inn Hotel is located in PECHS Block 6, just steps from the Chanesar Halt railway crossing. The Sharah-e-Faisal Rd is 400m away. This is a great location if you want to quickly get to Clifton and live near the sights and attractions of Karachi South. The Jinnah International Airport is a 20 minute drive, and the hotel can arrange a pick-up and drop-off if you want.
The Karachi Luxury Inn is a guesthouse establishment with 20 rooms. Each room is fully air-conditioned and is furnished with a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, a large wardrobe, chairs and a workdesk. The furniture is modern, contemporary and comfortable.
The hotel offers 3 types of rooms. The Standard, which has an area of 145 sq.ft, is furnished with a Queen size bed. It to for solo travellers and couples on a short stay. The Deluxe room is larger, with an area on 180 sq.ft. It more comfortable for couples and small families as the space allows for additional seating and a vanity dresser.
The spacious 270 sq.ft Family room comes with a Queen size bed and a Twin bed. With a second Twin bed this room can accomodate up-to 5 guests making it perfect for a family holiday in Karachi.
The washrooms are spacious and very clean. Some of the newly renovated washrooms now have a Jacuzzi tub in place of the shower and the washing area.
The Luxury Inn Karachi Hotel has an on-site kitchen and a dining room where guests are served a complimentary breakfast every morning. There are not many places to eat nearby, however, there are many restaurants located just a short ride at Allama Iqbal Colony as well as near Allama I.I. Qazi Chowk on the other side of Sharah-e-Faisal Road.
Guests can relax outside their rooms by lounging the common area, where they can watch TV or surf on their phones using the hotel’s free wi-fi.
Hotel Excelsior, Karachi Saddar
Hotel Excelsior is located in the heart of the Karachi Zainab Market, just opposite the Atrium Mall on Sarwar Shaheed Rd. The Hotel Al-Harmain Tower is next-door to it. Hotel Excelsior is one of the newest establishments in Saddar, opening its doors in 2019.
As you enter through the front doors, which are manned by an armed guard, you will be greeted by a beautiful, brightly lit and fully marbled foyer and reception area. The wood panel accent should give you a hint of what is to come in the rooms.
The rooms at the Karachi Hotel Excelsior are brand-new with modern furniture and fresh paint. Every room is fully air-conditioned with individual control. Along with the bed, all rooms are furnished with a couch, a coffee table, a luggage rack, a work-desk, chairs and a wardobe. In-room amenities include Wi-fi, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, a hot water kettle, complimentary sachets of tea and coffee and two small bottles of water every morning.
The washrooms are fitted with the latest sink. toilet and shower fixtures. You will find complimentary toiletries and clean towels for personal use.
The Hotel Excelsior Karachi offers two sizes of bookable guestrooms: Deluxe, which are about 225 sq.ft in area, and Executive, which are more spacious with up-to 280 sq.ft of area. For both types of rooms you have a choice a Queen size bed or two Twin beds upon reservation. The amenities and services of the Deluxe and the Executive essentially remain the same, however, the Executive are more comfortable due to the extra space.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant which serves breakfast to all guests in the morning. The food is mostly continental which many international guests have highly approved of. Those expecting a more traditional Pakistani fare have, however, also voiced their displeasure.
The Karachi Hotel Excelsior also offers an airport pick-up and drop-off service. Zainab market is one of the busiest hubs in Karachi for shopping and dining. Traffic can get very heavy during the morning and evening rush hours. Therefore it is best to plan ahead if you need to venture out to the other parts of the city during this time.
Hotel Galaxy, Karachi Jamshed Town
Hotel Galaxy Karachi previously operated as a Days Inn Karachi before being rebranded in January 2020. It has stood on Sharah-e-Faisal Rd at the intersection of Shaheed-e-Millat Rd since 2003. Along with the rebranding, the hotel has been fully renovated and most of its rooms upgraded.
Nearby landmarks to Hotel Galaxy include the Preston University Main Campus, the Burhani Masjid of the Dawoodi Bohras of Karachi and the Pakistan Air Force Museum. Jinnah International Airport is only a 15 minute drive, and the Korangi industrial area is only 6 minutes from the hotel via the Shaheed-e-Millat Rd and the EBM Causeway.
The Karachi Hotel Galaxy has 92 guestrooms that are broadly of three types: Standard Room, Execitive Room and Suite. The decor can be described as eccentric especially in the choice of wallpaper. The furniture, while modern in build and style, is upholstered with fabric having traditional Pakistani patterns.
The Standard rooms are the smallest with approximately 200 sq.ft area including the washroom. They can be booked with an option of either a queen size bed or two twin beds. They are fully air-conditioned and are furnished with a work-desk, chairs, a coffee table, a luggage rack and a closet. In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and a hot-water kettle for tea and coffee.
The Executive rooms are slightly larger and can accommodate an entertainment area, complete with couches surrounding a coffee table and facing the flat-screen TV. These rooms are more comfortable than the Standard rooms due to the extra space to move around.
The rooms branded as Suites at the Hotel Galaxy Karachi are atleast 250 sq.ft in area. The Junior suite is the smallest, followed by the popular Galaxy suite and finally the Family (or VIP) suite, which is the largest. The suites have a dining area for up-to four people.
The suites at the Hotel Galaxy may not necessarily have the sleeping area separated from the rest of the room. however.
The hotel has a fully equipped gym open to all guests. You will find several machines and free-weights to sculpt your body.
All guests at the Karachi Hotel Galaxy are offered a complimentary breakfast of continental and Pakistani buffet. If you wish to dine out but not far from the hotel, there are several restaurants in Bangalore Town on the other side of Sharah-e-Faisal. Here, you will find a selection of Bohri Ismaili restaurants and some run by Balochi Sunnis. You may even find a couple of places in this area serving Masala Dosa.
Hotel Faran, Karachi Jamshed Town
The Hotel Faran is located in PECHS Block 6 on Sharah-e-Faisal Rd. The location is quickly accessible to the southern, northern and eastern parts of Karachi. Across the road, you will find the Karachi Nursery Market, which is now popular for it’s furniture retailers.
The Mazar-e-Quaid, the final resting place of Muhammad Al Jinnah, is less than a 10 minute drive and the iconic Masjid-e-Tooba and the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station are a 15 minute drive from the hotel.
The Karachi Hotel Faran has 75 rooms of which 15 are designated as smoking. All rooms are centrally air-conditioned and have free wi-fi. Every room is furnished with a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, a work desk and comfortable chairs. The decor is done in a 70s revival style. Even the newly renovated rooms on the top two floors have furniture with wood-grain veneer and wallpaper on the walls.
The hotel has two types of rooms: Deluxe and Standard. The Deluxe rooms are at the front side, facing the Sharah-e-Faisal Road. The Standard rooms are smaller than the Deluxe. They face the neighbourhood on the back but are much quieter.
You can choose either type of room with a queen size bed or two twin beds. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. In this case, you may get a better deal and the hotel may just bill you for a 2 bedroom Executive Suite.
The Greenwood Restaurant at the Hotel Faran serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu consists of mainly Pakistani and some Continental dishes. However, there are many more restaurants near the Allama I.I. Qazi Chowk, just a short distance away. You will find here a KFC, a Nandos, a few burger joints and numerous places serving coffee.
Hotel Bilal, Karachi Jamshed Town
Hotel Bilal is located in the commercial market of PECHS Block 2, on Kurta Gali Rd near Hamid Hussain Farooqi Rd. Opposite the hotel is a Qadria Masjid associated with the Dawat-e-Islami movement. The surrounding market trades in clothing and fashion accessories. You will find numerous restaurants serving Pakistani and Western food on Tariq Rd, at just a 3 minute walk from the hotel.
The Karachi Hotel Bilal is a decent place with rooms that are modest and yet, comfortable. The rooms have modern and solid looking furniture that includes the bed(s), a night-stand, a vanity and mirror, a luggage rack, a couple of chairs and a coffee-table.
In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV and free wi-fi. Bottles of drinking water are available for additional charge.
The rooms are about 250 sq.ft in area including the washroom. The washroom has a basic sink and a functioning toilet. There is a shower-head and a tap for washing and bathing but not much else.
Soap and towels may not always be available, however, toiletries may be purchased at the reception desk or at the general store just down the road.
While every room is fitted with a ceiling fan, not all rooms are air-conditioned, however. The air-conditioned rooms are advertised as Deluxe and are usually bookable online.
The non air-conditioned rooms are advertised as Economy.
All guests at the Hotel Bilal are given an in-room breakfast consisting of a limited selection of Pakistani dishes.
Hotel Al-Harmain Tower, Karachi Saddar
Hotel Al-Harmain Tower is a prominent landmark on the corner of Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan Rd. and Sarwar Shaheed Rd. in the centre of Zainab Market. The Atrium Mall is located just across the street, while Hotel Excelsior and Hotel Sky Towers are located on its either side.
- Hotel Al-Harmain Tower in Saddar is different from Harmain Towers which is an apartment complex in Gulistan-e-Johar near the airport
Hotel Al-Harmain Tower is one of the cheapest hotels in Saddar by the square foot and the amenities it offers. Most of its 138 rooms are frequently booked by traveling businessmen, and many are leased out on long term (by frequently returning corporate clients).
The rooms at the Karachi Hotel Al-Harmain Tower are around 200 sq.ft in area, and can be booked with either a single Queen size bed or two twin bed configuration. While many of the rooms have undergone renovation and upgraded to modern standards, the hotel has left the other rooms untouched, claiming to, “take you away into the glory of bygone eras”
The old rooms seem to have not changed since the late 1990s. The furniture has glossy, textured veneer which was popular back then. The windows are hidden behind curtains that look heavy. As a final touch, the TV is a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube), hardly ever found in today’s homes.
The newer rooms thankfully have an updated look with better looking furnishings and a flat-screen TV.
All rooms at the Karachi Al-Harmarn Tower Hotel are air-conditioned and have a mini-fridge, a wardrobe, a night-stand, a luggage rack, a work-table, a coffee-table and chairs.
The washrooms are small but clean, and have a glass-enclosed shower stall.
All guests are offered free breakfast at Al-Harmain Restaurant. It is popular with the locals for its BBQ and other Pakistani dishes.
Hotel Al-Harmain Tower also has a Mosque where Friday prayers are also conducted, therefore adding to its popularity.