ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar: The Brand New Luxury Hotel in Amritsar, Punjab

Punjab’s golden city evokes strong emotions. The partition narratives, spiritual sentiments, delectable local cuisine and the enriching history of this land leaves you spellbound on each visit. Due to its proximity with Delhi, I have been to Amritsar numerous times and each time I have come back with new experiences to add to my travel diary. The holy city, popularly known for the Golden Temple, is considered as one of the must visit destinations in India. The charm of chaotic alleyways, buzzing local markets filled with displayed colorful phulkari dupattas, century old Dhabas serving traditional cuisine, and the kind-hearted people of the historic city, makes you appreciate everything that you see and experience there. The raw and rustic feel of the city is captivating. In the fast forward world, you will find stillness and get to see the traditional lifestyle in Amritsar.


Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Statue in Amritsar near golden temple

Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Amritsar is a historical landmark, Amritsar, Punjab

Being one of the popular tourist destinations in India, Amritsar is buzzing with luxury hotels and resorts. The recent addition to the list is the newly opened ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar. A great blend of vintage architecture and high-end luxury, the hotel offers some of the best curated and exclusive experiences to its guests. On my last visit to Amritsar, I had stayed at ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar and I can’t stop raving about it ever since.

Where is ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar?

Just 10 minutes drive away from the airport and hardly 14 km away from the Golden temple, the location of ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar is perfect.

Address: Raja Sansi, Ajnala Road, Amritsar, Punjab

So why should you consider ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar?


Facade of the heritage Welcomhotel Amritsar

Facade of the ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar hotel, Punjab

A colonnade mansion, belonging to the erstwhile Sandhanwalia Haveli, dating back to the early 1900s, is now converted into a luxury hotel by the ITC group of hotels. While restoring the old world charm of the heritage haveli, special attention was paid to retain its cultural significance and traditional look. Retaining the cultural, traditional, and culinary nuances of the old haveli, ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar is the perfect marriage between the heritage and the modern luxury. What could be the most appropriate time to launch this grand property in Amritsar than the Guru Nanak’s Dev ji’s 550th birth anniversary last year? The newly opened 5 Star luxury hotel has been getting prominence among tourists and has become a current favorite luxury accommodation in Amritsar.


The backyard of Welcomehotel Amritsar

The backyard winter garden of Welcomehotel Amritsar where they host tea parties, small get-together, etc

Spread across eight acres, the hotel is centered on the Sandhanwalia Haveli. Standing tall in elegant pastel colours with eye-arresting architecture, the very first look of the ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar is awe-inspiring. The grandeur of the property is something that draws your immediate attention.

Welcome cookies and marigold flowers at the reception desk of Welcomhotel Amritsar

Welcome cookies and marigold flowers at the reception desk of Welcomhotel Amritsar, Punjab

As I stepped out of the car, I was received by the manager of the hotel and the traditional phulkari dupatta and Thandai were presented. I found it a very apt welcome gesture.

Interior of ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar


Welcome corridor of ITC welcomhotel amritsar

Aesthetically designed corridor of ITC welcomhotel Amritsar, Punjab

I really appreciate when heritage hotels go extra miles to give a modern twist to their interior while retaining the traditional charm. As soon as I stepped into the corridor of the hotel, the striking flower patterns on the wall and the geometry pattern on the floor were evident enough to catch my attention. Later I was explained how mindfully the interior was done. The flower patterns on the wall signify the flower motif of the traditional phulkari and the floor tiles designs are similar to what you see at the Golden temple.


Delicate interior of ITC welcomhotel Amritsar

Beautiful golden birds hanging at the reception area of ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar, Punjab

The copper lanterns, marigold-themed flooring, cushion covers made of traditional embroidery of Punjab, Phulkari, speak highly about the minute details they have gone through to create the charm of this beautiful property.The black & white photo frames of the Golden temple in the hallways, stunningly captured during different times, are a reminder of the city which is famously known for this fabulous place of worship.

The old family photos of the Sandhanwalia family are framed on the wall, ITC welcomhotel Amritsar

Old family photos of the Sandhanwalia family on the wall of ITC welcomhotel Amritsar

The lobby area of the haveli still has the fireplace of the royal family which is done in a very tasteful manner. The old family photos of the Sandhanwalia family are framed on the wall.

Rooms & Suites


Standard room of ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Standard Room at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar has 101 guest rooms, including 4 executive suites, 2 junior suites and one presidential suite. The elegantly designed rooms are spacious enough with all the modern amenities one could ask for in a 5 Star luxury hotel. The sitting area, comfortable sofa, study area, comfortable bed in the room and the separate areas for closet are well taken care of. What I liked most about the room is the color palette they have used in the room. The subtle colors with chic designed rooms definitely scale up their aesthetic appeal.

Restaurants & Cafes


WelcomCafe Phulkari at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

WelcomCafe Phulkari at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

The heritage luxury property has four dining options. Two restaurants, one afternoon café and one bar. The WelcomCafe Phulkari is the all day restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open from 6 am to midnight. On the very first day after my arrival, I was presented their signature traditional Thali named ‘WelcomSthalika’ which is an exquisite assortment of the finest preparations of the regional cuisine. It is a must have experience at the café which gives you the taste of our culinary heritage across generations.

WelcomSthalika Thali at Welcom cafe Phulkari of ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

WelcomSthalika Thali at Welcom cafe Phulkari of ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Lassi served at WelcomCafe Phulkari

Lassi served at WelcomCafe Phulkari

Amritsari kulcha is a must have at Lassi served at WelcomCafe Phulkari

Mouth-watering Amritsari kulcha is a must have at WelcomCafe Phulkari

As you take the flight of stairs, you are welcomed into the distinctive, stylish and exclusive bar named Swizzle. I adored the indoor sitting area, decorated with the large chandeliers, pink wall and the large sitting area which looks like an extended bed with those large comfortable cushions.

Stylish and exclusive bar named Swizzle at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Stylish and exclusive bar named Swizzle at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

After a few drinks, we were moved to Kebabs & Kurries for diner. It was one extravagant dinner at ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar. We had an array of Kebabs and a wide range of dishes from all over India. The lavish dinner was something I would not forget for a few years. We were stuffed with lip-smacking food at the restaurant. Kebabs & Kurries is probably the best place to sample the best of Kebabs by the most celebrated chefs in Amritsar.

Kebabs & Kurries at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Kebabs & Kurries at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

You can indulge in afternoon tea time at Dough & Co. It is a lively little café where you can have your light conversations with tea or coffee along with baked goodies, exquisite pastries, cakes, etc.

Dough & Co. at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Dough & Co. at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

K by Kaya Kalp Spa


You can also opt for spa treatments at K by Kaya Kalp. The spa overlooks the swimming pool area. It offers a curated menu of therapies and treatments, a beauty salon and also a gym area for the guests.

K by Kaya Kalp Spa at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Corridor leading to the Spa Area of ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Gym area at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

Gym area at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar also flaunts a large area, serving as the perfect venue for both social & business events, in front of the façade of the heritage haveli. I was told that the King used to hold his court at Barahdari, a designated space in the lawn area of the hotel. The word Barahdari translates to 12 pillars.

Barahdari at ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar

This is called Barahdari where the King used to hold his court earlier

Earlier, the people used to sit around this space to listen to their king. Now, this unique space is beautifully restored and used during various events like wedding, engagement ceremonies, and other corporate events.The hotel also houses a banquet hall, which is equipped to cater big gatherings on various occasions. They also have meeting rooms like Tejas, Kanak & Suvarn, which offer state of the art facilities and can accommodate 8-20 guests.

Reasons to choose ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar


  • Location of this 5 Star heritage property is very convenient for the travelers. Just 14 km away from the Golden temple and hardly 10-minute drive from the airport makes it the preferred choice for frequent travelers.
  • The opportunity to stay in a heritage property with all the modern amenities is another reason why ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar should be on top of your list.
  • The 5 Star property lives up to the celebratory status of food supremacy. ITC is known for delivering the best Indian food in the hospitality industry. You will be overwhelmed by the food platter offered by each restaurant and café at the hotel.
  • The hospitality offered to the guests is of high standard.
  • They have free shuttle service to Harmandir Sahib for the guests. It has fixed timing for departure and arrival.
  • More than anything, just to have“Enriching Experiences”, Welcomhotel Amritsar is the perfect choice in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab.

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  1. MyLine

    First off, the photos look astoundingly surreal and out of this world! It’s like the sceneries were only captured to be viewed on a movie screen! The beautiful art of nature plus great photography equals these masterpieces! Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us even though it’s only through virtual but you made us inspired and motivated to work our asses off to even just visit this place!
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  2. Shreya Saha

    The hotel looks so luxurious and grand. I liked how you have given details of the interior of the room, the hotel, and also about the cafe and its food. I was almost in a sightseeing tour of the ITC Welcomhotel Amritsar through your blog.

  3. Raksha

    Oh wow ITC’s Welcomhotel looks amazing. It truly looks very luxurious and beautiful. I have stayed at other ITC properties not this one. But I do have Amritsar on my list to travel with my family, so I will definitely plan to stay here.

  4. Bolupe

    As a luxury family travel expert, the first impression in a luxury hotel matters. I like that the manager welcomed you in a traditional Phulkari Dupatta clothing and offered Thandai. That’s sets the tone for what the hotel is about.The interiors here are warm and I especially like the reception area with the golden birds. The rooms look spacious too. Definitely a tick from me as a luxury hotel.
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  5. Jay Artale

    Well this hotel hasn’t skimped on the luxury and decor has it! What a wonderful looking place where there’s a real eye for detail. So many instagrammable interior design details that elevate this hotel to a classy place.

  6. Anda

    Wow, Amritsar looks really luxurious! I love the palace-like structure, the open spaces and the modern amenities. Barahdari, the gazebo where the King used to hold his court, seems like the perfect place for a wedding.
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  7. Subhashish Roy

    Wow this is luxury st it’s best. True ITC legacy. I have stayed in many ITC hotels and they all stand out. This property is extremely classy by the looks and the offerings. The little things which make a huge difference. Love the thali, the lassi glass and the kulchas. Amritsar is one of my favorite cities and visited many times on my business trips and visited the Golden temple in the evenings everytime without fail.

  8. Dada

    ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar seems to be like a great luxury hotel! They really manage to make it modern but also keep the tradition feel. How lucky that you got to spend the night here, must be heavenly to return to ITC’s Welcomhotel Amritsar after a long day visiting the Golden temple.

  9. Rhonda Albom

    This hotel looks quite sumptuous and luxurious. I love the large open spaces and decoration. The food sounds extraordinary. The shuttle to the Golden Temple is a nice bonus.


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