The Best Hotels to Book in Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad shines through with its great hotels
Islamabad shines through with its great hotels | © thecolorbox / Getty Images
Culture Trip Travel Team

You might not see the capital city of Pakistan on many lists of the country’s top travel destinations. But there is an array of world-class hotels in Islamabad, close to sights including elegant mosques, a verdant national park and many important museums. These top Islamabad hotels are all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Islamabad Serena Hotel, for urban charm near Rawal Lake


Patio furniture on the lawn at Islamabad Serena Hotel, with trees and flower bushes surrounding the grass area
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Ornately carved wooden furniture, including headboards and mirror frames, fills rooms exuding warmth and character. This luxurious slice of Pakistani hospitality sits on the edge of Islamabad, close to the sports complexes between Rawal Lake and Shakarparian National Park, at the foot of the Margalla Hills. Of the six on-site restaurants, Pakistani cuisine in Dawat or a light snack in the pleasant gardens of Rakaposhi are highlights.

2. Islamabad Marriott Hotel, for refined luxury near Islamabad Zoo


Red and white flowers on a desk and a double bed in a spacious hotel room at Islamabad Marriott Hotel
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Fleur de lis wallpaper, ornate woodwork and Persian-style rugs add to the warmth of the low-lit cream-and-wood palette of rooms at the Marriott. This popular Islamabad hotel packs plenty of facilities under one roof, including a spa, inviting indoor pool and no fewer than eight restaurants, specialising in cuisines including Thai, Japanese, Indonesian and Italian. Trailheads for hikes into the Margalla Hills are a short drive away, although the terraces and gardens will be hard to leave.

3. Ramada by Wyndham Islamabad, for elegant architecture near Ankara Park


Tables set for dining and seats with cushions at the terrace restaurant at Ramada by Wyndham Islamabad
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Some delightful touches of Islamic architecture adorn the exterior of this hotel, including wooden mashrabiya balconies and portal windows. It reflects the effective merging of local and international styles while providing comfortable, relaxing rooms dressed in cream and red, all with soothing lakeside views. The long list of amenities – including a fitness centre with running machines, free weights and an indoor pool – should keep you fit for touring the city sights.

4. Hotel Crown Plaza, for refined relaxation near the Shah Faisal Mosque


Cars parked outside the entrance of the Hotel Crown Plaza, with a glass and cuboid facade
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The small jacuzzi bath and fitness centre offer an outlet for those seeking to unwind or tone up during their stay here – topped off with a relaxing massage. Plush rooms cocoon polished wood furniture and flooring accompanied by rich coloured fabrics, sure to help you sleep well after sampling a wide range of Pakistani and Chinese dishes. But don’t get too busy to admire the lovely views of the Margalla Hills.

5. Hotel City Paradise, for cooling comfort near Lok Virsa Museum


A double bed in a wooden bedframe in a Hotel City Paradise room
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Are you looking for a hotel close to the expressway towards Lahore during your stay in Islamabad? If so, this hotel is perfectly placed in the south of the city, yet still close to sights you’ll get up early to see. Relax after a day pounding the pavements in large, wooden-framed beds. There’s cooling tiled flooring throughout, and ceiling fans in most of the rooms to ward off the midday heat.

6. Hotel de Papáe, for a glamorous entrance near the Pakistan Monument


The glass exterior and the entrance of Hotel de Papáe, with potted trees lining the street
© Hotel de Papáe / Expedia

This gleaming glass cube at the heart of Islamabad’s business district will wow fans of shimmer and shine with its lobby lined with mirrors and marble. Room decor varies – plush red carpets, marble or hardwood floors and fleur de lis wallpaper are common motifs, while pretty, tasselled fabrics add a local, homely feel. The top floor is devoted to Tabaq, the hotel’s grill restaurant, where you can feast on dishes including masala fish and biryani.

7. Hillview Hotel, for cosy comfort near the Margalla Hills


A double bed by two soft chairs in a cream-and-brown Hillview Hotel room
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This whitewashed city centre hotel is a dependable choice, 3km (1.9mi) from the Shah Faisal Mosque and Islamabad Zoo. In the rooms, jazzy floral carpets and carved antique furniture blend with aubergine-hued walls. Families can book interconnecting rooms for a fun-filled stay with space to spread out. Everyone will love the scenic, marble-floored restaurant where you can enjoy the hill view as you eat your breakfast eggs.

8. Hotel Margala, for leafy luxury near the Jinnah Convention Centre


A double bed in a Hotel Margala room with a large headboard and a bedside table holding two small candelabras
© Hotel Margala / Expedia

Named after the Himalayan foothills visible from most points around the Pakistani capital, and surrounded by woodland on the edge of Islamabad Golf Club, is the Hotel Margala. Decor and furnishings are modern, with filigree wallpaper and earthy tones giving the rooms an invitingly classic feel. Internationalism is celebrated through the tastebuds – the restaurant specialises in both regional and Mexican cuisine.

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