So you’ve arrived in Delhi, now where do you stay? Indiaphile offers a how to guide for finding a room in the capital of India.
The first thing to know about accommodation in Delhi is that it’s expensive. With the country’s economy still climbing, and the Commonwealth Games imminent, rooms in the capital are heavy on the rupees. Even more of a problem, however, is finding something in that elusive mid range category between 5 star and budget flea-pit. In our experience, Delhi can be one of the hardest cities in the world to find something in this range. If you’re visiting between October and March, it’s especially important to reserve well in advance, too.
The five places below are somewhere to start, but feel free to write to us if you’d like to recommend somewhere. We’d like to hear about your hotel experience in the capital, be they budget, home stays, or luxury hotels.
(1) Ahuja Residency
Right in the centre of Delhi, this is basic guesthouse comes highly-recommended. The 1950s home is located in one of the city’s upmarket residential enclaves, called Golf Links, and is owned and run by a family. It’s very central, and easy walking distance from trendy Khan Market. Mid range.
(2) Hotel Diplomat
A newly refurbished hotel in the middle of Delhi with some stylish art deco themed rooms. It has the restrained feeling of a grand Indian home rather than a place to hobnob with business delegates from Chicago. The white Lutyens-style terraced building is elegant, but the hotel’s three main attractions are its location right in the heart of New Delhi; its room prices, which are more reasonable than the big corporate hotels; and the presence of one of Delhi’s best restaurants Olive on the ground floor. luxury
(3) Tickli Bottom
Owned by Martin and Annie Howard, two British former diplomats, Tickli has a growing reputation amongst the incrowd. It’s a country retreat, an hour from the city but they’ll pick you up from the airport and fill you in on all the gossip en route. The house itself is a neo-Lutyens mansion built around a courtyard, with pleasant rooms. Martin is a passionate organic farmer and children are invited to go and play with the animals once they’ve tired of the swimming pool. Mid Range
(4) Ginger Hotel
Tata’s ingenious centrally located, uber-cheap yet spotless hotel is so popular that’s it’s basically full the entire time. Book well in advance to take advantage of amazing prices, and a simple but great service. Hat’s off to Tata for finally filling this gaping hole in the market. Ginger New Delhi has 108 self sufficient rooms, a Meeting Room, Gymnasium and Self check-in kiosk. All rooms are equipped with amenities such as Mini-fridge, LCD TV, Self-controlled A/c, Tea and Coffee maker and Telephone. - Budget
(5) The Manor, Delhi
Delhi’s first boutique hotel, originally built as a hunting lodge, is called With only twelve rooms, each has a unique interior with Japanese flower arrangements, slate-walls, mosaic floors, backlit onyx panels, Indian hand-knotted carpets and handwoven silks. Continental breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking landscaped gardens. The hotel’s restaurant, which has both Indian and Mediterranean food, is a magnet for Delhi’s glitterati. Luxury