By pure luck I became acquainted with Amarya Villa after befriending a foreign couple on a flight into Indira Gandhi International. Sight unseen they reserved a room in this property which only opened it's doors in October 2010. After my rapid walk-through of the front entrance and lobby, plus their delight with the facilities, I was impressed enough to reserve a room upon my future return to Delhi just 3 weeks later.
The French owners took what they describe as a city mansion, and transformed it into a home-away-from-home. Finding Amarya Villa can prove tricky if arriving after a late night touchdown into the airport. There is no sign nor placards pointing guests in the right direction. It takes good old fashioned street number reading to arrive at the nondescript building just inside the upscale Safdarjung Enclave. Any trepidations immediately vanish upon passing through the white picket fence gate. New arrivals are met with smiles and welcomes by any number of the friendly, well spoken staff.
Crushed rock lines a narrow stone pathway leading past the building on the left, and the continuing white picket fence on the right. Privacy comes easily from this high fence blocking views of the street and surrounding neighbors. At the end of the pathway is a small, efficient office where no request too big or small is handled with the simplest asking. Adjacently located through French doors is a beautifully decorated lobby dripping in traditional vibrant Indian colors. This large space conveys a warm feeling with large glass doors on either end, a luxurious glass chandelier in multi-colored hues, and simple, elegant furnishings which exude meticulous thought and caring into their existence.
Access to guest rooms comes via a winding staircase quietly positioned in the corner. Upstairs, the ambiance turns into a homogeneous stark white cocoon broken up with scattered doors here and there. Unlock any door to discover well appointed rooms so neat and clean they can honestly be called spotless. Color once again enters the environment by way of whimsical bedding, wall designs, paint choices and unique lighting fixtures. Tourists will enjoy the modern bathroom complete with dark marble, bulky porcelain sinks, chrome fixtures and the open glass showers.
Downstairs houses a spacious yet intimate dining area tastefully decorated in a way to let the food provide the visual stimulation. Breakfast is included in the room rate and may be enjoyed here or in the guest rooms. Simple lunch choices are available although a bit on the high end compared to local cafes. Dinner is chef's choice, prepared on-site in the sleek stainless steel outfitted kitchen adjacent the dining room. This area too, is so neat and clean that guests are welcome to pop their heads in for a peek. No Delhi belly here.
The vibrant city of New Delhi, in the northern reaches of India, offers so many wonderful hotel and guest house options that picking one is nearly impossible. Amarya Villa, with years of experience from two sister properties, perfectly executes the Indian guest house experience. A terrific staff, sumptuous rooms, relaxing common areas and understated privacy tucked away in a walking friendly area of this booming city make this new property the only choice from New Delhi tourists.
Cost: Rs 6000 for a deluxe room. Included taxes, breakfast and unlimited WiFi throughout the property.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amarya Villa opened its doors in October 2010 in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave, eloquently transforming a city mansion into an idyllic home-away-from-home in the very heart of the bustling capital. The property comprises two 3-storey villas that are replete with large bay windows, a sunlit atrium and several private verandas. A cheerful mélange of contemporary chic and cosy comfort, the Villa follows in Amarya charm, tastefully blending Indian ethnic motifs with a funky modern touch.The guesthouse offers 9 spacious, sunny and stylish guestrooms that have been themed on the ‘Navratna’, India’s 9 auspicious gemstones; each stone resplendent in its unique lustre and astrological resonance, which when combined is believed to yield a profound mystical energy. The masterful chefs craft meals for each individual palate. Guests may enjoy candlelight dinners in the enchanting starlit terrace or indulge in aperitifs in the sumptuous chandeliered lounge. Meanwhile, the bustling city with its myriad sights awaits, just outside the tranquil walls.Our chefs offer home-cooked meals that are as delightful as our home itself and available any time of the day. Guests may order as they desire, from Pan-Asian to Continental fare. Our caring personal service is what sets the us apart, and our dedicated team is always on hand to service any request and ensure every guest feel right at home.Amarya Villa, is a jewel in the heart of the city, in a graceful setting of service, serenity and style.A charming blend of cozy, comfort and chic, along with caring personal service, at Amarya Villa we assure to all our guests a truly memorable experience, just welcoming them home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amarya Villa Hotel New Delhi