The location is more clean, less dusty, quiet, and more secure than the rest of the Delhi due to its proximity to the embassies and residences of the ministers. The worst part is the bad connectivity to the public transport system. The nearest Delhi Metro station, Race Course is about two kilometers from the hostel but really hard to get an auto (tuck-tuck) to reach there.
The location is really advantageous to those who have business in one of the embassies or the government offices nearby. Good enough for tourists who need a place to stay in the night.
Expect the inefficient and ignorant face of Indian bureaucracy here. I had no problem in the check-in or checkout but their attitude was really cold and unwelcoming. I didn't expect otherwise. The service staff was friendly but a bit inefficient at times. I tipped one of the service staff upfront to make sure the room and washroom cleaned, bed was properly made, received clean sheets and towels.
I stayed in a four bed dormitory with attached washroom. The room was spacious and cleaner than any room in a hotel at Paharganj, Delhi. There was adequate heating inside the room. The washrooms (made in the balcony) were really small and a bit claustrophobic. It was really worth the money I spent. The rest depends on the cleanliness and manners of the other three guys sharing the room. The dormitories (on the top floor where I stayed) open to the terrace and were very airy and bright. Probably one of the best dorm available in Delhi.
It is ridiculous that the wifi is limited to the lobby/dining hall.
There is no laundry facility inside the hostel but there is a guy who will collect the cloths and deliver it '(after a couple of days) after cleaning. I didn't got for it because these guys usually wash the cloths in the Yamuna river (water quality on par with the city drainage) or dirty 'dhobi ghat' (washing place). There is a laundry in the fire station adjacent to the hostel (a bit expensive). They wash the cloths on-site in clean water.
The breakfast was really basic (Coffee/tea with two toasted bread slices and an omelet) but one can buy additional breakfast. Lunch and dinner need to be reserved in advance. I found it expensive (200 INR) considering the quality of the food they serve.
It is a good idea to book the dorm/room online. A membership in HI hostel association is advantageous because a YHAI/HI membership (available till 16:00) is mandatory for the stay.
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