The Taj Mahal Hotel is the most complete all-around hotel I’ve stayed at in India. The service is top notch (by far the best thing about the hotel), and the amenities are first class. The hotel itself seems to be showing its age as the décor seems out of date (or maybe it’s just not my style). But the hotel is clean and comfortable, which is what one would expect with a hotel of this class.
My experience with the Taj Mahal Hotel started at the airport. I arranged for transport from the Delhi airport to the hotel – I paid much more than the going rate, but it was worth the peace of mind for an English-speaking driver. I was met at the hotel curbside by a front-desk person, who immediately took me to my room to complete my room check-in. She offered me tea or coffee (I chose tea) which was delivered to my room (with a plate of cookies) at no extra charge. My luggage was delivered as well. It was a nice welcoming experience.
The room itself was clean, comfortable and well-lit. Like I said the décor was a bit out of date but it doesn’t damper the in-room experience. The king sized bed was the right “firmness”, there were four king-sized pillows (2 down and 2 foam I think) and the comforter was cozy. The lights and AC were controlled by a bedside console (it controlled the drapes too!). The room was laid out well – the loveseat was situated with a view out the window of downtown Delhi and also provided a view of the TV. The bathroom was large. The showerhead was great – particularly the massage setting on the showerhead – it was very powerful. It took some time for the hot water to warm up, but there was plenty of hot water.
The major drawback was a slight hint of mustiness in the room, which seems common to the 5 different hotels I’ve stayed in. India is a humid country, and the AC (and power to the room in general) is only on when you are in the room. So, combine humidity with no AC and you get mustiness. It wasn’t the bad, but if you have allergies or asthma, it might bother you. Cranking up the AC helps mitigate the mustiness.
I was only in Delhi for 1 day, so the only amenities I took advantage of where the fitness centre and room service. The fitness centre is excellent – plenty of cardiovascular machines like treadmills, ellipticals and bikes. They had free weights (dumbbells and bars) and various weight machines for all body parts.
Overall, the Taj Mahal Hotel is a wonderful hotel with impeccable service. It’s a very comfortable hotel, and meets the expectations commensurate with its class (and price).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taj Mahal Hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in Lutyens’ Delhi, and reflects the heritage of Mughal Delhi. Graceful architecture blends aesthetically with modern facilities. The hotel is a city landmark, centrally located, in close proximity to some key areas of the capital. The 294 rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with the latest in in-room comforts, and all are “rooms with a view” which adds to the guest experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taj Mahal New Delhi
- Taj Palace Delhi
- Hotel Taj Mahal
- The Taj Mahal Hotel
- Taj Palace Hotel Delhi
- Taj Mahal Hotel India
- Taj Hotels New Delhi
- Taj Mahal Hotels
- Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi