The hotel is not in the centre and not in the business district. But it is only 50 metres from Khan Market Metro station. From here there is fairly fast transport to some of the key areas of Delhi.
The hotel is a wonderful heritage building, built in the 1940s, but in ethos it harkens back to earlier times in the 20th century. It has about 88 rooms. It has a rather grand and old fashioned entrance and reception, with cool marble interior, straight out of the Edwardian era.
Do not expect all mod cons. The rooms are a little dated and quaint. But they are fairly large and I had a room with a wooden floor, which I prefer. No musty smells. My room was on the 3rd floor overlooking the peaceful green lawns in front of the hotel. I had working French windows and a balcony. So you can relax there in the evening over a drink and watch the green parakeets fly over. Simply delightful. I do not know of any other Delhi hotel that has such a magic touch of peace and refreshment.
I had an old fashioned bathroom with an old bath that had seen better days, but it worked well and it felt greatly relaxing in this cool marble-floored room. The bed was comfortable and there were a variety of pillow options. I was surprised, however, that no bathrobe or slippers were provided (finally some slippers appeared late on the second day). Seasonal fruits are provided gratis, you just need to phone for them (I had banana and pineapple).
The gym is very limited. Not up to modern standards.
Room service. Good- The Garlic Steak Diane came with a good sauce, and bread rolls on the side. The veg consisted of mashed potato, broccoli and carrots. Tasty meal. Cost was about £10, and they kindly brought a free delicious dessert, even though I had not ordered one.
Staff service quality is very good. Staff welcome you with a cool drink. Staff are well trained and attentive as would be expected of a Taj group hotel.
At this time of the year I got the room for about £95 per night (including taxes) for room and breakfast. Wifi costs an extra £9 a day. In the high season it can cost almost double that.
If you are not a fitness fanatic, and do not have to be close to your work, this hotel is a little emerald. At the right time of the year it is great value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador, New Delhi is an INTACH listed heritage building, built in 1945 by the colonial architect Walter George in a poetic medley of British and art deco style. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation. Get set to be delighted with small surprises from the moment you enter. ... more less
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