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“Worst place I've ever stayed, massive regret”

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YMCA Tourist Hostel
Ranked #238 of 975 Speciality Lodging in New Delhi
Reviewed 13 October 2013

I've travelled India before and the YMCA tourist hostel is THE WORST place I have ever stayed, quite an achievement for my travels.

The rooms were an abomination, mattresses had bed bugs and the bathroom never had hot water despite the website saying they did. Upon complaint, they didn't care and said the manager wasn't in to sort it and wouldn't be until the next day.

My friend went out for dinner one evening and on my return he'd taken the key by mistake, the staff refused to get the spare key as they "weren't authorised" and I couldn't enter the room till my friend was home.

I used the in-house laundry service, and it's the greatest regret I've ever had. Having given them a few t shirts, some shorts, and underwear, I'd specified PLEASE do not mark my clothes in the wash, they said no problem. When they first came back, they came back with stains on and numbered with a sharpie, which showed up on the back of my clothes. Long story short and a few more washed later, they basically bleached my clothes so much some holes were in them, and they tried to say I gave them in that state in the first place. I got £50 out of them in the end, but most definitely my biggest regret ever.

Even if offered £100 a night, I probably would NOT stay at this hostel. Horrible staff, food that made us both ill, and facilities that make the street look tempting.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is my second stay at this New Delhi YMCA. My room is on the fifth floor and is just next to the common bathroom. For rooms with common bath, there seem to be three rooms on each floor sharing a bathroom. One bathroom consists of two WC rooms and one shower room. The room is clean and so is the bathroom. Its furniture and decoration is just the same as the room with bathroom. Wifi only in the lobby area (without password). I used the swimming pool for a few times. It's good but you need to bring your own towel. I paid the breakfast and dinner rate and I think it's better to have dinner somewhere else for this extra 400 Rs. The place is easily reached from IGI airport by taking a bus that goes to Connaught place (fare 75 Rs in September 2013) and get off when the bus turns left from Asoka road to Jai Singh road. The conductor was fairly helpful if you need to ask. Another way to and from the airport is to take the metro to the Shivaji Stadium station. It's 120 Rs and the station is about 8-10 minutes walk to the YMCA. The airline check-in counter at Shivaji Stadium station wasn't open when I was there.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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5  Thank Banlue
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Stayed couple of times in this hotel. This hotel is a basic stay for those who don't expect much in terms of service. They prefer not to be wash the linen regularly so as to save water. The overhead tank ran out of water once early in the morning because of which I almost missed my early morning flight. They provide complementary breakfast even though room rent is low. Besides all this I will still continue to stay in this hotel because of its location and affordability. If you want to use the swimming pool, you may also do so.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank TravelAddictVagabond
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I was surprised to find that such a comfortable and homely stay can be arranged in the heart of Delhi at the most reasonable price. The YMCA Tourist Hostel primarily catering to the needs of youngsters travelling to India is very conveniently located, opposite Jantar Mantar and walking distance to Connaught Place. Major tourist destinations can be covered very easily. The YMCA Tourist Hostel does not operate like a commercial hotel but provides clean and comfortable facilities with basic amenities provided to a business traveller not looking for luxury but convenience.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank AnirbanBasu
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

The hotel lives up to its standards of clean and cheap accommodation. Food is wholesome and plentiful. Breakfast was also good. The rooms are spacious and quiet, although sound-proofing for the corridor is non-existent. Toiletries provided are sparse, room service slow, but still rather good. Discount was offered after enquiry. The tourism desk in the hotel was available after eleven a.m. and unhelpful. Centrally located hotel.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank usk2013
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We visited with a large group of college students. It was our first stay in India, and after traveling the country for 5 weeks after that, I can say that this is one of the nice plays one can stay in India. The staff were always helpful and cheerful, the food was good and the beds were very comfortable. I was just grateful to have a shower and a toilet in the room! :) Please don't expect Western type of luxury, but know that this place is clean, comfortable and friendly. Also, the location is very excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Yuliya R
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

As long as your expectations aren't unrealistically high, the YMCA Tourist Hostel is a perfectly adequate place to stay. Service is good, rooms are clean. Location is handy. Food is unremarkable but edible. Overall, it offers reasonably good value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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4  Thank c_126
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Additional Information about YMCA Tourist Hostel

Address: Jai Singh Rd. | P.B. 612, New Delhi 110001, India
Region: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #238 of 975 Speciality Lodging in New Delhi
Price Range: £31 - £42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — YMCA Tourist Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As you all know, the Indian society is popular for its hearty hospitality. Therefore, we at the Tourist Hostel (New Delhi YMCA) thoroughly believe in the popular Indian saying –“ Atithi Devo Bhava “ which means ‘Guest is God’ ! ... more   less 
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