We arrived in Dehli @ 1:30AM, extremely wiped out from 24hrs of traveling. I had organized an airport pickup with the hotel and they confirmed someone would be there to meet us. Alas...no one showed up. Ended up getting a maniac driver (yes even by Indian standards), so a bit of a rough start to the trip. Apparently the person who came to pick us up was stuck in traffic, kind of a lame excuse and I suspect a fib. The only positive in this situation - they did reimburse us most of the taxi fare we paid.
Hotel room was nice - everything is new and modern and very clean. IThe free snacks and water were a nice touch. I liked the roof top restaurant and breakfast - insanely noisey up on the roof, but a nice spot none the less.
What I really didn't like was the over priced tour of Delhi with the driver who had his own agenda. He didn't take us where we really wanted to go, we ended up missing the Red Fort as he lied and said you could not actually go inside the buildings, we were also too tired at the point to worry about it. This driver also made a few 'shopping' stops - the usual commision stops. So annoying! We could have hired a way cheaper driver to do the same tour in retrospect. I think the hotel bamboozles the guests who first arrive and are still dazed from travel.I saw this same driver/travel agent herding out the new arrivals every day after our 'tour'.
Another negative: the room was quiet as far a street noise was concerned, but directly below the restaurant. They were cleaning the restaurant until the wee hours which involved banging pots and dragging of chairs on tile. It was very disruptive.
As far as hotels in Delhi in this area, I would say it is one of the better place, just be warned of the inflated travel agent services.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in central Delhi, convenient 2-minute walk from the New Delhi Train Station. Hotel Ciy Star featuring fitness center and a rooftop restaurant, offers complimentary pickup service, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and complimentary private parking is provided. The hotel is only 1 km to the well-known Connaught Place, Jama Masjid and Chawri Bazar Metro Station. The Karol Bagh Market, Red fort and the iconic India Gate are just 2 km away. Fitted with a desk, air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a personal safe, a flat-screen satellite TV and a minibar. En-suite bathrooms offer a hairdryer, shower facilities and free toiletries. Hotel City Star operates a 24-hour front desk that can assist with luggage storage, laundry and ticketing services. Meeting facilities and a tour desk is provided for convenience. Guests can also request for currency exchange and car rental arrangements. ... more less
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