When I think of a 5 star hotel, my mind is filled with images of indulgence, opulence and plush luxuries. I picture myself being treated as a celebrity of sorts when I check into such a hotel. I arrived at Raddisson Marina in Connaught Place,New Delhi with similar expectations. However the first few moments were anything but of indulgence. The entire area around the hotel is dug up - meaning your cab can not reach the hotel entrance. You need to actaully get off on the main road and drag your luggage over lots of rubble before you see the entrance of this hotel. And once you enter, its not the usually friendly concierge and long desk with an extra large bowl of apples ( I never know if its ok to eat one of these or is it there just for the decoration??) there to greet you - its a band of security guards and a baggage X- ray machine you need to tackle first!! Once you’ve been frisked and your baggage declared safe - that's when you get to actaully enter the lobby - on the first floor.
The lobby is complete with the 3 inch deep carpet, bowl of fruits, lots of funny shaped sofas, over sized abstract paintings on the walls and people dressed in penguin outfits. What really impressed me was that I was taken to my room immediately and was checked in from there. Obviously they were expecting me, because my really large room had a “Welcome Mr Singh” sign on the TV and there was a really nice letter there apologising for the road work and in convince caused on account of that. The room was really luxurious and it seemed such a waste to not share it with someone. The cheese platter was a thoughtful gesture - but it accentuated the absence of a welcoming bottle of wine! The bathroom was nice and big and if you pulled the shades up, you could watch TV while soaking in the tub. The door however was simply frosted glass - a bit intimidating if you’re the prude sort.
Being environmentally conscious they had given the guests an option to not have their 6 towels changed on a daily basis and even though I opted for this green option - my towels would get changed irrespective. The bed was very ‘jumpable’ and I counted 9 pillows on my bed. My room had a huge french window but the view was blocked - again on account of some renovations going on.
The in-room dining menu was extensive and the food was finger-licking good. The staff was extremely courteous and friendly though a bit too so at times - they always seemed to know what was on my mind and kept inquiring about my ‘welfare’.
The hotel is centrally located and made it easy to hop out for a cup of coffee or a shopping rendezvous. The hotel itself boasts 3 restaurants, a coffee shop and a bar. The drinks were good, though you could get the same at a fraction of the price a few blocks down. The food was really really of a high standard and this surprisingly was priced rather conservatively. The prawn curry deserves a special mention.
Upon check out - the hotel was kind enough to have me dropped off at the station ( 800 mtrs) away. Clearing the bill was a breeze and they even gave me a 20% discount on my bar tab.
All in all - it was a great stay for me and I hope to return as I’ve promised Asid (the guy who’d insist that he could get me a cup of coffee from the kitchen ( free!!) instead of me making one out of the packets provided in the room ).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in New Delhi's central business district, the Radisson Delhi Connaught Place is Delhi's first heritage, boutique, city center hotel. Only 150 metres from the Airport Express Line Metro Station and 10 minutes from New Delhi Railway Station, our 5 star hotel is near renowned shopping and attractions. Offering a level of comfort not found at other New Delhi hotels, the Radisson features on-site dining outlets, a Business Centre and a Club Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Hotel New Delhi
- Hotel Marina Delhi
- Marina Hotel Delhi
- Hotel Marina New Delhi