I chose this hotel because of the following :
1.Price. Compared to most hotels in its class, it is reasonable.
2.Great previous reviews
3.It`s proximity to Major delhi Landmarks.
You have to remember that this is budget accomodation, not the hilton, but what you get for your money is brilliant. The rooms are super clean and airconditioned. Not very big, but then again, if your spending most of the day travelling, then all you need is a comfortable, safe place to end up sleeping.
The bathroom is again spotless. A shower, a toilet, a basin. Basic, yet very clean, with clean towels, and toilitries/toilet paper provided.
The hotel`s most amazing feature, is its location. I`ve read about some of the reviews, where people complained regarding the hotel being in the middle of a dodgy neighbourhood, I cannot agree. It is situated in Old Delhi, so the surroundings are perhaps a big jump from what people from other countries are used to. Old buildings and very narrow streets. But the upside to the location is the fact that a lot of the best things to see in Delhi, are almost at your very door step.
The red fort (which I shall review next) along with the Juma (Friday) mosque, is within walking distance (The fort being about 10 minutes away, and the mosque - to one of its main entrances, about the same). Even walking up and down some of the many market streets that criss cross the length of the area surrounding the hotel, are worth just walking about in.
One of the best things about the area is that there are very few people who will accost you, trying to sell you something, or beg for money etc, something that happens all the time in most other parts where you mix india and tourists.
Regarding the free airport pick up, I had written to them in advance, but sent them the wrong arrival dates, and so there was obviously no one to pick me up. But after a very quick call to the hotel, I sorted out a taxi from the airport, and I was even refunded the taxi amount. There are pre-paid taxi`s available at the airport (you walk up to the man in a booth, he sorts out your payment, gives you a receipt, you walk out to the taxi stand at the airport, and they sort you out) are a cheap and safe option.
I also ended up at the attached travel agent, running about 5 feet from the hotel (ask the reception and they`ll point you in the right direction). The gentleman sorted me out an entire itnierary, with a driver, hotels, the entire package. I know enough about costs in india, to tell you that it was a decent price, and each hotel I went to was clean, comfortable, and safe.
To end, I have a little bit of personal insight. Because I can speak the language, I was listening to a call made by a guest to reception, regarding their tv cable collection. What happened next was, reception, and I guess someone in management, actually spent the next 20 minutes running around, making calls, and really wanting to solve this problem (which wasnt major) as quickly as they could.
They treated both the guest, and his not so clear picture quality, as being something to get very fussed about. In a usual indian hotel setting, of this price range, they would not have bothered.
The next time Im in Delhi, and on that sort of a budget, I`ll stay here, no problems.
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- Also Known As:
- Tara Palace New Delhi
- Tara Palace Hotel Delhi
- Tara Palace Delhi