This is precisely the kind of place I like to stay (and unfortunately there are not enough of them around). Spotlessly clean rooms, adorned with furniture elegant local designs. The rooms are well sized for Delhi and contain a safe, a spotless bathroom and a balcony (I believe that some rooms even have extra facilities).
Although it is not a business hotel, and feels like a graceful boutique hotel without any of the corporate coldness, it does most of the things that large hotels try to do better than they do. A welcome drink on arrival with a lay of flowers, a welcome letter on the bed, a good restaurant with an excellent tandoori oven and complimentary biscuits and water in the room.
The place has a wonderful feel. It is cultural without being kitsch. It is spotlessly clean (seriously, it is probably the cleanest place I have been to in all of India) without being cold or harsh.
The hotel has a free laptop and free wi-fi. It also has an entertainment section, a library and a massage area. The only observation I would make is that my room did not have a TV within them (they may be in the luxury rooms). Although this is not an issue, as there is a TV room in the building, and it is obviously done to preserve the grace of the room, it seemed a little strange. Considering the clear expense spent to fit the place out, and the excellent fixtures and fittings in the rooms, it seems that TVs would be a very limited expense. However, I would not let this deter anyone from staying here.
It is not located near many of Delhi's traditional tourist locations. However, it is located closer to the airports than a number of places that people often stay in Delhi. It would be ideal for a transit overnight. Also, the staff are very honest and will arrange a car for a proper price. Many hotels I have tried to book cars in will charge twice to three times as much as it would cost in a travel agent. However, this hotel (again a first in India) offered to arrange transport at a fair price.
Which leads me to the final observation about this hotel; the staff and the people running the hotel. They seem very friendly, welcoming, very competent and happy with their work. It was a very warm feeling being around them and they were professional enough to allow their guests space and privacy as would be expected in a hotel of this caliber.
This is the kind of hotel, one that I have too rarely found around the world, that I could think of setting myself up in residence in, for an extended sabbatical. In this price range, I cannot think of a better hotel in Delhi. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking to stay in New Delhi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 17 exclusively designed rooms & suites, Shanti Home in New Delhi is perhaps the only choice for the discerning traveler looking for more than just a room. Shanti Home reflects India's spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition & contemporary sophistication Exquisite interiors, impeccable service and fine cuisine combine to create an experience that is warm and intimate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanti Home New Delhi
- Shanti Home Hotel New Delhi