Travel Blogs from New Delhi
After finished school and work on Wednesday, we made sure we were all ready to go for Thursday. Nobody wants to be late for a trip like this. I had gone to the Indian Embassy in Riyadh twice - once to drop off the passports to have the visas put in them and once to pick them up, plus we had made numerous trips to the travel agency. Now the big day …
... or the sometimes invasion of personal space. But, I am making a conscious effort to keep aware of my surroundings and belongings. The throwing a baby your way and pick-pocketing scheme Eric mentioned, is sticking in my mind. Speaking of scams, I have to tell you about our crazed runaway tuk-tuk ride. But, we're not at that point yet. Believe it or not we're not even halfway there, and I'm already leaving so much out! Okay... So after getting Eric's SIM card, I encountered ...
... then out of the corner of my eye I saw something move. It was a peacock! Way up in the tree! I didn’t even know they could get way up into a tree! It was pretty cool so I hung out there for a while and watched it, hoping it would come down. But it never did.
I took my time walking around each building. It was fun to explore every little nook I could find. The kids and other tourists were also a lot of fun. It felt like a giant playground ...
... 5 minutes really ****** me off and it wont be long before i turn green actually grow some muscles and beat the **** out of one of the scummy no good drug dealer, just because i am a westerner does not mean i am a smack head! I will stop ranting and raving for now as life is alot more peaceful and relaxing up in the mountains or so im told. We are going to see another Jantar Manta tomorrow to kill some time before we get the overnight bus so i will update you from there. ...
... As near as I can tell from the little I have read and saw trash is routinely just thrown out then rag pickers (their name not mine) collect it to certain spots using carts, bags and such to get it to the collection point. There is sorted and recyclables are recycled for money and the rest is either burned at the collection point or moved some where to burn as we saw being done on the streets of Bangalore and I saw in an old brick house that was a collection point ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews The Connaught New Delhi
Expensive & not worth it
The only good thing about this hotel is its central location. Shops & restaurants are within 5 minutes walk. Rooms are small, not very clean and decor/facilities need urgently updating. A 2 star hotel for the price of a 4 star.
Reasonable hotel for short stay
Stayed here for 3 nights in March 2006, the positives are: good location, clean rooms, clean toilets, attentive staff, prompt room service.
The negatives are: small room, small toilet, old key cards to open room doors.
Overall its slightly better than most other delhi hotels, should be priced less.
Recomended for short or medium stay.
I agree with the previous review. The hotel is ok if all that you are looking for is bed, breakfast, shower and off you go for your Delhi tour and shopping. Clean but basic & no frills. We arrived at almost midnight but check in was hassle free. The counter staffs were awake, attentive and helpful as were all the other staffs we encountered during our 3 nights stay.
The hotel is just off Connaught Place which is 'central' Delhi. This is a good place to be. The hotel is basically a 'shower and sleep' hotel. The hotel appears to be in the process of refurbing. Our first stay was on floor 2 which has modern 'boutique' style rooms which were clean and tidy but quite small. The second stay was on floor 6 which has older rooms which were satisfactory but had seen better days. The price was the same for both. The hotel bar and restaurant were ok but there are better venues around the area. The hotel changes money at a reasonable rate but will only change around $100 US of travellers checks in one go meaning you need to keep changing them every morning and evening.
Rooms were small but nicely decorated and clean. Breakfast was included and it was quite good. Staff was efficient.
A Room Lottery
Had 2 seperate stays here on our recont tour of India.
First time was fine, rooms are small, but equipped with everything you need. Food OK, and staff are pretty friendly. Really good location, only 5 minutes walk from Connaught Place and Pallika Bazaar for shopping. Quite happy with the hotel.
Second stay we arrived late, to find no hot water and a broken bed. Left it for the night, and they went it to fix the next day - next day still the same and problem was never fixed as we left the day after anyway. Room was much grubbier, but food still OK. Sems to be a lottery depending on your room!
Ok For a Couple of Nights
We stayed a couple of nights at the Connaught on arrival in Delhi. We found the staff to be helpful and courteous throughout. The room was smallish but clean and comfortable. It was not too noisy at night which was a plus given its proximity to Connaught Circus. It was over priced (£75 per night) but, from our experience, nothing like as bad as some of the previous reviews have indicated.
centrally located and decor to a reasonable standard. Room service was speedy and the restaurant had a good range of food.
Reception poor, not interested in resolving problems.
rooms at rear overlook the hockey (field) stadium and they are out practising at about 07:30 in the morning.
we were only there for one night, and the hotel served it's purpose, but I wouldn't rush back there