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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 …
... programs for people who have none but the only thing I've seen so far driving around has been these portable water trucks that people can fill jugs up in or bathe, depending on how crowded they are. The two that I've seen have HUGE crowds around them and I'm sure the water doesn't last long. I wonder how often they come? Where do people get water in the mean time?
For our first Wednesday faculty field trip we went to an old step well. The ...
... spent his last moments before being assassinated on the steps of the same house. Upstairs however had been turned into a 'multi-media museum' which unfortunately seemed to put more emphasis on fancy and often strange user interfaces than on the actual message and history of Gandhi. Despite this it was humbling to be in a place that meant so much to so many. Jen and I became conscious of eyes following us wherever we went, it seems that white tourists are somewhat of a novelty ...
... and our legs felt weary just looking at the wall and how far we had to walk. The shame with this fort is that it was a bit of a casual fort that just seemed to allow any ole invader to come on in and take their pickings. For example the prince of Persia (or someone of that description) turned up with his army and the king just let him stroll on in and take his Peacock Throne and the biggest diamond in the world and then while he was at it, oops I think I'll ...
... absolutely hilarious but then **** himself thinking he was going to be next and came up with a potential speech in his head, while also considering to leave the show. Being put on the spot, George went bright red and spoke a load of **** about traditional India dance, the colours and the people. After she had finished there was an awkward silence in the audience before a kind Indian man shouted "well done" and the silence was broken with clapping.
After the performance we went ...
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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