Travel Blogs from New Delhi
I'm not going to lie, Nick and I were pretty sad to leave Bangkok to fly to India. Don't get me wrong, we were excited to visit a new country but Bangkok is just so easy and relaxing. We had been hearing so many horror stories about India... everyone gets sick, there are so many scams, men are always groping women, train travel is …
We went to do a bit of sport shoe shopping for the boys in Connaught Place last night. All the major brands have a store there. Nike, Reebok, Adidas. When asking what they had in US size 14, we were quickly shown the door. The look of shock and awe on their faces that some-one could have feet this size was amusing. One young man even suggesting …
We have just returned from an afternoon of sight seeing. What was meant to be 4 hours of having a quick look around turned into 7 hours of everything. Our hotel has been wonderful. After a bit of discussion we decided up, on taking one of the hotels drivers to have a look at the Red Fort and the Bazaar Markets. The hotel staff said this would take …
Trent wants me to write that we knew from the outset that there would be a disaster, however I don't agree. It's about the adventure, right? So what that I was the most travel sick I've ever been and couldn't engage in lucid conversation with a first time traveller for the first 20 hours of our journey. So what that when we arrived in China for our …
Landed in Delhi around 9.30am indian time. Collected our bags and walked out to meet the taxi, it was about 15km too our hotel. The drive started off quite normal, but seemed to get crazier and crazier as we got closer too our hotel. When we arrived we had a kip then went down for some dinner, Beki had pizza and I had Ghee Pulad with 4 drinks, that …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Ajanta New Delhi
The room was clean and spacious although it didn't have any windows. The breakfast of rice and curry was different too our usual choice but was still ok. The roof top bar was very strange, we drank beer from coffee cups too appear we weren't drinking alcohol for the hotel doesn't have a licence for alcohol.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ajanta New Delhi
Our Delhi trip
During our trip around India I have definately found the Hotel Ajanta the best place to stay. The rooms which are kept very clean and situated , only 2 - 3 minutes from New Delhi Train Station and a 5 minute journey to Connaught Place.
The hotel also has a range of very useful facilities. Travel Agents and money changes are situated inside the hotel and there is an excellent 24 hrs internet service which is the cheapest we have found. Adjoining the hotel is a very decent restaurant that is open most hours and serves a range of India, Chinese and Continental food at excellent prices.
We have also found the staff at reception and the porters all very helpful and would recommend the hotel Ajanta to any travellers to India as we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Pros & Cons
1. Lonely Planet recommended (as painted on door).
2. Booking available through Expedia.
3. Call/email them in advance and they'll send a driver to retrieve you from the airport (save yourself the hassle of beating off the taxi drivers at the airport).
4. Just around the corner (<5 min walk) from the New Delhi train station.
5. Travel services on site (pay them the 100 Rs or whatever to book your train tickets for you and save yourself a potentially huge hassle).
6. Restaurant on site (perfectly adequate for breakfast: french toast, omeletes, etc).
7. Internet cafe on site (broadband connection is pretty good, but don't plan on using Hotmail here or anywhere in India: Yahoo and Gmail work far better).
1. The neighborhood, known as the Paharganj area, is terribly filthy and choked with a potent mix of automobiles, pedestrians, and wandering animals. Mentally prepare yourself (see photos). (Full disclosure: In my case, this was the first place I stayed in the first city I visited on my first trip to India, which is the first and only developing country I have visited. Consider me a travel newbie if you want.)
2. As in so many places in India, the toilet leaked. On the bright side, it leaked towards the drain in the floor under the sink and not across the bathroom.
3. Renovations were underway during my stay. Besides cosmetic work going on in the lobby, the concrete walls surrounding the stairwell's roof access were being dismantled (see photo), presumably to allow for the addition of a new floor (I'm *SURE* they've checked with a structural engineer about load bearing and structural integrity). I don't much care what goes on during the day when I'm out and about, but after 9PM, I'd like for the noise to be limited to sources external to the hotel. Work on this project proceeded day and night. One night, around 3 or 4AM, I was jolted out of my bed by a tremendous crashing sound. A man carrying a large basket of broken concrete on his head had dumped his load down the stairwell (see photo). Another guest and I complained to the night manager who said and did next to nothing but apparently relayed my complaints to the day manager. Upon my return to the hotel the following evening, I found a note slid under the door asking me to meet with the management. Happily, the woman in charge refunded the cost of one night's stay in cash.
4. My room didn't exactly match the photos on Expedia, but the mattress is just as thin as it looks. A room, like mine, that doesn't have an exterior window might be preferable as this will mitigate the street noise and smell. Even better would be a room, unlike mine, that doesn't share a wall with the stairwell.
FYI regarding location: You can walk to Connaught Place (where I ate most of my meals in Delhi), but it takes a good 10-15 minutes. Try not to inhale when you walk past the "public conveniences" (a.k.a. urinals) you'll pass on your way. It's possible to walk to the Red Fort from here, but it's a long, tough hike, and not nearly as easy as walking to India Gate.
This place was servicable for a few nights, but don't set your expectations too high. This place is budget priced. You probably pay a little too much for what you do get, but kudos for the management for doing right by me. Their taking care of my train reservations was a big help, and it was nice to be able to check my email without leaving the building.
Back packer hotel
AS USUAL LONELY PLANET NEVER MISS AS HOT!
New Delhi's Ram Nagar, Hotel Ajanta is a clean and safe hotel anyone can afford. We stayed at their room no. 402, it was beautiful.
Also it features a good travel agency which can easily help you through india's difficult moving around.
Check out the RESTAURANT as well.
Perfect hotel with the service
My wife and i have just returned from India and want to thank you to Hotel ajanta for thier help. We especially appreciated:
1. Hotel Ajanta's very valuable suggestion that i while in USA buy our railway tickets from the indian railways and sent to them, then to be delivered to me after our arrival in the hotel. That arrangement worked perfectly!
2. Their reliable room reservation service.
3. Thier excellent complimentary pickup service when we arrived at Indiar Gandhi International Airport.
4. Thier moderately-priced transfer service from the ajanta to IGI airport for our return to the USA.
5. We are very happy with the 3-day "Golden Triangle" tour. Special thanks to our driver and operator, they are very nice and with very good skills. We had a good time during the 3 days.
6. 24 hour internet is a plus. Keep it up!
Overall, we would say that the entire stay with Hotel Ajanta is a positive experience.
Thanks and regards
Never Suggest Hotel Ajanta in Delhi
I have stayed at Ajanta hotel in Dec 05 and found that the rooms are noisey and awful the building is old and depressing with the staff behavior becaue they are only looking to rip you off with the cleaver schemes they show there are much better hotels in the same are then this hotel and I don't recommend this hotel at all.
Our trip in delhi
Coming to Ajanta Hotel was like a break of fresh air compared to the rest of delhi. the staff are extraordinarily helpful to a level that surpasses some 5 star hotels.
We used the inhouse travel service which on the whole was good value for money and we had an ejhoyable 10 day trip around rajasthan.
ajanta hotel is unique in that the staff are honest with thier prices - there is no need to haggle and we were never left feeling we had been "ripped off". Cafe Vagabond is good value for money and the level of service is comparable to that of the hotel.
All in all we really appreciate the assistance we have been given in all aspects of our stay and we will without doubtrecommend this to any body we know visiting delhi.
Likes: Reliable hot shower, prompt email communcations, complementary airport/train station pickup, deluxe rooms are spacious, clean hotel, friendly staff, excellent internet cafe. Lots of nightlife nearby. Complementary newspaper. Very close to NDLS train station
Dislikes: Very noisy street (this is hardly avoidable in Delhi). Interior of hotel is also noisy. Staff start at 6 am, noise echos down the hallways. As well, one night from 7pm to 9pm, they were dragging construction rebar to from the ground to the roof up the side of the building. If you are a light sleeper, this may not be the place for you unless you can sleep with earplugs. The first room we had filled up with a gasoline smell in the middle of the night. Management promptly moved us to another room without question.
Neutral: Lost some of our laundry but compensated us. Restaurant safe and tasty but very expensive.
Best Budget Hotel in Delhi
I decided to book my stay in Delhi at Lonely Planet recommended Hotel Ajanta and I passed a good time here. The Airport Pick up service was excellent and also my Agra Trip booked by the agency was very fine.
Room and resaurant were nice and I also appreciated that there is a Internet Cafe provided.
Also thanks to Mr. Avi Arya for the warm welcome.
P.s. I would recommend Hotel Ajanta also to my friends.
Good for money
This is our first time in India, in which we have visited many cities and have stayed in many hotels.
According to the advise of our son who lives in Moayapur, we are staying in Hotel Ajanta, enjoying the excellent level of the recentelly redesigned rooms. Besides, we are very pleased with the staff, who have always been very friendly and helpful with us.
We think that our son recommendations was the best option for us, considering the realtion between price and facilities.
Good value, clean hotel, but dirty neighborhood
Just a few blocks away - and a 7 or 8 minute walk - from New Delhi's main railway station and the famous Pahar Ganj shopping bazaar is a two or three star (can't remember which) pleasant and attractive hotel with very reasonable rates. The hotel has a good restaurant, 24 hour room service, most rooms have color TVs, A/C, modern bathrooms with 24 hour hot water. The hotel management may try to get you to take one of the expensive "deluxe" rooms for over US$50 - do not take it. The regular rooms at 770 Rupees - about US$18 was very clean and comfortable with the above mentioned amenities. Unfortunately the street this hotel is situated is noisy, dirty, full of cheap small hotels and grimy eating places, cows wander around (watch your step!), the pavements are broken and rough .... in other words, a really smelly run down tenement neighborhood. It is not an unsafe neighborhood, however, and if you are a traveller with experience in Third World poor countries (as I am) I can recommend the Hotel Ajanta. If it's your first trip to India, I suggest you spend a hundred dollars a night and stay in a first class hotel in a nicer part of the city.