The Amber - New Delhi
Travel Blogs from New Delhi
A melting pot of noise, heat, traffic, dust, electricity pylons & wires, fumes and a dizzy mass of people who, if not on the road, act out every activity you can think of at the side of the road. One sign which caught my eye in the taxi to the hotel read 'Mortuary Available' !? Our 2-night boutique hotel is about a 40 minute tuc tuc ride …
... took in the sites. We decided to check where our flight would depart from and it is a good thing we did, because we had one of those "holy *****" moments. We discovered our flight to Penang did not leave out of the airport we arrived at, what? We gleaned our itinerary and nowhere did it say otherwise. We were told "the other" airport for Malaysia Airlines sister airline is about 40 to 60 minutes away due to the monsoon rains at the present time. Great...we need an awesome ...
... by roads radiating out from the circular Central Park at the centre. It's named after an uncle of George V. The facades of the buildings facing the park have colonnades and house designer shops and restaurants no doubt frequented by the higher echelons of the British and Raj societies in colonial times. Not much change now as all the doors are guarded by security men to keep out the rif raf.
I went into the park through a security ...
... reduce the stress on arrival. Our hotel was okay, but after seeing stained sheets I was thankful we had my cotton cocoon sheet to sleep in. The first day in Delhi was crazy, everything about it from the hot weather, the insane traffic, the large amount of people, the bad smell, the level of poverty, the amount of rubbish, the constant sound of horns to the endless amount of (annoying) people who try to sell you something or rip you off in someway. It is such a shame ...
... So I cross the roundabout again: confirm the building ("I can see you from my office window") and walk all the way around to the security entrance. Get through back to the entrance, up to 1st floor and final J & I are united:well almost as he's gone off to a meeting.
I chat with Jean-Marc who I know from sometime back when he worked in South Africa. J appears and we go for lunch at a Chinese restaurant with no beer. Then off to J's where I shower and settle in.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center