Travel Blogs from New Delhi
Start today with train leaving Shimla at 9:30. Quite a relaxing start compared to the outward bound journey. Think we have to wait for a couple of hours when we get into Kalka so will have time to have a look around. Should be back at The Claridges in New Delhi by 23:00.
Coming down from Shimla in the sunshine, still cold enough to be …
Just arrived safely in Delhi and checked into Claridges Hotel. Very pleasant. Temperature about 30 degree and sunny! Sue didn't much enjoy the flight even with her wrist bands on, but is starting to feel better now. Will probably take a stroll later to visit the Gandi museum. After that will be time for dinner and I think that will be us done for …
(Bob). It's 6:30 AM and I can't sleep given that it's 8 PM Toronto time. Our flight to Delhi was uneventful and arrived on time. It was a generally smooth flight. Unfortunately it was overcast most of the way so didn't get to see much scenery. Would have liked to have seen the Swiss Alps. We took off about 11AM and landed at 11PM. With a 4:30 hr …
Well, here we are on our last day before returning home and contrary to most of the previous 50 days, no real plan other than to visit Gandhi Smriti, the house where Gandhi spent his last 144 days and was assasinated, and Connaught Place, the centre of New Dehli, for some shopping. Gandhi Smriti was only 3 doors away from our hotel, and such is the …
Our guide picked us up at 11am for the city tour. From the first couple of minutes, you start to appreciate that this is a world apart from anything else you have seen. Within a kilometre of the upmarket area in which we were staying, the signs of extreme poverty are everywhere. They have tried to clean up the air by passing a law which only allows …
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Claridges New Delhi
Claridges very subpar for the price
The hotel is in a great location with friendly staff. But the facilities and support are very, very poor. I paid full value for my room on a business trip and had the following: TV reception very poor quality 24 hours a day, internet access incredibly slow and times out so not great for business, broken shower, broken window, jammed door where I physically couldn't get out of the room and unkept room. The restaurants are very good. I would recommend visiting for food but would never stay here again. They just aren't up to par with other hotels like the Imperial and others.
We stayed in a very comfortable room for two nights. However upon return from a two day trip out of Delhi, were allocated an extremely filthy room in an old wing of the hotel. To get to this one had to walk up to the end of the first floor corridor, climb down a few steps and a whole old wing was being offered to guests. The room was very delipadated with very dirty carpets and bed linen. The bathroom was neglected and even the toileries provided was of cheaper quality. A lot of noise did not make any difference to the haughty staff members and the night was spent in extremely difficult conditions. Other guests in adjoining rooms seemed just as unhappy.
Great hakka style food!
Our's was a quick in and out trip of Delhi, so we needed a centrally located place that could give us some solace from the overwhelming nature of India! The Claridges met all our expectations.
Location was great. Views are nothing special. Lobby was a bit small. Colonial style architecture was interesting. Rooms are nice, although bathroom was small. Concierge was very helpful, and even gave us a map. The chinese restaurant food was amazing! As we had an early flight, they packed a 'fruit and muffin' boxed breakfast for us and organized a taxi without delay.
This hotel is a modern classic in the heart of Lutyens Dehli. It has all the discerining traveller needs but at a price. Rooms are large, comfortable and well equipped. Staff are very attentive (watch out for the Scottish bar manager - a real hoot - and his Aberdeen lassie waitress- - rest of staff are Indian). Food was very good but a wee bit expensive. There are 4 restaurants. A basic international cuisine affair (Pickwicks) open 24 hours, with an Indian slant (Indian breakfasts are a rare treat), a Chinese which is very good but expensive, an outdoor Indian Babecue - Corbetts which just has to be tried and, finally, the jewel in the crown for me, the Dhaba. This is styled on an Indian roadside eaterie and if you like Indian food, this is the business. Try it for lunch with a beer or two.
We felt like characters from a novel when we entered The Claridges. Lovely marble interiors, graceful hostesses and helpful hosts.
Our room was spacious, complete with bathrobes and even a scale (who wants that when on a vacation). Breakfast was a combination of Indian dishes as well as Continental and American ones. Good coffee too.
Although it appeared that almost half of the hotel was undergoing extensive renovation, complete with closed off corridors on every floor, we were not inconvenienced at all by the work.
Lovely sandwhich shop on the premises, too.
Too expensive for what you get
There's a pretense of luxury that is not supported at this hotel. The food is mediocre, staff is attentive but with an undertone of "where's my tip", and the overall hotel is a bit worn. Ongoing renovations add to the smell and tone of a middle of the range hotel.
My spouse and I stayed 3 nights at The Claridges New Delhi (Sept. 4 to Sept. 7) as our first point of entry into India before continuing on with 2 package tours leaving from Delhi: one being the week-long Palace on Wheels train tour of Rajasthan and the other being a four-day tour of Varanasi and Khajuraho with Thomas Cook. From the Claridges, our plan was to recover from jet-lag, slowly get acquainted with India as it was our first trip, and see a few of the many important things there are to see in Delhi. Overall it turned out to be an excellent hotel choice, and perfect for resting after an international flight without being constantly called with services being offered by the hotel staff, which I learned was sometimes the case in India.
Good hotel in nice neighborhood
The hotel was comfortable and offered good wi-fi access. Our first room was on a floor where they were renovating until all hours, so we immediately had the room switched.
The second room was smaller, but clean and comfortable. I recommend this hotel as a good value relative to some of the pricier rooms. You can book it online too, which is convenient.
We didn't have any time for the other amenities, but the western-style coffee shop had good food.
We were told that Claridges Hotel was a bit faded, so we arrived expecting the worst and we were very pleasantly surprised. The hotel was extremely colonial in style. We had a lovely large very beautifully clean suite. The staff at the hotel couldn't have been more helpful, the food in Jade Garden (Chinese) was excellent as was the coffee/tea room. The general service for drinks and snacks on the lawn was very slow and a disorganised. Overall a magical experience, brilliant for a spot of people watching ~ lots of beautiful traditional colourful weddings to see.
Nice hotel to stay if you plan to visit the US Consulate
This is a nice Hotel located on Aurangazeb Road and 10 minutes by Taxi to the US Consulate. The hotel staff is courtous. The rooms are neat and has a nice ambience to it. We dined in both the Jade garden(Chinese Cuisine) and the
Pickwicks which serves indian and continental cuisine.
Would recommend highly!!