The hotel is okay in a sort of Motel 6 sort of way. The staff were friendly and helpful, especially the man apparently assigned to take care of our floor, the doormen, and the customer relations person who worked the breakfast room. The rooms clean enough, but pretty cramped for a family of 4. We stayed 6 nights and the breakfast buffet had enough variety that everyone found something to eat with getting too bored of the same thing every morning. An acceptable place to stay if you want to stay in this area.
But then you have to ask yourself why you would want to stay on Arakashan Road. We thought it would be a good central location, close to public transportation, but that was wrong. Arakashan road is lined with tourist hotels, but there is basically nothing else there. No restaurants that are not just part of the hotels. (We ask our doorman to recommend a good place nearby and he pointed us to a McDonald's a couple blocks away. Sadly, this might actually be the best nearby restaurant.) The New Delhi train station is only a few blocks away, but unless you are only carrying a backpack, you are not going to walk there. The streets are filthy and the traffic too chaotic to drag your luggage. It turned out that the train we took to Agra left from a different station anyway. There is also a metro station nearby, but I doubt you will use it. We tried to walk there one morning. After navigating the crazy streets mentioned above, you then have to climb up on to a sketchy bridge crossing over the train tracks, which then dumps you down into a spot bordering the main red light district (i.e. a slum full of brothels) and another slum. At that point, although we only had about 2 more blocks to get to the metro, we decided it wasn't safe to go any further and just caught a tuk-tuk to our destination. After that, whenever we left the hotel, we took a tuk-tuk to Connaught Place's metro station or all the way to our destination. In hindsight, choosing a hotel in/near Connaught would have been far better.
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