Stayed here for three nights at the end of October 2013. Location is good and the external presentation and lobby are impressive.
Check in is unbeleiveably slow, even with a guide doing the check in for us. 30 mins before you can get in your room? Not good. Staff were well presented, friendly and helpful.
The beds were clean but the rooms and bathrooms are old, tired and dated. And very small and, seemingly, get smaller the higher up you go. A shoe box springs to mind. A shoe box with miniature beds: I'm 5'4" and my feet touched the bottom of a bed so narrow that I nearly fell out of it! Mini-bar is locked but get them to unlock it so you can chill your own beer to avoid paying the extortionate bar prices (see below.)
The food is pretty good, both buffet and a la carte but, man, is it expensive? You need plenty of rupees to eat here! 1500 before taxes fro the buffet and individual a la carte dishes starting at around 600. They then add insult to injury by offering a derisory exchange rate in the hotel. Want a beer? 500 (before taxes) for a 330mm bottle that you could buy for less than 100 inclusive from a liquor store. You gotta be joking. Hope you aren't thirsty!
Want to surf the 'net whilst you're sipping your beer? More wonga again and it's not cheap.
Dont get gouged by the exchange rate by getting your cash from the ATM at the ShangriLa Hotel, just to the left of this one as you exit - it's only about 100m away but is tucked away behind the hotel to the left hand side (no need to go into the lobby.)
So in summary; it's clean and functional, extortionately expensive (gouging at every opportunity) with small, dated rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Plaza is one of the best luxury boutique hotels in delhi. Superbly located in the heart of city downtown- Connaught Place. The Hotel is minutes away from International Trade Fair Grounds, President House , India Gate, Parliament House. The Hotel is very close to New Delhi Railway Station.Its prime location in the heart of city has made it a commercial and shopping hub for both domestic and international travellers.With three restaurants , bar and night club The Royal Plaza provides excellent dining to suit any palate , in an elegant and inviting ambience.Royal Plaza also has an extensive Health Club and Spa -offering wellness menu with signature treatments and therapies to choose from and a temperature controlled & a eco friendly swimming pool ... more less
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