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Vivek Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1534-50 Main Bazar | Pahar Ganj, New Delhi 110055, India (Pahar Ganj)   |  
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Ranked #320 of 593 hotels in New Delhi
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“I thought it was ok..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2009

Ok fellow travelers..this hotel is a ok.. its clean and the bathrooms are CLEAN ..(hard to find a clean bathroom in budget hotels in India). The restaurant is ok too its inexpensive and the kitchen is an open one so it seems clean too. I have been traveling for 3 months in India and would recommend this hotel. I paid about 800 Indian rupees for my room for a night. Nice market outside and the metro station is around the corner, but beware of people coming at you to sell you stuff you don't need... oh and there are cows on the road too....

  • Stayed January 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2009

I was budget traveling for 7 months and the Vivek hotel, by far, was the worst place that I stayed. They cannot be trusted...period. They never showed up to pick us up at the airport. They gave away our room that we had reserved months earlier. (They had one room left that was so beyond gross and miserable that we were unable to even sleep the first night). They claimed we did not pay for our room. They were trying to make us repay. I finally found the receipt they had given me. They did not make any apologies but instead said that I was a good girl. (What does that even mean?) This place had a variety of room from pretty nice with A/C to something resembling a Thai prison. Just because you make a reservation for a nice room doesn't mean that is where you will end up. Their word mean nothing. Also, even though the rooms are nice, everything else about this building is pretty grimy and gross. I have spent a few months in India and anywhere else is better than this. Please avoid and do not support these people that are unsavory bad people.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2009

A rip off, unfriendly, untrustworthy, unwelcoming, lacking of any charm place to stay.
We had booked a pick up from the airport which was not there when we arrived. There was no record of our booking even though I had emailed and called several times to confirm. When we got a cheaper pre-paid taxi to the hotel we had a very unwelcome greeting and a man who showed us 3 awful rooms which we picked the nicest at 1500inrs. I wish we had stayed elsewhere.
Sam's cafe was ok and had a good view of the main bazaar but was also really unfriendly. Food was average.
When we checked out, the receptionist had the cheek to try and make us pay for the taxi which didn't turn up and they had no record of the numerous conversations/emails I had made/sent. He even went through the name cards from that day to prove he had been there but couldn't find it!
Stay elsewhere!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

Upon arrival on January 1st all the staff could offer two people was a small room with no window - at 900 rupees. Asking for a room with a windomw the next day just gave us a cold shoulder and upon checking out we had to haggle for a refund of the deposit paid for the second night.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

We booked a room at 400 rupees by internet because our plane arrived at night in Delhi and we wanted to make sure we had a room. When we arrived, the owner insisted to make us pay the taxi. Just after he announced that he only had a room with AC, for 1400 rupees ! We told him we had sent him several emails to make sure he kept a room for us and that he said he would, but he did not even apologize. Another girl was in the same situation. He finally agreed to lower the price to 1200 (already extremely expensive for the kind of room !) but we left, very angry. It might be a good hotel, but the owners are not the kind of persons you want to mingle with.

  • Liked — Location, comfort
  • Disliked — Unfriendly and dishonnest owners
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2008

Booked a room with them weeks before, with several emails between us, but when we arrived they didn't have a record of us and our room. But we were able to check into a double room on the third floor for 1000rs - a/c, fan, TV, double bed, clean towels and toilet paper, new bathroom which was very nice and clean - but hot water had to be arranged with them rather than just turned on with the tap??!!. They are doing up the hotel, so the hallways are full of wooden doors being varnished, and pots of paint. It needs decorating as in parts looks very old and run down, but our room looked good. Only had a tiny window in it so didn't get any views, but it was light and smelled ok.
Hotel had room service, and a restaurant upstairs - food seemed ok and cheap. No alcohol, but the man in the hallway would offer to go and buy you some for a small fee and then bring you back a warm beer 20 minutes later!!
There is an internet room downstairs, which takes a copy of your passport before you can use it, as part of the security due to bombings in the area and the link to internet cafes. The check in also includes copies of your passport and a photo of you on their security video.
Location of hotel is good, on the main bazaar, with some very cheap shopping. Its close to the station, and they can arrange a car to the airport for 250rs (other places in the area will do it for 200rs). The main bazaar has a strange security system at either end, with police will make you walk through metal detectors and then search your bags, but if you are in a rickshaw you just drive straight through. It really depends on how they feel that day whether they can be bothered to search you.
The hotel was a good one for the one night we stayed there, in the right location and cheap enough for an a/c room.

  • Liked — Location, new bathroom
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

Having left the Rak International we moved into the Vivek hotel on the Main bazaar. We were shown various rooms of various prices on the first floor. We were shown cheaper rooms on higher floors but went for a nice room with A/C. All of the rooms seemed recently renovated and had clean bathrooms. In fact this was one of the cleanest hotels we saw in India. However the A/C had a strange smell, possibly because of dirty filters.

The hotel is right on the Main bazaar which means it’s close to the New Delhi train station where you can catch the all important trains to Agra (to see the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur. Both trains leave early morning, and this hotel is literally minutes away from the station. Incidentally go straight to the international ticket office on the 1st floor to buy these tickets. It opens 8am-8pm (2pm on Sundays), and ignore the people that tell you it’s closed down/being renovated, and direct you to their friend’s/brother’s travel agent.

The hotel has Sam’s Café on it’s roof, with great views of the city. It serves various dishes, including breakfast but beware the “hash browns”, they are not the American version, but boiled potatoes cut into cubes and mixed with onions and peppers. Also recommended is the Kitchen Café not far away on the same street.

Hotel staff ranged from polite and helpful to surly and business like! They did arrange a taxi for us to the airport for 250 rupees. They also have internet.

We paid 1200 rupees for a double room with A/C and en-suite bathroom. There was no breakfast included.

  • Liked — Location to New Delhi train station and Main Bazaar
  • Disliked — Some of the reception staff could be friendlier
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Vivek Hotel

Address: 1534-50 Main Bazar | Pahar Ganj, New Delhi 110055, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi > Pahar Ganj
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #320 of 593 hotels in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vivek Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1968 we have been in the hospitality business for over 4 decades. With over 60 rooms and 2 in house restaurants we are an old and a recognized establishment. Being situated in the heart of Delhi we are close to all major tourist and business establishments. The Hotel is at a 30-35 Minutes drive from the International Airport and 25-30 minutes drive From the Domestic Airport. We are at a 5-10 Minute walk from the New Delhi Railway Station. Hotel also offrs airport pickup's if requested. The Hotel Includes 3 Multi Cuisine Restaurants including a well stocked Bar, a roof top garden restaurant called 'Sam's Cafe', which is recommended by Lonely Planet .In addition, we offer facilities such as Money Changer, Travel Information desk, International Calling Facility, Laundry Service, Doctor on Call, Car Rental, Safe Deposit, Long Term Luggage Storage and an Internet Cafe. ... more   less 
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