The Grand Godwin is on Arakashan Road in Paharganj. It’s a convenient (if chaotic) location, not far from New Delhi Station. The hotel provided free pick up from the airport, which is a massive bonus when you first arrive in Delhi.
We stayed for three nights when we first arrived, before travelling. We stayed one more night when we returned to Delhi.
Our first room was great. It was large, and mostly clean. The bathroom was spotless, but there were a couple of dodgy stains on the bed cover. Apart from that thought (we tossed the cover to one side) this was a really good room, excellent value for $$.
The second room we stayed in wasn’t as great—it was a small windowless room, which somehow managed to also be very noisy. Once again, the bathroom was spotless, but I went to make myself some tea, and the cups were disgusting.
One of the great things about the Grand Godwin is the rooftop restaurant. We started each day with an great buffet breakfast. We ended most days eating there (very good food) and having a beer. We met some interesting people on that roof, and it was comforting to know we were eating and drinking food that wasn’t going to make us sick. Neither of us experienced Delhi belly until after we left the Grand Godwin. The restaurant was spotless, including the kitchen, which you can see into.
The hotel staff were pleasant, especially the restaurant staff, but here comes my main gripe about the hotel. I’d just arrived in Delhi for the first time, and anyone who’s been there knows it’s an intense experience. I entered the hotel foyer… and was faced with about eight men in suits, all standing in a group, staring at me. No one spoke for a bit. They just stared. Then one of them dealt with checking us in… while the others lingered around and stared. In fact, the whole time I stayed there, there was a lot of lingering around in suits, staring.
I spent my whole time in Delhi staving off unwelcome attention, which was often full-blown harassment. Do your female guests a favor, and make the hotel the place they know they can relax, away from the harassment they receive on the street.
I’d seen great reviews and write ups in various newspapers, blogs, Lonely Planet etc. And for the most part, they’re true. The Grand Godwin a very good hotel for the price. I'm giving it 4 stars, mainly because of the spotless bathrooms and the rooftop restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Grand Godwin, a 4-story luxury & budget hotel is nestled in the heart of Paharganj New Delhi India and 2 mins walk from the New Delhi Railway Station. The hotel offers excellent leisure facilities, online reservation, luxurious rooms, travel inn hotel, heritage hotel india, cheap travel packages, travel to India's heritage places, guest house, deluxe rooms for conference events, Bed and breakfast, food bars, Tours guides to Agra, Jaipur, shimla, first class facilities rooms with internet, cabs, shopping malls, high standards of comfort and excellent rooms for business & leisure travellers for a memorable stay. ... more less
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