My girlfriend and I stayed here in two "shifts" for a total of 7 days. To be honest, the area is fairly seedy, and the hotel front might be somewhat difficult to find, but the hotel itself is very nice, and punches above its weight in terms of value.
The staff, as everyone keeps mentioning, are extraordinarily friendly. Everyone is always smiling and asking after you to make sure you're well taken care of.
When I had originally booked, I accidentally chose a suite for 3-4 people, rather than 2, and as soon as the staff discovered my error, they (totally unprompted!) offered us a smaller, couple's room, and charged us the lesser price!
The room service was speedy, and not pricy at all, and the hotel has a rooftop restaurant with a nice view. The restaurant itself was delicious - much better, actually, than most of the other restaurants we visited on our trip. The cheese omelet and puri bhaji were delicious, and their toast actually changed the way I slice bread. (I'll admit that I'm probably a bit of an outlier in this regard.)
The rooms themselves were about average size, but the beds were amazing - better than my home mattress, even. They were very soft - which was right up our alley, but if you prefer firm mattresses, they might not be the best fit. The bathrooms were also very clean, and the hotel always had hot water. I didn't give a five-star rating because the first room we were in had some small gaps between the wall and the windowframe where cold air blew through. The wind was easily blocked by moving a piece of luggage over the hole, but there you go.
In the area there are a lot of other hotels and travel places, but most of them are pretty cutthroat and we got ripped off by one. Lal's provides an airport pickup service which is efficient and fairly priced (more expensive than a pliant rickshaw, but on par with any cab). We didn't try Lal's travel service, which was a big regret of ours.
Some tips: Paharganj seemed a bit out of the way to us until we discovered the Ramakrishna Ashram Marg metro station, just down the road - about 20-30 rupees on a bicycle rickshaw. Be advised you should memorize the route because one of the rickshaw drivers we hailed got "lost" and charged us 100.
Directly across the street from Lal's is another excellent restaurant and Bengali sweets shop. They have a stand outside which makes fresh jalebi's, which are by far my favorite Indian sweet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lal's Haveli as the name indicates, a blend of old world splendour, great eastern traditions and glorious Indian hospitality enhanced by the comfort of the present day of living, it has been designed for the corporate seniors, business men hopping from places, meeting deadlines running the show on the globe. Spacious and bright guest rooms are fitted with air conditioning, heaters, curtains and bed mattresses. The guest rooms are a haven of comfort, there is an aura of gracious olden hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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