I guess it's all about location. And with that I don't mean the shabby neighbourhood the hotel is located in, with garbage piles, busy small alleys and quite a bit of noise. I mean that it's 5 minutes from the amazing Red Fort, and very close to India's biggest mosque Jama Masjid. What can you expect from a one/two star hotel? It's clean and cheap, and the service is quite well organized. The promised airport pickup turned out to be a prepaid taxi with a hotel employee, since the company car allegedly had mechanical errors. Nevertheless, the guy was there to pick me up, pay for the taxi and guide the driver to the rather obscure alley. Return to the airport was quite a different story: (over) paid 14 dollars for a sleepy driver who nearly fell asleep several times behind the wheel, AND had to get gas just before reaching the airport...
Room is clean and orderly, restaurant is quite good, food is tasty - and I guess they don't have an alcohol license, because you have to pay your beer separate from the bill. Expect to pay at least three times as much for the beer than its real value. But rest of the food is very cheap.
Would I recommend it? Only if you're strapped for cash. It will be easier to get a cab from anywhere in Delhi to the tourist areas. But if you want to stay there, it's not really a very bad choice.
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- Also Known As:
- Tara Palace New Delhi
- Tara Palace Hotel Delhi
- Tara Palace Delhi