The Hostel is an oasis of calm in a chaotic city that can assault the senses.
I stayed here 9th to 19th February 2012, part of a group of 14. It was my second stay (previously visited in 2009) and I found it as good as my first visit. It is basic, but what else would you expect when staying at a YWCA? Excellent value for money and breakfast included. If you are looking for 5* accommodation, there are plenty of hotels in the area to choose from. The staff are great and do a good job of keeping everything ticking over. Most speak a little English, but not enough to hold long conversations. I would feel very safe if I stayed here as a single woman. On the same complex is a Hostel for Indian women taking various adult training courses. The complex has guards at each entrance which is reassuring but unobtrusive.
Tip: if you are leaving India after your stay here, be generous and leave your toiletries, extra foodstuffs, old shoes and clothes behind with a note giving permission for the room lady to have them. They will be pleased, and will probably sell them on in order to make some much needed income for their families. We have so much and they have so little.
Room 309 is huge with a good sized shower room (the loo leaked when you pulled the chain, but it wasn't a problem, this is India, get used to it). The beds are quite hard; ask for an extra mattress topper which will help. Clean cotton sheets and towels each morning. The room was large enough for 14 of us to meet up every morning. We didn't require A/C at that time of year, so can't comment. There was only one visitor not of our party on our floor who joyfully joined in our game of corridor cricket one evening!! Such fun.
The Hostel is a little worn, but don't let that stop you enjoying yourself. India is an exhilarating, rollercoaster of an adventure from the time you land to the time you depart and the Hostel is part of that experience. You will soon tune out the constant car horns and traffic noise which are unavoidable in Delhi.
We had several excellent dinners in the restaurant during our stay, all ridiculously cheap.There are plenty of other restaurants within walking distance. Be brave, try different foods each day, some you will like and others maybe not, but all are worth the effort. Buy bottled water from the restaurant before you go out for the day, much cheaper. Order Chai Masala tea from room service upon your return; it is delicious and restorative after a long, tiring day and costs a few rupees.
This time we travelled in from the airport on the superb Metro which is spotless, cheap and efficient (not usual descriptions when describing India!); Hostel is within an easy walk from the station.
Just opposite the Hostel entrance within the grounds, is a small travel agency who will arrange all sorts of trips to suit your requirements; also transport if you can't face the haggling necessary when using tuk-tuks. Lovely guy runs it who speaks excellent English.
Don't pay more than 30 rupees to go to Connaught Square by tuk-tuk; if they won't take you at that price walk away and wait for another one, there are millions of them around and they will all try to get as much as they can from you. Haggle like crazy. The drive is a life changing experience in itself! Try walking to places to get the flavour, smells and vibrancy of the city in a different way
I loved staying here, it is a microcosm of Delhi and India. Forget all things European; throw yourself into the melee and chaos of the city, you will fall in love with it and return again and again.
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