It ain't the Taj, but for the price - we paid around $25 per night - you probably won't find another place that is as clean, comfortable, and well located. Also, the guy at the travel desk was amazing, more on that later.
It seems your choice of room ambiance is noisy or dark; we got the latter with 111 and I think the silence was worth it. The fish tank in the room was pretty amusing, the bed surprisingly comfortable, the bathroom drab but totally functional. Wifi wasn't entirely consistent but worked more often than not. You have to get a login code from the lobby that only works for a set amount of time, but for us it was free.
The restaurant is pretty good. You have the choice of outdoor on the roof, inside on the first floor (second story to us Americans) or in your room. The food won't knock your socks off but at prices normal for tourist places you won't have to put in any effort to find a bite, which in an exhausting and hassle-prone city like Delhi is worth something.
The location is very convenient. You are right on the Main Bazar of Pahargang, a mere five minute walk to the main New Delhi train station and a short autorickshaw ride to most of the monuments. There is abundant shopping for clothing and all sorts of things right outside the doors. Last time I was in Delhi I stayed at a luxury place that cost ten times as much but a ways away; I really appreciated the central location this time.
I wasn't impressed by their ground transport offerings. For 750 rupees they sent an old, tiny van that stalled out at every speed bump, of which there are several around the airport. If you ask them for an airport pickup - which you probably should do instead of hailing a cab at the airport because the hotel isn't so well known and hence your cabbie might have trouble finding it - make sure to ask for a comfortable vehicle.
On the other hand, the gentleman at the travel desk was a savior. Our previously booked overnight train to Varanasi was cancelled a few hours before the scheduled departure amidst major system wide cancellations due to fog, and he got us on another train within an hour, with great effort including sending someone to the station to work some magic on our behalf. (The train ride ended up taking 22 hours when scheduled for 21, but that is a different story.)
We felt in very good and safe hands at the hotel, which is important in a city with a lot of hustlers especially in the travel sector. The staff is kind but doesn't speak perfect English, so be a little patient with them, but know that their heart is in the right place!
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