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Amarya Villa
Ranked #11 of 930 Specialty Lodging in New Delhi
Certificate of Excellence
new york, ny
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“exceptional service and kindness”
Reviewed February 25, 2011

I stayed here 3 times in a period of a months trip of travelling through India and as fate would have it this hotel with it's lovely staff became my homebase. As a seasoned traveller that has stayed at various hotels around the world it is totally unique the attention paid to you at the Amarya and any request met with graciousness and efficiency- from a car for the day, sightseeing arrangements, food requests and times of meals. It truly feels like you are staying in a friend's home. The food is delicious-both Indian and Western. The only possible room for improvement is the water pressure and amount of hot water in the shower but everything else being so delightful-no biggie. I had to book at short notice and reservations and airport pickup arrangements were made swiftly with great communication. There should be outposts of this hotel throughout the world-they really got it right!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 8, 2011

My family and I recently stayed here on our visit to Delhi. We started our holiday here on the 1st night and left our luggage and then came back after our visit to Agra and Jaipur. We booked this place after reading the sterling reviews and have to say that the service was warm and the ambience as delightful as described. We had a family room at the top floor which was beautifully decorated with our own private balcony and a nice ensuite with lovely smelling toiletries. There were many delightful touches such as the warm welcome by their staff any time of the day you arrived, the mobile phone that they provide guests, the fluffy towels and bathrobes and the tasty and freshly prepared breakfast. The rooms were clean and everything was new since they have only recently started.The staff were also very pleasant and assisted with queries on restaurants, shopping places etc and were children friendly.

The negatives - mainly their rates. We were charged Rs500 for a simple penne carbonara which would have cost far less elsewhere and was even more than some 5 star hotels and the room was Rs 9,800 for the 2 adults and 2 children with an extra bed. (as a comparison, we paid Rs7,000 for a suite at the Gateway hotel in Agra (part of the Taj group) and less for 2 rooms at the Trident in Jaipur. A few additional things that would go towards making it more comfortable and to justify the room rates would be - the water pressure in the shower is very low and therefore trying to take a quick shower during the tail end of winter when its chilly was a challenge; providing bedroom slippers as the floor can be chilly in winter (I had taken a pair just in case so we were fine although we had to share amongst the four of us). Soundproofing - perhaps this can be looked into since the din of the cars and honking can be heard at night.

It's quite hard to find the place since there is no signage outside and the taxi driver had to go around a bit on the first day before finding the address but apart from that, the location is quite good as its not too far from some of the sights and is reasonably close to shopping areas such as Hauz Khas, Connaught place etc although traffic in Delhi can be a bit of a nightmare during rush hours.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Hayward, Wisconsin
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

By pure luck I became acquainted with Amarya Villa after befriending a foreign couple on a flight into Indira Gandhi International. Sight unseen they reserved a room in this property which only opened it's doors in October 2010. After my rapid walk-through of the front entrance and lobby, plus their delight with the facilities, I was impressed enough to reserve a room upon my future return to Delhi just 3 weeks later.

The French owners took what they describe as a city mansion, and transformed it into a home-away-from-home. Finding Amarya Villa can prove tricky if arriving after a late night touchdown into the airport. There is no sign nor placards pointing guests in the right direction. It takes good old fashioned street number reading to arrive at the nondescript building just inside the upscale Safdarjung Enclave. Any trepidations immediately vanish upon passing through the white picket fence gate. New arrivals are met with smiles and welcomes by any number of the friendly, well spoken staff.

Crushed rock lines a narrow stone pathway leading past the building on the left, and the continuing white picket fence on the right. Privacy comes easily from this high fence blocking views of the street and surrounding neighbors. At the end of the pathway is a small, efficient office where no request too big or small is handled with the simplest asking. Adjacently located through French doors is a beautifully decorated lobby dripping in traditional vibrant Indian colors. This large space conveys a warm feeling with large glass doors on either end, a luxurious glass chandelier in multi-colored hues, and simple, elegant furnishings which exude meticulous thought and caring into their existence.

Access to guest rooms comes via a winding staircase quietly positioned in the corner. Upstairs, the ambiance turns into a homogeneous stark white cocoon broken up with scattered doors here and there. Unlock any door to discover well appointed rooms so neat and clean they can honestly be called spotless. Color once again enters the environment by way of whimsical bedding, wall designs, paint choices and unique lighting fixtures. Tourists will enjoy the modern bathroom complete with dark marble, bulky porcelain sinks, chrome fixtures and the open glass showers.

Downstairs houses a spacious yet intimate dining area tastefully decorated in a way to let the food provide the visual stimulation. Breakfast is included in the room rate and may be enjoyed here or in the guest rooms. Simple lunch choices are available although a bit on the high end compared to local cafes. Dinner is chef's choice, prepared on-site in the sleek stainless steel outfitted kitchen adjacent the dining room. This area too, is so neat and clean that guests are welcome to pop their heads in for a peek. No Delhi belly here.

The vibrant city of New Delhi, in the northern reaches of India, offers so many wonderful hotel and guest house options that picking one is nearly impossible. Amarya Villa, with years of experience from two sister properties, perfectly executes the Indian guest house experience. A terrific staff, sumptuous rooms, relaxing common areas and understated privacy tucked away in a walking friendly area of this booming city make this new property the only choice from New Delhi tourists.

Cost: Rs 6000 for a deluxe room. Included taxes, breakfast and unlimited WiFi throughout the property.

© 2010 FullStopIndia.com India Travel Blog

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed December 20, 2010

After several stays at Amarya Haveli we were wondering whether the Villa would be up to the same very personal and comfortable standard- it didn't disappoint, probably it is a little more sophisticated in decor. Clean airy rooms with stylish personal touches, it feels more like a private home. The breakfsat was lovely, the staff are very helpful, the drivers they arrange don't get lost and you can relax and enjoy a Kingfisher on the Terrace at the end of a working day ... we will be back.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed December 20, 2010

I felt so at peace;so at home the moment I walked through the gates of Amarya Villa.Nema made me instantly feel welcome and I immediately knew I was in the right place.I will be eternally grateful to all the staff at Amarya Villa for the many kindnesses they showed to me while I was a guest there. They were so helpful in making my stay in Delhi enjoyable.No request was too much trouble and it was always done with such grace and warmth.The rooms at the Villa are so hip and tastefully decorated with the colours and decor which celebrate India.The beds were so comfortable;the bedding and towels smelled so good and for your added comfort they supply a mobile phone with their #and address in case you get lost and need to tell a tuk-tuk driver how to get to the Villa.The meals were delicious and available at any time of the day and as always served with a genuine smile.This is a wonderful place,filled with wonderful people.My stay at Amarya Villa was one of the highlights of my month in India.It has been said before Amarya Villa is the jewel in the crown. Paula Cline Vancouver Canada

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Los Ranchos, NM
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Reviewed December 16, 2010

In Delhi, accommodations are often just tolerable - or impersonal 5-star hotels. This is a top quality alternative with friendly, impeccable, 24-hour service. Yes, the rooms are gorgeous (with the only fluffy pillows in India!) but it's the service that makes it special. If you come in late, they'll prepare an impromptu meal. Need help with a tuk-tuk? No problem. I've already recommended it to a number of people!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed December 13, 2010

We were the very first guests of this newly opened Amarya location (they have two others). They couldn't have possibly been nicer if we were family! The room was nice and clean, with amazingly soft sheets and towels; spa quality. The kitchen staff was so pleasant and made wonderful meals to order. The staff was very helpful, friendly and always cheerful. The owners were kind/helpful and down to earth, even while they were working putting the finishing touches on this new location. Wonderful furnishings, colorful and tastefully decorated; it's a peaceful little spot in Delhi. We would certainly come back again and again!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amarya Villa
Address: Amarya Villa A - 2/20, New Delhi 110017, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 930 Specialty Lodging in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Amarya Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amarya Villa opened its doors in October 2010 in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave, eloquently transforming a city mansion into an idyllic home-away-from-home in the very heart of the bustling capital. The property comprises two 3-storey villas that are replete with large bay windows, a sunlit atrium and several private verandas. A cheerful mélange of contemporary chic and cosy comfort, the Villa follows in Amarya charm, tastefully blending Indian ethnic motifs with a funky modern touch.The guesthouse offers 9 spacious, sunny and stylish guestrooms that have been themed on the ‘Navratna’, India’s 9 auspicious gemstones; each stone resplendent in its unique lustre and astrological resonance, which when combined is believed to yield a profound mystical energy. The masterful chefs craft meals for each individual palate. Guests may enjoy candlelight dinners in the enchanting starlit terrace or indulge in aperitifs in the sumptuous chandeliered lounge. Meanwhile, the bustling city with its myriad sights awaits, just outside the tranquil walls.Our chefs offer home-cooked meals that are as delightful as our home itself and available any time of the day. Guests may order as they desire, from Pan-Asian to Continental fare. Our caring personal service is what sets the us apart, and our dedicated team is always on hand to service any request and ensure every guest feel right at home.Amarya Villa, is a jewel in the heart of the city, in a graceful setting of service, serenity and style.A charming blend of cozy, comfort and chic, along with caring personal service, at Amarya Villa we assure to all our guests a truly memorable experience, just welcoming them home. ... more   less 
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