Although usually finding a place on arrival, we decided to book ahead with STA on our first night in Delhi with a late-night/early morning airport pick-up 100% confirmed.
Arrived after the long-haul flight on-time at 1.30am, no airport pick-up. Called up Vanson Villa and they said they had no record of the booking, although they'd said they'd send a car to pick us up, which they did after a few phone calls/arguments and about an hours wait outside the airport. After a slightly worrying car journey with two men they dropped us at the hotel. Room was ok- bathroom had mosquitoes but it was fairly clean if slightly depressing as a cheap an inner-city hotel room can be.
Our main problem was that the main entrance seemed to be a sort of lounge/meeting area for a large group of young men who seemed to stare at guests coming and going, morning and evening. It wasn't the friendliest of atmospheres and made us feel pretty uncomfortable. We also got accosted by a tour guide/tout working from the hotel- we just wanted a taxi/tuk-tuk into town and despite promising us this managed to take us to his 'friend' in a tourism office, where we had to sit there refusing his offers of train tickets/tours.
I've travelled around India four times now so I know about the highs and lows, but if this was my first time off the plane I'd have gotten a pretty bad impression. Having said that Vanson Villa would be easy to improve- a bit friendlier entrance, organisation and bathrooms would be the first steps. One plus was that the staff that brought us water/helped us with our bags were very friendly and welcoming.
Also, they tried to make us write a trip-advisor review in front of them so take this into account when reading reviews!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel is built in August-2010 and recently renovated in July/2015. We built a new restaurant over the roof top with open garden facilities and serving Russian, Uzbek, afghan food with Indian, Chinese & Continental dishes as well. This hotel located in Pahar Ganj Area, which is closed to the "New Delhi Railway Station. Hotel have all modern amenities with new interior, having with private attached bathrooms with all bathroom amenities. Hotel structure specially designed by the Modern Architectures with stylish corridors and lobby area. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotwire, Hotels.com, HostelWorld, TripOnline SA, Expedia, Cheap Tickets and HotelQuickly so you can book your Hotel Vanson Villa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.