I stayed here for a few hours while waiting for a flight out from Delhi airport. I found the pricing for the short stay quite reasonable compared to similar hotels around the world.
I entered the hotel from the terminal - before I had gone through check in (as the check in was not open yet). I believe there is also an entrance from the transit lounge, as well as from the transit, pre-check in terminal (when you arrive too early even to be allowed in the proper terminal)
The room was quite modern in design. Its was big enough, clean and with blackout curtains. It was also quiet. I went off to sleep quite quickly - which is the most important thing if you only have a few hours to stay. Room had tea and coffee making facilities and also had shower gel etc. It did not have a toothbrush or toothpaste - at least not in my room, which I found strange as I imagine that most people have either checked in their luggage and therefore had no access to their washbags or were not carrying that in their hand luggage. I was happy to see that they had a proper hair dryer so you can shower and get yourself ready for your flight without fear of having to walk around the terminal with wet hair. The air conditioning in the room was also quiet and easy to use. It was quite easy for me to get a cool enough temperature to have a reasonable sleep
There is a spa at the hotel and I understand there is also a dining/breakfast facilities for those staying longer.
One thing that you need to know is that the hotel is airside. This means if you are arriving pre-check in and have your to- be- checked in luggage with you that it needs to go through a quick security check before entering into the hotel. This will be an issue if there are certain items in your bags such as scissors which would be okay for check in luggage but would not be acceptable in hand luggage as those items can not be brought into the hotel itself. This means you have to remove certain things. I saw this with a couple of guests - its not clear to me how they got their "confiscated" goods back.
The entrance/meeting point at the hotel from the non airside of the terminal is on the far left hand side of the building, at the very back. There is a desk there with a poster of the hotel on it. Unfortunately this desk does not seem to be well attended and so its quite confusing on how you alert people that you have arrived/want to check in. There is also not someone there to enquire about pricing. I found out the pricing by looking through the papers on their desk but it can be quite frustrating if you have arrived and just want to get to bed as quickly as you can. The only way I was able to book the room/get someone to come was by phoning the number on the poster. This is not clear and also not easy from an international phone (trying to work out how to dial the local number for example) . Reception did not immediately pick up and then trying to explain to them exactly where I was in the terminal was a little annoying , especially when you are tired. I imagine that the process is a lot easier for people who have pre-booked or are entering from airside.
Apart from the initial frustrations of getting into the hotel, I did have a good stay, and slept well. I will plan in advance the next time I travel so that I can make better use of this opportunity
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express New Delhi International Airport Terminal 3, offering 93 ROOMS relaxed affordable and hassle free stay every time. Located inside the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the hotel is the perfect spot to freshen up before your next flight. Start the day right with our complimentary Express Start breakfast and stay connected with free Wi-Fi Internet through-out the hotel. Experience our high quality bathroom and bedding to recharge after a long flight. Experience 24hours accessible Gym, in-house Spa, business facilities &round the clock multi-cuisine restaurant “Great Room” that serves Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner& in between meals.Kindly note that the guest must have a departure flight from Terminal 3 to stay at the hotel.Guests are advised to mention their flight details while making the reservation for smooth check-in & check-out. The maximum length of stay for any guest cannot exceed 24 hours. Guest are advised to read the terms and conditions carefully. ... more less
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