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Colonel's Retreat At The Airport
Ranked #17 of 1,086 New Delhi B&B and Inns
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Derbyshire
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320 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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“Good value overnight stop near the airport”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Although it is not easy to find (even when you are standing right outside it!) this is a clean, comfortable and welcoming place to stay at before catching a plane. Good value for money too.

A tip - be very careful when ordering an evening meal. We fancied a light snack, were very specific about what we wanted and were confronted with a lot of extra stuff we didn't order! The manager saw the funnyside and was very good about it.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
I am glad you found our little place to be clean, comfortable , welcoming and affordable. This is exactly what we want to be. No more and no less.

Finding our place is really easy if you give us a call and let us explain the simple directions to the driver.

Do remember a new scam that has come to light. This is how it works- the driver tells you the hotel you are wanting to go to is closed - he then calls off HIS cell phone and makes you speak to "the Hotel" - which is actually his accomplice. The voice at the other end tells you that the hotel you booked is closed. You are now at your wits end- the driver now takes you to some really lousy place and you end up paying a hefty price for a terrible product. In such cases- make sure you dial the number yourself and that will ensure you speak to the hotel directly.
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2014

We stayed at this homestay for one night prior to our flight back home.
It was difficult to find and not in a very nice area, although safe and built up. On arrival you are greeted by a large room with a table tennis table and some unused gym equipment. I am unsure what function this room provides, but it is an unfriendly and cold sight.
The place lacks any sort of atmosphere or warmth and with guest coming and going it is
very noisy.
The room appeared clean, but on closer inspection found to be different. My wife found an old plaster (band aid) under her pillow. The sheets had holes in and the towels were rather grey looking.
Although as the crow flies it is near the airport it is a 20-30 minute drive if you have to take a taxi, much closer if you have no bags and can use the metro. On reflection we would have been better staying another night in our hotel in the city and getting a cab to the airport. We would have saved money and had a much better stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
We are extremely concerned your room was not spotlessly clean - we take this very seriously . This is deeply regretted .

As for the location- we are in a new upscale area - clean , bright and airy with plenty of parks and trees around us.

The TT table and a work out station is there for anyone who wants a little bit of physical activity before or after a long flight.

All we claim to be is, we are a clean place with bright airy rooms at a very affordable price. i am sorry we disappointed you . I hope you give us another opportunity and we will surely do our best..
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Colonel's Retreat is the Best place to Stay in Delhi because
Calm environment
Connectivity to Airport and important destinations in delhi
Walkable to Metro Sector 21
Clean and Neat
Tasty & Homliy food

Mr.Victro, Manager of B&B is very helpful, courteous and guide us in all aspects to fulfil our needs, reaching the destination in easier way

Room Tip: Select room No. ending with 3 in all the floors which is more spacious. 1st floor is preferable beca...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Thank you Dear Guest for your lovely review. We believe we offer a very good price/ value product . Just exactly what you need without spending an arm and a leg for a comfortable stay in this exhilarating city.

Delighted you were happy - do come again.
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

This B&B is located in the middle of nowhere, not specifically close to the airport (30 min) and definitely not close to any attraction. We stayed as a couple for one night between flights. The pick-up ordered never showed (get your own prepaid taxi, dont forget to write down the address beforehand), when we got there the reception was a couch placed amongst gym equipment and a ping pong table.

However, the rooms were clean and large (for the price), and even if no in-house restaurant the owner ordered take away for a small fee to our room.

A fair compromise if you don't have much time, although I can imagine that there are other options actually closer to the airport with same standard and price.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
We are located less than 1 km from Terminal 3 but you have to go around the 6 km runway.

If you take the wonderful ,modern ,user friendly Airport Metro - it takes about 5 minutes to get to us. If you take our paid pick up service - you wont have a problem. If you take any other transport to reach us - give us a call before you start and we will explain the extremely simple directions to the driver.

We are located in a quiet upscale residential area near several shopping malls etc. As well as near the Metro Station. If that is a weird location then there is little i can do about it.

We do have a simple reception no doubt but our rooms are clean, airy and comfortable.

Of course there are hundreds of options available . Whether they offer the same value as we do is debatable.

I am glad you found your rooms to be nice and comfortable. Sometimes the simple things we take for granted all over the world-clean rooms and bathrooms,clean linen and towels etc- are challenges in parts of the developing world. We believe we meet the expectations of the majority of our guests and that too at superb value. We do hope you visit again.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Visited in Nov for a couple of nights,with friends & needed to be near the airport so decided to choose this place.Having in mind the Defence Colony property thought this would be similar.
Unfortunately it is not so close to the airport & to find this place takes a bit of seaching.Victor the manager was very helpful in giving directions & overall help.
The rooms are nice with outdoor balconies ,but they are very bare and could do with some interior decor to warm it up.The breakfast is also basic with eggs to order & a bit of jam n butter with tea/coffee.No fruits.
They do not cook anything & you have to order from the take out menu of restaurants close by.Not great food at all.
It actually lacks warmth & hospitality...though Victor was a good manager to deal with.
As a no frills very basic place to stay...yes recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Guest

We are exactly what you have written- a clean and basic place to stay.

Add to that - Bright, Large, Airy rooms with Balconies and no unnecessary decor to make things claustrophobic.

Also add basic hospitality and politeness with absolutely no silly salutes and salaams which are nothing more than gestures soliciting for Tips.

We also give a fresh, but simple breakfast - made to your order.Just like home. No stale buffet stuff for our guests.

Good FREE WI FI.

And all this at a very reasonable cost by any standards.

The majority of our guests feel this is very good value and i do hope you will visit again.
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2013

I agree that the hotel staff is very courteous and nice. The distance to airport is not big but the time not so short (20 to 30 minutes depending of the traffic). This makes Colonel's Retreat At The Airport not competitive at all against for example IBIS at Gurgaon, a genuine international class 3 stars hotel, at 40 minutes from the airport, with a price only few dollars higher.
The bedrooms are decent, with a limited storage space. Regarding the bathroom I had, it was decayed, with a bathtub not horizontal (this is very rare !). The cleaning is noty professionnal (see the attached photo of the cup I discovered).
The breakfast is very simple served at a common "Table d'hôtes".
Regarding the neighborhood, there is a local shopping plaza at 5mn walk, through an alley full of garbage and dogs sniffing you.
In conclusion, my advice is rather negative, compared to what you can get somewhere around.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Dear Guest,

i have noted your comments with disappointment . I am sorry a cup was not clean in your room. This is indeed upsetting as we try and maintain very high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. i am truly sorry about this.

As for the distance from the Air[port- as the crow flies, we are about a kilometer from the International Terminal.However you need to go around the runway- 6 kms long - and that can take anything from 15-30 minutes depending on Traffic. The best way to our place is the Airport Express metro - this takes about 2 minutes and is a fraction of the cost of a Car.

We feel we offer very good value for the product we offer. Of course there is competition but i am not sure you can get an international 3 star at our prices..Remember our prices include taxes which sometimes run at 30% in some large hotels and WI FI etc is free. WE HAVE NO HIDDEN EXTRAS.

I sincerely hope you come again and give us another chance to serve you .
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Hannover, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 2, 2013

I stayed in this hotel with my family (including 1 infant) overnight, as I had to catch a flight early morning in the IGI airport. My experience in this hotel was extremely good - the staff were helpful and courteous. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The room had a balcony and windows for fresh air and sunlight (I have stayed in similarly priced hotels in Delhi which resemble small cubicles without windows - a nightmare). Hot water was available on tap, which is not usually the case in India. The hotel is located in a residential area and therefore feels quite safe even at night. Overall it is a very good hotel if one plans to stay close to the airport - much better than the ones I have experienced in Mahipalpur.

Room Tip: To reach the hotel cheaply and quickly, take the metro and get down at "Dwarka Sector 21"...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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ghori90, Owner at Colonel's Retreat At The Airport, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Thank you dear guest - you obviously know your way around since you mention hotels in other areas. i am glad you found us exactly what we claim to be - neat, clean, helpful and above all affordable.
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Property: Colonel's Retreat At The Airport
Address: A Service Road | Dwarka, New Delhi 110075, India
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Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 1,086 B&Bs / Inns in New Delhi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Colonel's Retreat At The Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just picture it. 15 minutes after leaving Terminal 3 of the Delhi Airport you'll be in your clean and comfortable Hotel Room .With a free pickup and drop to the Metro Station - which is only a 2 minute metro ride from Terminal 3 of the Delhi Airport , you could not get a more convenient location and a better price.Whether you are in Transit, or visiting Delhi for Work or Sightseeing, Colonels Retreat is ideally located and a great value.Just remember the directions- 1 km from Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station, 300 meters from Dwarka Sector 23 Police Station, 100 meters from Syndicate Bank. ... more   less 
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