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Le Meridien New Delhi
Ranked #17 of 715 Hotels in New Delhi
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Nothing like 5 stars - hugely disappointing”
Reviewed November 16, 2011

A very modern hotel, decor perhaps too stark for some tastes. If only their attention to service and detail matched the expense on the look.

Like all high-end Indian hotels, there is security, but when the security staff refuse to provide a table or hold out a hand for mobiles/keys, and then when the scanner doesn't beep, STILL insist on a pat-down, this is way over the top. Unlike sister brand the Westin, where security checks are courteous, these are bordering on molestation. Totally unacceptable, especially when after being warned not to touch me they continued on subsequent returns to the hotel to try to pat me down without warning or permission.

Check-in certainly didn't make me feel like a valued Gold SPG member. There's no concierge so asking advice on trips or tourism requires not only the travel desk (who actually failed to get back to me as promised), but also the business centre where they will Google what you ask for local advice on! I asked to find a bar showing a particular sports game, but despite phone calls to "check" I was then sent to another hotel who, it turned out, weren't showing it, then to another bar who also weren't showing it. So time and taxi fares wasted because they couldn't properly check what I asked. They did arrange a good car trip to Agra for me, but as with everything in India, it pays to haggle over the price.

I found the designer rugs in my room concealed hair and grape stalks, which was disgusting. Combine this with other issues such as vacuuming in lobby at 1.30am which was audible in higher floor bedrooms, and cold food and poor service in the Chinese restaurant, things were adding up to make me very dissatisfied. The manager did accept my complaints and upgraded me to a suite, but this shouldn't be necessary. Modern decor is no use if standards are so poor that guests feel undervalued and let down, not to mention hesitant to even enter the hotel for fear of being physically molested by staff.

Finally, a word of warning about the swimming pool. The professional photo is totally misleading, as you will have to share the pool with pigeons, and swim in their droppings. Again, quite disgusting and astonishing that the hotel staff find this acceptable.

This Meridien is nothing like 5 stars. it's well located for India Gate and Connaught Place, and has a nice but virtually empty lobby bar (free wasabi peas!) the standards set down by management let it down terribly. If you have even moderate standards yourself, stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: As high a room as possible to avoid lobby noise from the atrium
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

The hotel was booked by the travel Agent Castle and King of New Delhi. The hotel is simply perfect, I was in a room of 17th floor (a club room with access to the lounge). The view of the room was fantastic, from there you can confirm that delhi is a green city.
Also I have a dinner in one of the restaurants of the hotel, the food was great and the service top level.
The lounge in the 20th floor deserve an special mention, I have few drinks there and again the service was top level.
My final mention is for Castle and King of Delhi, this tour operator organise an excellent trip in the golden triangle, this people is very responsible and efficient. They make that me and my wife feels as special guest in India

Room Tip: I think is better to have a room in the top floors
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Hotel itself is high quality business hotel very much aligned to the business market. Atrium is v impressive, the hotel has clearly been refurbed to a high standard in recent years. Pool area is less impressive. Monsoon restaurant is great but v expensive!!

Room Tip: SPG members are given rooms on the dedicated SPG upper floors! Worth being a member just for that.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

Stayed here recently for one night. The place is a bit dated, rooms are as well. But for the price, we compared with all others and we got around $300 a night, my first choice was the Imperial but they were asking around $450-$500. Room service was ok, everything is OK with this place, out of a 5 star hotel of course you expect a bit more. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the extra charge for the internet, just dont understand how a five star hotel can still not have internet as a basic service. Location is very central.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Hotel have been renovated around 2010 so now the hotel looks trendy, at 1 time it was soo run down that couldn't even think of staying here. The overall, its was a nice and comfortable stay.
Hotel is in downtown area of Connaught Place. Shopping to Janpath , main Connaught Place etc are all walking distance of 15-20 min. If you are in delhi for Business and need to visit Pragati Madan then this is the hotel to stay at as Pragati Madan is only 10 min away.
The rooms are big but the only draw back that thier 1st and 2nd room type have Queen size beds only. Kings size are available in higher room caterogy.
Thier Buffet Breakfast was also up to the international standard.
Will surely stay with them again, if i need to be in downtown area.

Room Tip: If you are single traveller then you can go for Standard or Superior rooms but if you are 2 people t...
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

During my last visit, I stayed in one of their club rooms - the best I've ever been in. Clean and spacious room, with all the amenities, and a complimentary wine (Red), is just what I would look for after a tiring flight. The hotel has a great bar/pub (Nero's) which is open till 1 in the night, and three restraunt's (that I went to) and a 24-hour cafe that serves not just coffee and food but alcohol as well for those who like to stay drinking till the wee hours of the morning. The buffet breakfast is just wonderful with a variety from all over India - it just makes you want to hog the whole day! Overall, it is a must visit - one hundred percent quality and value!

Room Tip: Check out their club rooms - you will feel you have never been pampered before in your life!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Surat, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2011

The hotel has value for your money.The environment,decor and the service right from check in to check out was excellent.The food in the restaurant-the buffet and Chinese room was pretty good.The room where i stayed was on the 17th floor and has commanding view in the night.The ambiance is totally world class

Room Tip: The room i was in was on the 17th floor and was excellent.It was on west side.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Le Meridien New Delhi
Address: Windsor Place, New Delhi 110001, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in New Delhi
#14 Luxury Hotel in New Delhi
#19 Romantic Hotel in New Delhi
#20 Family Hotel in New Delhi
#23 Business Hotel in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien New Delhi 5*
Number of rooms: 358
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