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“Stay here for the great location and excellent service - not for the rooms”
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Vivek Hotel
Ranked #188 of 777 Hotels in New Delhi
Reviewed January 7, 2010

I stayed in a standard room, so this review does not apply to the deluxe rooms. The hotel was very loud as they were refurbishing some of the rooms. They start very early, and end late in the evening. The room wasn't clean, but I didn't expect otherwise for this price in Delhi. The service was great. Room service/laundry service/taxi service/restaurant. So good that it made up for everything else.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 30, 2009

Having done my research, and read in several guidbooks that this hotel had been recently done up, it looked promising. Not so. The hotel is a building site. A few rooms have been revamped, and are fine - but the standard rooms are anything but. I have travelled much of Asia, and refused to spend time in a 'standard' room here.
On arrival in the middle of the night, I was asked for all details, payment, photo of self before even looking at a room or spending 10 mins sorting myself out after long haul flight.
Moved to a nicer room, but when daylight came it was apparent that there was going to be infernal noise and dust right outside my room, for the rest of the day. After 24 hours of travel this was not welcome, and certainly not for 1500 rupees.
The only saving grace is the rooftop restaurent, which is good.
With the many alternative options in Delhi, give this a wide berth until the rennovations are completed.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 20, 2009

This was the worst hotel we stayed in India.
It started with really bad surrounding area.
Lately we got quite a dirty room, where we were not able to switch off the light the way that the fan would still be on. There was one switch, but it was so old and inpossible to pull. So we slept with the light on all night. As well it was a dirty room. Service was also bad. The people from the hotel cheated us with offering us a taxi to the area which was nearby by asking 150 rupees, when other taxis were taking there for 50 or less.
They also offered us a map, and it appeared that they want us to pay for it.

Really the worst expierience with a hotel in India

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 22, 2009

We arrived in Delhi at around 4am and were picked up by the Vivek staff. On arriving at the Hotel we asked to see our room before paying. We were shown a horrible, dirty room. The bed was a short, misshaped double with a thin bit of grubby foam for a mattress, a window was hanging off, the bathroom looked awful. We had booked a standard, not economy room, on the strength of photos on the website. We expected te actual room not to be as good as the photo, but this bore no comparison. We were shown another room that was much better, a (worse) variation of the photo on the net but was told this room was 1200R as opposed to the 650R agreed online. We managed to argue the manager down to 800R for the better room but felt we had been conned. It wasn't a good start to our first India trip after 24 hours travel, it made us expect to have similar problems at other hotels, luckily this experience wasn't repeated.

The resturant was quite nice. Staff were friendly, food fine, relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank KLYork
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

I agree with mharley86 - the hotel is awful! The staff was not friendly, we arrived at 1.00 am and the check in was a real absurd - we had to pose to pictures holding our passports by our faces :// All the rooms we have been shown were dirty and sordid, before we entered the man from the hotel kicked off bags with rubbish. I guess they have various rooms, but the ones we saw and the one we already took were horrible... When I saw a new Vivek webpage, I thought I was going to die from laughing - it seems to be at least 4 star hotel!
Last year I heve been had...

Stayed: October 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2009

Travel to delhi often and not on a very high budget. Its basic and clean I think they are refurbishing so ask for the newly renovated rooms.. Its got a nice restaurant and is centrally located.. cant ask for more for the amount I paid..
Cheers..

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank JamesBAustria
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

Really, this hotel was completely awful. We arrived in Delhi at 4am, and were met at the airport by someone holding our names on a sign, as we had paid the hotel for a taxi pickup. However, all the guy with the sign did was call a taxi for us, which took nearly 30 minutes, and it was a complete rip-off as it was more than double the price of our return taxi to the airport. Having to wait for 30 minutes after travelling for 20 hours at 4 in the morning wasn't great either. The hotel was a complete dump, with the manager insisting we had to fill out all the forms there and then despite how tired we were, not letting us see the rooms and insisting we had to pay up front for our stay. We were so tired we decided to chance it, which was a massive error. The rooms were absolutely filthy, unquestionably the worst we found in India (we travelled in India for a month). The 'air-cooler' didn't work, the shower was non-existent, in one of the rooms the toilet didn't flush at all, and there were bugs everywhere. When we complained we were met by shrugs and indifference by the manager, who clearly did not care at all what we thought of his hotel. The rooms were so hot and disgusting we gave up trying to sleep and got the earliest train we could find to Agra that day. I'm pleased to stay that every hotel in India after Vivek was much better. I've travelled to Morocco, Australia, and throughout South-East Asia, South America and Europe, and I've never encountered a worse hotel than Vivek. I could not more strongly recommend that other travellers avoid it.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Address: 1534-50 Main Bazar | Pahar Ganj, New Delhi 110055, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi > Pahar Ganj
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#31 Best Value Hotel in New Delhi
Price Range: $16 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Vivek Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1968 we have been in the hospitality business for over 4 decades. With over 60 rooms and 2 in house restaurants we are an old and a recognized establishment. Being situated in the heart of Delhi we are close to all major tourist and business establishments. The Hotel is at a 30-35 Minutes drive from the International Airport and 25-30 minutes drive From the Domestic Airport. We are at a 5-10 Minute walk from the New Delhi Railway Station. Hotel also offrs airport pickup's if requested. The Hotel Includes 3 Multi Cuisine Restaurants including a well stocked Bar, a roof top garden restaurant called 'Sam's Cafe', which is recommended by Lonely Planet .In addition, we offer facilities such as Money Changer, Travel Information desk, International Calling Facility, Laundry Service, Doctor on Call, Car Rental, Safe Deposit, Long Term Luggage Storage and an Internet Cafe. ... more   less 
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