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“Avoid the Smarat!!”
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Hotel Samrat
Ranked #448 of 708 Hotels in New Delhi
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“Avoid the Smarat!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2006

Just came back from a two week trip in India which included
five nights (pre-paid) at the Samrat. It was the most expnesive
and the worst hotel we stayed at during our trip. If it had not
been pre-paid, and close to where I had a meeting, we would
have checked out after the first night. I wish I had read the
reviews posted here before I went. The staff was unhelpful,
unknowlegable, and rude. The first room we were in had
an overwhelming smell of pesticide and there were still
coackroaches. We moved to a room without carpets, which
reduced the smell. The linens were dirty, towels missing. When
we asked for clean towels we got somewhat less dirty ones
and the usual expectation of a tip for bringing what should
have been normally provided. We had a dispute over one of
the pre-paid nights and the cashier wanted to keep the receipt
I had of our payment. I said he could kieep it but should give
me a photo-copy. That request was met with disbelief, because
they said they had no copier or any possible way of making a copy. For a supposedly multi-star hotel in Delhi in 2006, that seemed
very backwards. The ``gardens" and fountains that one sees on the internet were all closed. The breakfast included in the room rate was unedible, and we ended up not eating there after our first breakfast, eating breakfast instead at the Ashok across the way (a very expensive breakfast - showing how awful the Samrat foot was). The worst part of this hotel is that
it has a nightclub called the Decibel (that says it all) that blasted
thumping music late into the night (one night until 3am) on four of
the five nights we were there. For callibration, I should mention
that I have travelled extensively in India, and lived for there for
extended periods in the past. I have stayed in worse 5 dollar
a night hotels in India than the Samrat, but also better 5 dollar a night
hotels than the Samrat. For a western-priced hotel, the Samrat
is absolutely the worst hotel I have seen. Under no circumatances
should one stay there. The only positive point is that it does
have a nice new resteraunt called the Chakras. But the hotel
has no directory of services in the room and the registation
staff didn't mention anything about hotel facilities, so we only
found it late in our stay. I really pains me to write such a
negative review, because I want to encourage tourists to
visit India, and I hate to sound like a spoiled westerner.We had
a wonderful trip overall, and India is a fantastic place to visit. But I have enough experience in India to know that the
Samrat does not represent India and really deserves to be
avoided - and to be put out of business by the many better,
and more affordable hotels. Come to India, but avoid the Samrat!!.

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  • Tips/Secrets — avoid the Samrat, unless you are interested in how such a bad hotel can stay in business.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2006

Quite how this passes for a 5* hotel I do not know. The whole place was filthy and looked to be falling down in places. The decor in the corridors is awful and smelly. The first room we had there were holes in the ceiling with loose electrical wires hanging out, the bedding was smelly and full of holes, most of the facilities in the room did not work and we had cockroaches in the bathroom. After complaining loudly we got moved to a marginally better room but it was still no where near the 5*s it claimed to be, though we did have a lovely view of the algae infested swimming pool.
The one saving grace was the independently run Chinese restaurant on the ground floor which, strangely enough was superb.

  • Liked — Knowing we only had to endure 2 nights
  • Disliked — Everything, absolutely disgusting
  • Tips/Secrets — Do whatever you can to find an alternative hotel
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2006

Designating Hotel Samrat a five star hotel looks to me a big joke. I stayed there in October 2006 and it is a dirty and unkept .
Bathroom leaked, torn mattresses, dirty carpets, holes in walls etc. Baradari restaurant is horrible too. Many waiters but hardly any service they provide. Food was Ok but meats were undercooked.

Many managers are there just seeking bribes or tips. When I checked in they told me that hotel is available only for one night and I have to check out tomorrow. After checking in, the duty manager approached me that he will work out something tomorrow and advised me not to checkout. My reading was that he was looking for something. After two three hours he called my room to ask me that I should come down to meet him because he is alone at this time. Hence, a big tip was given...

Moreover, someone entered our room and stole 1.6 lakh rupees along with 210 US dollars and a checkbook. It happened when we went for a dinner in hotel restaurant called Baradari. The friendly manager knew our plans for dinner time (when and where), the same man who let us stay for another night.

In conclusion, don't stay in this unsafe and a rat hole.

Stayed October 2006
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2006

Our first choice hotels were booked up, so our driver took us here. What a mistake 7500 INR for a dump. We left after seeing the room, the 4 alternatives offered were just as bad. Everything the other reviewers mentioned are still the same, bare wires, grey sheets, stained worn carpets, baths that were disgusting. The corridoor walls were horrible. I was prepared to sleep in the airport rather than stay here. Awful, awful, awful.
We left and checked into The Hyatt - worth every penny.

  • Stayed April 2006
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2006

Do not stay at this hotel. For a start, it's only partly a hotel. The upper floors, and part of the 1st floor where there are guest rooms, are obscure Government office eg Telephone disputes Tribunal, Ministry of Forests etc. The rooms are Ok if a bit down at heel, but the corridors are shabby with junk piled up on the staircases. The pool was 'closed' in high season, and the gardens scruffy with no chairs etc. Breakfast in the Red Chilli restaurant was poor, dismal decor and limited food, which ran out. No way is this a 5 star hotel.

The hotel appears to make its money from a nightclub which belts out incredibly noisy music at least one night a week so that you can't sleep. When the nighclub is closed, the restaurant may be let out for equally noisy parties. We had to move rooms at midnight.

Curiously, there is a rather good new restaurant on the hotel premises, stylish, modern and a good menu, if almost no customers. [Not the Red Chilli]

  • Stayed February 2006
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2005

This is the worst hotel I and my family have ever stayed in. Grey sheets, bare wires inserted into electric sockets. It's not only dirty, it's simply not safe. The entrance is nice, but a complete facade! You will be shocked to see the state of the rooms.
They have 4 bell boys who don't have much to do for most of the time - it's a pity they couldn't give one of them a paint brush to start redecorating the bedrooms. I would never stay in an Ashok property again. The rooms aren't cheap either, I can't believe that it gets away with masquerading as a 4 star hotel.

  • Stayed October 2005
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2005

As a frequent traveller I was completed dissappointed with this hotel. From the start the service was appalling. The car I booked to collect me from the Airport never turned up. When I checked in there was no apology or offer to credit the charge. They also were confused and tried to charge me twice even though I had paid e-globe on-line. The foyer was being sandblasted all week and the rest of the hotel was completed dilapidated, musty with regular power cuts. I had cockroaches in my room and the so-called drinking water was in broken sealed out-of-date bottles with the labels torn off. It was my Birthday on the 13th and when I went to the bar to buy a celebration beer, I was told they had run out of stock! There was no Internet or business meeting rooms to hold meetings.
In brief, every aspect of the service, facilities and accomodation was the worst standard I ever experienced. It was a short stay and only because I had pre-arranged meetings, I'd have checked out the following day.
How they can claim 5 star is totally bewildering.

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Samrat
Address: 50 - B Kautilya Marg, New Delhi 110021, India
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Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#78 Luxury Hotel in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Samrat 4*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the landscape garden. Samrat’s elegant structure built around a centre flower-filled atrium an open air courtyard lives up to the concept of luxury hotel. The hotel has a choice of 255 rooms with a Pan-Asian restaurant “SHIRO,” a multicuisine restaurant ‘CHAKRAAS.” To serve you better there is LAYBA, a beauty salon. ... more   less 
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