Before I start this review, let me tell you something about myself. I was born and raised in India, allthough have spent the past 7 years in the US and travelled to many countries. So I am used to certain things while in India and have certain expectations in other countries - so my review may be a bit skewed (but not really).
First of all, if you intend spending something below $150 for a room in Delhi - expect the worst. Delhi is expensive and every hotel is looking to cash in on tourists. To expect western standards for something below 150-200 bucks is almost impossible. If you go to a 5 star (or sometimes a 4-star), you will get what you expect. Any hotel that says it is 3-star is generally a sham as there is no clear demarcation on what is a 3-star or 2-star in Delhi (or for that matter in india).
The reason, I chose York was for the location. - It was on the Outer Circle of Connaught Palace -- right in the heart of Delhi -- so there was always a lot of Hustle Bustle. Close to the railway station and almost central to everything that you would want to see. Pricing is a bit Expensive $87 (including tax), but most things were ok. The room was clean, the sheets, towels, blankets were clean. The mattress was worse than a $40 mattress. The room service was decent -- the waiters do not keep knocking on your door, asking if you need anything. They only come if you call and that too promptly. The hot water was good, pressure excellent, bathroom overall reasonably clean. The area is safe and plenty of restaurants around. Overall, I had no complaints. Just remember - most $50 motels in the US would have far better amenities. But this was Delhi -- and I had lowered my standards before I even started looking for a place.
If you hunt well -- you can probably get a cheaper place with better amenities. I was a little lazy and this was only the 3rd motel i looked at.
Just as a note of caution, do not book any hotel in Delhi before hand unless it is 4-star, 5-star and unless you are going during peak season and chances of finding a decent hotel room are bleak. Take a pre-paid cab from Delhi airport and keep hunting till you find a good place.Pay the cabbie a couple of 100 bucks (around $4-$5) and he will oblige. Look at the rooms before you decide on the hotel. The cabbie will generally take you to a place where he gets a commission for taking you there, so be careful.
Overall, York worked well for me, since I had to stay for 2 nights. If you are going to stay just one night, just bight the bullet -- and go for a 5-star.
Hotel Vikram is another good hotel (alltho more expensive) which was recommended to me by a couple of friends. The only reason, I did not choose it was because it was in South Delhi and travelling would have been a pain.
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