The first time I stayed in this hotel was about 10 years ago. Since then I have stayed here countless times, atleast once every year. In the beginning, I also stayed at some other nearby hotels, lots of them are located within a walking distance. But I found Indraprastha to be the best among them, specially for the price.
Since I can write so much about this hotel that the review will not even remain objective, I will try to present my feelings in bulleted points. Here we go:
1) Very nice location: This is a very big plus for me but I guess other hotels in the area have the same advantage. This hotel is located next to a "Bengali" sweet-hourse/restaurant where the food is good and the prices are cheap. So if you get bored using the room service for their in-house food which, by the way, is also very good, you can take a walk and find tens of restaurants including Pizza Hut, McD's, and Bikanerwala. Let me not forget the easy access to various modes of transportation, cabs and autos are ofcourse just a call away, but even the superb metro station is less than a kilometer away.
2) Clean rooms that can use some more cleaning: Ah, this is an interesting one. Everybody has their own criteria of "clean". Some people even go as far as to carry UV lights with them and consider a hotel clean only if there are no spots on the bed sheets when looked under the UV light. Well, I am not one of them. Let's not forget that this is not a five-star rated hotel so, for the price and the category of this hotel, it's quite clean. I, of course, would like to use a more appropriate term -- "superficially clean" or the India's own "chalta hai" clean. Enough said.
3) Room amenities: The rooms have decent space and separate A/c units are provided. There are power cuts in the Karol Bagh area and since the A/c units are not powered by the backup generators, be ready to sweat a little in the summer months. But don't let this deter you from staying at this hotel as all of the other hotels in this price range have the same issue. A mini-bar refrigerator is provided in most rooms but I have always found them to be empty for some reason. Room service is quick and the food is good. They do provide laundry service but I suspect that they just use some third party laundromat and the some money can be saved by doing the same.
4) Miscellaneous services: Don't get funky ideas. I am referring to booking cabs, sightseeing and other travel arrangements. This hotel does offer travel arrangements if you like to have someone else take care of these for you. I have used their cab service a couple of times to get to the airport at odd hours to catch an international red-eye/early-morning flight. But I was almost delayed once because the cab did not show up on time so I have learned to use the various other dial-a-cab services in the city like Meru cabs, Mega cabs, and Easy cabs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Budget accommodation with 3 star facilities and personal touch to all the guest is our motto and service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Indraprastha Hotel New Delhi