We chose the Shanti Home on the basis that it looked good on the website, it's proximity to the airport and the friendliness of Pooja in our email correspondence. In the event, the hotel is about 30-45 minutes from the airport (my mistake rather than any misleading information from the hotel) but in every other respect the hotel exceeded our hopes and expectations. Everyone was was welcoming and helpful - from the moment we arrived and received an enjoyable soft drink followed shortly after by cups of masala chai - while the bedroom was spacious, clean and beautifully decorated, indeed throughout the hotel there is an interesting mix of old Indian objects d'arts, photographs and modern paintings. The rooftop restaurant was superb, offering a limited range of tandoori dishes that were excellent while the beer was cheap.
Everyone was willing to help but we certainly did not feel that there was any underlying reason for the care shown other than a genuine desire to please us. There is a central tipping box so no one should feel pressured into tipping individuals.
Some people have commented about the hotel's location. It is near a busy road but traffic noise did not disturb us at night. As far as sight-seeing is concerned, Delhi is large and its sights dispersed so it is not possible to see the major landmarks without some travelling. As a consequence, we would not judge the Shanti Home's location to be a negative.
Finally, I would recommend using the hotel's pick-up/transfer arrangements - although they are more expensive than the pre-paid taxis at the airport, you avoid the problem of trying to explain to the non-English speaking drivers where you want to go and the journeys are shorter as the Shanti drivers do not have to stop frequently to ask police and locals in which part of Janakpuri the hotel is located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 17 exclusively designed rooms & suites, Shanti Home in New Delhi is perhaps the only choice for the discerning traveler looking for more than just a room. Shanti Home reflects India's spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition & contemporary sophistication Exquisite interiors, impeccable service and fine cuisine combine to create an experience that is warm and intimate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanti Home New Delhi
- Shanti Home Hotel New Delhi