The city of Delhi is perceived by many travelers as being expensive to visit, and to play. Affordable hotels in Delhi are thought of as bug infested, grimy hell holes within a stone’s through of the train or bus terminals; the only alternative being high-end luxury rooms at any number of 5-star hotels scattered among the city’s urban sprawl. It is true that Delhi’s vibrant growth has priced many hotels out of reach for would-be budget tourists. But there are some winners, and I’m going to let you in on 5 of my favorite Delhi hotels, all priced under $100 a night.
With nine locations throughout Delhi, travelers are sure to find a Parkland Hotel that fits into their sightseeing needs. The newer built buildings are pleasantly clean. Guest rooms are stocked with amenities usually found at mid-range hotels, including a flat screen TV, mini-fridge, computer desk, complementary WiFi, AC, full time running hot water, blow dryer, ample towels, and room service. Over the past few years Parkland has gained a following among business travelers which allows for quiet nights of sleeping. It’s also edged the room tariffs up substantially. Two years ago I paid Rs 4000 for a room that is now quoted at Rs 5500. Keep in mind that’s the published rate. Bargain for a better rate over the phone, email or better yet, in-person if possible. With breakfast included, you can still get this room for Rs 5000 or less; a price that barely places Parkland on this list.
When possible I look for charming places to stay in India. Cinnamon Stays fits into this category with ease. Set along a tree lined suburban neighborhood in Gurgaon, this family owned and operated homestay is actually spread among several modest two-story brick houses. Guest rooms vary between single larger beds to double twin beds, all with ensuite bathrooms. Each home includes multiple guestrooms sharing a common living area, dining area and kitchen. Breakfast is prepared fresh to order by the friendly staff who quickly become your extended family in India. Included in the published room tariff of Rs 3800 is access to a neighborhood fitness center, WiFi, and full time running water. Owners Manish and Shilpi are dedicated to ensuring each guest feels as part of their family dispensing expert recommendations on local events, places to eat, the best places to shop, and insider tips for making the most of your time in Delhi.
Sara Residency $$
Located in the upscale Green Park Extension of Delhi, Sara Residency is quietly tucked away from the clamour of the city. The budget hotel’s exterior is deceptively off-putting. A cramped lobby is confused by two doors which grind foot traffic to a halt with too many people. If you can look past these minor infractions you’ll be treated to a room that should cost much more than the Rs 3300 I paid. Neat and clean guest rooms are fitted with a large comfortable bed, AC, ceiling fan, complimentary WiFi, closet space, flat screen TV, and full time running water. Delhi’s Deer Park, an oasis in the heart of the city, is within 10 minutes walking. One downside is the lack of breakfast. Also catering to business travelers, you won’t be disturbed in the middle of the night by late arriving foreign tourists. Multiple night stays can receive a slight discount with some bargaining.
The Royal Residency Hotel $$
A pearly white exterior mixed with floor to ceiling gleaming glass drenches the spacious lobby in sunlight. Finished interior details give a feeling of warmth compared to most newer budget hotels built with whimsical, modern elements that do nothing but distract guests. Polished tile floors, wood accents, and even artwork adorn the walls. Guest rooms come with TV, a heater (winter), AC, complimentary WiFi, full time running water, and very modern bathroom fixtures. Be sure to ask for a second level room instead of ground floor rooms with doors off the street. Guests must call to request hot water, but when it comes, be prepared for one of the most enjoyable showers in all India. A sparse breakfast (continental) is included in the Rs 2700 tariff. Across the street is an ATM. The only real downside is the high tax rate which catapults the room rate up to nearly Rs 3300. Multi-night stays come with a further discount to offset the taxes only after hard bargaining.
Hotel Suncourt Corporate $
The best priced of the bunch. At just Rs 2500, this hotel is a budget hotel packed with goodies. I’ll admit Suncourt’s location is not the most posh of settings. Stuffed inside a neighborhood of competing hotels, restaurants and other various storefronts, the narrow streets and terrible parking facilities are easily overlooked by the bright, cheery hotel interior. Guest rooms are outfitted with a flat screen TV, AC, complementary WiFi, mini-fridge, room service, full time running water, and closet storage. Room tariff includes breakfast buffet taken in the basement dining hall. Options include both continental and Indian. Heck, you can’t even find that at most mid-range hotels. Weary tourists should ask for a room away from the street as the barking street dogs are merciless. Walkers can find Connaught Place within 10 minutes.
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