VFM: Ginger New Delhi
It’s hard to travel to a city or town in the country these days and not encounter a Ginger hotel. The forerunner of quality budget accommodation, this brand was introduced in 2004 to fill a gaping hole in the market. A stone’s throw from New Delhi Railway Station, the 108-room hotel scores not only for its location but also for its amenities: simple but clean rooms, Wi-fi, gym, a restaurant and so on.
Tariff: From: Rs 1,100; Contact 1800-209-3333, gingerhotels.com
BED & BREAKFAST: Sai Villa
Given the proliferation of B&Bs in the capital, one would think it would be impossible to pick just one. Wrong. While most can compete on location and the luxuries they offer, their prices are enough to make you consider an upscale hotel. Located in Greater Kailash II, this place has six homey bedrooms with ACs and ensuite bath-rooms. There’s also a lovely garden terrace — perfect for relaxing or reading.
Tariff: From: Rs 2,900; Contact 9811069943, saivilla.com
CHARACTER: Nina's Homestay
In the centre of charm but away from the haunts of New Delhi, this cosy establishment run by Nina Kochhar merits checking out. Set near the Old City, with good Metro connectivity, it’s also one of the new places in Delhi where you can enjoy a true homestay experience. There’s only one room going, but it’s attractive and well-kitted out. Lots of greenery, home meals, free laundry — it makes you feel right at home.
Tariff: Rs 3,000 (single); Contact 9811022326, delhibedbreakfast.com
BOUTIQUE: Shervani Nehru Place
Unlike its older sibling in genteel Sunder Nagar, SNP is cheaper and located smack bang in the middle of commercial hub Nehru Place, rendering it a great choice for business travellers. It’s good for leisure travellers too: from LCD TVs and a plush lounge bar to a pool with an outdoor terrace, there are few comforts you won’t find here. Plus, it’s not far from the shopping, cultural,dining/nightlife hotspots.
Tariff: From: Rs 3,500; Contact 46801000, shervanihotels.com
BUSINESS: Ashtan Sarovar
In a city famous for expensive living, upmarket and budget is usually an oxymoron. Try this new boutique hotel, which sets you in the thick of the South Delhi action without breaking the bank. The aesthetic is standard — muted shades and clean lines typical of most modern business hotels — the rooms offer good value: LCD TVs, mini-bars, 24hr service. Also right next to the Green Park Metro station.
Tariff: From: Rs 3,500 (single); Contact 011-26383851, sarovarhotels.com
CLASSIC: YMCA Tourist Hostel
It may not be trendy, but it’s not as spartan as you might imagine. The YMCA’s tourist hostel, with a tough-to-beat location in Lutyens’ Delhi, is spruced up with a gym, pool, internet and a restaurant. The rooms are clean and spacious, security is priority (good for women travellers) and the Metro station at Patel Chowk allows easy access to the city’s sights.
Tariff: From: Single Rs 1,100 (common bath), Rs 2,200 (attached bath); Contact 43644000, newdelhiymca.org