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The Commonwealth Games have brought a clutch of new hotels to the National Capital Region. Here is our list

Mridula Gandhi
March 28 , 2014
14 Min Read

Blame it on the Games (as many things in Delhi are being, and not very politely either), but the last few years have seen a long overdue, massive rise in the number and variety of hotels across the NCR. From the world’s biggest luxury brands and business hotels to home-grown VFM hotels to even bed-and-breakfasts and serviced apartments…there’s something for everyone. And as it’s our job to point you in the right direction when choosing a hotel, we’ve compiled a list (and divided it geographically for ease of use) of the newest accommodation around.

 

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Central Delhi


Mid-range

Hotel Palace Heights A completely overhauled Connaught Place classic. The unassuming little hotel that old-timers will remember from the 1950s received a facelift about three years ago and reopened as a contemporary, stylish boutique hotel with swanky rooms, facilities for the corporate traveller and the popular North Indian cuisine restaurant, Zaffran. Tariff: from Rs 6,500 (single). Contact: 011-43582610, hotelpalaceheights.com

Radisson Marina Hotel It may not have five-star grandeur and its rooms may be limited to 90, but the months-old hotel scores on location. At Connaught Circus, it’s as central as it gets, with access to the main railway and Metro stations. Formerly the Hotel Marina, a CP landmark, the hotel houses a spa, gym and business centre. On the dining front, there’s the popular Great Kabab Factory as well as an all-day eatery and a bar lounge. Tariff: from Rs 12,000. Contact: 1800-1800-333, radisson.com

South Delhi


Luxury

Aman New Delhi The first city hotel from Amanresorts—renowned for its fabulously luxurious resorts across the globe—the Aman New Delhi stands where the Lodhi Hotel once stood. No ostentation, all minimalist luxury. The idea was to create a peaceful retreat in the middle of a frenetic city—and they have succeeded. The hotel organises tours to historical sites, museums, the Old City and shopping spots. Facilities? Draw your own conclusions from the fact that even their standard rooms come with private plunge pools. Tariff: from approx. Rs 25,000. Contact: 011-43633333, amanresorts.com

The Leela Palace Kempinski New Delhi With a location that’s nearly impossible to beat and luxury that can only be faulted for being over-the-top, the newest Leela, opening at an unspecified date (but “soon, definitely before the Games”, is already the talk of the town. Inhabiting three acres in the green heart of Delhi—on Chanakyapuri’s Africa Avenue—the property will offer 260 rooms and suites. Choose a royal suite and be treated with your own plunge pool. And what’s a five-star today without at least three speciality restaurants, a couple of bars, a spa, a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness centre, meeting rooms and a grand ballroom? Tariff: from Rs 25,000. Contact: 011-39331234, theleela.com

 

Mid-Range

Crowne Plaza Today Okhla The second of the InterContinental Hotels Group’s business hotel brands in the NCR after 2007’s Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon. The 208-room hotel has every facility one can expect from a business hotel—24-hour gym, eight Wi-fi-enabled conference rooms, access to major industrial/commercial hubs, limo service. Views of the Tughlaqabad Fort, fine-dining options, a lounge bar, patisserie, spa and comfortable rooms ensure the leisure traveller doesn’t feel out of place either. Tariff: from Rs 6,500. Contact: 1800-111-000, ichotelsgroup.com

Hilton Garden Inn Saket Heaven for the mall rat. Hilton Garden Inn, the mid-range brand from Hilton Worldwide, opened its first Asia-Pacific property in mall central—the Saket District Centre. Housed in the sprawling DLF Place Mall here, the hotel features 114 rooms and aims to please with pressure-relieving beds, a 24-hour convenience shop and fitness kits for in-room workouts. The property also has a multi-cuisine restaurant, fitness centre and a stylish rooftop pool. Tariff: from Rs 10,000. Contact: 011-39191919, www1.hilton.com

Shervani Nehru Place If you’re thinking small and affordable yet deluxe and well-appointed, you’re probably knocking on the right door. Shervani’s second offspring in the capital (the first belongs in Sundar Nagar) is a 38-room, contemporary space located in commercial hub, Nehru Place. On offer are standard, deluxe and club rooms, all equipped with the standard facilities. Also available, an all-day dining restaurant, a fitness centre and a rooftop pool. Tariff: from Rs 3,500. Contact: 011-43508686, shervanihotels.com

Svelte Suites Located adjacent to the city’s favourite mall, Select City Walk in Saket, this is an all-suite boutique property with five-star comforts. Each of the 83 suites has a kitchenette with fridge, microwave, hot plate and cookware, if you’re in the mood to dine in your room. Or better still, get your personal chef to cook you a meal in your suite and have your butler serve you. Tariff: from Rs 8,000. Contact: 011-40512000, svelte.in

Trinity Art Hotel Looking for a comfortable serviced apartment that doesn’t break the bank? Try Trinity Art Hotel, also in Saket. This is a set of five studio apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes, maid service, room service from local restaurants and even grocery delivery—just give your list to the hotel staff before you check in and be greeted by a fully stocked larder/kitchen on arrival. Tariff: from Rs 4,000. Contact: 011-40568989, trinityarthotel.com


Gurgaon


Luxury

The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon The Leela Group’s first property in North India, this is every bit the flamboyant hotel one would expect from the brand. Bold design, opulent interiors in vibrant colours and large scale, the hotel comprises 322 rooms and suites, as well as 90 one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. Ample spaces have also been allotted for the spa (20,000 sq ft with 11 treatment rooms) and the business centre (27,000 sq ft with multiple board rooms). But its real USP is probably its proximity to the airport—10 minutes away. Tariff: from Rs 21,000 (single). Contact: 0124-4771234, theleela.com

The Westin Gurgaon If you’ve stayed at a Westin, you’ll know exactly what to expect at the soon-to-open Westin Gurgaon, the luxury hotel brand’s fifth property in India in less than three years. You’ll find subtle interiors and expansive rooms—all 312 of them displaying Westin’s trademark ‘Heavenly’ bed. You’ll also find signature fine-dining options,  the Heavenly spa and the Westin workout. Tariff: Rs 14,000. Contact 0124-4977777, starwoodhotels.com


Mid-range

Courtyard by Marriott This six-month-old, 198-room property features well-appointed rooms, meeting and conferencing facilities, an outdoor pool, a gym, fine-dining restaurants as well as a Wi-fi-enabled executive lounge with all-day dining. Tariff: from Rs 9,500. Contact: 0124-4888444, marriott.com

Optus Sarovar Premier Sarovar Hotels & Resorts’ third property in Gurgaon, the 80-room Optus Sarovar Premier is stylish and contemporary. Rooms are kitted out with LCD TVs, DVD players, mini-bars, Wi-fi, satellite connections, luxurious toiletries…the full shebang. Guests will also enjoy the rooftop pool, bars and restaurants, fitness centre/spa, conference halls and the hotel’s proximity to the area’s business hub. Tariff: from Rs 5,999. Contact: 9958592241, sarovarhotels.com

Peppermint This curiously named hotel, which opened its doors a few weeks ago, is the first in a pan-India series. The décor incorporates hints of lime-green in a white colour scheme, its aesthetic is minimalist. The aim is to be a ‘non-budget budget hotel’ and it looks promising: all 46 rooms offer posh amenities, including iPod docking stations, customised beds, floor butlers, wellness centre, etc. Tariff: from Rs 6,500. Contact: 9901766836, pepperminthotels.com

Radisson Suites Opened for business a few months ago, this mixed-use facility combines 32 full-service suites, a business centre with a capacity of 800 and private office space with secretarial services for short- and long-term lease. Tariff: from Rs 12,000. Contact: 1800-1800-333, radisson.com


Noida/Greater Noida


Luxury

Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort This integrated golf resort and spa, spread over 60 acres in Greater Noida, boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Greg Norman. The spa is another first—the super-luxurious Six Senses Spa. The property offers 170 rooms and suites, a choice of fine-dining Indian, Italian and Chinese restaurants, wine and coffee bars, a cigar lounge and the mandatory banqueting facilities. Tariff: to be announced. Contact: 0120-2324715, jaypeehotels.com


Mid-range

Radisson Hotel Greater Noida All the way out in Greater Noida and wondering where to check in? For the deep-pocketed, there’s Jaypee Greens. For the rest of us there’s Radisson’s 175-room hotel, set to open in October. Located just three kilometres from the Taj Expressway, the hotel will also be a good pit stop for those en route to Agra from Delhi. Tariff: from Rs 12,000. Contact: 1800-1800-333, radisson.com


Surajkund


Luxury

Claridges Surajkund Sleepy Surajkund got its first real taste of luxury last year with the Claridges Surajkund. Unlike its much older, rather more sedate sibling in Central Delhi, the Claridges Surajkund displays trendy interiors and offers a lot more space. Wide lawns surround the property, while even the most basic of the 72 rooms currently on offer (the hotel will add another 137 soon) are a generous 400 sq ft. With a spectacular infinity pool, 15,500 sq ft spa and a choice of cuisines, this hotel serves as a good getaway, especially for those travelling with children. Tariff: from Rs 6,300. Contact: 0129-4190000, claridges-hotels.com


Mid-range

Express Sarovar Portico Like its sister concerns, this two-month-old, 70-room hotel lays big emphasis on meeting corporate guests’ demands—from well-appointed rooms to high-tech meeting rooms—but lacks small luxuries such as a pool and spa. Tariff: from Rs 2,990. Contact: 9958592241, sarovarhotels.com


West Delhi


Mid-Range

Hilton New Delhi, Janakpuri With 228 rooms and suites, a spa, a range of fine-dining restaurants and bars, including one by the rooftop pool, a tea house and a grand ballroom, the 10-storey Hilton Janakpuri is an excellent option for those looking for high-end accommodation in the western part of the city. And everything elsewhere in the National Capital Region is accessible: the hotel is only minutes away from the Metro station. Tariff: from Rs 6,900 (single). Contact: 011-41234123, www1.hilton.com

Mapple Emerald Southwest Delhi has a brand new hotel with Mapple Hotels’ first Delhi property in the ‘farmhouse’ area of Rajokri. Located just off NH-8, the 54-room hotel is within striking distance of both Gurgaon and the airport. Tariff: from Rs 5,000. Contact: 9910169555, mapplehotels.com

Park Plaza This brand is having a successful run, as it launches two properties: in Dwarka (south-west Delhi) and Hari Nagar (northwest). Earlier last year, it had launched Park Plaza Noida, with 88 rooms. The Park Plaza Dwarka promises 209 rooms, and the full complement of services including a spa and multiple restaurants; the Hari Nagar hotel is smaller with 57 rooms and one restaurant. Tariff: from Rs 9,000 (Noida); Rs 11,500 (Dwarka); Rs 10,000 (single, Hari Nagar). Contact: 1800-111-222, parkplaza.com

Note: All rates for double occupancy, unless otherwise specified.


Bed & Breakfasts

Sometimes all we’re really looking for is a clean, comfortable room and some breakfast in bed, maybe. In the last few years, Delhi has seen a mushrooming of bed-and-breakfasts and serviced apartments as homeowners across the city have opened their doors to the world. And these are no shabby rooms we’re talking about – many boast swanky interiors, modern amenities and superb locations,. Here’s a list of a few that caught our attention; for a complete, government-approved list of B&Bs/serviced apartments in the city visit delhibnb.info or  incredibleindia.org.

Ahtushi’s B&B: This cheery three-bedroom B&B in Vasant Kunj (run by an OT contributor!) accepts bookings only from women. Tariff: Rs 3,000 (single)/Rs 3,500 (double). Contact: 9899248030, http://delhihomestay.weebly.com

Apt 3: You’ll feel like you’re miles away from city-life if you check into this charming little place in Hauz Khas Village. Surrounded by views of the Deer Park, this is a one-bedroom fully serviced apartment. Tariff: Rs 38,000 for a week. Contact: 9818938881

Bnineteen: An upscale six-bedroom place in Nizamuddin, located across Humayun’s Tomb. Tariff: Rs 6,750. Contact: 9871088629, bnineteen.com

Casa Delhi: The third B&B in Delhi from the Casa brand (they have one in Mehrauli and another in Friends Colony East), Casa Delhi is excellently located in Defence Colony with five rooms and two suites. Tariff: Rs 6,000 (room)/Rs 8,000 (suite). Contact: 9971425558, casa boutiquehotels.com

Harry’s: A five-bedroom apartment in Silver Oaks, a gated neighbourhood in Gurgaon. Tariff: Rs 3,500 (single)/Rs 3,800 (double). Contact: 0124-4055384, http://harrysbedandbreakfast.googlepages.com

Sai Villa: Six en suite rooms with attached bathrooms, TVs, Wi-fi, etc. Located in Greater Kailash II. Tariff : Rs 2,500 (single)/Rs 2,750 (double). Contact: 9811069943,   saivilla.com

Shantigriha: A large home in Sainik Farms on the fringe of the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, this B&B offers only one bedroom. Tariff: Rs 3,500. Contact: 9810854666, shantigrihabnb.com

The Estate: A sprawling six-bedroom property in Sultanpur surrounded by expansive lawns and lots of peace and quiet. Tariff: Rs 3,900. Contact: 9873360002, theestatebnb.com

Thikana: Stylish interiors combined with all modern facilities, Thikana in South Delhi’s posh Gulmohar Park offers eight en suite double bedrooms. Tariff: Rs 5,000 (single)/Rs 6,000 (double). Commonwealth Games period rates: Rs 8,000 (single)/Rs 9,000 (double). Contact: 9811543335, thikanadelhi.com

All rates inclusive of breakfast (of course!).


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