A comfortable stay in Delhi

Bed and breakfast or budget, enjoy more by putting up at an affordable hotel

Words: Ambica Gulati

Delhi is a tourist’s delight. It is a blend of modernity and complexity, history and future. It is where the Parliament is located and it is where India’s future is decided. It is a rich basket of arts, culture, heritage, fine dining, nightlife and is the heart of India. I stay in the suburbs and work in the suburbs also. And I have friends visiting me often. This means I need to put them up somewhere in the heart, so that I can meet them, go partying and still make it to work.

As my work schedules are cramped for time, I decided to look for some bed and breakfast hotels in Delhi that I could do a monthly tie-up with. My friends were planning a month-long visit to India from Cyprus.

South Delhi seemed to be the best option, but probably there were no affordable hotels in Delhi, such was my perception. I was aware of a lot of budget hotels in Delhi around the Paharganj area. More recently I had also discovered an affordable hotel in Gurgaon. But that was too far. I needed to put them up in a place from where all the major tourist attractions were close by.

It was Saturday and my quest began after a cup of tea in the morning. South Delhi, and Google responded with a list of online places. Some had good reviews and some had average. Then I checked their looks—its important to know if the place is neat, clean, has a reasonably good décor.

There were a lot of good ones, but most of them were not in the localities that I wanted my friends to stay in. But Vaishnavi Paradise in Green Park seemed promising, as did Vidya Bed & Breakfast in South Extension Part I. The phone numbers were also there, so I decided to call them about the pricing and the conveniences offered, including a good wi-fi connection.

Hospitality Home in Panchsheel Enclave seemed quite good too. But the one that was coming out to be a good deal was Udaan Service Apartment in Vasant Kunj. This was close to my workplace, cabs were not a problem, Chattarpur metro station was nearby and lots of dine-out places. The malls were within walking distance and they could even watch a movie, if they wished to.

But this is not the end of the options, there are lots more bed and breakfast hotels in Delhi. I sent my friends the links and even of affordable hotels in Delhi and budget hotels in Delhi. They could then take their pick and I would make the arrangements.

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