Take a look at the best value hotels in New Delhi.
Part of the Heritage Hotels brand, the four-pearl Maidens offers historic charm and a tranquil environment slightly removed from the center of New Delhi. The well-maintained property's design and decor throughout the 55 spacious rooms, two restaurants, bar, and landscaped grounds reflect distinct British colonial influences. The gym has updated equipment and guests love the buffet breakfast and free poolside refreshments, but Wi-Fi comes with fees. The peaceful vibe also has the downside of not being within walking distance from most tourist sites, though there’s a metro station nearby and chauffeur service is available to several attractions. Guests who want a chain hotel experience in a more central location may prefer the Radisson Blu Marina Connaught Place.
The Delhi Bed and Breakfast is a good value, two-and-a-half-pearl homestay located in the South Delhi Friends Colony East neighborhood, not to far from the Lotus Temple. There are only three rooms here, and all are homey and cozy, with locally crafted decor, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and air-conditioning. There aren't a ton of amenities, though breakfast is included in room rates and the owners provide reverse osmosis-filtered water that's safe to drink -- a boon for those who don't want to waste plastic (or money) buying lots of small bottles. There's also a kids' computer, and adults' computer, and free hotel-wide Wi-Fi. Those looking to be closer to the city center and the Paharganj neighborhood should consider the Hotel Godwin Deluxe, which has modern rooms and lower rates.
The Red Fox Hotel, Delhi Airport is a bright budget airport hotel with 207 rooms and suites. All have simple, modern furnishings and flat-screen TVs plus air-conditioning and mini-fridges. Amenities include a modern fitness center with a good selection of weight-training and cardio equipment, a conference room, and a cafe serving Indian and international cuisine, plus 24-hour room service. Wi-Fi is free for one device, but high-speed internet and multiple device use costs extra. Also, there's no airport shuttle service, which is a bit surprising given its location near IGI. Travelers looking for something a bit more upscale with a pool may prefer the Radisson Blu, right across from the airport.
The Hotel Amax Inn is a popular budget hotel in Central Delhi's Paharganj neighborhood, a backpacker area known for cheap digs, cheap shops, and cheap restaurants. The 36 rooms here are pleasant, with up to three beds, and almost all have air-conditioning. While the property itself is off in a relatively quiet alley, there have been complaints of noise in rooms emanating from within the hotel, notably from the hotel's kitchen and the generator, which keeps the electricity going during Delhi's power cuts. There's a well-liked restaurant and a travel desk, as well as free Wi-Fi (not always a given in Delhi hotels), but features are otherwise limited. As an alternative, check out Hotel Hari Piorko, which is nearby and has rooms with mini-fridges and, unusually, aquariums.
The Hotel City Star is a pleasant mid-range hotel in Delhi's Paharganj neighborhood, a short walk from the New Delhi Railway Station. The 31 rooms here are crisp and modern, with much sleeker decor than at the many backpacker haunts all around. However, those facing the street can pick up traffic noise and the bathrooms, while pleasantly done up in marble, run small. Hotel features include a small fitness center and a pleasant rooftop restaurant serving Indian and international food, plus 24-hour room service and free airport pick-ups. While the hotel is right by Delhi's main backpacker street, it's not in the center of the action -- travelers looking to meet others might be better off at the Hotel Hari Pikoro, a classic -- but less sharp -- budget hotel.
Wood Castle is a well-maintained budget hotel with 12 small rooms. It's located in Karol Bagh, in West Delhi, in an area popular with domestic travelers visiting family and friends. The location is less ideal for international visitors who want to be near tourist attractions, though the metro is only a five-minute walk away. Rooms are clean and in excellent shape -- many with quaint wooden details, as the hotel's name implies -- and all include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-FI. However, the wet room-style bathrooms are a little underwhelming. Breakfast is included in room rates, but there's no proper restaurant for other meals. Travelers looking for a budget stay with more amenities and a more central location might be better off staying at Hotel Hari Piorko instead.
Located on Arakshan Road, a busy strip of hotels in the Paharganj neighborhood near New Delhi Railway Station, the Hotel Godwin Deluxe is a mid-range property with far nicer facilities than typical of the neighborhood. The 26 modern rooms have wood floors, molded ceilings, and chic bathrooms with walk-in showers, plus extras such as minibars and electric kettles. Other features include free hotel-wide Wi-Fi, free airport pick-ups, and a free breakfast buffet with Indian and international dishes in the hotel's on-site restaurant. While this hotel is a great value for the area, it's removed from the backpacker enclave around Paharganj's main bazaar area. Backpackers looking for a more social environment might be better off staying at the slightly cheaper Hotel Hari Piorko instead.
One of the best-known hotels in Delhi's backpacker enclave, Pahargaj, the Hotel Hari Piorko is a solid budget option with 39 rooms. It's not as run-down and lackluster as many of the area's other budget digs, and all the rooms are neat and well-maintained; many have extras not common to Paharganj hotels such as flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Hotel features are limited but include daily housekeeping, a rooftop restaurant, and free Wi-FI. Travelers looking for similarly priced properties but who want to avoid the backpacker scene may want to consider staying at one of the budget properties in West Delhi's hectic Karol Bagh neighborhood, such as Wood Castle or Hotel Amax Inn.
Basil the Residency is a cozy, mid-range hotel in residential South Delhi that's popular with tourists, business travelers, and those needing easy access to the nearby heart hospital. The 25 rooms are modern and bright, with air-conditioning and rainfall-showers, but they do get some street noise. On-site features include an excellent game room with foosball, billiards, table tennis, fitness equipment, and a video game console. There's also a restaurant serving a free breakfast and a pleasant rooftop terrace bar with a shaded area for hot days. While the ambience is casual and low-key overall, travelers looking for something even quieter and more homelike may prefer the three-room Delhi Bed and Breakfast just up the road.
The Grand Godwin Hotel is a mid-range hotel with a boutique vibe -- not always easy to find in Delhi's Paharganj neighborhood. The 39 rooms here are sleek and modern, with minibars, electric kettles, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms featuring enormous walk-in showers. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and a buffet breakfast is included in the room rates. It's located right on Arakshan Road, a busy strip of hotels near the New Delhi Railway Station, in a section of the Paharganj neighborhood more commonly frequented by domestic tourists than the international backpackers who hang out right in the Main Bazaar area. Backpackers looking for a more social environment might be better off staying at the slightly cheaper Hotel Hari Piorko in the main part of the neighborhood instead.
The Prime Balaji Deluxe is a simple, budget-friendly hotel with 54 rooms. Its main draw is its location right by the New Delhi Railway Station, though the rooftop restaurant, free breakfast, and free airport pick-ups are all welcome bonuses. Rooms are modern and well-maintained, with air-conditioning and larger than average bathrooms; however, some feel dark. While the hotel is right by Delhi's main backpacker area -- Paharganj -- it's not in the center of the action. Travelers looking to meet others might be better off at the Hotel Hari Pikoro, a lively budget hotel. Travelers looking for something a little snazzier may prefer the even sharper at the Hotel City Star, the Balaji's nearby sister property, which also has a small fitness center.
The Hotel Ajanta is a 60-room hotel near the New Delhi Railway Station that straddles the line between a budget property and a mid-range hotel. Rooms here are consistently spacious and range from simple Superior Rooms to huge Family Rooms and Suites, though some are a bit dated and worn. Amenities are predictable and include free Wi-Fi, a restaurant with 24-hour room service, travel services, and free airport pick-ups for guests in higher-category rooms. Its location on the edge of the Paharganj backpacker enclave means easy access to backpacker-friendly shops and restaurants of the main bazaar. Travelers wanting to be right in the heart of everything might prefer the Hotel Hari Pikoro instead.
Cottage Ganga Inn is a well-maintained, popular budget hotel in the Paharganj neighborhood, New Delhi's backpacker enclave. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the New Delhi Railway Station, and there are all manner of cheap restaurants, bars, and vendors in the immediate area. The 22 rooms are pleasant and bright, with colorful accent walls and extras such as mini-fridges and electric kettles. There's also free Wi-Fi throughout the property plus a rooftop restaurant with cuisine from around the world. Overall, it's a clean and mostly well-maintained budget property and a good pick for the area, though it's nowhere near as sleek as the slightly pricier Prime Balaji Deluxe @ New Delhi Railway Station Hotel nearby.
The Hotel Shelton is a 35-room mid-range hotel with extremely competitive rates for its category. All rooms have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs, but they lack coffee- and tea-making facilities (though thermoses are provided) and have basic wet-room-style bathrooms (albeit with rainfall showerheads). However, light sleepers should bring ear plugs as noise from the busy street below can be a problem. On-site features include a 24-hour rooftop restaurant with a pool table and room service, free Wi-Fi, and tour booking service through the front desk. Travelers may also want to consider the Hotel Hari Piorko just a few doors down, which offers similarly priced rooms, many with their own live aquariums.
The Hotel Toronto is a 20-room budget hotel in New Delhi's Paharganj neighborhood, within a 15-minute walk of the New Delhi Railway Station and not too far from Paharganj's backpacker-friendly main bazaar. Rooms are basic, but well kept and clean, with modern furniture, flat-screen TVs, and basic wet-room style bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. It's worth noting that some lack windows. Amenities are basic overall, but there is free Wi-Fi and guests can phone the front desk from their rooms to order room service. Travelers wanting something a bit snazzier may want to consider the nearby Hotel Godwin Deluxe, which has a more polished vibe and more amenities, though it will be a bit pricier.