Tips on choosing the right hotel while planning your vacation to Delhi

Whether you are planning a holiday or a business trip, choosing the right hotel can be a challenging task. A wrong choice would not only make your trip unproductive, but could further ruin your entire vacation.

So, before making your hotel bookings let’s understand as how to get the right value for your money, the desired comforts and amenities that you would want during your stay at a hotel while visiting Delhi

Location: Make sure that you stay at hotels which are centrally located in Delhi; tourist/backpackers hotspots like Paharganj area in Delhi are the ideal place for travelers.

The advantages are

  • Easy access to public transport (Delhi Metro, Buses, Auto rickshaws, Cabs).
  • Easy access to airport and railway station (for intercity travel).
  • Close to popular tourist attractions and for shopping.
  • Save money on cab fares and expenses related to travel.
  • Numerous restaurant options which gives more flexibility during mealtimes.
  • A safe neighborhood at all times.
  • Staff: Whenever you are in an unfamiliar place, a welcoming, attentive and helpful hotel concierge can make a world of a difference in guiding you about the area and suggesting other fun filled activities during your stay. So, make sure while reading hotel reviews to read the comments posted by travelers about the hotel staff as they have had an experience of dealing with them during their stay.

    Reviews: The most valuable information about a hotel comes from other travelers or visitors. Websites like Trip Advisor, Make my trip, Clear trip, Virtual Tourist, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Hostelworld.com, Hostelbookers.com, Agoda.com etc offer honest ratings and reviews directly from the real travelers who will give you an insight about the staff behavior, the cleanliness and the overall experience of staying in the hotel. While reading reviews there could be an occasional misleading review from a traveler who may have an ax to grind, take his review with a pinch of salt, most travelers are honest and unbiased in their reviews.

    Amenities: While choosing the right hotel make sure you search for the amenities you desire, many budget hotels in Delhi offer services like

  • A transportation service which includes a pickup from your point of arrival.
  • A perk such as breakfast which not only saves you money but also valuable time.
  • Ensure a clean room, clean sheets and clean bathroom at all times.
  • Facilities for the disabled and senior citizens.
  • A free Wi-Fi is another good perk to help you connect with your family and friends or even office back home.
  • Availability of prepaid SIM cards.
  • A Laundry service in case you intend to have a longer stay.
  • During winters the hotels provide heaters and geysers.
  • Price: Book a hotel which fits your budget, there is no dearth of good budget hotels in Delhi, pick whichever hotel looks good to you online and then shortlist the best from amongst them. Do enquire about various discounts, special holiday packages or any promotional offers beforehand.

    Meal options: While choosing a hotel check whether they serve meals, if they do, is the breakfast offered free of charge, or do you have to pay an additional charge? Opt for hotels that have an in house restaurant that provide meals as this is important while you are on a budget trip.

    Cancellation / Refund Policy: Emergencies can happen anytime, which may compel you to cancel or delay your trip. Make sure you check the cancellation policy of the hotel which differs from one hotel to another. It is highly recommended that you go through it before booking the rooms.

    A final note, there is no standard formula in choosing a right hotel but the key here is to make sure what kind of facilities you desire from a hotel and check in to one that matches your needs. Making the right choice will leave you with good memories of the place and you will keep wanting to come back again.

    This article is brought to you by Smyle Inn, a centrally located, one of the best budget Hostels in Delhi providing Free WiFi, Free Breakfast to it’s guests. It is only 300 meters from main New Delhi Train Station and close to many shops, restaurants, street food joints, flee market etc. The friendly staff can help you get organized with what to do and where to go upon arrival. While in Delhi, do give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.