We loved this hotel. It was my first visit to India since 1987, when I lived in Delhi for 6 weeks as a teenager. The main lobby area is very impressive indeed. We were given a 9th floor room with a pool view. I'd remembered reading reviews saying that one side was noisier than the other, and I thought the pool view was the 'quieter' one. I was wrong, as it looks out onto the road. However, I needn't have worried- the traffic noise is almost completely blocked out by the windows. We had a very peaceful stay there. While you get great views from the other side as we could tell from the top-floor restaurant (India Gate etc.) we loved the views of Humayun's Tomb, Lodi Gardens and Safdarjung's Tomb, all of which we visited. Concierge etc. all very helpful and prompt, the room as meticulously cleaned etc. It's true that the bathroom is a bit smaller than you might expect for a 5 star, but it was pristine. I've read reviews that the furniture is dated- we didn't agree with this. Certainly, most of the furnishings are not brand new, but we felt everything was in excellent condition. We had as much bottled water as we needed, and fruits and treats were replenished daily- for the tea/coffee making facility particularly impressed that there was a cafetiere!
The breakfast buffet was excellent, and truly five star. We found the staff a little overbearing on the first occasion, perhaps trying to be _too_ helpful, but on subsequent occasions they backed off. The restaurants are expensive- we tried Varq and the Grill Room. Both were excellent however, and we felt they were worth the money. Machan (where you have breakfast) does a reasonably priced (if not cheap) lunch buffet and the a la carte dishes for the evening etc. were very well priced- all very good quality. Machan in particular is very popular with locals.
We used the pool every late afternoon as a refreshing contrast to all the sightseeing- it's very well maintained and cleaned and the staff are very attentive, you quickly get free bottles of water, and there's a quick bar etc. service. All in all, it was a great hotel to stay in and a wonderful start to our holiday.
We usually took rickshaws from outside the hotel (they constantly pass by) but also took the nearby metro a few times. On the day of departure, the hotel called us a regular cab, and the metered fare to the airport was very cheap (about 300 rupees, forget exactly.)
Try and get a high room- the views are excellent. We loved watching the buzzards soaring in the thermals _below_ our window! Hope you find this useful. It's not a cheap hotel (5 star hotels in Delhi aren't) but we felt it was well worth the money spent and we would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taj Mahal Hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in Lutyens’ Delhi, and reflects the heritage of Mughal Delhi. Graceful architecture blends aesthetically with modern facilities. The hotel is a city landmark, centrally located, in close proximity to some key areas of the capital. The 294 rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with the latest in in-room comforts, and all are “rooms with a view” which adds to the guest experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taj Mahal New Delhi
- Taj Palace Delhi
- Hotel Taj Mahal
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- Taj Mahal Hotel India
- Taj Palace Hotel Delhi
- Taj Hotels New Delhi
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