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Review: The Claridges

Accommodation - Hotel

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi, 110011, India

A great way to start our tour of India

  • By SilverTraveller HMJ

    609 reviews

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  • December 2016
  • Culture / Sightseeing
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The Claridges hotel, built in the 1950s, is well situated in New Delhi near the commercial and cultural centres. It’s a three storey, white painted hotel with just over 100 rooms.

Our room (334) was large, with a huge double bed and seating area with sofa, chair and coffee table. It was very well equipped with a safe, plenty of hanging space, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar with soft drinks and beers, desk with plug points, wall mounted TV and double suitcase rack. Our balcony, with wicker chairs, overlooked the swimming pool.

The marble, modern bathroom was a good size with a powerful, over the bath shower, shaving mirror with light and lots of toiletries.

The all-over Wi-Fi was complimentary, and an English language newspaper was delivered daily.

We arrived in Delhi at lunch time, on Boxing Day on British Airway’s overnight flight from Heathrow, and had planned on spending the afternoon sightseeing nearby. However, having seen the large front lawn, adorned with a huge Christmas tree, and elegant white tables, chairs and parasols, we simply spent the afternoon sat in the warm sun recovering from the flight.

The Aura Vodka Bar was like a night club with dim lights and MTV on screens around the room: but the service was good and most importantly, you could hear yourself talk. Two large Gordons G&T cost £22.

We ate dinner in The Dhaba, which recreated the informal ambience of a typical highway eatery complete with a truck mural, rustic interior and waiters dressed in red and orange Punjabi outfits. Bearing in mind Delhi is often the first stop for tourists, the waiter was most concerned about the spice levels: little did he know he was dealing with a vindaloo girl. After a complementary start of simple sliced onions with a spicy dusting and coriander dip, we shared butter chicken, lamb keema with lamb liver, boiled rice and naan bread stuffed with potato, onion, and spices. Water was served from a carafe into beaten-copper tumblers and the cutlery had matching beaten-copper handles. At just over £60 we thought our meal was expensive bearing in mind we only had two small Kingfisher beers.

We also ate in Pickwicks and, although there was an appetizing looking buffet (£18), we chose vegetable curry and mutton biryani from the a la carte menu. As we had to wait a while, the waiter kindly brought us a couple of salads from the buffet and after our mains, small puddings: gulab jamun, a sweet ball of dough, and two panna cottas with fresh fruit.

Breakfast, also served in Pickwicks, and had an extensive cold selection (fruit, yoghurts, cheese, meats and smoked salmon) and English and Indian hot dishes, along with an a la carte menu.

This is probably not one of Delhi’s cheaper options but it fitted our criteria of good location, size and independent status and we enjoyed relaxing and having drinks on the lawn after our sight-seeing.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 7 Comment(s)

  • HMJ
    9 months ago
    Glad you enjoyed the experience Riqm30.
  • Riqm30
    9 months ago
    We stayed there just before Xmas. Xmas tree is up again in middle of Lawn. Very comfortable. We complained about the change on our last day and they were mortified. Back for a night before we fly back. My husband had 2 very nice shirts made by the tailor in the hotel.
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    It's a bit of a shock to us too after the last two days!
  • HMJ
    over 2 years ago
    Thanks for the welcome back although today is a bit of a shock after warmer temperatures!
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    We don't normally stay in places like this - much too luxurious for us - and did wonder how we would fare. (We don't take posh clothes on holiday with us!!) We were really surprised by how much we enjoyed it. The staff were wonderful and really made us feel welcome and at home. This was our immediate choice for our second trip to Delhi.

    Welcome home and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your reviews.
  • HMJ
    over 2 years ago
    It did make me smile when I saw from the previous review you stayed there as well. We are obviously two women with excellent taste!
  • ESW
    over 2 years ago
    We always stopped in The Claridges when we visited Delhi and loved it. It was such a comfortable and understated place and the service was excellent. Tea on the lawn was wonderful.