Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi

Oct 5th, 2002, 03:51 PM
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Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi

Can anyone offer advice on this hotel, heard alot about it. If you've stayed here before, please share your experience on their rooms, prices, dining, etc. Thanks a bunch.
 
Oct 8th, 2002, 04:23 PM
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Nancy, I have stayed at the Intercontinental & the Oberoi in New Delhi. Both of these hotel were really nice. The Intercontinental has a very convenient location. It is walking distance from Cannought Place...close to great shopping places & restaurants. However, the Oberoi was a little nicer in terms of luxury. Sorry, don't know anything about the Taj
 
Jan 15th, 2003, 11:17 AM
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Don't know if you have already made the trip... but the Taj Mahal Hotel on Mansingh Road near India Gate and Raj Path is a wonderful luxury hotel. I stayed there about five years ago. I believe it is in the "Leading Hotels of the World" group. It is very expensive. Five years ago it was approximately $450 per night, not including add ons such as taxes, etc. It has some very nice restaurants in the hotel and great shops to buy some beautiful and inexpensive silver jewelry with moonstones, tiger eye and other semi-precious stones. The rooms are nice and the bathroom deluxe with lovely amenities. They say one can drink the water in the hotel, we chose the bottled water route just to be safe. We checked out to travel to the Punjab for a week and then checked back in upon our return. As such, we were upgraded to the Taj Club level with many amenities other guests do not receive. Our room had a view of the top of India Gate. The whole experience was first class. Just the right way to dip your toes into the India experience after you land in New Delhi. Any further questions, please e-mail
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 01:15 AM
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Unlike the poster above, I have mixed feelings about the Taj. (I assume you are talking about the Taj Mahal and not the Taj Palace, as there are two Taj hotels in New Delhi). The hotel is in the diplomatic area which is green and quiet, but I think it is a little out of the way. Also, I don't think the public areas are as nice as some of the other 5 star hotels in New Delhi, such as the Oberoi. I have not seen the rooms at the Taj in some years, so if they have been redone then they might be of a better standard than I found them several years ago. I don’t know what your budget is; however if you are looking for real luxury then I would suggest the Oberoi. (Although that is not in a great location either in my view.)

Another hotel to consider is the Imperial Hotel on Janpath. This is a lovely low-rise colonial-style hotel which was refurbished about 3 years ago. It is smaller and quieter than the Taj or the Oberoi. You can walk to the Connaught Place area (and the great Indian handicrafts shop on the way), or walk in the other direction to Raj Path, India Gate and the Parliament buildings. I find it a very convenient location and I like the lower key of the hotel, the gardens and the friendliness of the staff. You can view the hotel on their website at http://www.theimperialindia.com
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 03:38 AM
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Greetings from New Delhi INDIA. I am an American woman who both lives in New Delhi, and know all about every HOTEL in town, or in the whole country, for that matter..I have stayed in most of the best properties over the years as an American Tour Manager escorting tour programs throughout the region, in addition to assiting indiviuals custom-make their own special interest Indian tour programs according to style, characther, theme, budget, etc...My take on the Delhi scene is this..My fave properties are the Oberoi, Imperial and Ssheraton..Each has a complete diff. character and diffferent qualities..I have stayed in all of the givin Hotels, including the Taj mansingh and Taj Palace,,,I am not impressed at all with the Taj chain in Delhi, but do LOVE the TAJ in Bombay, Cochi, and other locales...In Delhi, depending on what you are lookin for, those are my three personal favorites, form inside and out......For class, service, ambience and all-around excellence of a deluxe property, I say the Oberoi in Delhi is the best, and their Villa properties in Jaipur, Agra, etc., are out-of-this world!..For a more intimate and colonial feel, class, style, and location, The Imperial...And also, the Sheraton is in a peaceful location, outstanding service and fascilities and real happenin resturaunts and bars...Please fell free to contact me with personal questions...I could definately help you out, and even assist anyone with Hotel bookings in Delhi as I have endless contacts....regards..Bonnie
 
Jan 16th, 2003, 04:04 AM
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Bonnie's comment above about the Sheraton reminded me of two things: first there is an annex at the Sheraton called ITC One which is much newer more luxurious and more 5-star than the rest of the Sheraton, which is a pretty ordinary hotel with average rooms in my view. If you are considering the Sheraton, ask about ITC One, they don't always mention it at reservations and it is not specifically listed on their website. (ITC owns the hotel and has a franchise from Sheraton, ITC also operates other Sheraton hotels in India. Their website is http://www.itccorporate.com/sets/hotel_frames.

Also there is a great north Indian restaurant in the Sheraton called Bukhara. Even if you don't stay at the Sheraton, it is worth a trip. The hotel has a very good shopping arcade, with an especially good bookstore. My only comment on the Sheraton is the location, there are no attractions within walking distance.
 
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