Hotel Ajanta

, New Delhi, India
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Hotel Ajanta

, New Delhi
2 star

Rooms: 70

36 Ram Nagar Arakashan Road - New Delhi - 110055 - India Hotel Website | | +91-11-41764563
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9/10
Highly satisfied
Submitted by: Kimberly in 22/01/08
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type:
My satisfaction during the duration of my stay at Ajanta Hotel, New Delhi, has prompted me to take the time to recommend this hotel. I have stayed at many budget hotels in the world and I found the quality of service present at Ajanta parallel to international standards. For a frequent traveler like me I always appreciate good service. The hotel has two restaurants, one on the terrace with great views of the old city. The rooms seem plentiful and are comfortable in every sense. I honestly feel you should suggest this hotel to travelers coming into India, as it deserves credit.
3/10
False Promises and Poor Service
Submitted by: Sanjay in 15/09/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. I would have moved to another hotel after the first night but for the fact that the hotel front desk tricked me in to paying for all the 4 nights before I checked in. I was given a room with no window. There was no ventilation at all and the carpet was wet. The whole room would stink. If the power went out, the A/C would not work and we would have no hot water. The house keeping was erratic and lousy. Everyday I had to call multiple times to have the room cleaned. The rest room was not cleaned even once in spite of my repeated requests. The computers wouldn't work properly. I wanted some print outs of pdf files that were on my memory stick but some machines did not have Acrobat reader. Those that had wouldn't recognize my memory stick. And the one that had Acrobat reader and was able to open the file from my memory stick wouldn't print. I struggled for more than an hour and gave the computer room assistant a piece of my mind before I could get a few print outs. There were other customers who were charged twice for the print outs. The hotel management added the print out charges to the room charges although the customers paid for them in cash at the computer room. I had a couple of guests visiting me and the hotel management made a big nuisance out of it. The hotel is situated in a very narrow lane and does not have any parking. I hired a car but my driver had a tough time navigating in and out of the narrow lane. There was a big religious procession during my stay and my car got stuck in the narrow lane for more than an hour. I had an important appointment I could not miss and was forced to go to the main road and take another car. I would never stay at this hotel again and neither would I recommend this hotel to anyone. The promises of the hotel management about their service are mostly false. They did have an airport pick up and I would give credit to the hotel to that extent.
2/10
Ok OK
Submitted by: Sanah in 07/05/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
The hotel was just ok. I found that the location of the hotel made it on low side otherwise all was fine. I think that this upcoming hotel should be shifted to some other place.
9/10
Excellent hotel and service *
Submitted by: Leonardo in 26/09/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Switzerland
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
Hotel Ajanta - this place has improved.The management is clearly driven to make progress and responds swiftly and positively to any request.I stayed in a very nice room on the 4th floor, complete with bath, fridge, enormous TV and nice furniture. The bed is comfortable to sleep on.

On the ground floor you will find a good restaurant, one of the few in the street, a good internet connection, a phone for international calls with a counter, a travel agent who kindly helped me change my return date for no additional cost.

Among the bewildering choice of places to stay on Arakashan road, this is the one I would recommend.
10/10
Nice people
Submitted by: Sarah in 13/09/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Our stay at this hotel was beautiful and like to stay here again. We are at our Nepal tour but like the arrangements they did for us. Very helpful if you want to book train tickets. Will recommend this hotel and their nice staff.
9/10
Helpful staff
Submitted by: Roger in 22/08/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
**Very friendly staff and helpful
**Air conditioning in the internet room
**More variety at breakfast
**Good Rooms!!!
10/10
Very good hotel
Submitted by: Vick in 04/08/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Very good hotel. Very pleasant and helpful. We have enjoyed our stay very much.
Thank you to everyone for their help.
10/10
Good Expereince
Submitted by: R Tim in 02/08/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The Experience in this hotel was well and good and I felt no diffuculty staying there.
2/10
Bleugh
Submitted by: Bhavin in 26/06/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
On arrival everything seemed ok, but on entry to the rooms they seemed to be falling apart. We stayed for 4 nights, not all consecutively and eventually hadto change because of the poor quality. If you pay budget you get budget. Our stay was in June when the weather is hot. The a/c cuts out everyday between 6pm and 9pm. The rooms have fridges, which seem to be ornamental, they didnt fucntion!! The lift did not work alot of the time. Location is right in the centre with all the hustle and bustle so do not expect peace. Restaurant Service extremely slow. It took the waiters around 10 minutes just to give us the bill! Each floor has a janitor, they were the only pleasant things about our stay at the hotel. Very hard working and will attend to all your requests (apart from gettin the ac working). When we made our complaints no discounts were given, instead a 'deluxe room' was offered at the same price which had exactly the same facilites as the standard rooms, including a non functioning fridge and non functioning air con.
1/10
Would NEVER recommend this place to anyone!!!!!!
Submitted by: Mudhar in 07/03/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Hotel pick up service was atrocious. We were left stranded at the airport until 5am despite our flight having landed at 10.30pm the night before.

Once we were taken to the hotel we were advised at the door that they had filled our room and that the hotel was fully booked until the morning. They took it upon themselves to ship us off to a hotel of their choice. Lets just say that the word 'desirable' was far from reach.

On return to Ajanta in the morning they started giving us lame excuses as to why they didn't have a room for us.

Note that we had kept contact with the management right up to the date of departure from the UK. On insisting numerous times if they wanted payment up front, they advised that was not necessary.

Staff are ignorant. We got nothing but 'lies' from this place!!!!!!!!!!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Ajanta

Good hotel, seedy area

from ggethin
I stayed at this hotel with my son in January. After having read more than 30 reviews, with such variable responses, I was a little cautious. Many reviewers were angry at the aggressive selling of tour packages. We arrived in the middle of the night, and I expected an aggressive sales routine, but there was none. The room was plain, reasonably clean and cheap (for Delhi). I booked on-line for $10 US. The staff was courteous and fairly efficient. I did get a sales promotion the next day, but after shopping around, found a better deal (but not hugely better). I simply declined, and that was the end. The restaurant was good, although the breakfast buffet was expensive, and it was much cheaper to simply order a parantha from the menu. I would recommend this hotel, but the surrounding area is quite dirty and possibly shocking for someone new to India.

You get what you pay for

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at Hotel Ajanta this Feb 2006. Basically, you get what you pay for. The hotel is old but clean. The rooms are very basic but do have a television with cable. The hotel has a money changer, internet cafe, travel agent and a pretty good restaurant all under one roof. There were many foreign tourists there from all over the world who seemed pretty happy there. The one major drawback is the area in which the hotel is located which is Paharganj and is a total dump. However, the hotel will arrange a car/rickshaw for you to get you out of the area as easiliy as possible. I suggest taking your own blanket, soap, towel and an extra sheet if you are picky. These are things which will make your stay at this hotel more comfortable. If you can afford to stay in an area other than Paharganj I would do so because the rest of Dehli is actually very nice. But if you are on a budget, the Ajanta has a lot to offer.
One more thing, if you do rent a car and driver from the hotel. Be firm with you driver. Our driver kept trying to take us to the "Tourist" shops (Cottage Industries, Gov't approved etc.) and these shops charge you more than double than the price in the markets. The driver pretty much refused to take us to any local markets without first having us waste our time at these "gov't approved" markets.
Hope you have a great time in Delhi

Ajanta Hotel -Nice but couple of things to watch out for

from Nilly71
My girlfriend and I stayed in the Ajanta hotel in Delhi in Jan 06. Its convenient for the station and sights of New and Old Delhi and a nice haven from the bustle of the Ram Nagar area outside, Food's OK - nothing spectacular, and they gave us a complimentary pick up from the airport. I would recommend it but watch out for a few things:

1) Make sure the room you are given is the standard you have booked and are paying for. We got shown a "nice quiet room" (windowless) but which was clearly not the Semi Business Double we had booked and were quoted for.

2) We did not use their travel agency services, but found them overly persistent and pressurising. They will try and catch you with your guard down when you check in and give you the hard sell before you get to see your room or key. Say no and demand your room NOW! They also used the old "delhi isn't safe - you must book all your cars etc through us" tactic. Good practice for the level of touting in India generally, but you could do without it from inside your hotel.

3) When we left we booked a taxi (through the hotel's taxi desk) to take us to the airport and strangely found ourselves giving a lift to the hotel rep who was travelling to the airport to pick up some other newly arriving guests. This is how they afford to give complementary airport pick-ups - by getting departing guests to pay for the taxi. Dead cheeky!

Nothing special but not expensive

from A TripAdvisor Member
First, I really appreciated the free airport pickup.

Second, the neighborhood leaves much to be desired. Granted, we were leaving from the nearby New Delhi train station the next day, so it was all we needed. Still, not a place I'd love to spend time in.

The rooms were OK, especially given the price.

I too was put off by the touting of tours -- especially during my phone call from the U.S. to book the room!

Rude Management

from Harish_Tailor
I had booked six rooms for myself & my colleages. On arrival at the hotel, they didn't have the right rooms as we booked for and one of the room was not available for my friend. We had asked to see the owner/manager Mr Arya. When we confronted Mr Arya, he just ignored us & didn't even bother to solve the problem of accomodating us. I think in view of attracting foreign customers through their joint travel agency service, the whole management of this hotel is terrible. The hotel is overpriced for the service it gives. Better off getting hotels (Godwin/Crystal/Yuvraj etc)nearby with better service & cheaper.

Can Not Trust

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel staff taking my reservation on the phone was rude and sounding as if doing me a favour (ok, I can understand that a low-grade hotel cannot afford to hire polite staff). So far so good. Then he wanted to charge to me for my airport pickup request (their website says its free) so I declined the pickup. Inspite of offering my credit card details to confirm the reservation, he said will hold my reservation without the card details. I informed that I will check in after midnite.

Upon reaching the hotel, I found the same staff who took my reservation on phone. First he declined he had any reservation in my name. When I insisted on seeing the reservation register and found my name in it, he gave the following assorted reasons for not having a room for me:
1. You arrived late.
2. Your reservation is for the following day, not today.
3. You didn't use our airport pickup
4. You didn't provide us with your card details.
5. You didn't email to confirm the reservation.

He offered to put me up in his friend's hotel next door (a shabby room at exorbitant price) for the night and move me into his property the following morning. As it was midnite, I reluctantly agreed. The next day he flatly refused to check me in at his property. I noticed that other guests at the hotel reception area were being treated extremely well and offered rooms. I was not because:
1. I am not white skin
2. I don't hold an American or European passport
3. I was not going pay in dollars but in Indian rupees.

Reserve your stay here at your own risk.

Kumar
3.

You get what you pay for.

from profs
There seems to be a lot of room for differences in quality of your stay here based on which room and/or floor you are on. My room was nothing great, but acceptably clean except for the serious musty smell of the mattress and curtains. My air con worked fine, but a woman on the 3rd floor (I was on the 2nd) said she had to choose between being very hot all night, or trying to sleep over the racket from her air conditioner. The airport pickup worked well, which is a big advantage. But I thought the onsite travel agency was a bit pushy. The restaurant was quite good, and reasonably priced. Overall, this is a decent deal for the money, especially in Delhi, where prices can be outrageous. Definitely ask to see the room before checking in, and don't be afraid to ask for another room if you don't like the first one you see.

Free Airport transfer close to Train Station

from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived in the middle of the night at Delhi airport and had a 7am train to the Punjab the following morning. We booked the hotel very easily on expedia and arranged a free hotel pick-up (not detailed on expedia but on their website). They were there waiting for us and took us safely to the Hotel (we therefore avoided the much commented on Delhi airport scrum of Taxi drivers). Given that we paid £27 for a room for 3 of us the pickup was worth that alone (it is a fair whack to the airport). We spent only about 4 hours in the hotel room which had no window but for somewhere clean to put our head and it was fine. Check in was fine and friendly. The station was an 'enlightening' 5-10 minute walk at 6am but being so close made catching the train very easy. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you want somewhere to put your head on day one for an easy exit to the train station but not exactly the place to have a long relaxing holiday and I don't recognise the photo on expedia. The photo from the window posted on trip advisor is a good reflection of the neighborhood we saw.

An OK hotel in one of the worst locations in Delhi

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a one week stay at the hotel. We had a windowless room that was passable. It's clean and decent. However, the staff walking the hallways are loud and disturb your sleep. The lobby is narrow and long and I guess because of construction, dining is also there.

The staff at Hotel Ajanta tried to sell us overpriced packages to visit Jaipur and Agra and tried to convince us that this was a better deal. It's cheaper to take the Shatabdi express and do day trips to each city. There are a number of staff during the evening and it is fair to say, they all hover around you and some of them need to know your personal business, and your day plan.

The Internet Café was perhaps one of the best facilities that the hotel offers. The location of the hotel is unfortunately unappealing. Outside, the street is filthy and narrow, packed with cars, rickshaws, vendors, taxi drivers and everything else imaginable. The staff is super-nice only when you do things their way, but don't be fooled. They're are there to take your money. Buyers beware!

The room was clean and decent. Seeing the room for the first time, I was extremely pleased, especially since I feared the worst from its outside appearance. As they say, never judge a book by its cover.

The service in the restaurant is extremely slow. My husband and I ordered at the same time. About ten minutes later, a couple arrived. It was ten minutes after everybody was served, that I received my order and by then the toast had turned into "biscotti".

Overall, I wouldn't not stay at this hotel again and would not recommend it.

poor value

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have been backpacking round India for over a month and got the Ajanta hotel from TripAdvisor. The room rates are variable, they charge what they like. The reception is pushy, they try to sell you a tour of Jaipur and Agras, as soon as you arrive, by taxi for 12000 rps for 2 people which is certainly not good value even with accomodation - you can do the round trip by train for just over 3000 + accomodation at 200-350 per night for decent places.

The rooms are clean(ish) but a bit pokey and the shared toilets are dirty. The final nail in the coffin is the staff, one guy who always seemed to be hanging around just outside our door had the cheek to demand a tip for "my good service" when we were leaving despite the fact that he had done nothing more than say good morning to me!

We have to go back through Delhi and we won't be staying here.

Top Local Tips for New Delhi

New Delhi New Delhi has lots of touristic sites to visit. South Delhi is a MUST if you're here for shopping for wedding to Red Fort (go at at night), Humayoun Tombs - this was the Moghul capital at one time - to Connaught Place - visit Palika Bazaar for electronic goods - bargaining is allowed, but window shop first - to Qutub Minar - I loved this place - to Jantar Mantar and Lotus temple (Zoroastrians) to Parliament House. There are western style malls in South Delhi and open-air bazaars for shopping - just ask taxi drivers - though I found taxi drivers in New Delhi to be a rude and cunning to tourists than their counterparts in other Indian cities.

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  • Address: 36 Ram Nagar Arakashan Road - New Delhi - 110055 - India
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