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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Reviews - Hotel Ajanta

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10/10
Wonderful place to stay
Submitted by: Justin in 10/09/10
  • Age Group: 2630
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Great rooms, good internet connection. What I like most is the roof top restaurant and also free complementary airport pick up. Wonderful place to stay, very nice environment too. Its one of the oldest hotels in Delhi had a great experience.
10/10
Excellent service
Submitted by: Liam in 02/07/10
  • Age Group: 2630
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We stayed here for part of our honeymoon in India, it has a great location. Walking distance from New Delhi Railway Station and walking distance to Connaught Place (Centre Delhi District). Hotel was clean and offered a free breakfast. Staff here was excellent they were very friendly and helpful. They also spoke perfect English. Would stay here again might just pay a little extra for a Superior room.
10/10
Best experience....
Submitted by: Martin in 01/05/10
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I've been twice to Hotel Ajanta with my spouse. The last time we went there was to celebrate our First wedding anniversary and it was truly one of the best experiences we've had at this place. We reached there on a Saturday morning in March 2010 and stayed on till Sunday noon. The rooms were cozy and unique in the sense that every room or suite is one of its only kinds, from furnishings to the look and feel. I will b back.
10/10
Real Value for Money
Submitted by: Brian in 04/04/10
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Excellent Deal…No one could imagine such an excellent stay at the heart of New Delhi. I stayed for 4 Nights. The room was perfectly clean. I will definitely opt this hotel again if I visit Delhi again. The Price was the great attraction. It gave the facilities & comfort of a relatively higher priced accommodations... Real Value for Money. I will always search for 'Hotel Ajanta' in every Indian Cities for my stay.
10/10
Highly recommended
Submitted by: David in 14/12/09
  • Age Group: 2630
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
I would ask all my friends to stay at this hotel on their visit to Delhi. Very good people and nice rooms. It was a pleasure staying there.
1/10
Not safe for single females
Submitted by: Gemma in 09/11/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I would not recommend anyone who needs a reliable room, especially late at night, goes to the Hotel Ajanta. My sister emailed and rang twice to reserve a room, and an airport pickup (she was arriving at 3am) and they assured her it was all confirmed. No-one at the airport when she arrived, and when she rang they told her they'd given her room to someone else who wanted to stay longer. So be warned!
1/10
Hotel Ajanta was the 2nd worst hotel I stayed in!
Submitted by: Travel-Library User in 20/10/09
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
I went to India for 2 weeks in Sept. Traveled to Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Hotel Ajanta was the 2nd worst hotel I stayed in! (the winner was Hotel Sheila in Agra)

The room charges are excessive for what you actually get. The hotel charge for every little thing i.e. internet access, breakfast etc (almost all hotels i stayed in offer this and more complimentary).

The pre-paid taxi is overpriced, the tours they offer is overpriced and they insist on only taking you on the tourist trail i.e. where they want you to go (and this always includes the tourist handicraft shops).

The photo's on their website is nothing like what you get. The rooms are dull, most have no windows, some spit stains on the wall.

I travel to India twice a year and have been doing so for around 4 years now, my experience is the good hotels won't take payment until you check out; whereas the poor ones always as for full payment in advance (this hotel asks for payment in advance).

My advice would be to skip this hotel and pick one of the 20 hotels on the same road. I believe as Hotel Ajanta are in all the guide books their standards have slipped considerably and feel they no longer have to go that extra mile for their guests.
10/10
enjoyed the stay....
Submitted by: Cristopher in 16/10/09
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I really enjoyed the stay at the hotel. It was very comfortable and had good food. The staff was very polite ad helpful, and the room service was also pretty fast. So I liked it all and would recommend it to my friends.
10/10
highly recommend
Submitted by: harry in 03/08/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We made a recent trip with our 2 children to Delhi and were pampered during the stay with this hotel. The rooms were spacious and clean. The staff was very professional and attentive. The restaurant was exceptional and convenient. This was one of the most pleasant experiences during our several trips to New Delhi. We would highly recommend Hotel Ajanta.
10/10
Safe and clean
Submitted by: Gabriella in 09/07/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
It's a very Good hotel with reasonable price & good location. Safe for single women travelers had no problem staying here. Staff is very friendly also we benefited from free pickup services.

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.

Connaught Circle Go to Connaught and barter with the travel company's. We paid £130 for a driver to take us round Delhi and then to Agra and Jaipur.

Shopping for jewelry in Delhi I have two shopping tips for jewelry. If you like traditional shopping in American-style boutiques, go to Amrapali in the Khan Market. The jewelry is all pretty, some of it even sophisticated, and the prices are reasonable. Check out their web site for more info. If you're willing to shop like the locals do, then get to Dariba Kalan street, near the Kinari Bazaar. It's not far from the Sisganj Gurdwara ( a Sikh temple). Dariba Kalan is the bridal jewelry street and while most shops sell gold jewelry for Indian brides, you will also see a number of smallish shops that sell traditional gold and silver jewelry in the Rajasthani style. It's worth browsing - the shopkeepers don't see that many tourists and you can bargain. I found most of the jewelry shops in the touristy areas of Rajasthan all seemed to carry the exact same merchandise, but I didn't find much of the touristy stuff on this street.

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