Hotel Tara Palace

, New Delhi, India
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Hotel Tara Palace

, New Delhi
3 star

Rooms: 33

419, Old Cycle Market - New Delhi - 110006 - India Hotel Website | | 91-011-23276465
311 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Tara Palace

9/10
At the Old Delhi as at home
Submitted by: Inna in 25/03/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Russia
  • Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
We're 3 women-travelers and this hotel was the last point of our jorney around Rajasthan. We's met as closed friends. Clean room, good food, the staff is ready to realize any your wish, reasonable price... All that are in the heart of the Old Delhi. What may be the best?
10/10
Had great time in India
Submitted by: Min in 21/01/09
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
As I read in the rough guides that Delhi in the night was not safe but it was not like that. I was staying in Hotel Tara Palace which is located in the busiest place of delhi. When I saw the small alley going to the hotel I was afraid but when I arrived in the hotel it was unaccepted that the GEM in the small alley and very clean . 24 hour hot water was great for me.Beautiful Red Fort view from the roof top. Next Day I met the travel desk next the hotel who helps me the rest plan of India to Rajasthan, varanasi , mumbai, bandhikui,haider quli, goa. At the end I realized that I had the great service in India but only if you go goa say him first we need hotel near the beach because I didnt say him and I stayed first night away from the beach and then he changed my next 4 nights near the beach which was so good and it happen only with my one phone call. appreciated.
10/10
Nice hotel in Delhi
Submitted by: erika in 16/09/08
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
One of the nicest budget hotels in busiest shopping district in Delhi. There are mainly Tourist family or couples. It is dual dominated environment and surprisingly quite safe. My mum and I stayed at the hotel in our own separate rooms because we could afford the cheap rates. Room service & customer service is great. Special hi to the guys at the reception called pawan and Kapil who always had a smile on their face, they really used to make our day especially when heading back to the hotel after a long busy day of shopping. I generally don't find people in India very friendly like us Aussies so it was nice to see some genuine friendly cheerful faces. I recommend eating at the hotel because the Indian food is served there that great. Though I wouldn't recommend females to venture out after 10pm when the area gets quieter. Its safe as long as its busy and crowded. The rooms are nice and the bed is softer compared to some beds I have slept in other hotel. The hotel was very busy while we were there I guess due to the peak season. If you are looking to do some shopping then I recommend this hotel. I will defintiely go back there again.
10/10
Homely Atmosphere Hotel Tara Palace
Submitted by: john in 16/09/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Hotel has the best service you could want. They made us feel right at home, and went out of their way to supply all our needs and more. All of the staff made us feel comfortable and were very respectful. Arriving in Delhi at 10pm we got off the plane to find Hotel Representative waiting for us with a welcoming smile.
We found the service and the staff a delight; they did everything to make us feel at home. They indeed provided me assistance in providing air tickets to Mumbai for tomorrow without any service charge. I recommend this hotel to everyone in my friends and relatives.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Tara Palace

A little better than average

from ukpat02
My weeklong stay at the Tara Palace was just alright. It also could be that I just didn't like Delhi in general and that jaded me toward the Tara Palace, but there were several things I didn't like about the hotel. But let me start with what I did like:

-Airport pickup was great. No problems here. A little more expensive than a prepaid, but you can't really complain about that.

-Hotel was clean. Rooms were made every day and soap/shampoo was replaced most days.

-A good location. Near the Red Fort and Chawni Chowk metro. Some don't like the location in the middle of the dirty old city, but I didn't really mind.

-Free breakfast! It's a nice breakfast, too.

What I didn't like:

-They seriously don't know how to make a bed. Someone needs to teach them. The sheet only covered my midsection and the blanket covered my feet. It was weird.

-I always got the feeling they were trying to sell me things. Packages and such. Every I was asked where I was going. You could chalk this up to friendliness, but it seemed to have ulterior motives.

-The guy who works the desk at night is a jerk. Not helpful at all and almost misleading. The first night I was there he told me I owed 100 rupees for using the computer for one hour. No where in Delhi charges more than 50 rupees an hour for the internet and he was clearly going to pocket the money I gave him. I didn't give him anything and told him to bill it to my room. I talked to other travelers in the hotel and they had similar negative experiences with him, also.

All in all, the stay was just ok. I liked a lot of things about the hotel but didn't like some other things. I think that puts it about neutral, right?

good hotel, but location so so

from radiorfa
Clean hotel, good service depending with who you're talking, but in a sketchy location. If it's your first stay in Delhi, you'll be surprised. Not too safe during the night if you wanna go out.

Great place, the other glowing reviews were accurate.

from mmace1
Pros:
Perfectly Clean, and they seem to clean your room everyday (a plus in India it seems)
Great Location - 5 minute walk to Red Fort, subway station, McDonalds, and ATMs
Very helpful front desk
Quiet inside
Nice construction for the price (white marble floors, etc.)
Good free breakfast included (proper breakfast, not muffins and juice boxes)

Cons:
Neighborhood is very, very dirty, and very, very poor. It's really a bit horrible your first time. Much of Delhi is that way though.

Conclusion:
Our favorite of 4 hotels we used in India, and ironically the cheapest. Aside from the disgusting neighborhood, everything about it is great.

Clean hotel, spotty service

from 1i1y
The hotel is clean and comfortable and the staff are lovely. It's located in a small alley in the back of Old Delhi which may be a bit overwhelmng for a first-time visitor, but I found it to be one of the more interesting neighborhoods in Delhi.

The service was inconsistent, which was a real let-down. I waited an hour at the airport for the prepaid pickup and when nobody arrived set out on my own. 2 hours, one taxi and one rickshaw later I finally located the hotel. Note that their booking confirmation forms have no address or phone number on them so write them down separately!

The hotel solicited information about my plans then recommended a travel agent who turned out to offer very poor value. The first day he sent a driver in a non A/C car that rattled all over Delhi. I'd asked for hotels like Tara Palace and although I was charged similar rates, got some substandard hotels in Agra and Jaipur and a replacement driver who insisted on taking me to commissioned "crafts shops" despite the owner's insistence that they wouldn't. If Tara Palace is going to quiz their guests about plans then send them to a recommended travel agent, they should make sure the agent is delivering what he promised and value for money.

Good clean and friendly hotel in Delhi

from Ouseboy
This hotel is new with spotlessly clean, spacious rooms and comfortable beds. The staff were exceptionally friendly, they bent over backwards to assist and the restaurant food was OK. Internet is available in rooms if you have a PC and the room and laundry service was good.

There were insufficient blankets on the bed on arrival but more were secured from reception after a phone call. This seems to be common in India in that you are given one single top sheet and one single blanket for a queen sized bed. This happened several times in various places.

The location was good and central as long as you didn’t mind going down an alley (probably better for groups or couples than solos). The Red Fort and metro only a short walk away.

A very good hotel for the price and a great find in Delhi where many of the hotels are a disgrace, even if you pay much more.

We would definitely stay there again.

Warm and friendly Tara

from gdpo
Tara Palace was our first hotel in India and it was with some trepidation that we got off our coach in Old Delhi.

The facade was not impressive - far from it; but the warmth began as soon as we walked in the door.

The accommodation was clean and the staff could not have been more helpful. The small but friendly eating area was always open and it was a treat to wander in for our tea and toast early in the morning.

Hot water was a bit dodgy at times, but staff were always willing to help us when we got into trouble.

Drinks on the roof was also a treat. All in all, a really good quality three-star hotel.

Service with a Smile

from aunty-ji
I arrived at by myself at night., and as a female was a little apprehensive. I was a little put off at first as it is tucked away down a lane in a not so welcoming part of Delhi. But upon entering I was given excellent, friendly warm service. The rest of our party of 14 arrvived over the next day and all received the same treatment. The rooms were clean and neat. The restaurant served tasty food and nothing was too much trouble. The rooftop terrace provide excellent views over the Red Fort. Perhaps if you were travelling solo(female) or first time to India, it is not ideal,but for couples, or groups it is fantastic. Would recommend. Internet access in the rooms plus cable TV, prompt 24 hour room service. Nearby is busy Chandi Chowk which in day is colourful and you can buy fresh fruit at markets. Nearby is Haldirans -great clean Indian fast food plus fantastic sweets! And if you must there is also a Mcdonalds nearby

So-So Hotel

from ognid
If what you are looking for is a clean room, then you will get what you are looking for here. This can be a difficult thing to find in many hotels in Delhi. Unfortunately, it is in a really bad neighborhood. But then again, unless you want to stay in a really expensive hotel in Delhi, it is going to be in a bad neighborhood. The location is good for some of the sightseeing. It is right across from the Red Fort and very close to some of the other sights, but don't expect to be able to wander around past sundown. The key thing for us was that it was clean.

If your taxi driver insists on calling ahead to "confirm" your reservations, it is a scam. He will pretend to call and then tell you your room is double booked and try to divert you to another hotel where he gets a hefty commission. Insist on going to the hotel. Your room is still available. This is a common scam

Nice Interior, Helping staff, great nearby Historical

from Prashant_Jaiswal
Hotel was clean, with an impressive lobby,although the room was smallish, but had all the facilities there.
The historic places near the hotel like Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Gurudwara Sheesh Ganj and many other places of Old Delhi are at walking distance form the hotel.
Hotel staff was very friendly and supportive but the thing which was most useful for me was the internet connection the my room as I am a techie ;-) so cant live without it.
I would like to visit this hotel again soon.

t go here on first night in India!

from deleuze
This hotel was clean, however the experience of this hotel due to its location and the hotel staff was awful. This area of old delhi is massively crowded with men who stared with contemptuous disdain or who agressively hassled us for custom/tours you name it. If this is your first night in India after a long flight I'd recommend you stay in Connaught place or central Delhi. Certainly wouldn't recommend this hotel or area to a lone female - the amount of hassle and contempt you receive is not worth it and the area could well be dangerous at night.

The hotel staff directed all comments to my (male) companion, even when I asked questions; the lobby was continually filled with around 10 men who sat about and gawked at my chest. Been to India several times before with no problems, was dressed conservatively, never had this sort of intimidation in a hotel.

The hotel manager woke us up with a phone call at 7am on our first (and last) morning there demanding to know our plans for the day, then when we went out, followed us down the street agressively hawking various tours/deals. Later he told me he had to photograph me and got out a computer camera - when I asked why he became very agressive and threatening, and only backed down when my partner intervened. No other hotel during our stay in India requsted a photo of either of us.

When we ordered room service there were four visits to our room - one to deliver the food, one to take the plates away, one to get the money and another for the change and to get a tip. Annoying.

This hotel would probably be bearable after a few weeks acclimatising and developing a thick skin, but if you're going for a couple of weeks holiday I'd advise you to pick somewhere out of old delhi, and certainly not tara palace.
Management Response from tarapalace
Hello
Thank you for choosing us to serve you.
First of all,I apologize for any trouble at our Hotel.
I must mention that we have changed a lot since the time you stayed at the hotel.
We have been training our staff to give international standard service and also monitoring the staff's service and behavior towards customers.
Now we are proud to say that we have reached our goal of skilled and trained staff.And the manager about whom you have mentioned has left the hotel and now i am the new manager.
You can see the effect of our changes in our recent reviews too.
Please do give us a chance to serve you again if you come to Delhi.
Thank you.

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  • Address: 419, Old Cycle Market - New Delhi - 110006 - India
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