"Culture shock anyone?"
01/25/15 JohnnJill Melbourne, Australia
Flying direct from Melbourne I wanted a hotel in Old Delhi that would be totally different from normal, but not too total. Tara Palace lived up to all expectations. The area (as described in other reviews) is a bit scary but the hotel itself is a surprisingly civilised oasis in the Chandni Chowk area. How it got to be there must be a story but I don't know it. Pickup from the airport worked perfectly. The room was fine, with working air-con and wi-fi. The hotel restaurant was adequate (non-veg). The roof area was not exactly a roof garden but the view over Old Delhi was memorable. I would stay there again!
"Comfortable clean and convenient"
01/16/15 Mark G Sydney, Australia
Love it .. and unlikely entrance and a good hotel in Old Delhi. Stay there every time i need to be in the area.Convenient safe and friendly. Clean bathrooms. Nice staff and good food .. with a view from the roof. Mark
"Two different stays...two very difference experiences"
01/15/15 travellingveggie1973 Glastonbury, United Kingdom
We stayed here twice - one our arrival and when we were leaving india. We had two very different experiences so it's really important that you get a good room, away from the main corridors and wear ear plugs! Free hotel taxi picked us up from the airport and when we first arrived we were given a room with no window, so we asked to upgrade. The next room was okay - fairly quite considering we are in old delhi. The area feels quite safe and it's good location to the markets and the red fort. Food here is fairly good. Room is clean and staff are very helpful. We hired a driver from the hotel for the day to take us around - he was okay not very friendly and didn't speak much English. Our second visit we arrived and where shown to our room. This time our room had a lot of building noise from the building next door - constant loud banging and machine noises - sounding like they were knocking down walls - we had booked for two nights and didn't want to put up with that all night so we spoke to reception and they only had one room left - in the main corridor. We decided to take it as it was getting late and didn't want to look for another hotel at that time. We didn't' get any sleep - there were some people in another room - who were banging doors, smoking in corridors, yelling and talking very loudly which we could hear very loudly through our ear plugs - we spoke to reception and they said they would talk to them but the noise continued. Sounds travel in the Tara palace and we had one our worst nights stay in a hotel in India. We left the next morning to a beautiful hotel near the airport. As you can see we had two very mixed experiences - and based on my second experience I wouldn't stay at the Tara Palace again.
"Great Diwali Gift!"
01/08/15 WpgMBMatlock_Canada Matlock, Canada
I enjoyed my time at this hotel especially visiting with the guys at the hotel. Stayed here twice. I have to thank the travel desk associated with this hotel. I had great difficulty booking train tickets online from home. When I arrived in Delhi I went to the government travel desk at Connaught Place. They told me all the trains were booked because it was Diwali but if I booked expensive hotels, they could get me train tickets as part of a package. The morning of Diwali, I went to Bilal at the Tara Palace travel desk and he got me the train tickets I wanted. I was so happy I ended up booking other travel arrangements with him and everything worked out great. It is still worth shopping around because, when I returned to Delhi, a rickshaw driver told me they are very expensive. I was very happy with the services provided to me.
"Gem in Old Delhi"
12/04/14 Mario P Zagreb, Croatia
In most picturesque neighborhood lies Tara Palace. A place where you will find good indian food, pleasent staff and feel like home sooner than you think. Free Airport pickup and helpful staff will make your stay in Old Delhi unforgettable.
"the worst hotel in Delhi"
11/19/14 RobertaCRO Osijek, Croatia
taxi didn't come to pick us up from the airport and then stuff lied to us that it was a festival (in the 4 o'clock in the morning?!?) and that was the reason why they didn't come. Of course, streets were completely empty and there were no sign of any festival. After that they told us that we can't order tikka masala, tandoori or any other proper meal because they don't serve meat. And they don't have hot water. Actualy, they don't have ANYTHING except dirty rooms. So we moved to Ajanta the same morning. The worst hotel i've ever seen.
"Good "bang for buck" hotel"
11/09/14 Ben R
We were picked up from the airport by a friendly driver who took us all the way to the front door, good job too as the alley way the hotel is hidden is pretty dark, dingy and foreboding. The surrounding market is so busy it's a bit intimidating and the locals will attempt to latch on to you. The hotel itself is a good budget hotel that's perfectly situated for the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. They can help with taxis to the rest of Delhi and offer a tour (I didn't take it so can't comment but they were pretty competent in most other areas). TLDR: good budget hotel, if you want to stay in old Delhi then this is probably the best place.
"Consistently reliable, friendly and great value."
11/01/14 Jane C Manchester, England, United Kingdom
I have now stayed at the Tara Palace Hotel in Old Delhi on four separate occasions, twice with groups of students en route for the Himalayas. I have found it to be a really great little hotel with everything I need for a one or two night stay. It is great to arrive here and give students a taste of the vibrant old city and as the Tara Palace is within walking distance of the Red Fort, the Jamaica Masjid , Chandni Chowk and the metro is just around the corner it is a great location. It is not however for the faint hearted or those who like India light! This area is a teeming real place where People are busy going about their daily lives and there is absolutely no concession to Western sensibilities. The Hotel is a lovely clean oasis in amongst this slice of old India, with comfortable beds, clean linen, excellent Indian vegetarian restaurant...they will even put tables on the roof where you have a lovely view of the old city all around you. Service is excellent and it is reassuring to see much of the same staff 3 years on....Pavan is really efficient at making sure you have all the support you need for your groups arrival. If you are looking for luxury then this is not for you either. But if you are looking for a decent, clean, well run and friendly hotel in Old Delhi where you can feel safe and looked after this is the place for you. My students have all loved the contrast of the craziness of Old Delhi with the tranquility of the mountains. I will definitely be back.
"Always dependable, always friendly"
10/26/14 Koshkha UK
We made our fifth visit to the Tara Palace at the end of September. We've been going for many years and this is always where we start a holiday if we fly into Delhi. The place is super-clean, basic but comfortable and the staff are second to none. They'll help with anything you want but they won't pester you with things you don't. As 'regulars' (their term) we don't have to pay a deposit or even give a credit card to guarantee the booking. The airport pick up is free if you stay two nights or more and it's always there. The setting is surprisingly quiet for Old Delhi, located down a narrow lane in the middle of the bicycle market. First timers may be a little freaked if they arrive late at night and find people sleeping on the street, but we've never felt anything but safe. From the roof terrace you can see the Red Fort, the Jain temple, the Jameh mosque and you're a 5-10 minute walk from the Metro. There are much cheaper places but this has the perfect balance of price and quality and at around £28 for the bigger, better rooms, including breakfast, there's no reason to grumble. We love it and we'll be back again and again.
"Good Option in Old Delhi"
10/16/14 Tejas11B Mumbai (Bombay), India
Pros: 1. Right in the heart of Old Delhi next to the Red Fort (Red Fort is at 5 mins walk) 2. Close by to the main market, gurudwara, chandani chowk 3. Lots of eating options close by – Parathe wali galli, Jalebiwala, etc 4. Metro station is 10 mins walk which keeps you well connected to various places 5. Free Wi-Fi in rooms as well (do not take corner rooms) 6. Room service was good. Overall Staff was supportive Cons: 1. Located in narrow lanes, there is some work going around at the main road which caused inconvenience to reach the hotel 2. Overall rooms were average. Cleanliness in the room, bathroom & toilet was ok 3. Hot Water was an issue in some rooms 4. Hotel does not have a restaurant and serves food in the room. Found the Food rates on the higher side which you can easily avoid with so many options available in the market
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