Wednesday, August 19, 2009

India: Hotels and Hostels

Let’s be honest up front, after all the sightseeing you know you’ll be doing in India, you’re going to want a comfortable bed and the luxury of air conditioning to come home to. We know where you can find that for everyone’s budget limits!

New Delhi:
Taj Palace Hotel- A hotel that earned every one of its 5 stars, this luxury home away from home offers wireless internet, portable printers for hire, a 9-hole putting green, car service, babysitting, laundry service, hair salon/spa and translators! A car service is available for airport transportation and a doctor is on call 24 hours a day. Three restaurants on-site for convenient dining and arrangements can be made at tennis and golf courses nearby. Just 10 minutes from the airport… luxury waits for a reasonable price!
Emperor Palms Hotel- Named the best budget hotel, this hotel has a lot to offer for little price! Its great location, laundry service, free airport pick up, internet service and 24 hour room service make this hotel live up to its name. The hotel also offers restaurants on site.
Home Away from Home Hostel- Focused on single women travelers, this hostel came highly recommended by those who stayed here. The hostel is clean, inexpensive, offers airport service, is located near excellent restaurants, has a friendly staff and offers breakfast. The hostel also offers cable TV, a library, a mini supermarket, 24 hour security, internet access and air conditioning. Home Away from Home is just that, although, it can be difficult to find. Keep the phone number of the hostel close by as the staff members are friendly and helpful in offering directions to the cab driver!

Hotel Sea Princess- Sea views, spas, rooftop pool, health club, and flat screen TVs in every room aren’t the only thing this award winning hotel has to offer. It also offers internet access, hosts 5 different restaurants on site, located near the shopping and business district, is priced fairly reasonably and is only a 20 minute drive from the airport. Winner of the 24th International Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry at Madrid, Spain and winner of the International Gold Star Award for quality and excellence at Geneva, Switzerland, all this hotel is missing is you!
Sun & Sand Hotel- This hotel has views of the Arabian Sea; it is close to the night life, airports and the center city and even comes with a smaller price tag! The rooms offer international direct dial (IDD), internet, LCD/satellite TV, a mini bar and a welcome fruit basket. Located on a main beach, how can you resist?
West End Hostel- Staying here will make you forget you are staying in a hostel! Restaurants on location that offer various cuisines such as continental, Tandoori and Moghlai are just one major element that separates this hostel from any others worldwide. Just a stone’s throw from the shopping and entertainment district it has the prime location. The staff is rated as friendly, the rooms clean and the hostel very secure. All the rooms are large, private baths are available, a little bar is also on location and internet service is provided.

The Peerless Inn- This nice little four star hotel has great amenities which include a welcome drink upon arrival, a welcome kit in the room upon arrival, friendly service, clean rooms, a buffet breakfast, and gym facilities. The Peerless Inn also offers a variety of in house restaurants, bars and lounges. The location is the cherry on top of a wonderful Inn.

The Howard Park Plaza- In the city of the Taj, this hotel is the essence of India. Centrally located just 2km from the famous Taj Mahal, the Howard Park Plaza offers internet access, TVs in every room, bar, lounge and a variety of on site restaurants with a variety of cuisines, a pool and a gym facility. It is priced reasonably well considering its location to the Taj.

No matter the budget, no matter the city, Passport Health has all the travel information you could need!

We hear from a lot of our clients traveling to Calcutta that it is very expensive and you often need to be sponsored to stay in a reasonably priced hotel. What are your thoughts regarding this? Has this ever happened during your travels?


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