Arriving At Delhi AirportI arrived in Delhi at 9am yesterday morning to a sweltering 100 degrees heat. A little bit tired after being squeezed into a 32 inch seat on Jet Airways for 8 hours and not able to sleep, but nevertheless I'm here and excited to see whats ahead. The Airport itself was not as crazy as expected in fact it was relatively calm. I headed towards the immigration filled out a landing card and made my way to the e-visa section to get stamped and out of there. I was little surprised at the amount of hand scans I had to go through but thankfully the airport wasn't so busy and it didn't take so long. As I walked out into arrivals I headed towards the booked taxis, now be careful with this because there's a whole row of them so do not go to the first couple like I did, look out for the big yellow sign for the yellow and black pre-paid. I made the first error which is easy for anyone to do by walking up to the first taxi desk. I was quoted 1,400 which I thought was pretty steep so I moved further down and spotted the pre-paid yellow sign I had read about back on another blog before I left. Here I was quoted to pre-pay 400 rupees which seemed about right. The Black & Yellow taxis are one of the safest options plus they're regulated by the police. Another good tip worth sharing is ask for an air-conditioned vehicle something that I didn't, and in 100 degrees heat the journey was painfully hot.
|My waiting taxi look out for the yellow and black|
|Look out for the yellow signs|
When I arrived at my hotel I was somewhat disappointed. The corridor to my room was a bit shabby where all the plaster had started to peel off and in the room itself was also a let down. The shower screen and knob hadn't been cleaned. There was dried in stains on the duvet cover and cushions plus an extra few hairs left on the bed. For me that was enough to want to pack up and leave in which I did and headed over to the gorgeous 5 star Claridges. There's not much difference in price between a 4-5 star here so pay the extra £30 because the charges inside the hotel are virtually the same and can end up more especially if you have to pay for internet on top of the room charge. I'm not going to name this hotel because the manager and housekeeping staff were extremely nice and it wouldn't be fair on them. They were all very apologetic and tried everything they could to encourage me to stay and even offered me their biggest suite which I politely declined. No matter how big the room would have been I still wasn't happy with the hotel in general. It was outdated, old and shabby and no room could distract me from that. Hopefully with my reaction it will give them a kick up the back side to put pressure on the lazy owners to refurbish the whole building or knock it down. The management agreed on giving me a full refund and so in the end I left in good will. Now on the other side of the street (so to speak) The Claridges staff were extremely welcoming and to my delight had my room was ready an hour earlier than the normal check in time 2pm. My room is twice the size than the previous with a queen bed and is big enough to be labelled a Junior Suite. Everything is sparkling clean and comfortable and at £75 a night I feel I've got a good deal. It also includes free internet which I think should be compulsory with every hotel and room these days especially in the age we live in. The move and paying the extra £30 proved to be a wise decision and money well spent.
|Welcoming at The Claridges|
In the evening I finally managed to sit down at the beautiful Sevilla restaurant which serves delicious mediterranean food and what seemed a popular choice for the local wealthy diplomat residents. I was greeted by a welcoming maitre d and walked to my beautiful table outside on the terrace. I was looked after from the moment I sat down by the wonderful attentive staff. For starters I had the Gambas del Chorizo, pan roasted king prawns and chorizo in garlic and chilli. My main dish was the Corn Fed Chicken, grilled chicken on the bone smeared in balsamic apple and mustard smear, creamed puree, pan roasted vegetables and red win jus. Both dishes were delicious and I can't wait to get back and try another dish.
|Deluxe Bedroom at The Claridges|