This weekend, Harris and I have been trying to look for some good, clean, safe housing close to the Kailash Colony Metro station. There have been a few that have caught my interest and look pretty good. Others I was able to rule out with no issue quite quickly. Being a teacher, and owning up to my need for some control in this process, I put my data into a table and have also recruited Harris to work on this with me.
Having never been to any Asian country before, I realized that I had no idea how the continent was divided other than the countries contained therein. So, I went to Amazon.com and have now ordered a couple of guide books that specifically work with the Delhi/New Delhi area. It is a weakness/strength/disorder that I must know about the place I am travelling to prior to arrival. I am just not one who jumps on a plane, or in a car, and hopes to find what I need when I get there. Not me at all.
I am going to also touch base with Margarida and Meg in hopes that they can put me in touch with their concierge. Maybe she/he can help me find a place that ticks off all the boxes and still meets with our desire for a cheaper place. I am looking for a place that has a bed with clean sheets, a separate seating area with TV, a fridge and microwave (small kitchen type place preferred), an attached bathroom (shower must have a curtain or door dividing it from the rest of the bathroom), room must open from inside the hotel, and there must be a breakfast included in the cost of the room, oh and we also want a place where we can do our own washing (either in the room or in the hotel). Surely there's something out there that meets all those...right?
So far, our list consists of the following hotels:
- Hotel Conclave Boutique - http://www.conclavehotel.com/ conclave_boutique/index.html - $1,299.64 in their Superior Deluxe Double room for our 17 nights in Delhi. Really like the property, super close to ISIS and SCI, and ticks off each box except for laundry. I have emailed them and am keeping my fingers crossed to hear back soon!
- Star Grand Villas - http://www.stargrandvilla.net - $ ??? - Waiting to hear a price from them. This place ticks off all the boxes as well except for laundry and is also pretty close to the Kailash Colony Metro stop.
- The Solace (formerly known as Sodhi Lodge) - http://www.sodhilodge.com - $1,299.44 if booked on Expedia.com. The hotel is offering a 35% discount if booked in advance and with the online service. This is the price for their nicest room and it meets most of the requirements including access to laundry. However, it is unclear if they are offering to do my laundry or let me do my laundry. There is no fridge or microwave in the room, but there is a restaurant at the hotel. That would limit us to keeping peanut butter and jelly type things in the room to eat if we didn't want to eat out. Could be problematic.
- The Velvet Apple - http://velvetapplehotels.com/ - $2,185.60 is WAAAY more than I want to pay. However, this is a great hotel and if my AAA membership would get me a good discount, it's worth considering. I will email them and check because the rate might be negotiable. It meets almost all of the things on my "wants" list and is rated #63 out of 517 of hotels in New Delhi on TripAdvisor.com. No fridge or microwave, but it is very close to Kailash Colony Metro station, M Block market, an ATM, and other amenities that I was hoping for.
These are on the list, for now. I'm not giving up though. I remember that Margarida wrote about the place she stayed where they were able to cook called the "Tulip" something??? I googled "Tulip Hotel" and got about 15 hits. I have no idea where those are. Hopefully, I can narrow that down if I speak with the concierge too.
Can't believe we're less than 90 days out now from being in India!!! Wow!