Bloated & badly maintained, step inside for a taste of Indira Gandhi's India.
Once you get beyond the stressed and unwelcoming reception (same applies to the cashier), the staff are lovely. The housekeeping staff were called twice within the first hour I was there, first to fix loose panels on the balcony that banged around with the wind, then to clean the floor as I realised that the soles of my feet were black from walking barefoot in the room.
Both problems were attended to promptly, but the floor remained just as dirty after the (dirty) mop was passed as if it hadn't been done at all. (See photo)
Even if I could have tolerated the noisy and malfunctioning extractor fan, water started dripping from the bathroom ceiling in the middle of the night, and the floor was flooded by morning, obliging me to change rooms.
The new room was very different in style and perhaps more recently renovated, yet the air conditioning was on permanently as the thermostat was broken, so I had the choice between being cold or suffocating when I had to switch it off completely for relief.
There are several dusty old tourist shops selling typical Indian trinkets but which appear to be almost entirely unexplored by customers.
On the plus side, it's a great location - a Delhi landmark- and the food is good. More