The best part about Radisson Blu Marina Delhi is
its location. You are literally in the heart of New Delhi. You are surrounded by shoppers. The
building gives you old feeling. Metro is just a block away. It is an ideal
hotel for me. I got a steal deal on "Makemytrip" for Rs 3000 per night. I am
cursing myself that I let go of the deal that would have given me Hyatt for Rs 2800 per night.
However, I am thankful that I didn’t have to travel at all, something I would
have done if I had
stayed in Hyatt. Hyatt is definitely on my “must visit soon” property.
2. Check In
The reception at Radisson Blu is located on first floor and there is not much to it. It feels like a room. I have not taken any picture of the reception area and hence it shows a rookie’s error. I apologize for that. I was offered an upgrade to Business class room but I had to decline when I realized that they have old rackety single beds in those rooms. I would rather have a queen size bed in their deluxe room. My room number was 216 and it was on 2nd floor.
|Room 216 was provided to me.|
The room appeared small yet modern. The bed was
really small to be fit for Radisson hotel. The room was dimly lit. It is up to
you whether you like dim looking room or you don’t. I prefer it to be bright while
I am working, where everything is visible clearly. You should be able to select
the placement of panels. Room switches were all over the walls and I had to
find individually where each one is located. This one feature I find
prehistoric. It’s annoying to wonder and trace the switches each time when I
want to turn off the lights.
Wi-Fi was complimentary but the speed of data transmission was average at best.
|Crowded Entrance to the room|
|Queen size bed which feels small to me|
Basically there is no magnificent view from the
room except an old building across.
No View from the room
Washroom in Radisson is mix nuts. Sometimes you just love it and sometimes,
you just bang your head on wall. Washroom was small but it seemed really nice.
Toilet didn’t have bidet – which I found to be extremely surprising. Being an Indian,
I am so used to having toilets with bidet. This is second luxury hotel, I
have witnessed in this last 1 year, which didn’t have bidet. Another one was
Shower was like Rain shower and it was one of the best showers I have had in
India. The pressure on its orifice was amazing and it actually sounded like
Rain for instance. I felt like I was dancing like a little kid in Rain while
taking shower. I ended up taking long shower to completely immerse this
experience. If there is one thing that could make all wrong things right in
this hotel – it is that shower.
|If you notice there is no bidet|
Toiletries present there, were amazing and gave
luxurious feeling. It smelled really good.
|High quality Toiletries |
5. Food and Beverages
are 3 restaurants in this hotel. There is one present on each floor. The ground
floor has a Chinese restaurant. First floor occupies a bar cum coffee shop. A Kebab
restaurant occupies the top floor. I found the restaurant on top floor as the
best one. The food there was just amazing. In fact people who don’t stay in
hotels, I recommend you to visit this restaurant.
was a sordid tale for me. Breads were stale. All the breakfast was south Indian
and I didn’t feel like I had much choice. Why would I want all south Indian
breakfast when I am visiting north India? If you keep couple of south Indian
options to accompany North Indian dishes, it makes sense. But whole menu was
South Indian and that is what made me pissed off. They don't have many options
for pure vegetarians. I want those famous Delhiite stuff like Kulchas, Stuffed
Parathas (Chef did make me Paneer Paratha but didn’t have any accompaniment to
serve with it.) There was kachori but no chutney. I was not impressed at all.
Service was extremely sluggish. I asked a waiter to send me hot chocolate to
the room. It never showed up. The one I tried on another was not good at
|Cheese and Salad|
6. Bottom line
For me the only reason, to stay in this hotel, is its proximity to CP
and probably use of its shower. Otherwise there is no other reason for which I
would come back.
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