The Hyatt Regency Delhi
had been my go-to hotel for more than 10 years, when I would make the trek to New Delhi
on a bi-weekly basis. I always liked coming back, due to its great condition of rooms and the friendly staff. The Hyatt Regency used to consistently charge $250+ per night but I had no issue in finding a nightly rate of around $90 including tax for my stay dates. I was curious if anything would have changed by now, and how the property had weathered the years.
After a late arrival and long immigration lines at New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport, the Etihad chauffeur dropped us off at the hotel at 5AM. Check-in was quick, though a bit confusing at first. No Diamond suite upgrade would be available.
The room itself was small and not the newest but it was in perfect condition. It was just as good as I remembered and the AC was strong and not audible. The mattress felt perfectly firm and the rain shower had just the right temperature and pressure.
The Premium Internet came in at about 8 Mbit but fluctuated a lot in terms of services used during my stay.All the basics were covered in the room and 10 minutes after check-in I went to bed and fell asleep right away.
The next day, I remembered the lovely swimming pool which, at the time of my previous stays, was one of only a few in the city. The pool has been re-done and looks even better than before.
For a hotel with 500+ rooms, the pool was surprisingly quiet most of the time and a great way to cool down during the Delhi summer heat.
The breakfast was another great point I remembered and on Saturday morning, the downstairs breakfast buffet was packed with guests and food. I found a number of high-quality items I liked, including fresh juices, cheese, breads and coffee. It certainly wasn't Grand Hyatt Berlin
level but it was really good.
I also made it to the Regency Club for one night, for evening appetizers. The club lounge is huge but alcoholic beverage service is restricted to between 6PM and 8PM sharp; apparently, the liquor license only covers that time frame. There was a good selection of red and white wines available (four of each), as well as pizza on offer and a number of small appetizers.
The staff were exceedingly friendly at all times and ready to fulfill every wish. Service in top-notch Indian hotels is often excellent and so it (still) was at this property. I felt very happy during my stay.
The hotel location isn't ideal, with lots of construction around it, and you also do need to drive everywhere. Besides that, the Hyatt Regency Delhi is an awesome choice, and given the rates under $100, fantastic value as well.