This trip of barely a week to India was planned somewhat unexpectedly, in order to surprise my parents in Mumbai at the end of their cruise that had left Sydney a month earlier.
And as long as I had to go as far as India, I took advantage of Aeroplan’s multidestination options to make a 2-day stopover in New Delhi, a 24-hour stopover in Udaipur before finishing with 2 days in Mumbai. Air Canada now offers a non-stop flight between Montreal and New Delhi.
And yes I admit, it’s a bit short and a bit crazy, but I still have wonderful memories of my time in India, not to mention that my parents’ surprise at seeing me there was totally priceless.
After staying at the Aloft New Delhi Aerocity, I wanted to be closer to the historic center of Delhi and moved to Le Meridien New Delhi.
It is located about half an hour from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
The Indira Gandhi National Arts center, the National Museum, the Gateway of India, the magnificent Akshardham Temple, the Red Fort and many other points of interest can be found nearby.
I’ll let you discover it in pictures since a picture is worth a thousand words!
General impression of the room
The Suite is very classy and cool. With two bathrooms and a lounge that is separate from the bedroom, it is easy to receive guests or to lounge around while your travel partner snoozes in the bedroom section, for example.
The ivory white look that dominates the Suite, the materials and the modern furniture, the large curved windows in the room, the clawfoot bath near the window: everything confers great class and a luxurious feel.
It’s a pity that I only spent one night there because of my tight schedule, because I would have liked to stay a day or two longer.
Services at Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi
Members Only Club
Thanks to my Marriott Bonvoy Elite Titanium status, I was able to access the Executive lounge located on the 19th floor and suspended above the hotel’s imposing atrium. It is accessed by a footbridge, giving it a very “VIP” style.
The Club is only open in the early evening for a cocktail party. The food offering is limited while the alcoholic options are more plentiful.
My overall impression of Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi
I really enjoyed my (too) short stay at Le Meridien New Delhi. The staff were very friendly and the service is very comprehensive, especially with the 5 restaurants on site.
The 358-room hotel complex is imposing and the atrium, with its four glass elevators that go back and forth between the 19 floors, is impressive.
The Suite is very comfortable and I liked that it is located in the curved section of the hotel which allows for a more panoramic view. You can enjoy these little luxuries that give it a “je ne sais quoi” especially when you are on holiday.
And on a more personal note, I loved my time in Delhi. If some people are afraid to venture out, you should know that I walked alone in the city, either on foot, by subway or by tuk-tuk for more than 12 hours.
Certainly the tourists are solicited, however people are cordial and polite. They don’t press. I always felt safe and welcome when visiting the main sites and in the restaurants.
And Le Méridien New Delhi is really well located, allowing me to take in the sights of this city that I discovered with surprise and love.