“Hotel Jaggi Palace is an edifice, au-courant with the nonpareil luxury in the capital that values your needs.”
That is what it says on the hotel’s website, although I’m not entirely sure what it means. What I know is that we arrive at the hotel, without a reservation, at four in the morning, and are warmly received. We are even given some discount when we asked.
Albeit small, the room is stylish, appears clean, and is equipped with the basic amenities of a budget hotel, like air-conditioning, television, telephone, a small refrigerator, and attached bathroom with hot and cold water. The website describes the room in an interesting way, “The rooms have been exquisitely festooned with comfort paraphernalia such as air-conditioner, satellite colour television…”
Now the cons. Some of the pillow covers and blankets have stain marks on them. They smell clean and freshly-laundered, but I am still not comfortable using them. We are too exhausted to ask for a replacement, so we use the non-stained ones.
And the artificial flowers are all dusty, so much so that I couldn’t stop sneezing for an hour!
But the bed is comfortable.
“Look, there’s a ceiling fan in the bathroom!” I announce to Masood the moment I first enter the bathroom, and since then I always remember to switch it on whenever I’m in there, even when it’s only to brush my teeth. I think it’s a really good idea to have a fan in there to cool you down while you do your business; New Delhi’s heat is no joke.
A couple of fresh, clean towels are provided. But there isn’t a tube of toothpaste, or soap or shampoo. I also like how there’s a glass that separates the shower area; that’s pretty rare in India.
The staff is prompt and courteous. We order dinner, breakfast and tea during our stay. Food arrive warm and tastes good. Presentation is also ok, except that the cloth lining the tray is stained with tea or oil.
I hear that there’s a restaurant too, but after spending most of the time outside in the heat, we prefer to remain in the privacy and comfort of our room.
I like the hotel because…
it is very close to Delhi’s very efficient and impressive Metro train, bus and rickshaw stops.
it appears to be located in a safe neighborhood.
we are able to get a discounted rate.
I do not like the hotel because…
the linen is not particularly spotless like how it should be.
they bluntly refuse our request to extend our stay for 30 minutes beyond the usual check-out time (so that we could pray Zhu’r and As’r combined before leaving).
our room is near the reception area so that we could clearly hear people talking, plus the guys at the reception spend the entire day and a portion of the evening watching TV on high volume.