The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Delhi, India

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Nitya Uppal

If you’re passionate about understanding India’s heritage and lifestyle, Delhi is an excellent city to explore. With a little help you can have a cultural experience of a lifetime without spending all your hard-earned money. First things first, let’s find you an affordable place to stay in the country’s capital.

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To truly feel like a local in Delhi, you need to walk down the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, shop in Sarojini Nagar and gorge on the street food from Dilli Haat. You could spend a month in the city without running out of things to do, so packing it all into a short trip is tiring work. Which is why, when you’re planning a trip, you need a room to come back to that is safe, clean and affordable. We’ve done that legwork for you, with a round-up of the best affordable hotels in Delhi.

Hotel Viva Palace

Hotel Viva Palace is known for its hospitable staff and comfortable rooms. While the hotel provides all the standard facilities for a short stay, it stands apart on this list for its location. Situated in Mahipalpur, it’s just a stone’s throw from Aerocity, an up-and-coming hub of restaurants, shops and bars.

Misaki Xpress

Comfy beds, spacious rooms and a buffet breakfast – Misaki Express provides the basics with care. An excellent option for anyone travelling for business, the hotel has taken the extra step to provide office facilities, including Wi-Fi and a photocopier – a rarity in most budget accommodation. There is also a compact but sufficiently equipped gym. Located on National Highway 8, it has easy access to Gurgaon, the city’s business district.

Hauz Khas Homestay

The owners of this homely space, located in the heart of the city, have managed to keep it away from the noise and rush. It’s within walking distance of Deer Park, one of Delhi’s largest green areas and home to a large herd of deer – the perfect retreat from the busy city streets. The hotel has a relaxing cushion-strewn terrace, too, and nearby in Hauz Khas Village you’ll find Coast Cafe – a great little spot to try coastal Indian delicacies.

Palm D’or

Palm D’or is perfectly placed for exploring the city, especially as a first-time visitor. It’s located in Paharganj, just a few kilometres from some of the city’s main attractions, including Connaught Place, the Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. Decor is as understated as you would expect from budget accommodation, but rooms are spacious (plus many have big windows that let in plenty of light) and all come with en-suite bathrooms complete with bathtubs.

Hotel City Empire

Hotel City Empire, located right in the centre of Delhi, is one of the city’s most polished budget hotels. The rooms border on futuristic: bright and white with splashes of vivid colour, while some also have city views. There are plenty of room sizes available, which makes the hotel ideal for families and groups. Another bonus? Hotel City Empire offers complimentary airport pickup, which is useful if you’re landing in the city at an odd hour.

Hotel Southern

This hotel is a favourite among travellers for two reasons: its proximity to a metro station and its in-house restaurant, which is the only reason you really need to book a stay here. Arya Bhavan serves up simple, expertly flavoured South Indian food all day long, and a quick walk gets you to the nearest metro station, from where you can take advantage of traffic-free access to the entire city.

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