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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wisteria Suites is an excellent option for short stays given its proximity to the airport. It also gives you bang for your buck with spacious, airy rooms that come with flat-screen TVs, kettles and air conditioning. A short cab ride from the hotel, leads you to three of the biggest malls in the city – DLF Promenade, DLF Emporio and Ambience Mall.
This hotel’s rooms flaunt neat, stylish decor, and bathrooms come with rain showers. Located in the southern part of Delhi, it also puts you a short walk from two markets that are both worth exploring: Hauz Khas Market for its winding streets filled with kitschy shops, and the Greater Kailash M-Block Market, which is the place to go if you’re looking for Indianwear.
The interiors at Hotel Broadway feel straight from a 1950s Delhi home. This place is perfect for solo travellers, with the hotel offering small rooms with single beds. The big plus point of the hotel, however, is its proximity to the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the city. Built in 1656 by Shah Jahan (the same Mughal emperor who commissioned the construction of the beautiful Taj Mahal for his wife), it’s a must-see while in Delhi.
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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, 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.
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.