Radisson Blu (Dwarka) – Hotel Review
When I am travelling alone, I usually prefer to stay at homestays or cozy guesthouses with a personal touch but this time I simply decided to indulge myself and stay at a five-star facility, especially because I was getting a pretty awesome deal on the prices (6000 INR plus taxes). I picked Radisson Blu Dwarka because it was a convenient location for me, and I did not want to spend a significant part of my day being stuck in crazy weekend traffic in Delhi. However, do note that while the general impression is that the hotel is close to the airport, it does take 30-40 minutes of travel time depending on the traffic.
I stayed over for one day and one night on a work trip.
It was holiday and wedding season and the place was almost full so I was pretty surprised that I got a decent deal on the tariffs around the time. Radisson Blu has a business hotel feel to it but there are a few things I particularly liked, especially as a solo woman traveller.
- The card key allows guests entry only to the floor where their room is booked, which lends an extra layer of safety and security.
- There is a mini mall of sorts on the lower level, which is nice to hang around and pick up last-minute gifts.
- The atrium is perhaps the most beautifully done part of the hotel and it looks like the perfect place to sit with a hot cup of coffee and a book. The tropical jungle styled landscaping looks like an oasis of sorts in a place like Delhi.
- The hotel has 4 restaurants serving different cuisines, a bar and a discotheque so you really don’t have to go anywhere far if you don’t feel like.
- The Metro station is a short walk from the hotel which makes getting around in Delhi that much easier and cheaper.
Another thing worth mentioning is that they are not every anal about check-in and check-out timings. If rooms are available, they are flexible and accommodative of guests’ needs.
The rooms are done up in classy contemporary décor, and they are clean, spacious and well equipped. There was an electric kettle, a mini fridge, hair dryer, safe, iron and a workstation. The beds were super-comfortable and the windows are huge so you can get a lot of sunlight in. Some of the rooms even offer a good view. High-speed WiFi is free, which is a major plus for me everywhere I go.
I especially liked the see-through bathrooms which can put to good use if you are staying there as a couple ;). Else you could just watch TV while showering (not half as exciting).
I ordered three a-la carte meals during my stay (in-room dining) and I must say this – each of them were fabulous. While the in-room dining menu isn’t as expansive as the individual menus at their four restaurants, it worked out perfectly for me because I just needed my lazy time more than anything else. I have heard really good things about the breakfast buffet so don’t miss that if you can help it.
If you have to eat one thing at Radisson Blu – have the sandwiches. They are simply amazing and out of this world. The portion sizes are however, enough to feed two (which is not a bad thing at all if you are extra hungry).
I had two sandwiches over two meals – Pulled Tandoori Chicken Panini and the Roasted Chicken and Swiss Cheese with White Mushroom Sandwich. Do try out their Tiramisu Trio too.
Dinner was late, because I was initially planning to skip it but then felt hungry after a few drinks. The Murgh Biryani I ordered was authentic and flavorsome, which was quite a surprise because I am easily disappointed by biryani, having spent a decade between Hyderabad and Lucknow. The Chocolate Marquise made for the perfect happy ending.
Please do not judge me. I am, for the most part, a healthy eater but I was on a rare solo break.
The room service there is quite prompt and although I wasn’t travelling with my kid this time, I do tend to look out for kid-friendly features wherever I stay for future reference.
The staff is warm, courteous and helpful. I cannot handle very spicy food so they were happy to tone down the dishes to my taste. I think Radisson Blu Dwarka would be a good choice if I have to stay with my child because of the variety of food options and accommodative staff
Would I go there again?
I most definitely would. My rating: 4.5/5
Had it been summer, I would’ve definitely had a go at the swimming pool. I really wanted to spend some time at the spa but due to paucity of time, I missed out on that too. But there’s always a next time.
Note: Although Radisson Blu is classified as a five-star hotel, don’t go there if you are looking for an out-and-out luxury stay. It is however, a great choice for families, couples and solo travelers who are looking at five-star comforts at not-so-expensive prices.