What We Love
- Some rooms come with outdoor courtyards or terraces
- Yoga and meditation on the terrace or lawn
- The Indian Accent restaurant is a highlight
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- An intimate escape with just 15 rooms
- Sprawling Delhi is best navigated by car, but traffic is very heavy; leave time when traveling
- Guests booking a three night standard rate stay between October 15 2015 and March 31 2016 receive a free airport transfer
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a tree-lined street in the residential neighborhood of Friends Colony, the Manor Hotel is a calm escape in dizzying Delhi. Housed in a modern bungalow, the 15-room boutique property feels intimate and peaceful, just the kind of place you’d want to return to after a day of touring the city’s sights, from the Qutb Minar to the Red Fort. Clean lines, mod design and several uniquely Indian touches set the tone. The sun-filled lobby invites guests to linger, with photography books and games like chess, as does the upstairs terrace, where sipping cocktails at dusk is almost mandatory.
Bed and Bath
The 15 guestrooms at this former Aman property are outfitted with dark wood furnishings, hardwood floors and deep soaking tubs or green granite showers. Some feature Murano glass lamps and black-and-white photos on the walls, while the lime-green and gray bed linens provide subtle pops of color. The rooms are relatively small (starting at 140 square feet), but all come with some outdoor space. Manor Rooms and Manor Junior Suites have private courtyards, while Manor Suites have private terraces.
The crown jewel is the Indian Accent restaurant and patio, from which you might spot parrots or other birds dotting the back lawn, which is full of hibiscus flowers. Start the day by mapping out your sightseeing over a hot breakfast of parathas (potato-stuffed breads), dosas and toast with fruit jam. Come dinner, dig into chef Manish Mehrotra’s innovative menu, which features such dishes as kashiphal and coconut shorba with basil oil, and homemade paneer lasagna. The Zehen spa is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offers a range of holistic healing therapies, ayurvedic treatments and yoga sessions.
In the Area
Go on one of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage’s weekend walks through city districts such as Chandni Chowk, a vibrant thoroughfare-cum-street-bazaar in Old Delhi. Delhi is known more for historic sights than green spaces, but the Garden of Five Senses and its central Khas Bagh is a local favorite for escaping the crowds. Climb the minarets at the red sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, the country’s largest mosque, commissioned by Shah Jahan, who also commissioned that other famous building, the Taj Mahal.
How to Get There
We spent a very nice, quiet, and very confortable stay in this small boutique-hotel. The staff is very kind and professional, the decoration of the hotel is a very beatiful combinaison of heritage and moder design. The garden is simple but well maintained. The spa is of good quality, and so is the food.
Arriving in Delhi in the very early morning it was difficult to see where we were. However, we could see that this delightful hotel, was set in a private compound with some interesting properties alongside.
The hotel is very welcoming, with attention to detail and wonderfully attentive staff.
The restaurant serves delicious food and for those not game to eat typically local produce there are options.
We really enjoyed our stay, it was very convenient and a lovely way to start out journey.
The bonus was that there would be a wedding in the beautiful gardens as we left, but we were able to be charmed by the decorations being set up and the millions of flowers which were strung from every conceivable hanging space.
My wife and I stayed one night here at the end of our 2 week touring holiday of India. We had deliberately used a range of hotels from the Imperial in New Delhi at the start to a simple homestay in Agra along our route that included Amritsar, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur amongst other places. Of all these hotels ranging in price and style, the Manor was the weakest given its marketing and price.
Our choice of The Manor was based on a recommendation, wanting to give another hotel other than Imperial in New Delhi some custom, and to dine at Indian Accent which was formerly located here. Between booking 11 months ahead in January 17 and our visit last November, Indian Accent moved to another location. I can appreciate that this lost The Manor something of a jewel in their crown and must have been a hard blow to their offering. We stuck with the booking although our agent offered to re-book us elsewhere and we still went to the Indian Accent fro our dinner in its new location.
That said, the loss of Indian Accent this does not excuse what we found to be a rather soulless hotel with, in some cases, rather indifferent service from staff, especially regarding breakfast and snack lunch. Breakfast portions were poor: asking for a banana with our cereal we got 3 small ready sliced pieces.
Our room was tidy but dark with little natural light and not helped by dark brown and rather tired looking wooden furniture. The en-suite had a good offering of complimentary toiletries and the shower was OK, albeit the vent was dirty and surrounded by some broken tiles. This en-suite and room furniture in general reinforces the tired look about which some other reviewers have remarked.
For the price point this and in comparison with its competitors, this hotel is not value for money and we felt let down on what was our night before flying home at the end of what had otherwise been an outstanding holiday.
The overall experience for us was as my headline says : disappointing and also not helped by the noise of regular trains passing nearby which are distinctly audible in the rooms at night and early morning; this is something about which we were not forewarned.
We stayed in this hotel for two nights.
The rooms are very spacious and clean .
The food was excellent and staff very friendly.
Lovely gardens but could do with a pool to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
Situated in a guarded Colony, the Manor is an oasis of calm in the busiest city we've ever visited. Staff are smart,friendly and efficient. Our room had no views but we had the near exclusive use of a shared roof terrace with views onto the garden. It was very comfortable and clean.
Sadly, we didn't have time to use the in-house gym, spa and (indoor) pool.
We stayed two nights and ate in the Colony restaurant both evenings. The Kashmiri rasting menu was delicious on the second night. It looked so good that on the first night we chose small dishes from the standard menu that weren't on the larger one. We had already eaten a late lunch in Old Delhi and were tired after an overnight flight and long walking tour of the old city.
With fairly stark architecture, the place lacks a little charm but was delightful nevertheless. Safe, comfortable and quiet, with every facility we needed.