Ambassador – IHCL SeleQtions Hotel in Delhi, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 4, 2019

Review of Ambassador, New Delhi - IHCL SeleQtions in India.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – Petite, endearing, and convenient – and not another mega-hotel.

Facing an old croquet court now flanked with wrought-iron tables, the Ambassador is instantly appealing. Featuring whitewashed walls, curved balconies, and carpeted corridors lined with fascinating art, the hotel is certainly reminiscent of the colonial era, even though it wasn’t built then. Rooms are very comfortable, admirably spacious, and set back from the main road and its relentless traffic. A genuine attraction is the proximity to Khan Market (an expansive collection of places to eat, drink, and shop), as well as several attractions, such as the Lodhi Garden. No pool, but plenty of charm.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – The Location

  • Address: Sujan Singh Park, Subramaniam Bharti Marg (road), in the inner southern suburbs.
  • Area: In New Delhi, built as the Indian capital by British colonialists. Wide, clean, and shady streets, and plenty of facilities in the adjacent Khan Market area.
  • How to Get There: From the airport, take the shuttle bus to the Aerocity metro station. Go to the New Delhi metro station and then get a connection to the Khan Market station (230m from the hotel, 3-minute walk). Otherwise, a taxi (unmetered) to/from the airport will take about 30-45 minutes (19km).
  • Handy to: Khan Market. Lodhi Garden.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters very well for tourists and business people. Most guests seem to be over 40, and many are Indian.
  • Views: All rooms face the neighboring block of private residences or the courtyard/garden in front. A few directly overlook the carpark, which isn’t noisy. All rooms are at least 50m from the main road.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at an old-fashioned boutique hotel like this in Delhi.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)11 6626 1000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Websites: tajhotels.comseleqtionshotels.com

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there isn’t one. Probably because the old-fashioned design precludes such luxury.
  • Spa: Modest array of treatments, including some using ancient Indian techniques.
  • Fitness Center: Plenty of equipment and open 24/7. Trainers available during daylight hours.
  • Facilities: Organic boutique.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Larry’s China – Indoors and uniquely decorated. Classy service and exquisite Chinese. • Yellow Brick Road – Casual and offering a mixture of cuisines. Where breakfast is served. Seating inside or out. • Insomnia – Popular for late-night cocktails and live music. Also, light meals and snacks. • Baba’s Beans – At the lobby for coffee and pastries in a pleasant, airy setting.
  • Breakfast: Normally included, but this depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 10 pm.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Charm Rooms • Deluxe Delight Rooms • Premium Indulgence Rooms • Executive Rooms • Deluxe Allure Suites • Executive Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Executive Suites are 2-3 times the size of the standard rooms. Very elegant and colonial in style.
  • For Families: All rooms and suites can comfortably fit 3, and the Executive Rooms and Suites are ideal for families of 4.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – Local Transport

  • Walking: With rare footpaths, mostly unblocked, it’s a nicer area for walking than most, and Khan Market (see below) is close by.
  • Public Transport: The Delhi Metro is quick, reliable, and excellent value. The closest metro station is at Khan Market, only 230m away. 3-minute walk.
  • Taxis & Rickshaws: Taxis are white, poorly-signed, and surprisingly hard to find. None will use a meter, and all are overpriced. Best arranged through the hotel. Also available are Uber and Ola. Contrastingly, auto-rickshaws are everywhere.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Excellent selection at Khan Market (see below), barely 5 minutes on foot. Along a back lane are:

  • L’opera – Very tempting patisserie for cakes, sandwiches, and coffee. 5-minute walk (450m).
  • The Beer Café – Wine, beer, tapas, and Western food. Prominent corner position with upstairs viewing. 5-minute walk (450m).
  • Punjab Grill – Friendly, good value, and authentic food. 7-minute walk (550m).

And in a corner cluster within about 20m of each other are:

  • Smokey’s BBQ & Grill – All sorts of meats grilled to perfection. Equally popular for draft beer and live music. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • La Vie – Another restaurant with surprisingly chic décor. Renowned for pizza and other Italian dishes. Daily specials. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Wok in the Clouds – Authentic street-food in a very stylish setting. Also Thai, Chinese, and European food. Bar attached. 5-minute walk (450m).

Shops & Markets

  • The Khan Market is an extended area of narrow lanes brimming with better-than-normal shops and restaurants, but there is no real street market as such. Now a major attraction, Khan Market is seedy in places but does offer some well-known outlets too, such as Starbucks and Subway. Just 300m down the road from the hotel. 4-minute walk.

Attractions

  • A welcome respite, the Lodhi Garden is home to several impressive tombs as well as a lake, mosque, and glasshouse. The nearest entrance is less than a kilometer away; head down the road, past Khan Market (850m, 11-minute walk). Open daily from sunrise to sunset, and entrance is free.

Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions – The Hotel

This old-style hotel is located in a quieter part of New Delhi.

The Ambassador is a charming old-style hotel in a part of New Delhi that’s comparatively quieter.

There are plenty of tables, chairs, and umbrellas on the hotel lawn and garden.

The lawn and garden between the road and hotel entrance are lined with tables, chairs, and umbrellas.

The charming guest lounge is very inviting.

The guest lounge near the reception desk is particularly inviting.

Baba’s Beans serves drinks, snacks, and homemade pastries.

Opposite the guest lounge, Baba’s Beans provides drinks, snacks, and homemade pastries.

The lobby also has a boutique selling organic products.

Also just across from the reception desk is a boutique selling organic products.

The buffet breakfasts are pretty hearty.

Breakfast is normally included in the rates and is quite substantial.

The bright Yellow Brick Road café serves breakfast and other meals.

Breakfast (and meals at other times) is served in the bright and cheerful Yellow Brick Road café.

Larry’s China is known for its authentic and delicious Chinese menu.

At the end of the ground floor corridor, Larry’s China serves authentic and delicious Chinese food.

Several fascinating Indian folklore prints adorn the ground floor corridor.

The ground floor corridor is lined with fascinating prints about Indian folklore.

Corridors feature colonial-style design.

Corridors on the upper floors feature a colonial-style design.

All rooms and suites feature large sitting areas.

All the rooms and suites are spacious and come with large sitting areas.

Room furnishings are modern and functional.

The furnishings in all the rooms are functional and modern.

The large Executive Rooms can fit in 1-2 extra beds.

The Executive Rooms are particularly large and can fit in 1 or 2 extra single beds.

All accommodations come with smaller than expected windows.

Views from all rooms and suites are fairly unremarkable, so windows are not as large as perhaps expected.

Bathrooms are strikingly old-fashioned.

One feature of all the rooms and suites are the old-fashioned bathrooms.

Lodhi Garden is just over a kilometer from the hotel.

About 900m from the hotel is the oasis, Lodhi Garden.

Lodhi Garden features several tombs, a glasshouse, lake, and mosque.

Lodhi Garden is home to several impressive tombs as well as a glasshouse, lake, and mosque.

Khan Market and its shops, cafés, bars, and offices are just a few minutes away.

A definite advantage of staying at the Ambassador is its proximity (only 300m) to Khan Market, which has a vast selection of shops, cafés, bars, and offices.

Khan Market features several recommended places like The Beer Cafe and Punjab Grill.

The Beer Café has a prominent corner position along a lane within Khan Market. Several other recommended places, such as Punjab Grill, are further along.

Khan Market also features Wok in the Clouds and La Vie.

More fabulous places to eat and drink can be found in another corner within Khan Market, such as Wok in the Clouds and La Vie.

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