B Nineteen Luxury Hotel in Delhi, India

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Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of B Nineteen Bed and Breakfast in Delhi, India.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – Friendly boutique-style guesthouse with striking views in a quiet suburb.

This is a real gem, pleasantly located within a middle-class housing estate. All rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, with balconies/porches that are virtually private. Adding to the attraction are the modern bathrooms, full-length windows that help make the rooms so bright and airy, and a rooftop terrace with unrivaled views of Humayun’s Tomb and its extensive gardens, which is especially dramatic at night. Guests can order meals through the staff or use the kitchen themselves. What’s more, it’s close enough to the railway station to hear the express services to/from Agra, but rooms overall are quiet inside.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Handily, the guesthouse is partially named after its address: B-19, Arab Ki Sarai Road, Nizamuddin East. In the inner south-eastern suburbs. Also called ‘Jaipur Estate’ at the entrance near the train station.
  • Area: Within a large middle-class housing estate of quiet, clean, safe, and shady streets. A few facilities nearby, and walkable to a major railway station.
  • How to Get There: From the airport, take the shuttle bus to the Aerocity metro station. Go to the New Delhi metro station, and get a connection to the Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station (600m from the guesthouse). Otherwise, a taxi (unmetered) to/from the airport will take about 45 minutes (22km). The Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station (for services to/from Agra) is only 400m.
  • Handy to: Humayun’s Tomb. Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters for all, and the size and tranquility would appeal to families.
  • Views: Most rooms face a park across the lane or other buildings. Not quite high enough for proper views of the tomb because of the wall, but still quite dramatic at night.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at a low-key guesthouse like this in Delhi.
  • Kitchen: Guests can use the facilities at the guesthouse.
  • Extras: Tea/coffee served to the room or private balcony/porch anytime.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)11 4182 5500
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: bnineteen.com

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • Other Facilities: Book exchange. Laundry. Yoga classes on request.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: No café expected (or provided) at this small guesthouse, but meals can be pre-ordered. Best served on the wonderful rooftop terrace when the tomb across the road is illuminated. Romantic candlelit tables are also available for an extra charge.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates and served on the balcony/porch of each room.
  • Room Service: Tea/coffee served anytime and meals can be ordered, but otherwise no room service.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Rooms are not categorized. Each is individually named, and all are priced the same.
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The best rooms are on the upper floors, with private balconies partially overlooking the tomb complex.
  • For Families: Space for at least 1 extra single bed in each room. Ask the helpful management about other configurations needed.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: The streets and footpaths in the general area are comparatively clean, safe, and quiet, and it’s an interesting area for a stroll.
  • Public Transport: The Delhi Metro is quick, reliable, and excellent value. The nearest station is at Hazrat Nizamuddin (600m) and attached to the train station. Best to get an auto-rickshaw because of the confusing street layout.
  • Taxis & Rickshaws: Taxis are white, poorly-signed, and surprisingly hard to find, while those at the railway station are black and yellow. None will use a meter and all are outrageously overpriced, so many locals use Uber and Ola. Contrastingly, auto-rickshaws are everywhere, and around the train station are many cycle-rickshaws.
  • Train: The Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station (400m) offers many daily express services to/from Agra. It’s within earshot of the guesthouse, but access is convoluted so take an auto-rickshaw.

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Not a great choice in this suburban area.

  • Cafe Turtle – Adorable and brightly colored. Western food, including pasta, salads, and sandwiches, as well as homemade pastries and cakes. Also a bookstore. Turn right, and right again from the guesthouse gate. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Dastarkhwan-e-Karim +91 (0)11 4182 7871 – Extremely popular among locals for kebabs and other Arabic and Indian food. Ask for directions at the guesthouse. 15-minute walk (1.2km).

Shops & Markets

  • A handful of basic stores along the road to the train station, about 300m from the guesthouse. Frenetic market at the train station.

Attractions

  • Directly opposite the guesthouse and easy to see from the rooftop terrace is the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb (open daily from sunrise to sunset). Created during the mid-16th century (before the Taj Mahal), the buildings were recently renovated and the gardens are majestic. The ticket entrance is on the main road. 16-minute walk (1.3km).

B Nineteen Luxury Hotel – The Hotel

The guesthouse is located in a quiet middle-class housing estate.

The guesthouse is in a middle-class housing estate, so the streets are quiet, clean, and safe.

The guesthouse is located in block B19.

The B Nineteen Luxury Hotel is reasonably easy to find, in block B19 of the housing estate.

There is a small park in front of the guesthouse.

Directly in front of the guesthouse is a small park, one of many in the general area.

The rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of the area around Humayun's Tomb.

A standout feature is the rooftop terrace with unparalleled views of the buildings and gardens around the Humayun’s Tomb complex.

The rooftop terrace is a good place to enjoy meals and drinks.

Guests can order meals and drinks and enjoy them in comfortable chairs on the guesthouse rooftop.

Humayun’s Tomb dominates the view from the terrace.

Dominating the views from the guesthouse roof is the enormous Humayun’s Tomb.

Humayun’s Tomb is brilliantly illuminated at night.

Humayun’s Tomb is brilliantly illuminated at night. This view is from the rooftop terrace at the guesthouse.

All rooms come with spacious balconies or porches.

All rooms feature balconies/porches. Most are private, and all are spacious enough for a table and chairs.

Some rooms offer park views from their balconies.

Some balconies overlook the park in front of the guesthouse.

Ground level rooms have private porches.

Other rooms feature more private and enclosed porch areas.

Balconies are a friendly and communal place.

Some balconies are pleasant and fabulous places to meet other guests.

The spacious rooms are nicely decorated with interesting wall prints.

All rooms are spacious and nicely decorated with interesting prints on the walls.

The newly-renovated bathrooms are modern.

The bathrooms are more modern than the bedrooms; no doubt more recently renovated.

The neighborhood has a few shops for locals.

About 300m away are a handful of modest shops catering to locals. Turn right and then right again from the guesthouse gate.

Humayun’s Tomb and its garden can be seen from the guesthouse.

Parts of the Humayun’s Tomb complex and its extensive garden can be easily seen just across the street from the guesthouse.

The ticket entrance to Humayun’s Tomb is along the main road.

The Arab Serai East Gateway to Humayun’s Tomb is only 200m up the street from the guesthouse, but the ticket entrance to the tomb complex is along the main road, about 20 minutes on foot.

The train station is accessible by auto or cycle rickshaws.

The Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station is within earshot of the guesthouse, but about 10 minutes on foot. Typically chaotic, travel between the guesthouse and station is best by auto-rickshaw or cycle-rickshaw.

The neighborhood is quiet and pleasant for walking.

The relatively quiet and uncrowded streets around the guesthouse are ideal for wandering about.

The neighborhood facilities are more for locals.

Facilities near the guesthouse are for locals who live in the nearby streets or those traveling to/from the railway station.

Café Turtle nearby offers delicious western meals and homemade cakes and pastries.

The only worthwhile eatery within a short walk is Café Turtle. Offering a range of tasty western meals and homemade cakes and pastries, it’s about 150m on the way to the railway station.

The chaotic railway station can get very confusing.

The Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station is typically chaotic, so allow plenty of time to find the right platform.

The railway station is the main terminal for Agra services.

The railway station, within 3 minutes by auto-rickshaw from the guesthouse, is the main terminal for services to/from Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

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