Lutyens Bungalow Hotel in Delhi, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 4, 2019

Review of Lutyens Bungalows in Delhi, India.

Lutyens Bungalow – Quaint, historic, and family-run guesthouse in a leafy part of the city.

These colonial-era bungalows are named after the British designer of New Delhi. Set around a family home and gardens, with a flower nursery, vegetable patch, and birdlife, the bungalows are cute, if a little rustic. The main attractions are the very friendly host, free afternoon tea on the shady patio, substantial swimming pool, and single rooms at single rates. Like most places in New Delhi, however, there are virtually no facilities in the immediate area, but meals can be ordered (in advance) at the guesthouse. And it is within an extended stroll of 2 metro stations; Khan Market and its numerous places to eat, drink, and shop; and the attractive Lodhi Garden, a welcome oasis.

Lutyens Bungalow – The Location

  • Address: 39 Prithviraj Road, New Delhi, near a major roundabout. Note the address and collect a business card when checking in because: (1) no taxi/auto-rickshaw driver will know it and (2) it’s not signposted at all. Look for the sign on the gate: 39 Amar Nath. Known to some locals as Nath Guesthouse.
  • Area: In New Delhi, built as the Indian capital by British colonialists. Wide, clean, and shady streets, but nowhere to eat, drink, or shop in the immediate vicinity.
  • 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 Jor Bagh (700m, 9-minute walk) or Lok Kalyan Marg (750m, 10-minute walk) metro stations. Otherwise, a taxi (unmetered) to/from the airport will take about 30 minutes (16km).
  • Handy to: Khan Market. Lodhi Garden.

Lutyens Bungalow – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters for all, including individual travelers who can stay in single rooms at single rates. With a playground, spacious gardens, and pool, it’s great for families.
  • Views: All rooms face the gardens or shady courtyard.
  • Kitchen: Guests can use the kitchen alongside the reception area within the family home.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected or provided at a historic guesthouse like this in Delhi.
  • Extras: Afternoon tea on the patio.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)11 2461 1341
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: lutyensbungalow.co.in

Lutyens Bungalow – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there is one, and the size and layout rivals a 3-star resort.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • Facilities: Small playground. Trampoline. Library. Computer use. Ping pong table.

Lutyens Bungalow – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: This sort of old-fashioned guesthouse is not expected to have a café onsite, but hearty lunches and dinners are available if ordered the day before. The fridge near the kitchen is well-stocked with beer.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates and served in the dining room or on the patio.
  • Room Service: Not expected with no café onsite.

Lutyens Bungalow – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Singles • Superior Doubles • Regular Doubles • Budget Singles
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or family home, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The quietest ones are at the back of the main cluster of bungalows, more distant from traffic noise.
  • For Families: Ask the management about an extra single bed in a double room. Otherwise, book 2 adjoining rooms (but they don’t have connecting doors).

Lutyens Bungalow – Local Transport

  • Walking: Almost nothing worthwhile close by, except Khan Market (see below). But footpaths are clean, shady, and pleasant to walk around.
  • Public Transport: The Delhi Metro is quick, reliable, and excellent value. There are 2 metro stations along the same line and equidistant from the guesthouse: Lok Kalyan Marg (sometimes still called ‘Racecourse’) along the main road to the north (750m, 10-minute walk), and Jor Bagh to the south (700m, 9-minute walk).
  • Taxis & Rickshaws: Taxis are white, poorly-signed, and surprisingly hard to find. None will use a meter, and all are overpriced. Also available are Uber and Ola. Contrastingly, auto-rickshaws are everywhere.

Lutyens Bungalow – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Nothing within walking distance, but an excellent selection at Khan Market (see below), including these 4 clustered in a corner:

  • Wok in the Clouds – Authentic street-food in a very stylish setting. Also Thai, Chinese, and European food. Bar attached. 7-minute drive (2.2km).
  • Smokey’s BBQ & Grill – All sorts of meats grilled to perfection. Equally popular for draft beer and live music. 7-minute drive (2.2km).
  • Mamagoto – Various Asian cuisines, with a focus on Japanese. Quirky décor and entertaining staff. 8-minute drive (2.2km).
  • La Vie – Another restaurant with surprisingly chic décor. Renowned for pizza and other Italian dishes. Daily specials. 8-minute drive (2.3km).

Shops & Markets

  • No shops nearby, so get an auto-rickshaw to Khan Market. This 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. It’s an easy 2km walk from the guesthouse. Head up the road away from the roundabout and follow the signs. (If dark, always use an auto-rickshaw.) 24-minute walk.

Attractions

  • A welcome respite, the Lodhi Garden is home to several impressive tombs as well as a lake, mosque, and glasshouse. The back entrance is 450m away; turn right at the guesthouse gates, then immediately right again, and follow the signs (6-minute walk). Open daily from sunrise to sunset, and entrance is free.

Lutyens Bungalow – The Hotel

The guesthouse is located in a shady area of the city.

Within a shady area of New Delhi, the guesthouse is easy to miss.

The guesthouse is built around a family home.

Lutyens Bungalows is built around a family home, and the owners still live on-site.

There is a patio and lawn at the back for the guests.

The back of the family home features a patio and extended lawn for the enjoyment of guests.

The guesthouse even features a ping pong table.

This quaint guesthouse is full of surprises; even a ping pong table.

Breakfast is served in the communal dining room.

Breakfast is often served, especially during winter, in the dining room of the family home, where guests soon start chatting to others.

The garden features a shady sitting area.

A shady sitting area within the garden is typical of the home-style touches around the guesthouse.

The large garden features a trampoline.

Amongst the extensive garden is a trampoline.

The guesthouse nursery has several plants, flowers, and statues for sale.

Part of the garden is used as a nursery. Plenty of plants, flowers, and statues are for sale.

The vegetable patch grows spinach, cauliflower, and other vegetables.

Part of the garden has been turned into a vegetable patch which grows spinach and cauliflower, among others.

The guesthouse surprisingly even have a large pool.

Surprisingly, there is a pool, and it’s large. (During winter, it was undergoing renovations.)

The garden also features a small playground.

There is even a tiny old-fashioned playground in the guesthouse garden.

The rooms are located in a colonial-era building.

Most rooms are in a colonial-era whitewashed building at the back of the grounds.

Many rooms offer views of the shady courtyard.

Many rooms overlook the shady courtyard.

The guesthouse even offers single rooms at single rates.

Pleasingly, the guesthouse offers single rooms at single rates.

The normal rooms are spacious and feature double beds.

Other rooms feature double beds and are considerably more spacious.

The bathrooms are renovated while the room are still old-fashioned.

While most bedrooms are likably old-fashioned, bathrooms have been renovated.

The family home area has a few rooms and a private patio.

A couple of rooms are part of the building with the family home and feature a more private patio area.

The neighborhood is clean and shady, but there are few facilities.

Streets around this part of New Delhi are wide, clean, and shady, but there are few facilities.

Khan Market is about 2km from the guesthouse.

The guesthouse is about 2km from Khan Market, a collection of over 100 shops, cafés, bars, and offices.

Khan Market features cafes selling a whole range of cuisines.

A cluster of cafés at Khan Market – including Wok in the Clouds and Smokey’s BBQ & Grill – offer a range of Indian, Japanese, and Western food.

The magnificent Lodhi Garden is just a few minutes away.

An easy 5-minute walk from the guesthouse, the magnificent Lodhi Garden is a welcome relief from the traffic nearby.

Lodhi Garden houses several magnificent tombs.

Lodhi Garden is home to a number of magnificent tombs.

The Racecourse metro station is within walking distance of the guesthouse.

Auto-rickshaws wait impatiently outside the Lok Kalyan Marg (also called ‘Racecourse’) metro station, about 750m from the guesthouse.

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