The Ambassador Hotel

Near India Gate, Delhi, India Book from IRs11,000

A colonial classic in the heart of Delhi - relaxed, friendly and charismatic
Old-fashioned charm and understated luxury combine in this spacious, cool retreat from the heat and bustle of India’s capital. Built in 1945, the spotless four-storey hotel blends colonial and Art Deco style amidst peaceful, palm-fringed lawns and gardens.

With just 88 vast and pristine rooms, this is a small hotel by Delhi standards, something The Ambassador plays to its advantage. Nothing is too much trouble for its friendly staff, from arranging tours of the city to providing snappy room service. It's also locally renowned for its restaurants - the Delhi elite flock to its 24-hour Yellow Brick Road Café, while Larry’s China has a reputation for specialist oriental cooking. A marble lobby gives way to wood-panelled corridors, plush carpets, teak furniture and period details. Part of the Taj group of hotels, it’s primarily aimed at the business market but is attracting increasing numbers of savvy upmarket travellers, drawn by its easy access to the international airport and to Delhi’s cultural, culinary and retail highlights.

Highs

  • The rooms are huge and good value; all have balconies, and the larger ones have living areas with plasma TVs
  • The central location is close to landmarks such as India Gate, Sunder Nagar Market (for antiques and art), Khan Market (for designer clothing and DVDs), Lodhi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb
  • Service is top-notch - the staff are incredibly helpful and can book tours, restaurants and drivers, room service is speedy, and taxis are available from the front door

Lows

  • The atmosphere can feel business-oriented
  • There's no pool which would be refreshing after a hot day in the city, but guests are able to use the pool at a sister hotel and there are free taxis available to transport you
  • The rear first-floor rooms can be noisy and may back onto air-conditioning units in the central courtyard
  • Food options are limited to informal café fare or Chinese cuisine, but it’s close to some of the best restaurants in town
  • The WiFi is a little over-priced

Best time to go

The best time to visit Delhi is from October, when the city is refreshed after the monsoon, to early April. Expect a dry heat with very little humidity, though be aware that it can get chilly in the mornings and evenings during December, January and February (though the days remain generally warm and sunny). Temperatures begin to rise in March and April and by June can reach a stifling 45C. The monsoon arrives in July and continues until September.

Our top tips

Don't think of Delhi as nothing more than a gateway to start or end your trip to India. Give yourself enough time to explore the city's sights, sounds and smells, as there are plenty of things to see and do.

Great for...

Foodie
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 88
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Deluxe Delight Room

Rooms

The Ambassador has 88 spacious rooms, including 12 suites - all are non-smoking, have a private balcony and overlook the hotel’s well-maintained gardens or the central courtyard. Furnished in dark wood with muted tones, the occasional splash of rich purple or crimson fabric and nods to period Art Deco style, they exude relaxed colonial charm. Sink into crisp white cotton sheets on the supremely comfortable beds and enjoy the well-stocked minibar, the plasma TVs and the generous floor space - not to mention whatever option you choose from the pillow menu.

Bathrooms are modern, light and spacious, with combined bathtubs and showers, hairdryers, bathrobes and a generous array of Taj-branded toiletries to choose from.

There are 3 types of room on offer - Superior Charm (standard rooms), Deluxe Delight (superior rooms) and Premium Indulgence (executive rooms). The Deluxe Delight rooms are delightfully spacious, while the Premium Indulgence rooms provide an additional living area, separate to the main bedroom. Also available are Deluxe Allure Suites - gigantic and airy spaces, with an additional sitting area, a writing desk/study and a large bathroom.

Fresh flowers and complimentary bottled water are replaced daily and add to the sense of understated comfort.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

It's well worth exploring Delhi’s culinary delights, but if you don't fancy venturing out The Ambassador has 2 restaurants and a bar, all with dependable reputations.

Well-heeled Delhi-ites flock to its 24-hour café, Yellow Brick Road, for late night desserts and reliable cooking. Offering a wide spectrum of international and regional Indian flavours, it’s a relaxed place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Thai chicken curry is the house speciality. but we particularly enjoyed the comfort food on the menu, including the huge triple-decker toasted club sandwiches.

The breakfast buffet offers fresh fruits, juices, decent coffee and continental, American and local options. Plates of colourful mangoes and melons are arranged next to piles of fresh croissants, muffins, meats and cheeses. Freshly squeezed juices, eggs cooked a myriad of ways and hot toast are available on order. If you're feeling adventurous, try the traditional Indian breakfast dishes such as chana puri, dal and paratha breads.

The food in the café is appetizing but the vibrant décor may not be to everyone’s taste. Bright yellow wallpaper, distressed furniture and vintage Americana jar with the muted tones found elsewhere in the hotel. Menus are printed on faux broadsheet newspapers and there's an outdoor terraced area which provides al fresco dining. Service is sometimes slow but staff are always helpful and will make every effort to speed things up if you’re on the run.

The Ambassador’s more formal dining space, Larry's China, serves distinctive Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine. Light wood floors and pale tablecloths provide a neutral backdrop for China-red walls adorned with masks, fans, lithographs and oriental detail. Unlike many other Chinese restaurants in India, here you’ll find authentic specialist cooking featuring sesame prawns, al dente stir-fried vegetables, mouth-watering chicken dishes, ginger fried rice and subtle black bean sauces. It’s a popular spot for business lunches and booking ahead for dinner is advisable.

Serving up great cocktails, fine food and funky tunes, InSomnia is one of Delhi's hottest bars. With its Art Deco styling and extensive whisky, wine and beer selection, it's a perfect place for people-spotters (and insomniacs, of course).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: Larry\\\'s China Restaurant
Activity:

Activities

  • Go sightseeing - Delhi encompasses 8 ancient cities and there's plenty to see. The famous Red Fort is just north of the city centre - with grand halls, royal baths, mosques, palaces and extensive gardens, it's a haven from the chaos of the streets outside

  • Other sights worth visiting include the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) and the spectacular Humayun’s Tomb - the precursor to the Taj Mahal

  • Explore Delhi's museums. These range from the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art to the National Rail Museum (where opulent coaches once used by Maharajas are on display) and the Tribes Museum (which celebrates the art of India’s diverse indigenous population)

  • Go shopping. Browse the bustling and colourful shopping bazaar of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, or splurge in the more opulent retail outlets in Connaught Place and Khan Market. The latter, just near the hotel, has good designer clothing, books and DVDs

  • Sundar Nagar Market, also near the hotel, is a great place to trawl for antiques and artworks. Prepare to haggle and return home with some amazing and unusual bargains

  • Enjoy the capital's theatre and film scene. Check local listings magazines for information - a copy of Time Out Delhi is provided in your hotel room. The Chanakya in Chanakyapuri shows both Bollywood and Hollywood films; for dance enthusiasts, there's usually something on at the India International Centre, while the India Habitat Centre holds free music performances

  • Make the most of Delhi's nightlife - there's an endless array of bars and clubs and the hotel staff will happily provide recommendations

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being

Kids

The Ambassador welcomes children of all ages. Family rooms, cots, extra beds and babysitting services are all available.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting can be arranged on request.

Kid Friendly: Superior Charm Room

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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