“Relax amidst modern, boutique luxury at an affordable price in a tranquil, leafy corner of southern Delhi”
If you’ve just arrived off the plane, or are finishing up your Indian adventures in Delhi, then The Amber is the perfect place to catch up on some sleep. Crisp white sheets, firm mattresses, new pillows and designer cushions make relaxation a priority here. The beds are probably the most spacious and comfortable we’ve seen in India and the hotel lacks the early morning clatter that's common elsewhere. Rooms on the higher floors are quieter than those near reception, though there's excellent sound-proofing from the road outside.
With teak flooring and dark wood throughout, the tone is modern and muted. The 32" flatscreen TVs sit discreetly on the walls instead of dominating the rooms, there's free WiFi, the lighting is subtle and adjustable, and the generous drapes and blinds allow you to sink into total darkness. Geometric fabrics on cushions and chairs blend with the gentle colour scheme, while work by Indian artists hangs on the walls to remind you of the world lingering outside.
Bathrooms are impressive and a welcome surprise. Decked out with Italian marble, rain showers, hairdryers and audio speakers, they're a cut above those found in some of The Amber’s more expensive counterparts. Complimentary Ayurvedic toiletries put an extra tick in the box.
Of the 20 rooms, one is an Executive, although the only perceived difference is a change in colour scheme - red and black dominate in here, as opposed to the muted tones found elsewhere.
With no proper restaurant, dining at The Amber has its limitations. The rather formal café area (with its fabulous bright mural) seats up to 16 and is part of the lobby. It's really only used at breakfast, although Indian dishes and staples such as sandwiches and burgers can be rustled up any time of the day or night.
Breakfast is served à la carte from a thoughtful, modern menu, which blends well with the hotel’s style. Alongside the usual cereal, eggs and omelettes is bhujia (scrambled eggs with onion and green chilli), seasonal fruit such as guavas, and hot pancakes or waffles with strawberry and orange honey. Portions are on the small side though.
At other times of the day, 24-hour room service offers an in-house menu of soups, sandwiches, burgers, fries, gulab jamun (dough balls in sweet syrup) and ice cream, as well as a range of drinks including juices and lassies. There's also an extensive takeaway menu (note this requires 45 minutes' notice) with a choice of Indian, Chinese, Italian and pizza options. There's no bar (the hotel has no alcohol licence), but staff are happy to order out for you if you want beer or spirits.
Unfortunately, the hotel’s quiet neighbourhood is short on tourist-friendly restaurants, so a short journey is required to find a lunch and dinner; staff can book transport. The nearest decent restaurants are in the New Friends Colony. Getting a rickshaw or taxi here is recommended, rather than the 20-minute walk along a busy road. The restaurants centre around the Crowne Plaza hotel - Ego Thai and Ego Café are both good. Further afield, Delhi has no shortage of fabulous culinary experiences, but you'll need to venture into the centre of town to seek them out.
Children are welcome at The Amber and cots and extra beds are available. Complimentary babysitting can be arranged on request.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking