We talk here of cozy home-stays and hot piping homemade cups of coffee, zesty desi food and beautifully done-up unique rooms with throw-rugs, bundles of cushions and sunny afternoons! Yup, we’re talking cute B&Bs that make us sigh - ‘Just like home!’. Read on find out our take on the best B&Bs the capital has to offer the wandering traveller.
Founded by 25-year-old Pauline, who fell in love with the city when she landed here in 2010, she wanted to call a unique place home - with welcoming aromas, good music, nice light and a fusion of Indian and French sensibilities - and we completely agree! Scarlett is fast-becoming one of the most adorable B&B’s to reckon with in the capital. Tastefully done-up, with floods of light streaming in all corners, Scarlett prides itself on offering only 4 intimate rooms, each with their own individual balconies. Throw in essentials like Wi-Fi, taxi services, baby sitting, travel arrangements and even massage therapies, and we have a cute little haven tucked right inside South Delhi. For those spur-of-the-moment plans to end up in the city, or if you’re just looking for a great place to put up some friends, you know where to go!
Scarlette | B2/139, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-29
So the perfect, bohemian-chic bistro with the best view of the Hauz Khas fort and lake, sitting prettily right in the middle of trendy HKV has now metamorphosed into the best B&B we’ve seen in awhile! Picture swaying white linen drapes, raw wood lazy chairs, wide bay windows opening up onto a lake-view! Ah, bliss right smack in the middle of South Delhi, with the spunky Hauz Khas Village literally enveloped all around you! The Lazy Patio, being completely awesome and unique, have just 3 massive rooms on offer, and graciously provides all those amenities your urban soul craves - WiFi, food on request, and great breakfast options. We don’t need to sell this one anymore, do we? *stars in our eyes*
Boheme - The Lazy Patio | 22 Hauz Khas Village, 4th Floor, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-16
Another great B&B we have for you is The Rose, a pretty, snug guesthouse conveniently placed in Hauz Khas Village, a stone’s throw from Delhi culture spots like Qutub Minar, Qila Rai Pithora and a brisk 15-minute walk would take you to Alai Darwaza, Delhi Art Gallery and the ISKCON Temple. With beautiful, spartan archways leading into snug rooms strewn with treasured furniture, pretty divans and intricate rugs. Linen curtains let in streams of sunlight and beg for great books to be read curled up on comfy armchairs. Much-touted for superb, delicious breakfast buffets and super-helpful and gracious service, we recommend you keep The Rose in mind while booking a short stay in the city - this cute B&B is just delightful!
The Rose | T-40, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi-16
An upper-crust B&B, Colonel’s Retreat offers you the option of a great stay at their property in Defence Colony or if you prefer to remain closer to the airport, At The Airport B&B. Lovingly created by people who love travelling, their Defence Colony retreat is touted as Delhi’s Best Kept Secret, with each room meticulously and tastefully done-up to provide guests with every comfort they need, delectable cuisine, bold artwork and comfy lounges and pretty balconies. At The Airport is literally a 10-minute drive from the International Airport, making it ideal for the wandering travellers to hunker down in a beautiful, spacious and thoroughly convenient B&B. With great amenities and gracious service to boot - we absolutely love Colonel’s Retreat B&B!
Online | http://www.colonelsretreat.com/home/
This one you’re going to love - self-described as a B&B oasis in the heart of South Delhi, Haveli Hauz Khas is essentially a converted heritage villa (awesome!), with 5 traditionally done-up, spacious rooms for a royal homestay option. And even better - get this - the 5 rooms have a theme-based decor, modelled on beautiful cities like Banni (Gujarat), Kama (Khajuraho) and the like. They also have you covered on the amenities side of business, with free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped business centre, en-suite bathrooms and taxi services on request. Located in a vibrant, tree-lined street, it’s close to major landmarks like the Qutub Minar, Mehrauli Archaeological Park and HKV to name a few. A perfect B&B, check out Haveli Hauz Khas!
Haveli Hauz Khas | P5, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi-16
Literally named as ‘a place to stay’, Thikana in beautiful Gulmohar Park is just that - a pretty cool place for a homestay! Steeped in warmth, Thikana welcomes guests to their home in Delhi. With the owners ensuring guests feel part of the family, Thikana has on offer 5 spacious guest bedrooms, elegantly decorated, with warm sitting areas and liberally sprinkled with warm rugs, Indian artifacts, a large breakfast table and a work desk. A hearty breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour check-in and in-room coffee and tea makers complete this picture of perfection! For an at-home vibe, plentiful creature comforts and superb service, head to Thikana!
Online | http://www.thikanadelhi.com/index.html