The Andaz Delhi Aerocity is a new property near the Delhi Airport (DEL). This was where my friend and I met before before our flight to Bhutan the next morning. I also had a stay in Hong Kong before this, but having reviewed the Hyatt Regency TST before, I didn’t write a new review.
My friend arrived earlier in the day, and I got to the hotel in the evening. It was kind of a waste for me to go to the expense to get an India visa for a short overnight, but it was just easier logistics wise so we could meet up before our trip really began. Given my short time between flights, we opted for a hotel near the airport. Aerocity is a new development that has easy access to the airport, including the first metro stop away form the airport.
Getting to the Andaz Delhi from the Airport
As mentioned, There are options to get to the hotel via metro from the airport to Aerocity. For me, with bags and being somewhat uncertain exact location of the Andaz compared to the Aerocity station, I opted for a taxi. Uber is an option too, but instead I opted for a prepaid taxi (Meru), which was less than US $4 for the ~10 minute trip door to door. I didn’t have enough Indian Rupees in cash, didn’t bother finding an ATM, so I just prepaid with a credit card at the taxi booth. Unsurprisingly, the driver wasn’t thrilled about that, and probably not the short fare either.
Aerocity is a complex very near Delhi Terminal 3, where most international flights are located. There are several 4/5 star hotels in this area. I opted for the Andaz since I enjoy the unique design of these properties which usually reflect something local rather than just a typical chain hotel.
Thanks to my flight schedule, I didn’t do much here other than sleep and eat breakfast before my next flight. My friend arrived in the morning before me, and the hotel was gracious in letting him relax in the lobby before the room was ready, and they still assigned us a nice corner suite early in the day.
Suite with a View
The Andaz has several categories of rooms. We were assigned a suite at check in, which was a pleasant surprise. Our room has runway views, which I believe makes it a so-called view suite, I’m not sure if the room is an Andaz View Suite or an Andaz Large View Suite. I expect the former, since the latter is considered a premium suite. Not a huge difference in size, but in any case, our room was excellent. Plenty spacious for two of us.
Even though we booked a room with two beds, all suites are king bed rooms, so we agreed to make it work for the nice upgrade. I told my friend to take the bed, but he was already asleep on the couch in living room when I arrived. A combination of jetlag and getting overheated while exploring Delhi during the day had caught up with him.
Despite only a short overnight stay, our room was well equipped for entertaining. The living room has a long dining table, small bar, and some seating. We mostly used the extra space to arrange our baggage. There is also a guest bathroom near the entry door.
The bedroom is nice, with a king sized bed, and windows on 2 sides. Then there is the large bathroom, with a soaking tub and with a TV and a nice large shower. Also, there are double sinks and a vanity area. Across from the vanity mirror is a large storage area/closet.
Public Spaces at the Andaz Delhi
In the morning, we got up for some breakfast. Our room was a bit of a hike away from the lobby. Since I wanted to check out the property a little bit, we walked through the interior courtyard. The swimming pool is located here along with some decorative pools.
The lobby is very open and modern. This fits the Andaz motif well. There was at least one wedding on property during our stay. It seems like a popular spot for locals as well as travelers.
Breakfast at AnnaMaya
I did make a point to get up for breakfast before returning to the airport. Thanks to Globalist status, full breakfast is included, although many other room rates also seem to include breakfast as well. It is served in AnnaMaya, described as a European food hall. At breakfast time, there are various food stations serving global cuisine, but mostly Indian food. There is a beverage area, with fresh juices and lassis, plus a bakery, expansive desserts, and countless other options. It was excellent.
I didn’t have much time to spend at this nice property. But my friend enjoyed it, and I’d certainly consider this hotel on a future trip. It is very convenient to access the airport. Given traffic in the area, despite how nice it is, I’m not sure it would work for most people working in Delhi or further away. At least the metro seems like an easy option with a station nearby. Have you visited the Andaz Delhi Aerocity? What did you think?
Next we were off to Bhutan!