I'm in the midst of writing posts about the Delhi trip, & this series would be very incomplete if I didn't write about Apartment 18, the place I stayed at in Delhi. It's pretty special & important, because if I hadn't found Apartment 18, I doubt the trip would have happened in the first place. Apartment 18 strives to have luxurious home-away-from-home style place. They are available on longer leases too (monthly, etc.)
When a friend recommended the place, it seemed to have everything I need - luxury, comfort & convenience. I exchanged a few emails & even a couple of phone calls with them, & soon bookings were made for early August. Now I had to wait & see.
When we reached Delhi, I realized that my cell phone battery died & I hadn't noted their number down. After one mistaken stop at the Mongolian embassy residence, we found the place. I immediately liked the area - It was in Greater Kailash I, near the highway. Easy place to get rickshaws. There was a milk shop & green-grocers nearby & the famous M Block market was a short rickshaw ride away. GKI is one of the posher areas of Delhi & a very nice place to be. The staff all welcomed me into Apartment 18, they were expecting me obviously. :)
Apartment 18 is a charming little complex of it's own, there's a high wall + gate & a security guard at all times. I felt completely safe staying there, as well as leaving my stuff there when I went out.
The common area as well as the apartments are beautifully decorated, with sculptures & paintings everywhere. I love the vibe!
We were then ushered to our room, a large studio apartment. I was expecting a kitchenette - a fridge & microwave but was pleasantly surprised to find a full kitchen with a gas & cooking utensils too. The studio area has two comfy leather chairs, a lazyboy, double bed with side tables & a small single bed too. (Yay! I din't have to sleep on a couch). There was also a balcony, overlooking the greenery in the small complex, & the highway & skywalk further down. The bathroom was luxuriously large with a great big mirror.
Soon after we got settled in the room, I moved on to the feature I was most excited about - free wi-fi. (I'm a geek, you guys! I may have not been actively blogging from there. But I need to check my email. Every. Five. Minutes)
Cleaning service is free, daily. We were in for the cleaning just one day, rest of the days we were out & came back to a clean room & freshly made beds. There was a Delhi guide in the room too. It outlined all the places to see, with maps & tips. Thoughtful.
We didn't do that much sight-seeing. The room was comfy so we stayed in quite a lot. There was a street vendor selling chicken momos (Tibetan-style dumplings) & we patronised the stall regularly. My first visit to Delhi was very enjoyable & memorable. You will be seeing some posts of what I did there in the days to come.
But about Apartment 18 I'd like to say- fantastic tariffs, reasonable prices, very nice location & overall a first rate experience. Whether you're going to Delhi for business or pleasure, if you're a Indian or otherwise, I thoroughly recommend the place.