Best cheap hotels in Delhi
What is it: With three different locations in Delhi, these cheerful, yellow-and-white properties offer spotless budget rooms with a few splashy add-ons, like flat-screen TVs and rainfall showers.
Why go: You get your pick of three tourist-friendly locations—Janpath, Paharganj and Link Road—plus a minimalist, vaguely Scandinavian high-design decor at reasonable price points (although backpacker-hub Paharganj touts the cheapest rooms).
What is it: Run by a pair of French expats, this spotless, ideally situated GKI guesthouse offers a home away from home, with your choice of bunk-bedded dormitories or comfortably furnished private rooms.
Why go: You can save on meals by reheating leftovers in the communal kitchen. Plus, you can lounge to your heart’s content on a traditional charpoy bed from the sunny, plant-filled private rooftop.
What is it: This super-trendy fleet of hostels (they have sister properties throughout Rajasthan and the Himalayas) has given India’s backpacker scene a much-needed style makeover.
Why go: The cushier-than-your-usual-hostel South Delhi location offers private rooms and plenty of happening activities, from city tours to chai-making workshops—plus roomy chill-out spaces and even laundry services.
What is it: If you’re open to out-of-the-box suggestions, then this certifiably loopy spiritual retreat center offers serious bang for your buck—all in a gorgeous, park-like setting filled with ponds and strolling peacocks.
Why go: Think on-site yoga rooms, three all-inclusive vegetarian buffets a day, and airy, en-suite private accommodations—plus the chance to partake in weekly Osho gatherings, if you’re so inclined.
What is it: A consistently top-voted, woman-owned guesthouse close to the Lotus Temple that offers the usual perks (hot water, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms) paired with top-notch service, all at a modest price.
Why go: Ditch the expensive cabs and restaurants. You’ll find no shortage of tasty Bengali street eats in green, market-filled CR Park. Plus, the nearest metro stop is only a ten-minute walk away.
What is it: Spotless, newly opened hotel rooms in several coveted locations all over South Delhi, each with teak flooring and a thoroughly on-trend minimalist design aesthetic.
Why go: The Safdarjung Enclave location boasts on-site conference rooms, a tiny gym and even a pay-as-you-go co-working space, so you can knock off some deadlines in-between sightseeing outings.
What is it: A family-run homestay near Karol Bagh that offers a handful of artistically themed rooms over three floors. For the cheapest option, go for the astonishingly pint-sized (but still air-conditioned) converted puja room on the roof.
Why go: Married hosts Ushi and Avnish will instantly feel like family and you can expect to hear tried-and-tested local travel tips over the communal breakfast table.
What is it: Located in a leafy, upmarket South Delhi enclave, this private two-story family home offers hotel-quality service, 24 hours a day. Enjoy a wallet-friendly stay in a clean, art-filled room, plus a hearty home-cooked breakfast.
Why go: You’ll love coming home to this bonafide oasis each day, where travellers strike up friendships around the dining room table. Expect a bit of pampering with a personal touch.
What is it: The flagship retreat center is in seaside Pondicherry, but this Delhi chapter—in honor of Sri Aurobindo, an Indian philosopher—offers basic rooms at a steal, plus a chance to learn about one of India’s most revered gurus.
Why go: If you’ve ticked off the tourist sites and are looking for some inner peace, the spiritual center offers three healthy vegetarian meals and a full calendar of free yoga classes—not to mention plenty of time for contemplation.
What is it: Somewhere between a teeny tiny hotel (there are only three rooms) and a family-run homestay, this comfortable Connaught Place bed and breakfast will keep you healthy, happy and looked after.
Why go: With only a handful of guests at a time on premise with you, you’ll literally feel like part of the family. Plus, the location is about halfway between New and Old Delhi, so guests are well-placed to explore both corners of the capital.