15 Hostels, Budget Guesthouses and Cheap Hotels in Delhi

And, they Aren't in Paharganj

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If you don't want to spend too much on accommodations, you'll be pleased to find that there are some excellent cheap backpacker hostels, guesthouses and budget hotels in Delhi. And, they're great value for money, unlike super expensive Mumbai.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to stay in Paharganj (the city's backpacker district bordering New Delhi Railway Station) to save money. Many people prefer to avoid going there because it's very congested, noisy, and full of touts. (If you do specifically want to stay in Paharganj, check out these decent Paharganj hotels). The main alternative for budget accommodations is Karol Bagh. It's a busy shopping area not far from Connaught Place. Otherwise, if you'd prefer to stay somewhere quieter and more upmarket, head for south Delhi.

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    Distinctive white and yellow Bloomrooms is an awesome new concept in budget hotels in Delhi. Rooms feature custom designed beds for added comfort, rain showers, and free wireless Internet. They're modern, minimalist, bright, and spotlessly clean. The hotel also has a cafe. It's located in the Jangpura Extension area of south Delhi (between Nizammuddin East and Lajpat Nagar market) near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. If you don't enjoy any aspect of your stay, your money will be refunded. (There's also a cheaper Bloomrooms near New Delhi Railway Station).

    • Area: South Delhi.
    • Price: Rates start from 2,400 rupees a night for an air-conditioned double, plux tax. Breakfast is additional.
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    Formerly Ananda Bed & Breakfast, Tatvamasi Homestay, is one of Delhi's best budget bed and breakfasts. It's run by a well-traveled mother and son duo, and provides clean and comfortable air-conditioned accommodations. The house has four guest rooms and is located in south Delhi's upmarket Chittaranjan Park residential colony, five minutes away from Greater Kailash II. The area has plenty of shops and restaurants. It's also close to the Lotus Temple.

    • Area: South Delhi.
    • Price: 3,000 rupees per night.
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    An outstanding south Delhi cheapie, Hotel Kabli has a tranquil garden, basic yet elegantly furnished rooms, and an interesting history. A British era mansion, it was built in 1947 and its architecture reflects India's colonial rule. Initially a residence, it was converted by the owners (the Kabli family) into a guest house in 1973. The family still lives on the premises, providing tasty homemade food and care to guests. Similar to Bloomrooms, Hotel Kabli is located in Jangpura.

    • Area: South Delhi.
    • Price: 1,325 rupees per night.
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    Operated by two French women who have made Delhi their home, Bed & Chai provides simple western comforts (including super comfortable beds) for guests. The guesthouse is located in the upmarket south Delhi residential neighborhood of Greater Kailash I, around 10 minutes walk from one of Delhi's best markets (M Block). It's perfectly suited to travelers who like to interact with people from all around the world. There are a couple of common rooms, a rooftop garden, and communal kitchen. Complimentary breakfast, with great chai, is served in the morning.

    • Area: South Delhi.
    • Price: 850 rupees per night for a dorm room. Private rooms range from 2,500-3,600 rupees per night.
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    Maya's Nest is a cozy home away from home for budget travelers. The hosts, Maya and her daughter Asha, have four guest bedrooms in their arty apartment in south Delhi's upper class Vasant Kunj area, within easy reach of the airport. A cross between a homestay and a guesthouse, it offers privacy to those who want it and is safe for single females. Guests can take cooking lessons and yoga classes, walk in the park next door, read books from the library, relax on a balcony, and socialize in the common room.

    • Area: South Delhi.
    • Price: 2,500 rupees per night, including breakfast.
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    A place for "wanderers, friendships and stories", The Madpackers Hostel opened in late 2014, and has a trendy south Delhi location in Panchsheel Park, just a few minutes from Hauz Khas Metro station and Hauz Khas village. Its rooftop terrace has real grass. How delightful! Facilities include free wireless Internet, shared kitchen and lounge, games room and a tour desk. There are five rooms. (Find out about other fabulous backpacker hostels in India).

    • Area: South Delhi
    • Price: From 599 rupees for a bed in a dorm (both mixed and female-only are available) and 2,000 rupees for a private room, with breakfast included.
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    An intimate hostel with just four rooms, including one private double, Jugaad has a contemporary rustic look with whitewashed brick walls and plenty of wood. The hostel opened in early 2015 and is located in R K Puram, not far from Hauz Khas village. Its ambient terrace is equipped with hammocks and swings, perfect for relaxing, and there's a guitar in the common lounge room. Facilities include wireless Internet, air-conditioning, games, Play Station, shared kitchen, dining room, and tour desk. And, conveniently, there's a large grocery store right next door. The friendly, attentive staff are a bonus!

    • Area: South Delhi
    • Price: 650 rupees for a bed in a dorm (both mixed and female-only are available) and 2,250 rupees for a private room.
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    Zostel is India's first chain of backpackers' hostels. Its Delhi branch opened in late 2014, and is conveniently located only 500 meters from New Delhi Railway Station. The hostel provides a welcome reprieve from thus noisy and hectic area. The interior is decorated with cool wall art and graffiti, and there are common areas for socializing on each floor. Facilities include entertainment system, books, games,  and a Foosball table. There's no communal kitchen though. A walking tour of Old Delhi is offered every morning, along with other activities and trips. However, this hostel is quite different to others in the Zostel chain. It's a converted hotel -- so it's much larger, with 21 rooms, and less intimate. As well as six and eight bed dorm rooms, there are also four types of private rooms.  Do note that there's only hot water between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    • Area: North Delhi.
    • Price: 500 rupees per night in a dorm (mixed only), and 1,000-2,200...MORE rupees per night in a private room.
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    Stops markets itself as an "exploration oriented hostel chain".  It's a lively and arty hostel that organizes various daily tours and activities for guests, as well as evening entertainment and pub crawls. There's a lounge, bar, movie/media room, kitchen, and lush green courtyard. Free breakfast is served in the mornings, and chai in the evenings. The hostel is located in Dariya Ganj close to India Gate and the attractions of Old Delhi, as well as New Delhi Railway Station. Do be aware that the area may appear shady and intimidating at first, particularly at night, although it's not as bad as it seems. The hostel is best suited to animal lovers, as it has three pet dogs. In addition, the air-conditioning in the dorms is turned off during certain times of the day to encourage guests to socialize in the common areas. The hostel is a substantial size -- it has 26 rooms and was also previously a hotel.

    • Area: North Delhi.
    • Price: From 699 rupees per night in a dorm (mixed...MORE only), and 2,000 rupees per night in a private room.
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    Possibly the best budget hotel in crumbling atmospheric Old Delhi (don't be put off by its alleyway location), Hotel Tara Palace is conveniently situated close to some of Delhi's top attractions including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Chandni Chowk. You'll be right in the thick of things! There are 33 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant with 24 hour room service, rooftop with views, and free wireless Internet. The hotel is clean and well maintained, and the staff are helpful. Do get a room with a balcony.

    • Area: North Delhi.
    • Price: From about 2,400 rupees per night for a double room.
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    Wood Castle is considered by many to be the best budget hotel in Karol Bagh and it's understandably a popular place to stay. The hotel has everything that you'd want in a budget hotel -- welcoming staff, clean and attractive rooms with comfortable beds, tasty Indian food, and a location near the Karol Bagh Metro train station. It's a very small hotel with only 12 rooms. The main drawback is that the cheapest rooms don't have windows. Also note that the hotel is situated down an alley and is difficult to find.

    • Area: Karol Bagh.
    • Price: Rates start from 2,500 rupees per night for a double. Breakfast is included.
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    Hotel Rupam is a boutique budget hotel with 19 rooms and elegant modern interiors, which give the feeling of staying in a luxurious hotel but without the price tag. It's professionally run with helpful staff and excellent service, and is located in a relatively quiet area (not far from hotel Wood Castle) but within walking distance to the market and Metro train station. There's also free wireless Internet, and its surprisingly fast!

    • Area: Karol Bagh.
    • Price: 1,900 rupees upwards per night for a double, plus tax.
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    A very popular budget hotel in Karol Bagh, the SunStar Grand isn't as new as some of the others but it's been well-maintained and gets positive reviews, particularly for the high level of service provided to guests. There's a lovely rooftop bar and restaurant, as well as small swimming pool, sauna and steam room. These added facilities make it stand out. Wireless Internet is free too and works well. The hotel is located on a quiet road about a 10 minute walk from the Metro station. If you're after somewhere a bit cheaper, try the nearby SunStar Residency instead.

    • Area: Karol Bagh.
    • Price: 2,500 rupees, plus tax, upwards per night for a double.
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    This friendly family homestay has six spacious and super clean rooms in a convenient location surrounded by shops and restaurants. Plus, the Karol Bagh Metro train station only 10 minutes walk away. The owner and staff are kind and helpful, and make sure guests are well looked after. Bargain!

    • Area: Karol Bagh.
    • Price: From 1,500 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast is included.
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    If you're on a tight budget and want to stay somewhere cheap, then look no further than Hotel Sunshine. The hotel is decent for this price category, with spacious clean rooms, good staff, and a travel desk. It doesn't have a restaurant (although room service is provided) or wireless Internet in the rooms though. And, it's located about 20 minutes walk from the Metro station. Really though, it's difficult to do better for under 1,000 rupees a night!

    • Area: Karol Bagh.
    • Price: From 900 rupees a night, plus tax.