The Raddison Hotel, Near IGI Airport, New Delhi
On the second day of training, we went to the buffet at the coffee shop at the Raddison. Very good looking buffer and a huge spread. Indian, cold cuts and continental food.
I’m told my expression was worth recording for posterity as I withdrew a strand of hair from my mouth. Told a waiter, he told the manager and then comes to me with a brief ‘sorry sir’. The manager doesn’t even have the courtesy to talk to me.
Again, they should thank their lucky stars I was part of a group and not paying for it individually.
My friend narrates an incident when he was staying there and following the instructions on the key card, just inserted it and left it in there and tried to open it. It didn’t. The cleaner who was about, told him to remove it and then try the knob. It worked. Since he is a helpful fellow, very unlike me, he decided to tell the manager that it may be nice to include a note on the card to ‘withdraw’, along with the ‘insert’ they had printed. The manager says ‘people who are used to staying in good hotels know this already’. The cheek of the little man! Anyhow, my friend, who is not one to be left behind in such circumstances, especially with cheap people in cheap hotels tells him, ‘the last time i was at the hyatt, they had proximity cards, which didn’t need to be inserted. what is that?’ the manager says ‘ah, that is much better technology than ours’. to which my friend replies, ‘i guess thats what they use in better hotels right?’, leaving the manager looking like what he was… a fool.
After spending two days in close proximity to the hotel, i do not think i will be visiting them again for anything except of course their excellent kabab joint in NOIDA – The Great Kabab Factory
Conclusion: Try it out. If you don’t get hair, its good.
Rating: 8/10 AND 2/10 (Normal / With Hair)
Meal for two: INR 1500 (whereabouts)