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Raj’s Cozy Inn Hotel: A decent budget hotel in Paharganj’s backpacking district

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From the outside, Raj’s Cozy Inn Hotel doesn’t look very inviting. But in Paharganj, Delhi’s budget hotel and backpacker district, most hotel welcome mat come stained as a general standard.

Surprisingly, Raj’s Cozy Inn Hotel is not in Lonely Planet’s Guide to India. I found this hotel because the two hotels that were in my guidebook, Hotel Namaskar and Smyle Inn, were fully booked. Hotel Namaskar, referred me to RCI,  just around the corner. The hotel itself is smaller with less rooms on each floor, but it was a newer hotel.

The lobby and rooms were clean and bright. My room was fairly spartan-  a double-sized mattress  w/ fan, TV and western style bathroom- but it cost me around $13USD/night (600 Rs). Not cheap for India (read here), but for Delhi, …not bad.

The second night I was still curious about Hotel Namaskar. A Lonely Planet recommendation must mean I might score a better room. An extra bonus was that they’d also help you book cheap drivers and tours. But when I checked out their rooms, the hallways looked run-down, like they were storage space and the room I was shown in the back, looked like a dungeon with no window. Worse, their rates were higher!  So I returned to Cozy Inn, a grateful resident. I still booked a driver through Hotel Namaskar though.

I would go back to Cozy Inn Hotel again.

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  1. monkgonemad says:

    For all that you have learned one thing eludes, never share your digs publicly. Pls remove this. Old India hands not happy.

    • @monkgonemad: Wow, this is an old post from my archives and it’s filled with typos! Just as I respect your opinion and value your comment, I respect and need to express my opinions as a traveler, as well. People may not always agree or like what I say; and it’s not compulsory that they do. But I appreciate the guesthouse/hostel reviews made by other travelers when I trip plan and in many cases, esp India, others’ experiences help me formulate whether I want to experience or avoid their conclusion. Old India may be displeased with what I’m expressing; but I was displeased with some of my experiences. The remedy is not to cover this up.

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