For my last two days in India, I was lucky enough to stay at Red Maple Inn, a small “bed and breakfast” tucked away in south Delhi away from the hustle and bustle and incessant honking that is an inevitable part of visiting Delhi.
As soon as I stepped inside the Red Maple
Inn, I was impressed by its amenities. After six weeks of traveling, I was admittedly starting to get a little frazzled and to long for the comforts of home. Luxury mattresses and air-con? Yes please!
Red Maple is a mid-range hotel and markets itself as a bed and breakfast, although to me it felt more like a boutique hotel. It is a place that begs for lazy mornings and lingering over breakfast. The included morning breakfast was absolutely lovely – eggs made to order, fresh fruit, porridge, yogurt, as well as Indian breakfast dishes like parantha. It also has a full menu of both Western and Indian dishes available.
For whatever reason, my flight home left from the Delhi airport at 3:00am. Luckily for me, the staff at Red Maple was nice enough to let stick around for a few extra hours so I could eat
dinner and use their complimentary wifi. My last meal in India, vegetable khade masaledar (bell peppers, veggies and cashews in Indian spices), was absolutely wonderful. Hotel food is usually hit-or-miss, but I am not even exaggerating when I say it was one of the best of my six-week trip! Loaded with veggies, it was perfectly spiced, lighter on oil and salt than most Indian dishes, and with portions big enough to feed two. For a second, the thought crossed my mind – “I wish I could take these leftovers home to Pat!”
Although the comforts of home and the food are excellent, the Red Maple Inn’s best asset is its staff. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt completely taken care of. Because they only have eight rooms, the staff knows everyone by name and is able to provide lots of advice and individualized arrangements for travelers. Even before I walked in the door, I emailed the owner, Hariminder Saini, about setting up a hired car and driver for one of the days in Delhi so I could do some shopping. With no fuss at all, I had everything reserved and ready for me when I arrived.
Although Mr. Saini was out of town when I was at Red Maple, I had the opportunity to sit down with the hotel manager, Mr. Gurpreet Singh. He told me that the hotel makes it their mission to make people feel at home. They pride themselves on having guests who are mainly repeat guests or come on referral from friends. They have also curated a reputation as being a great safe option for solo female travelers, like myself.
If you find yourself in Delhi and are looking for a mid-range hotel in a great location with attentive and friendly staff, I whole-heartedly recommend Red Maple Inn. They are the perfect spot for a solo female traveler like myself.
This is a sponsored post. I was a guest of the Red Maple Inn, but that in no way influenced this review. I only provide recommen dations on products or services that I love and believe will be good for my readers.