Delhi airport gains Langham transit hotel

India’s first airport transit hotel is set to open later this month at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Terminal 3.

The 93-room Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport, managed by Langham Hotels, is located in two areas: airside of the international operations (57 rooms) and landside of the domestic operations (36 rooms).

According to the hotel’s general manager, Vikram Khetty, the international wing will initially cater to passengers from Nepal and Bhutan waiting to board long-haul flights such as those to the US, while the domestic wing will be ideal for travellers coming in from different parts of the subcontinent and have to stay the night and catch an early flight the next morning. Both feature similar facilities.

All guestrooms, tagged as “Eaton Smart”, are equipped with high-speed internet access, LCD TV with cable programming and 24-hour room service. Rates for a five-hour block start from Rs3,000 (US$65.91) and Rs6,000 (US$131.83) for an overnight stay. An extension of up to three hours is allowed.

Customers, not wishing to take up a unit, can opt to use one of seven “Aqua Pods”, which are shower rooms with all the amenities. Usage is between 30 minutes to an hour at Rs300 (US$6.59). The hotel’s restaurant, T Lounge, also accepts walk ins for a Rs300 fee, which can be used for food and beverage and includes access to the internet. The gym is equipped with weights and cardio machines, and the spa has individual treatment rooms.

To keep guests connected, an “E-point” with computer terminals offering internet access as well as printers is found in the T Lounge.

For more details, visit www.eatonhotels.com

Margie T Logarta


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  • Having recently been through IDIA I’d say the main use for a transit hotel would be for those who have missed their flight because of the airport’s inefficiencies.

    On a recent trip through we waited 35 minutes to check in for a business class seat on British Airways, then queued for 40 minutes to clear immigration while officers routinely took between 3 and 4 minutes to process each individual in the queue, irrespective of where they came from, then had another 20 minutes for security. It was then a 15 minute walk to the aircraft.

    IDIA might be a newly-built airport, but it looks like something from the Gulf Region circa 1980, and shows that Indian talent for building something new that immediately looks like it’s been there for decades.

    As for the operational efficiencies, using the washroom by the gate I tried to rinse soap from my hands, the water spluttered from the tap then ran out, and then the attendant far from apologising hassled me for a tip.

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