Family Trip to Ibis Delhi Airport in Aerocity
I have been a bit busy in last some weeks both on personal as well as work front. So when I got an invitation to visit Ibis Delhi Airport to come and stay my instant reaction was to say no as my elder daughter had her school exams and I was entrusted by the missus to help her with science syllabus (finally something she thinks I can do better than her).
But the lady on phone was very persistent and told me that she got my reference from Mridula Dwivedi, The Prima Donna of travel blogging community in India. This made my day as for a travel blogger it is equivalent of an actor getting a pat on back from Big B.
Well long story short, I built a case to missus and she agreed that we can visit the hotel once exams of the kiddo are over. So this weekend we visited the Ibis Delhi Airport and the folks at the hotel gave us two connected rooms, one for the kids and one for people responsible for the kids (that would be me and Missus).
Ibis Delhi Airport is a brand new hotel in the Delhi Aero city, within earshot of the Delhi Airport. All great cities and airports have airport hotels be in JFK or Changi Airport in Singapore, now Delhi joins the elite list where you have a full-fledged airport hotel complex with International Standards. The hotel runs a regular shuttle service to the terminals and you can check your flight information sitting in the Hotel Lobby itself.
Now normally airport hotels are bare-bones, but Ibis Delhi Airport looks like its more expensive cousins complete with a huge all-weather heated swimming pool, multiple conference rooms and a restaurant that starts serving express breakfast at the crack of dawn for those who have an early morning flight. From around 7 in the morning you get full breakfast that you can enjoy more leisurely till noon. To technically the breakfast is available from 4 in the morning till noon, and you don’t have to worry about missing the most important meal of the day.
But let me talk about the rooms first, our pool facing rooms on 4th floor were nicely appointed with a small fridge, on the house Tea and Coffee maker and even a nice laptop workstation next to the window and a Wi-Fi that actually works.
One challenge that we faced in the hotel was “What to do ? “as we had no plans to do any sightseeing so, we decided to explore every nook and corner of the hotel, starting with the all-weather swimming pool. While I was assigned photography duty the daughters and missus floated on the water with no worries of studies, now that the exams were over.
When they got tired of swimming we went to the restaurant to check the grand buffet. We were spoilt for choice and I really liked the live grill and the different types of desserts on offer. But with missus and her hawk eye watching me and my calories I was allowed only Salads, and the logic given to me was since I have not burnt any calories swimming I am not allowed to take any calories..
Ah the little joys of being married to a loving and caring spouse, I wish we get Karwa Chauth every month so that she fasts for my long life every month and not only once in a year.
As the Hotel is very close to the airport you continuously see planes passing, I clicked some pictures in burst mode and made this collage.
Right next to the restaurant there are some Gazebos surrounded by some water bodies and an open air entertainment area that can be used for small parties. I decided to come back and practice my night photography there after dinner.
While I was hoping to click some light trails from the terrace, it was not allowed due to security, but the open dining area with candles simmering in the air took me to Elton John’s eternal song Candle in the Wind.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Ibis Airport Hotel and my younger daughter was not willing to go home. I had to promise her to take her on next vacation soon.
The Ibis Delhi Airport Hotel is owned by Accor Hotels group, and is conveniently connected to both domestic and international airports of Delhi, NH-8 connecting Delhi-Gurgaon, and to city center as the airport metro is close by.
For bookings / inquiries you can contact them from the hotel website: Ibis Delhi Airport
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