If you went to T3 (international airport in New Delhi) did you notice the hotel sign anywhere? I have to admit I missed it somehow even though I arrive at airports quite early. So I was quite thrilled when I got to know that I was invited to the Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel.
Geting into T3 if you are not traveling is quite a story in itself but I will let it pass. So once the formalities were over I reached the 5th level at the airport where the hotel is located. I was quite mesmerized with the view from the eating area, which is just next to the lobby. But I had only my cell phone to take pictures with (easier to enter T3 without cameras if you are not traveling) and this is what I got from the domestic wing of Eaton.
My first task of the day was to go to the spa to check it out! I thoroughly liked it and I kept wondering how nice it would feel to a weary traveler. I have written in detail about the Essentials Spa at IGI Eaton in another post.
Next on the agenda was food and I went with a tomato based soup and a pasta. Both were hot and refreshing. I was having a chat with the manager and he said it is a different game altogether to operate a kitchen in the airport area. We all had stories to share about our travels and he told us some interesting ones from his days of working in an airport. A tour of the hotel was next and I passed through this beautiful lobby.
However our stop were the rooms at the hotel. Here is what the room looks like. Rooms are available on hourly basis as well which makes sense as it is a transit hotel at an airport. The hourly booking can be done for a minimum of a 5 hour block. The hotel has international as well as domestic wings. For international transit passengers no visa is required to use the hotel.
I love the idea of having twin rooms because I have been in situations when we were traveling as colleagues/friends and no twin rooms were available.
If you go to Tripadvisor you will find that some passanger feel it takes a lot of time to check in to the hotel due to the security restrictions. The hotel people feel it is best to get in touch with them so that they can take care of some of the guest needs required for a check-in.
Here is another picture of the view from the hotel of the airport terminal which I clicked with my cell phone. Soon we moved to the international wing and had tea there. They also have a gym in both the wings keeping in mind the need of the frequent travelers who do not wish to miss their exercises.
Overall quite a sensible place for people who are caught at the airport!
Did you notice that IGI T3 (that is the international airport in New Delhi) has a transit hotel now? I have to admit I didn’t till I got invited to write about it. So I spent some time at the Eaton Smart Transit Hotel today. I will give you the hotel report a little later, I will start with the spa which is called the Essentials Spa. I was asked beforehand what treatment I would like to take. I have to admit the entire menu was tempting with some quite exotic stuff like Hot Stone Massage, Neem Body Wrap etc. but I decided to go with the more conventional Aromatherapy.
To get inside T3 if you are not traveling is a story in itself but I will pass that one. After getting escorted inside the hotel on the domestic side the first thing on the agenda was the spa actually. While I was standing and filling the form for the massage I noticed these beautiful flowers at the reception.
As soon as I started clicking a picture (and only a cell phone was allowed) Esther remarked, “My flowers are very sensitive”. I got wondering if she was protective about people photographing her flowers but then she remaked, “We have to change it daily or else they wilt.” She was my therapist for the day as well.
If you peer hard you can see I am using some of the hotel pictures with their permission. That is the outcome of only having a cell phone to photograph! We did not take long in the spa lobby that you can see above. I soon entered the room and a few minutes later I was ready for the massage.
All the while the massage was on I was wondering how nice this would feel to a weary traveler, if it felt so good to me when I had just started from home less than an hour ago.
I am quite ticklish and usually the lady giving me the massage and I have a good laugh because I can’t stop giggling. I think I giggle on an average 20 times during a session. I have to grant it to Esther, I don’t know how she managed it, but I didn’t giggle even once during this session. And that is quite something! I had the most relaxing 45 minutes with her and I emerged quite rejuvenated after the session.
And imagine in all this while I never even noticed the sign hotel when I went to T3!
Next time check out Eaton Smart if you are at T3 for a long time and you need a place to crash.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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