New Delhi, July 16 : Chairman, Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Government of India K.C. Jena on Wednesday inaugurated the renovated New Delhi Rail Yatri Niwas, India's first Ginger Rail Yatri Niwas.
The renovated Rail Yatri Niwas developed by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) and the Roots Corporation Limited (RCL), stands tall sparkling new at the Ajmeri Gate side of the New Delhi Railway Station in new earthly hues and shiny warm reds.
This hotel was originally built in 1988 as part of Indian Railways efforts to offer hotel rooms to the railway passengers at reasonable prices.
The property was taken over by IRCTC in April, 2005 with a mandate to upgrade it on PPP basis. Keeping its ultimate objective of world class service at affordable prices in view, IRCTC allotted the task of renovating and operating the hotel on PPP basis, for 15 years, on open tender basis.
This task was taken up by M/s Roots Corporation Limited, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the Indian Hotels Company Limited.
The hotel was stripped to its bare shell and renovated in a period of nine months with an investment of about Rs. 10.5 crores to offer the customers 109 smart basics rooms and a plethora of additional facilities.
A guest at the hotel now has a choice of well fitted orange and blue theme rooms with LCD TVs, posturepedic mattresses, anti allergy pillows, tropical duvets, Smart Bev Tea Coffee Maker, complimentary bottles of water and an access card to enter the room. The hotel also offers a gymnasium and a meeting room for the convenience of its guests.
Additionally, it will offer 24 x 7 restaurant, that will offer an array of food from across India and different parts of the world. A book store for catering to a traveller's intellectual appetite and a travel desk for their local site seeing and travel needs are also being made available as a part of offering. There will further be, a 24 x 7 medical store.
The rooms will be offered at an incredible price of Rs. 1199 inclusive of taxes. Fifty per cent of the rooms will be offered at Rs. 999 per room per night inclusive of taxes. This hotel will also have four bedded rooms where each bed will be offered at Rs.250 for a night.
In addition to being in the heart of the Central Business District of the Capital, it is extremely well connected with other parts of the capital located as it is virtually above the Delhi metro station.