Hide-In Hostel, D-2, Third Floor, Near Saket Metro Gate no. 1, Saket, New Delhi 110017, India
You’ll need to pay attention to the address as it isn’t easily noticeable which building the Hide-In Hostel is in until you have a look through the gate. Hide-In Hostel is ideally situated near the Saket Metro station, meaning it is just a 30-minute ride to the centre of Delhi, however, Hide-In isn’t ideally situated for general sightseeing as most of the major sites are at least 45 minutes away by metro or autorickshaw, but the staff and price does compensate for that.
Although not on a main road, the surrounding roads are very busy and extremely noisy (in case you didn’t know, in India, everyone uses their horn when driving. Whether it is needed or not, every 5 seconds someone sounds their horn: meaning the noise pollution is ridiculous). We had seen a few reviews saying this property is quiet, so perhaps it was just our room at the front of the building that experienced this issue.
We paid around 2,075 INR (approx. £23/$31) per night with breakfast included.
A bed in a dorm room runs from around 360 INR (£4/$5.50).
We had a private double air-conditioned room with an en-suite bathroom and balcony. It was a spacious room with a TV, floor cushion, armchair, wardrobe and a desk. The only thing missing was a desk chair – but this wasn’t a problem as we just went up to the roof top to use the long table when we needed to work on our laptops.
The bed was comfortable enough but would have benefitted from a few extra pillows and a larger bed sheet. We weren’t keen on the throw that was on the bed as a cover because it was a fluffy mink style blanket– another sheet would have been preferable – but it did the job (it’s specifically made for use in all-weather types).
The bathroom was a little tired but functional. It got quite warm during the day but did have an extractor fan in the window to circulate the air.
The balcony is nice, with plenty of greenery, but is shared with the dorm room next door which is a put off. We had been disturbed a few times during the night by people talking because the windows were very thin.
Our room was at the front of the building and it was noisy as hell. We didn’t sleep well during our stay here, Matt slept OK once he got to sleep. I on the other hand woke up every 5 minutes (or at least it felt like it).
The WIFI at Hide-In Hostel was good. We had no issue when we were in our room or the communal area, but the signal is bad when on the roof (not a huge problem, but it stated on Hostel World that WIFI is throughout the whole property).
The hostel is situated on the 3rd floor, so it isn’t too much of a trek, but they do have an elevator.
The communal area is small, but it does mean conversation is easier and is comfortable to sit around and eat.
On the rooftop there is a lovely terrace with lots of potted plants and comfortable furniture. It is fully shaded, so whilst still hot, it’s a relief from the sun.
The Hide-In Hostel offers a basic menu (see the picture below). We had breakfast included but only ate it twice. The first time, we opted for jam on toast. The second time we had a stuffed chapati with pickle – both were simple but tasted good and filled a hole. The real winner is the dinner for 100 rupees! It is again simple, but so tasty and perfect portions. Lunch/Dinner changes daily, so you can just ask what is on the menu.
If you want to learn how to cook an Indian dish, you can have a free cooking lesson whilst making dinner– just ask!
The staff at Hide-In are wonderful. All are extremely helpful and kind. Whenever we were in our room or on the terrace around breakfast/lunch/dinner times, they would come and ask if we wanted anything to eat. Although we didn’t need much assistance, we felt that we could ask for anything and often heard the staff helping other people with directions or advice.
They even called and messaged us on WhatsApp to see if we needed help with directions in case we were lost (we were a bit later checking in than planned – and did in fact get lost but didn’t have any data to receive the WhatsApp message).
Everything felt relaxed and easy at the Hide-In. We don’t have much more to say on this because we didn’t spend a lot of time in the communal area, but we had no issues.
In conclusion: The Hide-In Hostel is a little tired, but is a hygienic, friendly and welcoming place.
Would we stay here again?
Yes, but only if we got a room at the back and specifically needed to be in that location – a more central location would suit us better next time but it may be a good location for you.