The Svelte is obviously a great hotel, and we know so many SCI clients just love it. That's really the main reason we picked it originally - it seemed everyone goes there, and it almost represented a warm cocoon to keep your baby warm the first few weeks.
But it just didn't fit us. We hate malls - and living in one for 3 weeks kinda makes me unnerved. The space itself was big for a hotel room - and the separation of the bedroom is nice - but it's still very small for the three of us for three weeks (we actually had booked a larger suite just to have a little more space to accommodate). And it's somewhat expensive (not break-the-bank, but certainly not economical). This is especially true with the larger suite, and I can also imagine living (and eating and shopping) in a mall will just add to the expense.
But ultimately, a big part of me felt like we would be missing the experience of India if we were wrapped up in a Western hotel inside a giant Western mall complex.
So we started looking at other options last month - both from the list of recommendations by SCI and ones we could find on our own. Ultimately, unless we were to choose a very reputable hotel, we felt we should stick to what SCI recommends (because they're actually THERE, get feedback from other clients, and can assist if an issue arises).
So I guess we'll see how it goes!
P.S. I understand that Damani Money Changer in M Block offers very good exchange rates. Does anyone know if they take Traveler's Cheques, or if it's cash only? Thanks!!