about our hotel
The shift of the Capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911 saw people migrate from various parts to the new Capital as it turned into the hub of political activity and regained its stature as the seat of power.
Madras Presidency, with several colleges started in late 19th century, had no dearth of English educated people. So when opportunities came, Tamilians flocked to Delhi to join the government service. Most of them joined as clerks, stenos and typists but few went on to occupy high-ranking positions.
It was a time when idli, vada and sambhar were unheard of in the Capital except at Tamil homes. CS Mani Iyer, came from Guruvayoor (Kerala) in 1952, set up a small canteen in Baroda House in 1952. The popularity of the south Indian food encouraged him to start the South Indian Hotel in 1955 at Karol Bagh. "My father sold two idlis for 10 paise those days." says Balan Mani.
People looked forward to the morning snacks of idli, dosa and sambar and tried out full meal at lunch comprising rasam rice or sambar rice, not to forget the quintessential more (buttermilk).
Mani Iyer's sons Murali Mani and Balan Mani expanded their father's business. While their father only wore a veshti (pristine white dhoti) and their sisters wore dawanni (half saree) till early 1970s when they attended Venkateswara College, the family today has adapted to Delhi habits. "Our day-to-day dressing has changed to suit the cosmopolitan culture. But on days of puja or a family function, we all wear traditional clothing." Balan's wife Radhika asserts.
30 guest rooms with LCD color television, individually controlled air-conditioning, hair dryer, ensuite bathroom with heater, tea/cofee making facility, mini fridge, same day laundry service, fax, mailing service round the clock, complimentary drinks, cafe, veg restaurant conference hall, banquet hall, 24-hr CCTV cameras to public areas, iron & ironing board available upon request & in-room Wifi available.
We offer quality guided tours along with conveniences like airport transfers, hotel accommodations.
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