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Be brave and dive right into the cacophony of the senses that is Delhi and you'll find there's even more to this city than the sprawling, chaotic, incoherent, colourful, historic wonder you've been promised. Delhi can be confronting. But hold your nerve and join the current and you'll discover the gems of both old and new Delhi. The best places to stay in Delhi may not be cheap, but they will be luxurious. And service is generally of a high standard.
Old Delhi: for Culture Vultures
Capital of Mughal India, renowned for it's cuisine and where you will find the grand Red Fort.
- Maidens is Delhi's oldest heritage hotel, a tranquil haven amongst shady trees, but within walking distance of Mughal monuments and the shopping of Chandi Chowk.
- Bed & Breakfast G-49 and G-54 are just up the road from each other, both very close to Humayum's tomb and both reasonably priced, and colourfully and stylishly decorated. G-49 has one large family room which sleeps five.
- Fun and homely, B-19 is a guesthouse rather than a hotel, but they serve an excellent breakfast on their terrace, and you can order more meals if you wish. Each room has its own bathroom and private terrace - some with views of Humayum's Tomb.
New Delhi: For the best of Colonial Chic
The capital of Commonwealth India, the highlight here is Lutyens' magnificent Presidential Palace and Mughal Gardens.
- Lutyens Bungalow is built in the Lutyens' old Colonial style, with a large garden, a vegetable patch and a swimming pool. And the crazy noise of the city is drowned out by the birds who flock to the magnificent shady trees in the old gardens. Rooms are simple and comfortable. And kids under 4 stay free.
- The Claridges is another classic, calm address in Lutyen's expansion. Set in three acres in the diplomatic zone, this traditional lap of luxury is great if you're looking for somewhere to relax. As well as all the greenery and generous Indian hospitality, this hotel has a beautifully designed spa.
- The Vivanta by Taj Ambassador is an elegant 1950s building decorated with traditional elegance. The old colonial charms run to huge rooms and balconies, marble floors and teak panelling. You're also close to the peace of Lodi Gardens and the Khan Market.
The Most Luxurious
- The Leela Palace is a grand, palace style hotel in the Diplomatic Enclave, with all the accoutrements of luxury you'd expect from a palace: marble floors and columns, elegant rooms, enormous public spaces and a world class spa.
- The Imperial dates from the days of Gandhi and Mountbattan, but has been modernised in a way which compliments the colonial and Art Deco foundations. Floors are marble, furniture is teak, and there's a fantastic restaurant and spa. There's also a collection of over four thousand artworks and artefacts, some of them highly important. There are also shops, palms and a luxurious pool.
The Best Places to Stay in Delhi for Foodies
- The ITC Maurya Sheraton is known as Delhi's gourmet hotel. Its renowned restaurant, Bukhara serves northwest frontier tandoori food in majestic surroundings. This is also one of this city's finest and most famous.
- The Manor is a 1950s bungalow in a lovely residential area away from the hustle and bustle. A fantastic restaurant, Indian Accent, with fusion food, relaxing roof terrace, and leafy gardens.
- Shanti Home, Clean chic rooms and a wonderful roof top restaurant - great value for money. A very charming spot for a gourmet city stay.
Delhi on a budget
- Bed and Breakfast G-49 and G54 Two neighbouring establishments offering style and value for money. Both are comfortable, colourful and understated with attractive Tajasthan tiled bathrooms and private balconies.
- Lutyens Bungalow, large simple bedrooms away from the hustle and bustle of Dehli.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Delhi for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Delhi or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice. Aternatively you can widen the net and see our recommendations in Gurgaon.
Best Hotels in Delhi
G54 Zaza Stay 6 rooms from $39Delhi
With interiors designed by owner Christine Rai, well known in Delhi for her chic homestore, Zaza, boasting stylish rooms with colourful Indian paintings and artefacts. Bedrooms are bright and airy with smart, black slate bathrooms. There is a private dining room available to guests.Local markets - Old Delhi and its vibrant Chandi Chowk market is an eye opening visit. Make sure to see the Jama Masjid.Sights nearby - Humayan's Tomb is withtin walking distance.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Four poster beds - For romantics.
Colonel's Retreat At The Airport 28 rooms from $42Delhi (Dwarka Sector 23)
A deviation from the soulless aerocity stay. Located in Dwarka, just a short drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport. Rooms decorated in creams with rich accents, chick blinds and Indian artworks feature private balconies and bathtubs. An excellent breakfast is included. Great value.Value chic - Excellent value in a convenient location
Bloom Rooms 39 rooms from $55Delhi (Jangpura Extension)
A modern, spotlessly clean hotel providing professional service. Rooms are smallish but perfectly formed and decorated in fresh palettes of yellow and white. Bathrooms include rain-showers and complimentary toiletries. There is a library as well as a cafe serving light snacks. Simple yet stylish.Local exploring - Located in a leafy yet central corner of Delhi this property is within walking distance of Jangpura metroGreat walks - A sunset stroll through Lodhi Gardens is a favourite pastime of Delhiites.Sights nearby - Humayan's Tomb, Purana Qila and India Gate are all close by.Local markets - Khan Market is close by
G49 Bed & Breakfast 6 rooms from $55Delhi
Comfortable, colourful and understated rooms with attractive Rajasthan-tiled bathrooms and private balconies. Located in the historic area of Nizamuddin you are within easy reach of some of Delhi's most iconic sights. Food is local and home-cooked plus there is a small gym. Divine.Local markets - Nearby Khan Market is a favourite for restaurants and shopping.Great walks - Lodhi Gardens at sunset is a popular spot.Sights nearby - Walking distance from Humayun's Tomb.
The Amber 19 rooms from $56Delhi
Modern, slick minimalism with fantastic attention to detail at this guesthouse hotel. Mirrored mosaics, natural light, marble floors, and vibrant colours. Excellent value for money in this boutique.Local markets - Dilli Haat sells food, gifts and textiles from around the country.Sights nearby - Built by Fariborz Sahba, The Lotus Temple is a sight to behold.Great walks - Take a guided food tour of Old Delhi.Recommended by - I Escape
Eleven Delhi 5 rooms from $76Delhi (Nizamuddin East,)
Delightful family run homestay located in a traditional Indian style bungalow in leafy Nizamuddin. Within walking distance of many of Delhi's attractions. Rooms are light filled with polished woof furnishing and natural palettes. A home-cooked breakfast is included in the price. A welcoming stay.Local exploring - Walking distance from some of Delhi's most famous attractions and Nizamuddin Railway StationValue chic - Excellent value in a quiet, residential part of townSights nearby - Humayan's Tomb, amongst others, and the Nizamuddin DargahLocal markets - Khan Market is just a short drive away
Maidens 55 rooms from $81Delhi
Delhi's oldest heritage hotel set in a tranquil haven of gardens and shady trees. Enormous rooms and a wonderful sit out terrace. Value for money in a peaceful spot, but still within walking distance of Mughal monuments and shopping in Chandni Chowk.Local markets - The bustling market of Paharganj is great for jewellery and leather goods.Great walks - Around India Gate at sunset with an icecream in hand.Sights nearby - Old Delhi and Jama Masjid are closeby.Swimming Pool - Large Outdoor Pool
Haveli Hauz Khas 5 rooms from $83Delhi (Hauz Khas)
Five colourfully decorated suites themed after Indian states. Choose from a local or continental breakfast; relax out in the courtyard garden or roof terrace. Within walking distance of bustling Hauz Khas' bars, shops and restaurants. Great value and a great little find.Local exploring - A stone's throw from Hauz Khas and its many shops and restaurantsValue chic - Excellent value, boutique accommodation, in a great part of townGreat walks - Around Hauz Khas Forest and its tombsFull of character
Ahuja Residency 15 rooms from $86Delhi
Legendary guesthouse popular with true Delhiwallahs. Simple and contemporary with no frills in Sunder Nagar. Friendly service and comfortable rooms. Ideal for short-stay business or leisure travellers.Sights nearby - The Indian Habitat Centre and Crafts Museum (with the lovely Cafe Lota) are closeby.Local markets - Khan Market and Janpath are within easy reach.Great walks - Around Lodhi Gardens.Recommended by - Fodors
Scarlette 4 rooms from $87Delhi (Safdarjung Enclave)
An authentic 'homestay' experience in residential Safdarjung Enclave. With antiques, family portraits and ornate mirrors adorning the walls. Rooms are light and spacious, decorated in Indian prints with private balconies. A healthy breakfast can be taken on a sunny terrace or breakfast room.Sights nearby - Safdarjung's Tomb and Siri Fort are within easy reach.Great walks - Through the ancient Mughal tombs in nearby Deer Park.Local markets - Good for local colour.Full of character
Lutyens Bungalow 16 rooms from $87Delhi
Old style colonial charm - a rural idyll located in the area known as Lutyen's Delhi amidst acres of gardens close to Khan market and Lodhi Gardens. Lovely outdoor dining terrace, swimming pool and large, simple bedrooms. A peaceful hideaway from the bustle of Delhi. Home cooked food is served.City Style - Quintessential colonial Delhi, moments from the city's attractions.Families - This family run hotel makes every member feel right at home.Local markets - Khan Market, great for its shopping, bars and restaurants is a local favourite.Sights nearby - Red Fort, Purana Qila, Jamma Masjid and much more are within easy reach.
Shanti Home 17 rooms from $93Delhi
A stylish, individual, and characterful home from home set in a quiet West Delhi suburb. Clean chic rooms and a wonderful roof top restaurant - great value for money. A very charming spot for a gourmet city stay.Foodies - The roof top Lantern Terrace Garden is fantastic.Value chic - Chic accommodation at an attractive price.Sights nearby - Old Delhi and its winding lanes, Mughal architecture and mosques are an assault on the senses.Birdwatching - Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, just 50km outside of Delhi, is a great day out.Recommended by - I Escape
76 Friends Colony 5 rooms from $96Delhi (New Friends Colony,)
Charming owner run property with just five rooms. Located in leafy Friend's Colony it is a haven away from the bustle of Delhi life. Rooms are large and light filled thanks to big windows and private balconies. The iconic Indian Accent restaurant is but few doors down. Live like a local.Families - The clue is in the name: this is a friendly hotel and neighbourhood where all the family are welcomeValue chic - Large, clean, contemporary rooms in a great location for an even better price.Sights nearby - Humayun's Tomb is a short drive - well worth a visit
The Grand 390 rooms from $97Delhi (Delhi,)
Within easy reach of the airport and Delhi's sights The Grand is a convenient stay. An oasis like pool lies amidst luscious grounds - plus there is a great spa. Dining is a treat with all day dining at Cascade and Asian dishes at Caraway and Woktok. Rooms are clean and contemporary.Local exploring - Centrally located with many of Delhi's sights on your doorstepSights nearby - The 13th century Qutub Minar is worth a visitSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSpa
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity 400 rooms from $98Delhi
A great value option providing all day dining and airport transfers. Not as luxurious as some of it provides a clean and simple, fuss-free stay. Rooms are of a good size for entry level suites, plus there is a 24-hour gym, spa and pool. A perfect airport hotel stay.Value chic - A great value stay conveniently located close to the airportSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSpa
On The House 8 rooms from $98Delhi
Charming homestay near historic Sarfdajung's Tomb. Individually decorated rooms are filled with Oriental and Indian knick-knacks. There is a well stocked library and sitting room for guests to congregate. A buffet breakfast is served and delicious home-cooked meals are available on request.Great walks - Early mornings in nearby Deer Park are truly magical.Local markets - Sarfdajung Market has plenty of shops and cafes.Sights nearby - The Mughal tomb of Sarfdajung is a must visit.Full of character
The Claridges 287 rooms from $100Delhi
Classic, calm address in Lutyen's Delhi. A haven of peace and relaxation set in three acres of gardens with a lovely pool area. Contemporary classic reception rooms and minimalist rooms and suites. Beautiful zen spa, excellent restaurants and extensive business/banqueting areas. The lap of luxury.LuxuryGreat walks - Around historic Lodhi Gardens. Join in the morning for sunrise yoga.Local markets - Janpath market is great for picking up clothes and trinkets.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor Pools
Sheraton Delhi 220 rooms from $100Delhi (Saket)
Although part of this world renowned chain, Sheraton Delhi's interiors are unmistakably Indian. Rooms have neutral palettes, spiced up with Indian artworks and fabrics and those views across Jahanpanah City Forest. There is a pool with waterfall, spa and fitness centre as well as global dining.Local markets - Good for local colour.Views - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Vivanta by Taj Ambassador 88 rooms from $108Delhi
The least expensive of the Taj group's three properties in Delhi, but by no means lesser value. Its old world charm and colonial heritage make it a delightful place to stay. Huge rooms with balconies, marble floors, teak panelling. For business and pleasure.Great walks - Lodhi Gardens, located round the corner, boasts Mughal tombs and fantastic sunsets.Sights nearby - Humayan's Tomb, India Gate, Purana Qila, The Red Fort and much more are all close.Local markets - Khan market is moments away.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolRecommended by - I Escape
Haveli Dharampura 13 rooms from $116Delhi (Dharam Pura)
One of a kind haveli located in the beating heart of chaotic Old Delhi. A haven of tranquility. Mughal style rooms feature ornate arches, stained glass windows and benefit from modern bathrooms. Traditional Indian dishes are beautifully presented and served with a modern twist. Divine.Great walks - Delhi Heritage Walks and Delhi Food Walks - a great way to avoid getting lost!Sights nearby - Jama Masjid and The Red Fort are within walking distance.Local markets - Chandi Chowk, Delhi largest market, is on your doorstep.Full of character
b nineteen 6 rooms from $116Delhi
Popular, comfortable, fun and homely guesthouse near Humayun's Tomb. Colourful rooms with a collection of Indian art and antiques. Fantastic breakfast roof top terrace with lovely views. The ideal laid back base from which to explore Delhi.Sights nearby - Humayun's Tomb is moments away.Great walks - At nearby Lodhi Gardens.
Taj Palace 402 rooms from $121Delhi (Diplomatic Enclave,)
The sort of five star luxury you would expect from a worldwide name like Taj. Boasting two of Delhi's finest restaurants and one of its best spas, Taj Palace only does things in the superlative. Gleaming rooms feature large beds and modern marble bathrooms. All this plus a huge outdoor pool.Sights nearby - Nearby India Gate is an iconic spot. Make like the locals and go for an afternoon stroll, ice cream in hand.Local markets - Khan Market is awash designer jewellery boutiques and plenty of bars and restaurantsGreat walks - Amidst Lodhi Gardens' ancient tombsDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
The LaLiT 461 rooms from $122Delhi (Connaught Place)
The quirky Grill restaurant and Kitty Su inject some fun into this bastion of Delhi hospitality. Rooms are a blend of modern luxury and Indian finery including stonework floors, embroidered silks and artworks as well as marble bathrooms. There is an outdoor pool, gym and traditional Ayurvedic spa.Local exploring - Located just moments from Barakhambha Road metro this property is ideal for getting around town.Local markets - You will find plenty of Indian handicrafts from all over the country at Dilli Haat.Sights nearby - Climb up the Jama Masjid's minaret for views across the entire city.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
The Manor 15 rooms from $125Delhi
1950s bungalow in a lovely residential area away from the hustle and bustle. Boasting a fantastic restaurant, Indian Accent, with fusion food, relaxing roof terrace, and leafy gardens as well as the indulgent Zehen spa providing Ayurvedic treatments. A welcome refuge.Local markets - At Chandi Chowk, one of the largest markets in Asia, you can buy almost anything.Sights nearby - Explore Old Delhi by foot on a private guided tour.Great walks - Sarfdajung's Tomb is an impressive visit.Secluded setting - A refuge in an upscale suburb.Recommended by - Tablet
Roseate House 216 rooms from $135Delhi
Utterly chic, design hotel located within Delhi airport's Aerocity. Modern yet sultry interiors combined with discreet service make this a perfect hotel for a quick stop. A lavish outdoor pool, spa centre, fine dining and capacious baths complete the package. Divine.City Style - A new addition to Delhi's airport hotels and one of its most luxuriousSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Spa
The Hyatt Regency 507 rooms from $136Delhi (Ring Road)
A firm favourite amongst visitors to Delhi, The Hyatt Regency excels in its dining department. With a smorgasbord of global treats for breakfast and home to TKS teppanyaki restaurant. There is a spa, gym and pool for sunning. Bedrooms are spacious with a modern, neutral decor and large windows.Local exploring - Located in the heart of Delhi this property is close to its sights.Local markets - Dilli Haat showcases arts and crafts from all over the country.Sights nearby - Qutab Minar with its impressive views is within easy reach.Opulent
Andaz Delhi 401 rooms from $142Delhi
Delhi's trendiest new hotel, conveniently located right by the airport. Embracing the city and its location, the best rooms look out directly onto the runway. With arguably one of the tastiest breakfasts in town on offer, a pool, spa and achingly cool interiors this hotel is not to be missed.City Style - The uber chic Andaz chain's latest editionSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.
ITC Maurya 415 rooms from $160Delhi (Sadar Patel Marg)
A top address, known as Delhi’s gourmet hotel - renowned Bukhara serves northwest frontier tandoori food. Superb spa and rooftop pool, classically elegant rooms, and majestic dining area and lobby. Luxurious facilities with bags of character.Foodies - Home to the famous Bukhara restaurant.Great walks - Sunset at Lodhi Gardens are particularly special.Local markets - Shopping in Janpath and Connaught Place.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor Pool
The Lodhi 40 rooms from $171Delhi (Pragati Vihar)
Formerly an Aman, following its renovation, this hotel had a lot to live up to. Its style is modern Indian: ornate lattice is worked into geometric shapes, huge rooms combine contemporary furnishings with silk and the odd elephant print. There is a gourmet restaurant, idyllic pool and fabulous spa.City Style - With sleek modern decor and geometric lines this property provides the ultimate in chic, city style.Local exploring - So many of Delhi's most iconic sights and attractions are within walking distanceGreat walks - Nearby Lodhi gardens, with their abundance of birdlife and wildlife (and dogs!) are perfect for an afternoon stroll.Sights nearby - Humayan's Tomb and the International Islamic Centre are within walking distanceRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Roseate 50 rooms from $186Delhi (Samalkha)
Clean lines and modern architecture one could be visiting a Barbara Hepworth exhibition. Rooms are large and decorated in sultry burgundy notes and feature deep baths. Enjoy the fine dining, a world class spa and pool. Ideally located for Gurgaon, Delhi and the airport. Formerly Dusit Devarana.Total relaxation - An oasis located between bustling Delhi and GurgaonBirdwatching - The Sultanpur National Park is a great day out for bird spotting and picnics.Sights nearby - The ancient Islamic monument of Qutub Minar is within easy reach.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity 270 rooms from $191Delhi
Renowned hotel with fabulous suites the Pullman provides discerning travellers with a lavish stay. Boasts bathtubs as standard, huge showers and deluxe interiors. Relax in the Woo salon and spa or dine at the award-winning Honk restaurant. A treat.City Style - A luxury option conveniently located for exploring both Delhi and the rest of IndiaFamilies - Home to the award winning Honk restaurantSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSpa
The Leela Palace 254 rooms from $269Delhi (Diplomatic Enclave)
A gorgeous new addition to Delhi’s luxury hotels in a superb location. An iconic palace style hotel in characterful grandeur - columns, marble floors, enormous spaces. Elegant rooms, fantastic spa, and a fabulous selection of world-class cuisine. Perfect for business or leisure.Foodies - Home to Megu, widely considered Delhi's best sushi restaurant.Spa breaks - One of the best spas in Delhi - make sure to take advantage!City Style - An utterly opulent stay in the heart of the cityLocal markets - Connaught Place has local and international brands.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
The Imperial 234 rooms from $315Delhi
Iconic Delhi hotel harking back to another era. Sensitively updated for modern age comforts in synergy with its colonial and Art Deco foundations. Marble floors, teak furniture, and white-washed elegance. Fabulous restaurant, great afternoon tea and the famous Patiala bar. Great spa too.Local exploring - Centrally located with a metro station within walking distanceCity Style - The number one address in all of Delhi.Local markets - Within walking distance, Janpath displays items from all over India.Sights nearby - Connaught Place, India Gate and Jantar Mantar are all very close.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors, Kiwi Collection