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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.

Dehli 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.

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  • Bed and Chaï

    Delhi (Greater Kailash I)

    Located in residential Greater Kailash, Bed and Chai provides welcoming budget accommodation. Rooms are simple with novel vintage Indian decorations and private balconies. A simple breakfast is served and there is a small kitchen and living room. The staff are incredibly helpful.

    14 rooms from $28
    Local markets  -  Greater Kailash M Block market is within walking distance.
    Cooking classes  -  Nita Mehta Cookery offers lessons in Indian cuisine.
    Sights nearby  -  Lotus Temple and Qutab Minar are within easy reach.
  • Bloom Rooms

    Delhi (Jangpura Extension)

    A modern, spotlessly clean hotel providing professional service. Rooms are smallish but perfectly formed with rain-showers and decorated in fresh palettes of yellow and white. There is a library and Apple computers for guests as well as a cafe serving light snacks. A simple, yet stylish hotel.

    39 rooms from $35
    Great 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  -  Good for local colour.
  • G54 Zaza Stay


    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.

    6 rooms from $41
    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.
  • G49 Bed & Breakfast


    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.

    6 rooms from $58
    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


    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.

    19 rooms from $59
    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
  • 76 Friends Colony

    Delhi (New Friends Colony,)

    Charming owner run property with just five rooms each guest receives the attention they deserve. Located in leafy Friend's Colony it is a homely haven away from the bustle of Delhi life. Rooms are large and sunny, featuring private balconies. The iconic Indian Accent restaurant is a few doors down.

    5 rooms from $60
    Sights nearby  -  Humayun's Tomb is a short drive - well worth a visit
  • Lutyens Bungalow


    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.

    16 rooms from $80
    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.
    Great walks  -  Lodhi Gardens, with its historic tombs, is idyllic at sunset.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
  • Maidens


    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.

    55 rooms from $85
    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

    Delhi (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.

    5 rooms from $87
    Local exploring  -  A stone's throw from Hauz Khas and its many shops and restaurants
    Value chic  -  Excellent value, boutique accommodation, in a great part of town
    Great walks  -  Around Hauz Khas Forest and its tombs
    Full of character
  • The LaLiT

    Delhi (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.

    461 rooms from $89
    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.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Ahuja Residency


    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.

    15 rooms from $90
    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

    Delhi (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.

    4 rooms from $91
    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
  • Amarya Villa


    Colourful hotel near trendy Hauz Khas. Unique rooms feature bright wallpapers, silk furnishings and modern bathrooms. Spa and massage treatments, terrace. Restaurant serves great Indian and Chinese dishes. A central and characterful hotel from which to explore India's capital.

    9 rooms from $96
    City Style  -  Perfectly located in South Delhi, within a short drive to all the sights, this eclectic hotel with spa is your ideal base
    Sights nearby  -  Short drive to India Gate, Delhi Zoo, Lodhi Gardens
    Full of character
  • Shanti Home


    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.

    17 rooms from $98
    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
  • The Grand

    Delhi (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.

    390 rooms from $101
    Local exploring  -  Centrally located with many of Delhi's sights on your doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  The 13th century Qutub Minar is worth a visit
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
  • On The House


    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.

    8 rooms from $103
    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


    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.

    287 rooms from $105
    Great 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

    Delhi (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.

    220 rooms from $105
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Vivanta by Taj Ambassador


    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.

    88 rooms from $113
    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 Pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Haveli Dharampura

    Delhi (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.

    13 rooms from $122
    Sights nearby  -  Jama Masjid and The Red Fort are within walking distance.
    Local markets  -  Chandi Chowk, Delhi largest market, is on your doorstep.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
  • b nineteen


    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.

    6 rooms from $122
    Sights nearby  -  Humayun's Tomb is moments away.
    Great walks  -  At nearby Lodhi Gardens.
  • Taj Palace

    Delhi (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.

    402 rooms from $127
    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 restaurants
    Great walks  -  Amidst Lodhi Gardens' ancient tombs
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • The Manor


    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.

    15 rooms from $131
    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
  • The Hyatt Regency

    Delhi (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.

    507 rooms from $143
    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.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • ITC Maurya

    Delhi (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.

    415 rooms from $188
    Great walks  -  Sunset at Lodhi Gardens are particularly special.
    Local markets  -  Shopping in Janpath and Connaught Place.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
  • Dusit Devarana

    Delhi (Samalkha)

    Clean lines, open spaces and modern architecture one could be walking through a Barbara Hepworth exhibition. Rooms are large and decorated in sultry burgundy notes and feature deep baths. Enjoy the fine dining at Kiyan, world class spa and pool. Ideally located for Gurgaon, Delhi and the airport.

    50 rooms from $204
    Birdwatching  -  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.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • The Lodhi

    Delhi (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.

    40 rooms from $206
    Great walks  -  Nearby Lodhi gardens, with their abundance of birdlife and wildlife (and dogs!) are perfect for an afternoon stroll.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic sights of the Red Fort, Humayan's Tomb and Jama Masjid are within easy walk.
    Local markets  -  Khan Market and Janpath are both within easy reach.
  • The Leela Palace

    Delhi (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.

    254 rooms from $221
    Local markets  -  Connaught Place has local and international brands.
    Sights nearby  -  Humayan's tomb and The Red Fort are must visits.
    Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop Pool
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
  • The Imperial


    Iconic Delhi hotel harking back to the days of Nehru and Gandhi. Sensitively updated for modern age comforts in synergy with its colonial and Art Deco foundations. Marble floors, teak furniture, and white-washed elegance. Fantastic restaurant and spa too.

    234 rooms from $257
    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.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Kiwi Collection
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