The Best Delhi Guesthouses

If you are prepared to plunge in, you will find that Delhi, built and destroyed seven times, with hundreds of monuments to show for its extraordinary past, has so much more to offer than the sprawling, chaotic, incoherent city might at first promise. And a great way to plunge in is to stay in one of the best Delhi guesthouses.

There is no greater pleasure than discovering the sights and sounds, the treasures, the food and the many mysteries of India’s capital by day and returning to a peaceful, enveloping room in one of the best Delhi guesthouses of an afternoon to read Love Delhi by Fiona Caulfield.

As well as booking into one of the best Delhi guesthouses you might also like to book tailor-made tours of the city with a private guide and driver and plunge into the back lanes and bazaars of Chandni Chowk, watch the ancient sport of pigeon flying from its rooftops, listen to kawwalis being sung at Sufi shrines, visit charity projects for the poor, take a specially arranged tour of Lutyens’ magnificent President’s Palace and Mughal Gardens, or of an Old Delhi mansion.

Our list of the best Delhi guesthouses came about because our Gurus found it difficult to recommend mid price and budget hotels in Delhi - the difference being that the best Delhi guesthouses don’t always have restaurants and a full range of facilities. There aren’t many recommendations on our list of the best Delhi guesthouses, but those we do recommend we recommend wholeheartedly, with one or two absolute gems.

The Best Delhi Guesthouses

Best Delhi Guesthouses for City Style

The Amber is a slick and modern 19 room guesthouse, with nice design and great attention to detail. Or you might try the Ahuja Residency, which is popular with local people for its contemporary simplicity, comfortable rooms and friendly service.

Best Delhi Guesthouses for Historic Delhi

For the ultimate in colonial charms stay at Lutyens Bungalow, set in acres of gardens, this lovely, peaceful old property has large, simple bedrooms and a pool. Or try the popular, B-19 which has just six rooms, so you need to book early to get a room at this, comfortable, homely and well located guesthouse nicely decorated with Indian art and antiques.

Best Delhi Guesthouses for Great Value

Bed & Breakfast G-49 and G-54 are two neighbouring buildings, offering, between them, six comfortable, understated rooms with nice bathrooms and private balconies, and all starting from just £39 per night.

If you can’t find your idea of the best place to stay in Delhi on our list of the best Delhi guesthouses you could:

The Best Delhi Guesthouses

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

Written by  Geraldine Keith, posted Wednesday, 18th May 2011
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