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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.