Delhi’s Best Hotels

Delhi’s best hotels aren’t cheap, but they can be very luxurious, and service is generally of a high standard. Although with so many new properties opening as India’s economy rapidly expands, training has become harder and it's even more important to do your research before you arrive.

Delhi sunset

Delhi’s best hotels can be divided into ‘modern’ classics and ‘heritage hotels’, which we list below, plus one or two contemporary newcomers.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for a City Break

  • 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.

Maidens Hotel

  • Or try The Amber, a slick, minimalist hotel with bright colours and great attention to detail.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for Local Colour

  • The Lodhi has been cleverly converted from an Aman into a 40 room hotel, modern Indian in style, with huge rooms, lots of nice detail and a gourmet restaurant, beautiful pool and heavenly spa.

The Lodhi

  • The Imperial dates from the days of Gandhi and Mountbattan, but has been modernised in a way which complements 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.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for Romance

  • The Claridges is a classic, calm heritage hotel in Lutyens' Delhi. Set in three acres in the diplomatic zone, this traditional lap of luxury is great if you're looking for somewhere to relax, and as well as all the greenery and generous Indian hospitality, this hotel has a beautifully designed spa.

The Claridges

  • 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, and you're close to the peace of Lodi Gardens and the Khan Market.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for Luxury

  • 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 Leela Palace

  • The The Oberoi Delhi is a large and luxurious hotel elegantly decorated with dark woods and rich colours, and with views, a range of dining options, a spa, two pool and a golf links.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for Great Value

  • Shanti Home offers clean, chic rooms and a wonderful roof top restaurant, which is also great value for money.

Amarya Villa

  • Or consider Amarya Villa, a colourful hotel near trendy Hauz Khas, which has nine, unique rooms with bright wallpapers, silk furnishings and modern bathrooms, and there’s also a spa, restaurant and terrace - starting from £50 per night.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for Families

  • 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.

Delhi’s Best Hotels for Foodies

ITC Maurya

  • The ITC Maurya 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.

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

  • consider our Guru’s list of the Best Delhi Guesthouses,
  • expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Delhi
  • or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 Oberoi Delhi

      Delhi (Golf Links)

      So much more than just a business hotel this property provides exceptional service to all its discerning guests. Rooms are decorated in dark woods and rich colours in an elegant, contemporary Indian style and feature excellent bathrooms and views. A myriad of dining options, a spa and two pools.

      283 rooms from $215
      Sights nearby  -  Humayan's Tomb is just a ten minute walk away or visit the Nizamuddin dargah on Thursday evenings.
      Great walks  -  Explore the city by foot on a Nizamuddin heritage walk.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Recommended by  -  Tablet
posted Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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