Delhi, India’s capital and one of the oldest cities of the world, is different from any other city in the world. It’s a place that not only touches your heart but even fastens it to a frenetic speed. Having a history that goes back many centuries & empires, Delhi is an exquisite blend of diverse traditions, sprawling greenery, rich architecture and a famed cuisine. From the labyrinth of narrow lanes, old havelis and colorful bazaars of Old Delhi to the best features of a modern city such as gleaming malls and bustling markets, there’s a lot to see and do in Delhi. Delhi is also home to some great luxury hotels, which are a playground of trend setters and fashionistas. Here’s my countdown of the 5 best hotels in the city.
Conveniently located in Aerocity, the hotel is within easy reach of downtown Delhi and the business hub of Gurgaon. Designed to capture the spirit of Delhi by renowned architect Bauer Latoza Studio and interior designer Virgile, the hotel integrates traditional Indian elements, colors and flavors into a modern design inspired by the unique craftsmanship of India. Making it one of the best hotels in the country.
The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Each room includes a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. Andaz Delhi – A Concept by Hyatt features free WiFi.
Dining options include Food hall – AnnaMaya an all-day restaurant and Juniper Bar. The property has the Hong Kong Club that is a multi-level destination with modern Cantonese dining, contemporary bar that elevates to a club lounge accompanied by varied entertainment that is reflective of international energy and striking contrasts of Hong Kong.
2. THE LEELA PALACE
The Leela Palace New Delhi is located at the very heart of the capital’s prestigious Diplomatic Enclave and exemplifies the magnificent architecture, grace and elegance of Lutyens’ Delhi. Elegantly decorated, air-conditioned rooms feature a high-definition flat-screen TV with a DVD player, floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden furnishings. A 2nd flat-screen TV in the bathroom is a mirror when turned off.
The Leela Palace New Delhi is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the India Gate. Indira Gandhi International Airport is 9.3 miles while the Domestic airport is 8.1 miles. The exclusive spa by ESPA offers an Ayurveda inspired day spa menu created for both women and men while rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool offers the panoramic views of the city’s skyline. Guests can also approach the 24-hour front desk to rent a computer or a car.
Housed in a modern glass structure, The Qube offers an international and Indian buffet with open kitchens. Other dining options include Le Cirque and MEGU from New York, the award winning restaurants. Indian food is served at Jamavar . Drinks can be enjoyed at the hotels 2 bars.
3. THE LODHI- A MEMBER OF THE LEADING HOTELS OF THE WORLD
Just minutes from the grandeur of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the peaceful Lodhi gardens and many other iconic sites, The Lodhi Hotel provides one of the world’s most colorful and cosmopolitan capital cities with a tranquil retreat.
The Lodhi features of a salon, fitness center, spa and massage center, steam and sauna room, a library, a cigar lounge and a business center on premises. Guests can avail of a tour desk, concierge services, currency exchange facilities and laundry/dry-cleaning facilities. Each indulgent air-conditioned room features a private balcony as well as a seating area. The en suite four fixture bathroom contains complimentary toiletries.
The property is 1.9 miles from India Gate and Pragati Maidan. Indira Gandhi International Airport is 12 mi away and New Delhi Railway Station is 1.6 miles away. Elan Restaurant & Bar serves pan-Indian, Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisines. Room service options are available 24-hours a day.
4. TAJ MAHAL HOTEL
On Number One Mansingh Road stands The Taj Mahal Hotel, a tribute to timeless hospitality and service, which complements the broad boulevards and leafy splendor of Delhi’s chief architect, Edwin Lutyens. Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi is within 1.2 miles from the well-known Rashtrapati Bhavan. Offering free parking, it is 11 mlesi from the Delhi International Airport and 3.1 miles New Delhi Railway Station. The Central Business District, the shopping area of Connaught Place and the business district of Gurgaon are within a 25-minute drive.
The hotel features modern Indian-style decor, luxurious rooms equipped with fax machines and flat-screen cable TVs. They come with a safe and a sofa at the comfortable seating area. All rooms come with a view. After a day of activity, enjoy soothing massages at Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi’s The Spa, a steam bath or a beauty treatment at the salon. Staff can attend to travel, childcare and banking needs. The concierge can facilitate a Heritage Walk to Humayun’s Tomb, a wellness walk to Lodi Garden and a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi. Guests can also enjoy the experience of Change of Guard Ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Dining options Varq that serves modern Indian delights and Machan the international eatery. A selection of Chinese cuisine can be enjoyed at the House of Ming. Refreshing beverages can be enjoyed at the Emperor Lounge and Ricks. The Grill Room serves European delights.
5. THE IMPERIAL
Recognized among Asia’s finest hotels, The Imperial is a legend that offers a unique experience embracing facets of India’s history. The hotel is known for its contemporary colonial style.,
Hotel Imperial is a 10-minute drive from New Delhi Train Station. Nizamuddin Train Station is 8 km from the property. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The historic Chandni Chowk is a 10-minute drive away as well. India Gate, Presidential Palace, Jantar Mantar are a few of the sight seeing options which are less than 8 km from the hotel.
The modern and spacious rooms have high ceilings, a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar and tea and coffee-making facilities. The Hotel also provides Bathrobes, toiletries and a hairdryer. This hotel features concierge assistance for tour and theater information, as well as mobile phone rentals. Yoga classes and a book shop are available.
English afternoon tea is provided at The Atrium and Italian specialties can be enjoyed at San Gimignano. Daniell’s Tavern and 1911 Restaurant and Bar are available for live entertainment and drinks.