Want a memorable stay that's out of the ordinary? There are some beautiful boutique hotels in Delhi that are immaculately decorated and provide a high level of service. Here are eight of the best to choose from.
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The Lodhi was previously known as The Amam and was part of the ultra-luxury Aman Hotels resort group. Some people felt it lacked atmosphere though. The hotel was rebranded in 2013, and has done much better as a small, exclusive standalone property that targets a trendy younger crowd. Its spread over a generous seven acres and only has 40 super spacious guest rooms (they're as large as suites!), making it feel really private and peaceful. Many have plunge pools inside. The attentive personalized service is a highlight too. The upper levels of the hotel have views across to nearby attractions Lodhi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb. Widely acclaimed restaurant Indian Accent relocated there in 2017, making it a noteworthy fine-dining destination too. The nearby Lodhi Colony neighborhood has also been undergoing a metamorphosis in recent years, with many hip international cuisine eateries opening up. Facilities include gym, tennis courts, squash courts, lap pool, spa and salon. Bespoke excursions and experiences are offered as well. Rates start from around 10,000 rupees per night, plus tax. Breakfast and wireless Internet are included.
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The remarkable Haveli Dharampura opened as a heritage boutique hotel in early 2016 after being completely restored. This 19th-century haveli (mansion) is located in Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk district, close to Jama Masjid. Not long ago it was in crumbling ruins, but now it provides a glorious peek into the past. The terrace offers a superb view of the haveli and its special features, including jharokas (windows), chhatris (domes), baithaks (sitting areas) and chabutras (platforms). A cultural center brings the haveli and its history to life. There are two restaurants, including one on the rooftop overlooking the Red Fort with its 13 rooms and six magnificent suites. Expect to pay 11,000 rupees per night or more, including tax.
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The Manor was initially developed as a small hotel in the 1950s. It's since been completely redesigned as a contemporary boutique hotel and was awarded "Best Boutique Hotel in India" by Outlook Traveller magazine in 2016. There are 15 luxurious rooms to choose from, spread over two levels and surrounded by garden. The hotel's fine-dining restaurant hosts culinary pop-ups showcasing different chefs and cuisines from across India. The hotel also offers yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic massages and organizes unique Old World Experiences around Delhi for guests. It's located in south Delhi's upmarket Friends Colony. Rates start from around 9,000 rupees per night, including tax.
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Shanti Home is possibly Delhi's most popular boutique hotel. It has 17 rooms, all individually furnished with tasteful Indian themes. There are also three lounges for relaxing, an ambient rooftop restaurant, a gymnasium, and custom-tailoring service on the premises. Cooking classes, henna, and Ayurvedic massages are offered too. The hotel's location in the upmarket Janakpuri residential area of west Delhi is a slight drawback as it's away from Delhi's tourist attractions and around 30 minutes from the city center. However, there's a Metro train station nearby. And in case you're wondering, "shanti" means peace of mind. Rates start from 5,000 rupees per night, including tax.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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If you feel like splurging, you'll find The Roseate to be an extraordinary boutique hotel. Opened in late 2013 as Dusit Devarana (the Roseate is its new brand), it has 50 rooms spread over eight acres of award-winning landscaped gardens. The architecture is just as remarkable. Each room has 24-hour private butler service and an iPad control system, and there are 11 rooms with private pool access and decks as well. Perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation, the hotel also has one of the best luxury spas in India. It's located on National Highway 8, around 10 minutes from Delhi airport and 45-60 minutes from the city center. Facilities include free wireless internet. Expect to pay around 17,000 rupees per night, including tax.
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La Sagrita is a newly renovated boutique property with 19 rooms. It has a convenient central location in Sundar Nagar, not far from India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Akshardham Temple, and the city's other main attractions. This neighborhood has become increasingly cool in recent years and has one of Delhi's top markets, renowned for its art galleries and handicraft shops. It also has some excellent restaurants. The hotel has a restaurant as well, plus room service, concierge, a business center, and free Internet. Rates start from 6,000 rupees per night, including tax.
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If you like old colonial charm, you'll love Devna. This hotel is intimate, with just four rooms, and its own private art collection of new and old paintings by India's finest artists. It also houses a fascinating collection of ornaments and antiques, including an old brass gramophone. Rooms are comfortable and decorated in old-world style. Devna is located in peaceful Sundar Nagar, close to La Sagrita. There's no restaurant on the premises, but food can be delivered. Rates start from around 5,000 rupees per night, including tax.
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Hotel Palace Heights has a rather misleading name: it's neither a palace hotel nor a high one (it only has two floors). However, it is an attractively done, 14-room boutique hotel right in the middle of the city center at Connaught Place. Some rooms are quite small, but the location really can't be beaten. The staff are also very welcoming and friendly, making this a recommended place to stay. The hotel has one of the top Indian cuisine restaurants in Delhi. It's likely that you'll want to enjoy the numerous other options for dining in the area as well. Expect to pay around 6,500 rupees or more per night, including tax.