Six Best 5-Star Hotels in Delhi

Contemporary to Colonial Luxury in India's National Capital

  • 01 of 07

    Overview of Luxury Hotels in Delhi

    Indian Concierge Welcome Guest at Hotel Entrance India
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    Most of the highly regarded luxury hotel chains -- such as the Oberoi, Taj Group, InterContinental, Hyatt, and Radisson -- are represented in Delhi. You'll also find independent luxury hotels with their own individual appeal, such as the delightful colonial charm of the Imperial.

    However, luxury hotels in Delhi are relatively expensive, as the city has a shortage of decent accommodations and they're usually in high demand. On average, you can expect to pay $200 to $300 for a standard double room, per night.

    Read on for our pick of 5-star hotels in Delhi. We also love the luxurious Lodhi, which is included in our article about the best boutique hotels in Delhi because it only has 40 rooms (they're the size of suites and many have plunge pools inside!).

  • 02 of 07

    Regal Ambiance: The Leela Palace

    The Leela Palace
    The Leela Palace

    The lavish Leela Palace opened in 2011 and it didn't take long for the awards to start flowing in. Most notably, the Leela Palace was the only hotel in Delhi to be recognized in the Robb Report's list of the world's Top 100 Hotels of 2015. The hotel has spacious rooms, which most luxury hotels in Delhi lack, and provides guests with an exceptional experience. Its popularity and status is only rivaled by the newly-renovated Oberoi (see below).

    The Leela Palace has 11 floors and reportedly cost 18 billion rupees ($405 million) to build. Some say, the cost almost sent its parent company bankrupt! The hotel's grandiose design was inspired by leading British architect Edwin Lutyens, who was responsible for much of New Delhi's architecture in the 1920s and 1930s when India was under British rule. A highlight, at the hotel's entrance, are the towering intricately carved stone elephants (made with stone imported from Qatar apparently)! Inside, the interiors are reminiscent of royal India.

    Location

    Chanakyapuri, Delhi's most coveted area in the Diplomatic Enclave. It's close to the Prime Minister's Residence, the Secretariat, the Central Business District, and historical monuments.

    Accommodations

    254 guest rooms and suites, including two suites with private plunge pools, and a massive 4,800 square foot Presidential Suite with eight opulent rooms.

    Features

    Four restaurants, including iconic Megu (which is acclaimed for its distinctive Japanese cuisine) and Le Cirque (famed in New York and Las Vegas for its upscale French-Italian cuisine). There's also a bar, gym, business center, rooftop infinity swimming pool, luxury spa, limousine airport transfers, special packages for single lady guests, 24 hour butler service, and state-of-the-art technology.

    Rates

    Rooms start from about 15,000 rupees ($230) for a double, including tax.

    Read reviews and compare prices on Tripadvisor: Leela Palace Hotel

  • 03 of 07

    Newly Renovated: The Oberoi

    The Oberoi Cirrus9
    The Oberoi Group

    The groundbreaking Oberoi was India's finest luxury business-style hotel when it opened in 1965, and its latest renovation has ensured that it's kept (and even exceeded) pace with the newer 5-star hotels in Delhi.

    The renovation was an extensive one that took nearly two years to complete, while the hotel remained shut throughout 2016 and 2017, and cost an estimated $100 million. Although every aspect of the hotel has been upgraded, the aim wasn't to change it too much (after all, a lot of memories associated with it) but rather bring it up to the present.

    The uninspiring concrete exterior from the 60s still remains but some interior walls have been removed to create a more fluid feeling of space, and the number of rooms has been reduced by 50 to make them bigger. The hotel also looks more vibrant and modern, and less elaborate. Its bright colors are contrasted with sleek custom-made wooden furniture, and the revamped social spaces are alluring and inviting.

    Location

    Next to Delhi Golf Club on Lodhi Road, not far from India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. It's about 15 minutes from Connaught Place and 40 minutes from Delhi Airport.

    Accommodations

    220 spacious rooms and suites (down from 283), all with floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of either Delhi Golf Course or Humayun’s Tomb, and deep Italian marble bathtubs. There's 24-hour butler service, iPad controls, and Nespresso machines too. The hotel's famous 3,500-square-foot Kohinoor suite remains the jewel in its crown.

    Features

    Most significantly, an air-purification system has been installed to counteract the pollution in Delhi. Much-loved casual restaurant threesixtyº has returned, albeit completely redesigned. Omya is a new Indian cuisine restaurant, headed by chef Alfred Prasad. Baoshuan is a new rooftop Chinese cuisine restaurant, with a menu created by Michelin-starred London-based chef Andrew Wong. New rooftop bar Cirrus9 will definitely become one of Delh's hot-spots, with panoramic views and music until late on weekends. Other features include lobby club bar, cigar lounge, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa, fitness center, business center, ballroom, and faster wireless Internet.

    Rates

    Rooms start from 21,000 rupees ($300) for a double, including tax.

    Read reviews and compare prices on Tripadvisor: The Oberoi Hotel

  • 04 of 07

    The Place to Be Seen: Taj Mahal Hotel (Taj Mansingh)

    Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi, lobby.
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    The Taj Mahal hotel (popularly known as the Taj Mansingh due to its distinguished address) quickly became the city's number one hotel after it opened in 1978.

    The name Taj Mahal brings to mind images of splendorous Mughal architecture, and this luxurious hotel doesn't disappoint. This stately and iconic 11 floor hotel has been built out of pink sandstone. Its design reflects the heritage of Mughal Delhi, with domes, panels, intricate motifs, marble, and golden inlay work. The hotel also showcases a number of artifacts from the Mughal era.

    The hotel has has a notable history and has remained influential. A traditional favorite of celebrities, politicians and powerful people, it's the place to be seen.

    Location

    The hotel is located on Mansingh Road, at the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. It's not far from India Gate and Khan Market. The area is home to many top Indian government officials, as well as a number of government offices. It's a 45 minute drive from Delhi airport, and 10-15 minutes from the city center.

    Accommodations

    292 rooms, including 28 suites. The rooms consist of 54 Deluxe Business Rooms with fax and other facilities, 54 Luxury Rooms, and 158 Taj Club Rooms offering panoramic views of the city and personalized butler service. The hotel also has a separate ladies only wing for women guests. Rooms have female butlers and additional security measures, such as security cameras outside the doors.

    Features

    Five restaurants (including Varq, one of the top fine dining restaurants in Delhi), cocktail bar,  lounge, six banquet halls, a luxury shopping precinct, beauty center, business center, fitness center and swimming pool.

    Rates

    Rooms cost from around 16,500 rupees ($250) for a double, including tax.

    Read reviews and compare prices on Tripadvisor: The Taj Mahal Hotel

    Note: The Taj Mahal Hotel is not to be confused with the Taj Palace Hotel. The hotels belong to the same group but the Taj Palace Hotel is located Delhi's Diplomatic Enclave and is more of a luxury business hotel.

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  • 05 of 07

    Old World Charm: The Imperial Hotel

    The Imperial Hotel
    The Imperial Hotel

    The Imperial isn't just one of the best luxury hotels in Delhi. It's also recognized as one of the top hotels in Asia, and has a long and impressive string of awards to its name.

    What really sets the Imperial apart is its wonderful old world atmosphere and colonial charm. The hotel is housed in a restored Victorian-style building, which was built in the early 1930s and included in the original plans for the city of New Delhi. As well as providing luxurious accommodations, it also serves as a museum containing an impressive collection of art and other historical items from British India.

    Location

    The hotel is very conveniently located close to Connaught Place in a central area of New Delhi, just off Janpath and adjacent to the government-run handicraft emporium. It's set on eight acres of landscaped grounds, which makes it a peaceful sanctuary. It's also well located for shopping. Delhi airport is approximately 30 to 45 minutes away by car.

    Accommodations

    190 rooms and 45 suites, all with marble bathtubs. The 2,100 square foot Royal Imperial Suite is a sight to behold. It's regarded as one of the best hotel suites in Asia.

    Features

    A priceless collection of British art on India, the largest collection on display of land war gallantry awards in India and surrounding countries, seven restaurants (including the acclaimed Spice Route) and two bars, a luxury shopping precinct, fitness center and swimming pool, beauty center, business center, royal ballroom, live entertainment, and landscaped gardens and courtyards. The hotel also has an award winning luxury spa.

    Rates

    Expect to pay around 13,000 rupees ($200) upwards per night, including tax, for a double.

    Read reviews and compare prices on Tripadvisor: The Imperial Hotel

  • 06 of 07

    Environmentally Friendly: ITC Maurya

    ITC Maurya lobby.
    ITC Maurya

    The landmark ITC Maurya hotel is inspired by the important Mauryan dynasty in India's history, which is associated with a golden age of art and culture. This imposing hotel houses a priceless art collection, and the lobby is filled with contemporary Indian works. It's known for its personalized service and modern approach to luxury.

    The ITC hotel chain has embraced "responsible luxury" in recent years, and the ITC Maurya is no exception. It was the first hotel to be awarded Platinum status in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council, in the existing building category.

    Location

    Next to the Taj Palace Hotel on Sardar Patel Marg in Chanakyapuri, in Delhi's exclusive Diplomatic Enclave. Connaught Place is about 20 minutes away. The ITC Maurya is preferred by foreign dignitaries and executives. United States presidents Clinton and Obama stayed there when they visited Delhi.

    Accommodations

    It's a huge hotel with 437 rooms and suites. The accommodations are spread over two wings -- the main hotel and the newer tower (designed for global business travelers). There's a ladies-only floor in the tower section with separate secure entry and female staff. The suites are named after famous personalities from the Mauryan age, such as Chanakya and Chandragupta.

    Features

    The hotel has some of Delhi's best Indian fine dining, at widely-acclaimed restaurants Bukhara and Dum Pukht. There are three other restaurants (including fantastic Italian and modern Asian food), a poolside bar, indoor golf-themed bar, tea lounge, and coffee shop. The fitness center and luxury spa are both excellent.

    Rates

    Expect to pay about 14,000 rupees ($215) upwards for a double, including tax.

    Read reviews and compare prices on Tripadvisor: ITC Maurya Hotel

  • 07 of 07

    Heart of the Action: The Shangri-La's Eros Hotel

    Shangri-La's Eros Hotel
    Shangri-La's Eros Hotel

    Shangri-La's Eros Hotel is an innovative luxury hotel that's conveniently situated in the midst of the action, in Delhi's Connaught Place city center.

    The hotel, which is run by a chain from Hong Kong, was transformed by a refurbishment a couple of years ago. This included a refit of its restaurants, which serve outstanding food.  The hotel's Asian-inspired theme is elegant and contemporary.

    If you're keen to experience Delhi's nightlife, you'll love this hotel. It's a very social place, with hip bars and clubs, that's the venue of many parties. The hotel is always buzzing.

    One of the hotel's main features is its Horizon Club -- four exclusive floors of premium rooms with their own Club lounge, business facilities, and personalized service. The Horizon Club is located on the hotel's top levels 16-19, and has excellent views. Other highlights are complementary wireless Internet and sumptuous breakfasts.

    Location

    19 Ashok Road, Connaught Place. The hotel is close to New Delhi Railway Station. It's a 45 minute drive from Delhi airport.

    Accommodations

    323 rooms and suites, including 78 Horizon Club Rooms. Unfortunately, rooms are known to be a little on the smaller side compared to the other luxury hotels in Delhi.

    Features

    Five restaurants with diverse cuisine from around the world, hip cocktail bar, lounge that focuses on regional Indian street food, huge ballroom, meeting rooms, business center, outstanding fitness center, swimming pool, health club and spa. The hotel also has one of Delhi's hottest nightclubs, the futurist Privee'.

    Rates

    Rooms start from around 12,000 rupees ($185) for a double, including tax.

    Read reviews and compare prices on Tripadvisor: Shangri-La's Eros Hotel