Five Best 5-Star Hotels in Delhi

  • 01 of 06

    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 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 luxury hotels in Delhi.

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  • 02 of 06

    Regal Ambiance: The Leela Palace

    The Leela Palace
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    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 provides guests with an exceptional experience. It's undoubtedly the most popular luxury hotel in Delhi.

    Newly constructed, the hotel has 11 floors and reportedly cost 18 billion rupees ($405 million). Its 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.


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


    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.


    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.


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

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  • 03 of 06

    Old World Charm: The Imperial Hotel

    The Imperial Hotel
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    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.


    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.


    190 rooms and 45...MORE 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.


    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.


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

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  • 04 of 06

    The Place to Be Seen: The Taj Mahal Hotel

    Taj Mahal Hotel
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    The name Taj Mahal brings to mind images of splendorous Mughal architecture, and the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi 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 Taj Mahal Hotel has a notable history. A traditional favorite of celebrities, politicians and powerful people, it's the place to be seen. As with most Taj Group hotels in India, service is also outstanding. You'll be made to feel special there.


    The hotel is located on Mansingh Road, at the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. It's one of the city's most distinguished addresses, 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...MORE minutes from the city center.


    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.


    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.


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

    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 06

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

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

    The hotel, which is run by a Hong Kong based chain, has been decorated with an elegant and contemporary Asian inspired theme.

    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.


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


    323 rooms and suites,...MORE 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.


    Five restaurants offering 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'.


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

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  • 06 of 06

    Environmentally Friendly: ITC Maurya

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    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.

    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.


    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.


    It's a huge hotel with 437 rooms and suites. The accommodations are spread over two wings -- the main hotel and...MORE 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.


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


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