The 9 Best Boutique Hotels in Delhi to Book in 2018

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India’s capital city is a great starting point for travelers interested in exploring the country’s rich heritage, colonial past, political systems, and cultural identity. Not to mention, the hub also offers a stunning variety of food for gourmands. Though prone to traffic jams, Delhi is well connected by public transport making it possible to enjoy the city center even when staying far away. Travelers can opt to stay in budget hotels, BNBs, or luxury accommodations — as well as boutique properties which offer a unique mix of all three. Below, our favorite stays in Delhi now.

01 of 09

Best Overall: Maidens Hotel

Maidens Hotel

Maidens Hotel

This heritage hotel is over 100 years old, but it carries its age well. The white façade, wood-paneled lifts, marble bathrooms, and classic furniture speak to old-world colonial charm and quiet elegance. There are 55 rooms and suites, including the Lutyen Suite, where Sir Edwin Lutyens set out to establish New Delhi as the capital of the British Empire. It suitably has its own private terrace surrounded by immaculately manicured greens. Meanwhile, Heritage Suites are located in their own wing near the swimming pool and a 150-year-old banyan tree.

For relaxation, there are manicured greens and a swimming pool — be on the lookout for birds and the occasional peacocks. There are three dining options, the most popular being The Curzon Room that serves dishes made popular during the British Raj. There are also happy hours every evening at the bar. Those looking to conduct business can choose from the lawns, a banquet hall, a boardroom, and a suite with its own reception area. Though adequately situated, guests can opt for heritage walks choosing from 30 routes/ types.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Wood Castle

Wood Castle

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This centrally-located property rests in a residential area of Karol Bagh. Though it can be a little tough to find at first, it's conveniently close to the metro and there are great markets and restaurants nearby. First thing's first: Wood Castle is more akin to a homestay, but with the added comforts of hotel-like service. Rooms here are double occupancy, deluxe, or super deluxe. They are spacious and clean with complimentary drinking water and toiletries, though some don’t have windows — so check before booking. The décor is a kitschy mix of traditional and modern, and amenities, though somewhat limited, include free (but intermittent) Wi-Fi, universal power points, complimentary breakfast, and airport pick up.

While there’s no onsite restaurant, food can easily be arranged. The absence of an elevator can prove difficult for rooms on the third floor and higher — especially for guests with limited mobility. But that said, Wood Castle's staff goes the extra mile to make your stay comfortable. They can hold onto bags after check out/before your airport departure, they can pack your complimentary breakfast in a doggy bag if you're getting an early start on the day, and, of course, they're always up for making itinerary suggestions.

03 of 09

Best for Romance: The Claridges New Delhi

The Claridges

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This three-story hotel lies in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi — close to India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Khan Market. All 132 rooms are split between the ‘old wing’ and ‘cabana wing’. Luxury suites are the best — especially for traveling couples — as they feature marble floors, honey onyx doors, gold plated washbasins, powder rooms, walk-in closets, plunge bathtubs, and views out over Claridge's manicured lawns.

The hotel's Premiere rooms embody the theme of classical British times, with frills on the bed, antique artwork, lofty arches, classical paintings, and leather and wood interiors. Other features include sensor-driven lights, 400-thread-count sheets, grand rosewood furniture, and colossal windows. The Club Room, though lacking in a view, affords guests complimentary drinks and snacks during happy hours.

For entertainment and relaxation, there’s a temperature controlled pool, a spa, and a fitness center with complimentary attire. As for dining, there's the Dhaba for Indian fare, Jade for Chinese/Asian, Sevilla for Mediterranean, Pickwicks for multi-cuisine fare, and vodka bar Aura.  

04 of 09

Best for Luxury: The Lodhi

The Lodhi

The Lodhi

This former Aman hotel has been reborn in a new and less elitist avatar. At The Lodhi, there are 40 spacious rooms and suites, the latter with private plunge pools and balconies. Furnishings are contemporary, with lighter shades in the rooms and bolder colors outside. The architecture is all sharp edges, stone walls, and sculptures and artworks (which are actually for sale). The Lodhi enjoys easy access to Delhi’s main sites like India Gate and Nizamuddin Dargah. Opt for an upper room for views of the nearby Lodhi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb.

Facilities, as expected, are extensive. There are tennis and squash courts, a Pilates studio, a shop stocked with crafts from some of India’s leading artisans, a cigar room and library, and a spa with a hammam. Travelers can make use of a tour desk, concierge services, currency exchange facilities, and bookable bespoke excursions. Onsite fine dining restaurants offer all matters of cuisine, but their Indian offerings — courtesy of Indian Accent, widely considered the country’s best restaurant — are most highly rated.

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05 of 09

Best for Solo Travelers: La Sagrita

La Sagrita

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La Sagrita opened in the 1980s and recently underwent a revamp. Located in a quiet neighborhood, the place enjoys close proximity to the airport and the popular Khan Market. Rooms here are spacious, comfortable, and clean. Interiors are sparsely furnished and a bit stark with wooden floors and white walls being the most prominent design feature. Most have no view, so select those facing the park if available. Each room is, however, equipped with a TFA (treated fresh air) unit ideal for Delhi’s smoggy conditions.

The hotel has one onsite restaurant which serves Indian, Chinese, and continental fare. Note that there is no pool, spa, bar, or fitness center if that's something you're looking for. The neighborhood is ideal for an evening or early morning walk as well as games of cricket in the nearby park. La Sagrita offers car services and they regularly organize tours to Agra and the Taj Mahal (as well as other Delhi sites) for cheaper rates than elsewhere. Ultimately, the hotel is ideal for a quick layover or those seeking entertainment/relaxation outside.

06 of 09

Best for Business: Andaz Delhi, A Concept By Hyatt

Andaz Delhi

Andaz Delhi 

This luxury lifestyle hotel is located in Aerocity — just over a mile from the airport — and it offers stunning views of the runway. The Andaz houses 401 guestrooms, including 45 suites and an additional 129 serviced apartments. The all-white spaces feature unique artworks inspired by Delhi as well as wooden floors, and stunning views. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and duplex townhouses have fully equipped kitchens, walk-in wardrobes, free minibars, workstations, and complimentary breakfast and airport transfers.

Andaz's business services are extensive and include catering, audiovisual features, and different meeting spaces; studios come with barrier-free open kitchens, outdoor gardens are ideal for winter months, and there's an expansive ballroom for larger groups. Andaz also adds a personal touch by offering an entire floor of exclusive space for groups and customized set-ups. That said, after work is over, guests can enjoy local spa treatments, aqua yoga in the pool, artisanal fare at AnnaMaya, gin cocktails at The Juniper Bar, and fun evenings at the Hong Kong Club, a multi-level space with a bar, club, and lounge.

07 of 09

Best Near the Airport: Roseate House New Delhi

Roseate House New Delhi

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Located just a few miles from the airport, this hotel has 216 rooms with 15 suites and a villa. The overall vibe is moody with dark colors, lots of marble, minimal décor, and low lighting. Rooms, called ‘chapters,’ are equipped with flexible workstations, LED TVs, walk-in wardrobes, and four-fixture bathrooms which are spacious and glass-walled. Those in the Executive Suite get their own butler and exclusive access to the Club Lounge facilities such as cocktails and hors d'oeuvre.

There are four onsite dining options including a bar and a rooftop lounge where you can grab a front row seat to watch planes take off. For celebrations or meetings, there’s the Ball Room, the VIP Lounge, Club Lounge or Club Prive. As for relaxation, there’s the Aheli spa with four therapy rooms, a gym, an infinity pool, and a cinema hall; nearby is a shopping mall for those seeking last-minute souvenirs.

08 of 09

Best Culture: Shanti Home

Shanti Home

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This compact hotel has just 17 rooms — each with varying traditional Indian themes, but also modern amenities. The deluxe, premium, and luxury options are all named after different locales and done up accordingly. Oh, Calcutta! has lithographs by a Bengali artist; Backwaters has a gold traditional elephant headdress from Kerala; Konark has Pattachitra paintings from Orissa. 

Meals are served at the 24-hour rooftop restaurant, The Lantern Garden. There you'll also find regular cooking classes which take place in the afternoon and culminate in a four-course dinner. As for entertainment, there’s a TV/movie lounge, a reading room with a laptop for guest use, a spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, a gym, and a gift shop. There’s also an in-house tailor who can custom-stitch an outfit in just 24 hours if you're looking for a more practical keepsake of your time abroad. All-day concierge services mean you can arrange yoga classes, Mehendi sessions, day trips, local sightseeing, and visits to Rajasthan whenever you like. Though Shanti Home is located a bit away from Delhi's main attractions, the metro is only five minutes away and the staff is helpful with directions.

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09 of 09

Best Heritage: The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial New Delhi

The Imperial New Delhi

This iconic hotel is situated in the heart of the capital. There are 192 rooms and 43 suites that are fitted with Posturepedic spring mattresses, French linens, and marble baths. Heritage rooms have high ceilings, their own seating areas, four-poster beds, and the option of a garden view. The hotel has a Victorian-era charm about it with wooden tones, gold fittings, and sepia photos.

There are extensive dining options offering South-East Asian, European, Indian, and Italian cuisines, as well as two dedicated bars — each of which has an interesting tale to tell on account of its origin or inspiration. For quick bites, there’s a pastry shop and an atrium offering a high-tea experience. Breakfast is extensive and is served on the hotel's verandah. Other amenities include a swimming pool, meeting rooms, ballrooms, a spa with a hydrotherapy suite, and a salon.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular boutique hotels in Delhi. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 35 different hotels and read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.