The 8 Best Delhi Hotels of 2023

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Best Overall: The Oberoi, New Delhi

The Oberoi, New Delhi

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One of the capital’s most iconic hotels, The Oberoi completed a $100 million renovation in 2018 which retained its classic Lutyens’ architecture but added a host of new features like updated decorative touches, increased room sizes, and the installation of clean air technology to combat Delhi’s rising pollution. The hotel has 220 rooms and suites with large picture windows giving stunning views of Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the green expanse of the Delhi Golf Course. Rooms feature polished teakwood floors, oak wood desks, plush upholstery, and Italian marble bathrooms.

The hotel’s four restaurants serve a range of cuisines, from progressive Delhi flavors at Dhilli, and Chinese cuisine at the rooftop Baoshuan, to contemporary brasserie fare at the all-day 360° and eclectic international cuisine at Cirrus 9. Attend a yoga session in the morning, hit the fitness centre, or simply relax by the heated indoor and outdoor pools. The Zen-like ambiance of the Oberoi Spa is perfect for a rejuvenating treatment or a couples’ massage.

Best Budget: bloomrooms @ New Delhi Railway Station

bloomrooms @ New Delhi Railway Station

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Located opposite the New Delhi Railway Station (on the Paharganj side), bloomrooms is a cheap and cheerful hotel that’s perfect for budget travelers. The international airport is about nine miles away and the nearest metro station is a nine-minute walk. Many of the city’s attractions like Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, and the Red Fort are nearby and easily accessible by public transport. The hotel’s Art Deco façade and its guestrooms are all painted a bright white and yellow. Rooms are compact but scrupulously clean and air-conditioned with a large comfortable bed, TV, clothes hanging unit, international power sockets, and a digital safe. There’s a rain shower in the en-suite bathroom, and bath amenities are provided. WiFi is free and reasonably fast throughout the hotel.  

There’s an onsite restaurant where you can enjoy an all-day dining menu or alternatively, there are several restaurants nearby. The light-filled central courtyard is a great place to hang out and if you want to work or check email, there are iMac stations in the common area. The hotel has a 24-hour reception and offers luggage storage facilities as well as a travel desk. 

Best for Romance: The Leela Palace New Delhi

The Leela Palace New Delhi

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Located in the tiny diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri, the Leela Palace is a sumptuous modern hotel with elegant interiors combining Indian and European motifs with Venetian chandeliers, plush furnishings, and curated modern art. Rooms are spacious — certainly some of the largest in the city — and are done up in neutral colors with rich red, blue, and yellow accents. Local artifacts, antique brocade, and intricate embroidery adorn the walls while bathrooms are marble-finished with a soaking bathtub and rain-shower.

The Leela Palace has four restaurants including the signature Indian fine-dining restaurant Jamavar, the Franco-Italian Le Cirque, and the very popular Japanese specialty restaurant Megu. The Library Bar, set on a terrace surrounded by water walls and fire torches, is perfect for an evening cocktail, glass of champagne, or single malt. Book the couples’ spa suite at the two-level spa where you can indulge in luxurious treatments. Apart from a full-fledged spa with steam rooms, a sauna, and a salon, it also has a fitness studio with personal trainers, a yoga studio, and a café that serves a special spa menu. The hotel boasts a terrace, temperature-controlled infinity pool that’s open throughout the year and offers stunning views of the city’s skyline including the historic Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and more. 

Best for Families: Taj Mahal Hotel

The Taj Mahal Hotel

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In the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, Taj Mahal Hotel is conveniently located to discover all the city's major landmarks — in fact, the iconic India Gate is just a mile away. The property is an ode to the city’s Mughal past with its graceful architecture, dramatic pink sandstone façade, and landscaped gardens. Inside, traditional motifs, priceless antiques, and artworks by India’s finest artists adorn the gleaming lobby and common areas. Its 212 luxury rooms and grand suites — which are luxuriously furnished and done up in jewel tones — give stunning views of the pool, garden, or the city’s historic skyline.

The hotel has five restaurants, each of which is a destination in its own right. It offers reinvented Indian cuisine at Varq, where guests dine amidst works by the celebrated artist Anjolie Ela Menon. And over at House of Ming, mouthwatering Cantonese and Sichuan flavors are served. Relax by the large outdoor pool set in the hotel’s landscaped grounds or head to the spa for a bit of pampering. 

Best for Singles: The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

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Dating back to 1931, The Imperial is a slice of Delhi’s elegant colonial past. It practically oozes vintage charm with its black-and-white marble floors, rattan furniture, antique fans, and staff in period-appropriate dress. The hotel’s 235 rooms and suites overlook the gardens and feature high ceilings, antique furniture, Posturepedic mattresses, exclusive linen from Porthault, France, and Fragonard toiletries. The suites come with four-poster beds, marble baths, and Bvlgari amenities.

The hotel has no fewer than eight dining and bar options. 1911 is an all-day, multi-cuisine restaurant, Daniell’s Tavern serves pan-Indian fare, and San Gimignano is a Tuscan Italian restaurant. The real winner here is The Spice Route, though, which serves a variety of cuisines from South and Southeast Asia, taking you on a flavor journey from Kerala’s Malabar Coast to Sri Lanka, and beyond from Malaysia and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. Take tea at the lounge in the glass-domed Atrium or imbibe a cocktail or two at the elegant wood-paneled 1911 Bar or at Patiala Peg which lives up to its name doling out 75ml pegs instead of the standard 60ml.

Best for Luxury: The Lodhi

The Lodhi

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A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Lodhi is one of the capital’s most luxurious stays with a stunning location overlooking the Lodi Gardens. The stone-clad exteriors sport sharp angles and clean lines while the interiors are designed in a contemporary manner with bold reds and pinks in the common areas. The 40 rooms and suites are spacious, starting at 550 square feet with king beds, a bathtub, and twin vanities. Most rooms come with balconies, some featuring private plunge pools, that look out over the urban oasis's seven private acres.

While the hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant, Elan, the highlight here is Indian Accent — a path-breaking, contemporary Indian restaurant helmed by chef Manish Mehrotra. The hotel has several fitness and recreation options like a well-equipped Technogym, a Pilates studio, a 50-meter lap pool that’s heated in winter, three tennis courts, and two air-conditioned squash courts. After all that physical activity, relax at the Lodhi Spa, which offers a range of treatments and massages, as well as a steam room, sauna, and hammams with plunge pools. When you're ready to step out, get under the skin of Delhi with the hotel’s curated tours including a rickshaw tour of Old Delhi, a shopping tour in Khan Market, and a market visit.

Best Business: Andaz Delhi

Andaz Delhi

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Located in Aerocity near the international airport, Andaz Delhi is perfectly situated for the business traveler. The hotel's 401 rooms and suites are contemporary in design, almost minimalistic in décor, but include all the facilities you’d expect at a luxury property. Some of the rooms have a great view of the runway, making them ideal for aviation geeks, while each room also features a unique art piece inspired by the city.

After a long day spent discovering the city, unwind at Juniper Bar, an onsite venue that offers a range of potent cocktails and a menu of 40 different gins. The hotel also offers a modern fitness center, a spa, and a large outdoor pool in the central courtyard.

Best Hostel: goStops Delhi

goStops Delhi

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Located in the heart of the city just opposite the Delhi Gate Metro Station, goStops Hostel is an ideal base for backpackers and budget travelers. It’s well connected to the city’s main attractions like the Red Fort, India Gate, and Jama Masjid, as well as to commercial shopping districts like Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk. The brightly done up hostel offers a choice of mixed dorms, female-only dorms, male-only dorms, and private rooms, all of which are air-conditioned and come with free WiFi. All dorms have en-suite shared bathrooms (towels on rent) and security lockers.

The hostel has plenty of common areas to hang out in, like the lush green courtyard, a rooftop perfect for morning yoga sessions, a movie theater, a kitchen, and a 24/7 tuck shop. There’s a games room as well, with a pool table and board games. There are plenty of great food options nearby, as well, like the legendary Moti Mahal restaurant and Karim’s for kebabs. 

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular hotels in Delhi. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different hotels overall, read over 60 user reviews (both positive and negative), and stayed in 5 of the hotels themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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