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Delhi is a (time) traveler’s delight — from the winding alleys of Old Delhi, choc-a-bloc with people and cycle rickshaws, to the leafy enclaves of Lutyens’ Delhi to the glass and chrome façades of Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon), the city is a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, and experiences. It’s dotted with historic Mughal-era monuments, elegant colonial architecture, and sprawling public parks. Plus it has the food to match; whether it’s the fine dining restaurants in posh hotels or the street food of Chandni Chowk, you’re in for a gastronomic treat. Here’s where to stay in India’s capital city.
Best Overall: The Oberoi, New Delhi
One of the capital’s most iconic hotels, The Oberoi recently underwent a $100 million renovation 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 three restaurants serve a range of cuisines, from authentic Indian flavors at Omya, and Chinese cuisine at the rooftop Baoshuan, to contemporary brasserie fare at the all-day threesixty°. Attend a yoga session in the morning, hit the gym where a personal trainer is available 24/7, 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. The hotel offers exclusive, themed city walks and the in-house Luxury Experience Manager is available to curate a shopping tour as well.
Best Budget: bloomrooms @ New Delhi Railway Station
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 10 miles away and the nearest metro station is a five-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 49 rooms 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 power shower in the en-suite bathroom, and bath amenities are provided. Wi-Fi is free and reasonably fast throughout the hotel.
There’s a small café next door where you can have breakfast; 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 Boutique: Shanti Home
Situated in a quiet street in Janakpuri, Shanti Home is a charming boutique hotel that gives guests a true taste of India. While the hotel is located some distance from the main tourist attractions, the Uttam Nagar East Metro Station is a mere 500 meters away and well-connected to the city center. Each of the 17 rooms in Shanti Home are exclusively designed and the décor reflects the accommodation's name; the Bhuj room sports an intricately carved headboard and mirrored curtains, the Dakshin offers South Indian temple art, and the Oh Calcutta's walls are adorned with lithographs of old Kolkata during colonial times.
The Lantern terrace garden restaurant offers a magical setting especially for dinner; you can nosh on North Indian fare under flickering lantern light. The hotel has two common lounge areas, each dedicated to a different deity. The third lounge is a TV and movie lounge where you can choose from a small collection of movies. The hotel also offers a small but well-equipped 24-hour fitness center, the Patra spa for basic Ayurvedic massages and beauty treatments, a custom tailoring boutique, and even a henna tattoo artist.
Best for Romance: The Leela Palace New Delhi
Located in the tony 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 ESPA where you can indulge in luxurious treatments. Apart from a full-fledged spa with steam rooms, a sauna, and a salon, ESPA also has a fitness studio with personal trainers, a yoga studio, and a café that serves a special spa menu. The hotel boasts the only terrace pool in the city — a 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: The Taj Mahal Hotel
In the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, The 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 292 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, especially Wasabi by Morimoto, a world-class contemporary Japanese restaurant by legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Indian cuisine gets reinvented 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
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, Bvlgari amenities, and Bang & Olufsen TVs.
The hotel has no fewer than nine 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
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 Lodhi 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 massive with king beds, a bathtub, and twin vanities. Most rooms come with balconies and private plunge pools that look out over the urban oasis's 7 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
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.
Andaz Delhi offers a range of curated experiences throughout the city like a guided stroll through the historic Lodhi Gardens, tea tasting at an authentic tea house, calligraphy lessons, and even a chance to visit a pehlwani, an academy that trains youngsters in traditional forms of wrestling. 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 35 different gins. Then head to The Hong Kong Club, a multi-level space with a bar, club, and lounge all rolled into one. Try the Chinese Zodiac inspired cocktails paired with their tasting menu. The hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, and a large outdoor pool in the central courtyard.
Best Hostel: goStops Delhi
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, and private rooms, all of which are air-conditioned and come with free Wi-Fi. 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. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is always freshly prepared. There are plenty of great food options nearby, as well, like the legendary Moti Mahal restaurant and Kareem’s for kebabs.
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.