While Delhi doesn’t have as many luxury hotels to choose from as Mumbai, most of the highly regarded luxury hotel chains — such as the Oberoi, Taj Group, InterContinental, Hyatt, and Radisson — are represented there. You’ll also find luxury hotels with their own unique appeal, such as the delightful colonial charm of the Imperial.
The most popular Delhi luxury hotels are dotted around central New Delhi and south Delhi. All have smoking and non-smoking rooms, so do be sure to request a room that’s suitable for your needs.
Here is a list of Top 5 Luxury Hotels in Delhi:
1. 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 an impressive string of awards to its name. Of note, The Imperial recently received the Trip Advisor 2012 Excellence Certificate for 2012. In addition, it’s ranked by Travel + Leisure USA as the No.1 Hotel in Delhi for 500 The Best Hotels in the World Award in January 2012, and World Luxury Hotel Award 2011 has awarded it as the Best Luxury Hotel in India.
The hotel is very conveniently located 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 in hectic Delhi. It’s also well located for shopping. Delhi airport is approximately 30-45 minutes away by car.
2. The Taj Mahal Hotel
The name Taj Mahal brings to mind images of splendorous Mughal architecture, and the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi doesn’t disappoint.
The 12 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.
he hotel is located on Mansingh Road, which is a premier residential area of New Delhi 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.
3. The Oberoi Hotel
The Oberoi Hotel in Delhi is a luxury business hotel which has been built for that purpose. While its nondescript exterior lacks the character and appeal of some of the other Delhi luxury hotels, the Oberoi makes up for it with its excellent facilities and service. It also boasts spectacular views from its upper floors.
The hotel is located away from the city center on Dr Zakir Hussein Marg. It’s got an attractive green view overlooking the Delhi Golf Club on one side, and Humayun’s tomb on the other. Delhi airport is 30-45 minute drive away, and the city center is around 20 minutes away.
4. The Shangri La Hotel
Delhi’s Shangri-La Hotel is an innovative luxury hotel that’s enviably situated right amongst the action of the city center, in the heart of Connaught Place.
The hotel, which is run by a Hong Kong based hotel chain, has been decorated with an elegant and contemporary Asian inspired theme. The lobby, with its beautifully painted ceiling, is particularly eye-catching.
19 Ashok Rd, Connaught Place. The hotel is close to New Delhi Railway Station. It’s a 45 minute drive from Delhi airport.
5. The Aman
Opened in 2009, the Aman is a luxury resort right in the heart of Delhi. The Aman chain of hotels is known for its extravagance, and this one is no exception.
The design of the resort is contemporary, complemented with Indian touches. If you want to relax in an elegant, private environment with no expense spared, the Aman is the hotel for you. The hotel can also organize packages staying at its other hotels in some of the most popular tourist places in India.
Lodi Colony in south Delhi, not far from the Delhi Golf Course. Two of Delhi’s most popular attractions — Lodi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb — are nearby.
Contributed By Sonia Narula