There is a common saying in Indian homes that “the guest is god”. The joy of hosting and ensuring that guests are taken care of is an integral part of the country’s culture. It’s a custom that isn’t limited to private homes, and when you spend a night at a hotel in India, you’ll find yourself feeling like a pampered house guest. These hotels, especially, know how to get hospitality right; all situated in neighbourhoods worth exploring, they offer impeccable service alongside stunning decor and buzzy restaurants.
When planning a visit to a city as vast as Delhi, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of accommodation to choose from. After a day exploring temples, wandering through busy markets and hunting down the best street food, you’ll want to head back to a comfortable room where you can rest and relax while planning the next day’s activities. Culture Trip is here to help you narrow down your options.
Sleep among rich Mughal architecture at Haveli Dharampur, which dates back to 1887. It took four years of gruelling restoration work to convert it from a period manor into a beautiful heritage palace with modern facilities. Its 14 rooms and suites surround a courtyard lined with elegant cusped arches and delicately carved wood. Rooms are dotted with antique furniture, and windows open onto the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk – among the oldest markets in Delhi – which are bursting with sari makers, restaurants and sweet shops.
One of Delhi’s newest hotels, Andaz Aerocity is giving airport hotels a better name. With no clinical corridors or spase rooms to speak of, the hotel’s modern design includes huge windows that flood even the standard rooms with natural light. Its collection of bars and restaurants wouldn’t be out of place in a high-end city-centre hotel, either. The bar in its prized restaurant, the Hong Kong Club, is one of the few in the city that stays open until the early hours of the morning, and its dumpling menu deserves special mention – the lobster, crab and spinach, and prawn, asparagus and crispy garlic dumplings, in particular, aren’t to be missed. After dinner, head to its Juniper Bar for impeccable gin cocktails.