The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)


Hotel Grand Godwin

Upper-end of budget category at attractively competitive rates; conveniently close to downtown Delhi and New Delhi train station. The 39 rooms are somewhat characterless but are suitably comfortable and have televisions, wardrobes, and cool marble floors. Fee for Internet and laundry services. 8502/41 Arakashan Road, Ram Nagar, Paharganj; tel. 91 11 23546891-98.

Hotel Namaskar

Shoestringers’ favorite in a small lane off bustling Main Bazaar, Delhi’s major backpacker hub jam-packed with low-priced hotels, shops, and eateries; near New Delhi train station and Connaught Place. Thirty-two basic, minimally furnished rooms. Run by two helpful brothers. 917 Chandiwalan, Main Bazaar, Paharganj; tel. 91 11 2358 3456.


Bajaj Indian Home Stay

Ten guest rooms in a modern residential building; spotlessly clean and well-furnished. Rooms have different mythological/historical themes from “Krishna” to “Rajputana”; all with televisions, small fridges, and electronic safes. Includes breakfast, round-the-clock tea/coffee, local telephone calls, and airport transfers. Rooftop restaurant. 8A/34 W.E.A; Karol Bagh; tel. 91 11 2573 6509.

Jorbagh 27

Eighteen unpretentious, well-kept rooms in atmospheric residential building; request a larger deluxe room, with LCD television and mini-fridges. Unfussy but welcoming home-style interior design; some rooms have more pizzazz than others. Leafy outdoor garden. Close to Lodhi Gardens. 27 Jorbagh; tel. 91 11 2469 4430.

Lutyens Bungalow

Situated in prestigious central Delhi locale and blessed with a large, shady garden and sparkling swimming pool. Part of a 1935-built family estate; 15 cozy guest rooms have televisions, some have fridges. Down-to-earth, secluded charm. Near Safdurjang’s Tomb. 39 Prithviraj Road; tel. 91 11 2461 1341.

The Corus

Thirty contemporary, soft-toned rooms with writing desks, flat-screen televisions, wood-panel or marble floors and granite-top bathrooms. Ideal for business travelers. Prime central location in Connaught Place. Bonsai (Asian) restaurant onsite; many multi-cuisine eateries within walking distance. B-49, Connaught Place; tel. 91 11 2331 5903-07.

Yatri House

“Quiet, green hangout oasis deep within noisy, busy Delhi.”—Patrick Horton, freelance travel writer and photographer. Five airy, well-kept rooms (with personal touches such as fresh flowers) in mellow family residence. Relaxing small garden-courtyard. Near Connaught Place and New Delhi train station; remarkably tranquil despite central location. 3/4 Punchkuin Road; tel. 91 11 2362 5563.


Icon Towers

Twenty-five smart, corporate-style rooms in posh South Delhi suburb. All rooms have contemporary, tasteful furnishings; equipped with fridges, televisions, electronic safes, and writing desks. No restaurant but 24-hour room service available. Low key; attracts business travelers. 46 Paschimi Marg, Vasant Vihar; tel. 91 11 4601 6611.

Maidens Hotel

“The exquisite colonial setting is perfect for creative outpourings as well as daydreaming of another era.”—Saroja Khanna, executive editor, Delhi Diary. The 56 modernly appointed, high-ceiling rooms have unbeatable old-world appeal. Two-acre (0.8-hectare) garden. 7 Sham Nath Marg, New Delhi; tel. 91 11 2397 5464.

Samrat Hotel

“Elegant stone and marble, and a great sunny swimming pool.”—Saroja Khanna. Well-equipped rooms; fridges, televisions, writing desks, and hair dryers. Guest amenities include a swimming pool, beauty parlor, health club, and three restaurants. 255 rooms. Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri; tel. 91 11 2611 0606.


“Contemporary boutique hotel with good views of historic Purana Qila and, with the zoo nearby, great bird-watching opportunities.”—Saroja Khanna. Nineteen thoughtfully furnished chocolate-and-pastel toned rooms, all with LCD televisions, mini-bars, tea-and-coffee makers, and electronic safes. On-site café. 11 Sunder Nagar; tel. 91 11 4250 1000.

The Manor

“A real lovers’ retreat, and romantic as a monsoon wedding. Their yoga classes on the lawn are the best psyche-up for a day in the city I know.”—David Stott, author, Footprint India. Boutique 16-room hotel in renovated 1950s property. Elegant caramel-and-beige interiors, stylish restaurant, lush garden. 77 Friends Colony (West); tel. 91 11 2692 5151.


ITC Maurya

“The best place in Delhi to hole up and write a novel: the huge rooms have an artsy, New York loft feel.”—David Stott. 440 sumptuously appointed rooms; ladies-only floor available. Excellent restaurants, health club, swimming pool, and state-of-the-art business centre. Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg; tel. 91 11 2611 2233.

Taj Mahal Hotel

“Palatial and proudly old-school, with overtones of Kipling’s jungle in the coffee shop and Casablanca in the bar.”—David Stott. Sheer opulence and with lovely Mughal-era design flourishes; 293 flawless rooms. Tremendous restaurants, swimming pool, Spa (includes Ayurvedic treatments) and business center. 1 Mansingh Road; tel. 91 11 2302 6162.

The Imperial

“The Imperial is just as much a museum and art gallery as it is a hotel.”—Patrick Horton. Grand colonial-era hotel with 231 luxurious rooms; expensive linens, furniture, and fittings. Glorious paintings and objets d’art; landscaped gardens. Award-winning multi-cuisine restaurants. Janpath, Connaught Place; tel. 91 11 2334 1234.


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