The Oberoi, New Delhi
What We Love
- The rooftop Cantonese restaurant, Taipan, has amazing views of the city
- The lobby patisserie and delicatessen sells croissants rivaling any in Paris
- Walking distance to Humayun’s Tomb, an excellent example of early Mughal architecture
- Spa therapists are rigorously trained in both Western and Eastern techniques
What To Know
- Popular with business travelers
- The location is in the heart of downtown, but you’ll still need a car or taxi to get anywhere
- The concierge will arrange for a car and driver for you to tour the best of Delhi
- Be sure to drink only bottled water
- Golf Course
In New Delhi cars and trucks and sacred cows jockey for position on the streets, and everywhere you go you’re assaulted by blaring horns, noisy sirens and the occasional moo. But enter the five-star, 282-room Oberoi, smack in the heart of the city, and you’re immediately soothed by the calm of the lobby, the scent of fresh flowers and the smiles of the friendly staff. Repeatedly a contender for the title of best hotel in India for its opulent decor (paneling, pillars and chandeliers) and superlative service, this elegant property was the first hotel in the world to introduce 24-hour personal butler service.
Bed and Bath
All the rooms are comfortable and spacious, if a bit typical for a modern luxury hotel, decorated in muted colors and contemporary furnishings. But each one features a large picture window that provides great views of the city, including the lush Delhi Golf Course behind the hotel. A pillow menu, a choice of daily newspaper and a DVD player all come standard. The snug granite bathrooms are stocked with signature Oberoi toiletries.
New Delhi has a subtropical climate, so take advantage of the Oberoi’s impressive outdoor pool, with its 20 chaise longues under umbrellas. You might also want to try an Ayurvedic treatment at the 9,000-square-foot spa, which follows ancient Indian holistic traditions that have been around for 5,000 years. The dining options include Travertino, an upscale Italian restaurant, various Asian cuisines (sushi, tandoori) and Taipan, an award-winning Cantonese restaurant up on the roof. Oddly enough, if you want real Indian food you’ll have to explore the town. Luckily, the Oberoi is smack in the middle of all the best shopping and dining in the city, and everything is just a quick cab ride away.
In the Area
Many guestrooms overlook Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century example of Mughal architecture. It’s as beautiful as the Taj Mahal. Go see it up close. Dilli Haat Marketplace is a permanent food plaza and craft bazaar that sells wares from all over India. For jewelry, mosaics, hand-painted boxes, furniture and art, head to Cottage Industries Exposition Ltd. It’s all authentic, and they’ll ship your purchases home. Shop for fresh spices and the best teas at Mehar Chand & Sons, in the Old Delhi market. Hidden in a courtyard in Kinari Bazaar is Akhil Nahar, which has the finest semiprecious gems at wholesale prices (they’ll make you jewelry, as well).
How to Get There
This is a true gem in New Delhi. Prior to this stay, I was last here 10 years ago and the service remains impeccable. I’d managed to book a package via the Oberoi website that allowed a 10am check in and 5pm check out, tremendous value for money. Travelling with 2 young kids such an offer is a life saver.
As soon as we arrived our 4 year old daughter was taken by the hand by the beautifully dressed greeter & adorned with a fresh marigold garland. Check in was done in our room & the tech in the rooms is awesome! The blinds, lights & even the door can be opened using an iPad. You can watch a bunch of pre downloaded movies on it & you even get a pop up asking if you would like complementary popcorn brought to your room by the butler!
Food at breakfast was superb as was buffet lunch, staff were always on tap for any of our needs. The pools were amazing, especially the indoor one, all look brand new, the steam room was spacious and cutting edge, you could change the temperature to your preference, with immediate effect!
Safety is a big worry of mine in India given the current political climate, but this hotel felt the most secure with through checks throughout at entry & exit points
It’s hard to fault anything here, the only thing I’ll say is that that there is a tv in the bathroom, however the only place you can watch it comfortably if is in the ‘brushing your teeth’ position. You can’t see it well at all from the tub (or the W.c) which is rather strange, but they really is splitting hairs and is certainly no deal breaker.
A special mention to the hotel manager Udiksha Panishikar, she went out of her way to check on our stay & made us feel like the most important guests there! Something most unexpected & something she absolutely did not have to do. For anyone who wants to experience 7 star hospitality, The Oberoi New Delhi is for you!
The oberoi group is one of the nice hotel group in worldwide.great hotel location in new DELHI .I went there for my DELHI trip and it's such a wonderful experience there .room was fantastic and huge with all aminities I love it .room was cleàn and buffet breakfast is also nice
My stay was excellent - nice ambience, great food and the service is of the highest level. The location is very good. The rooms are newly renovated. Our room overlooked the golf course and the view was beautiful and relaxing. Pool and the gym is very nice and clean. All the staff were very courteous and helpful. Special mention about Jonaki at the reception, Sanjeev in the gym for making the stay beautiful and comfortable.