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
Recently upgraded rooms with superlative, personal service. Fine restaurants, bar and shipping within the hotel in a convenient neighborhood. Rooms have been remodeled and upgraded with all electronic room controls from an iPad.
The famous Oberoi was on our list of hotels to stay in India. The service was excellent. They’ve recently remodeled and clearly pride themselves on having very modern amenities. The view was beautiful and hawks were flying outside of our window. They also treated us to dessert and flowers as we were celebrating our engagent. Making it a very special visit. The rooms were nice. And loved the bathroom. Would definitely stay again.
Oberoi as always is excellent in service and way ahead then other five star hotels at Delhi. It spoils you with ipad controlled rooms and special coffee machines. Minakshi in in room dining always knows your choices. Sholk, devanshi, birendra are all excellent in service during breakfast. Chef Sachin and parth are inclined to go to extra mile to. Make your food memorable. Oshin in front desk understands your needs very well. Shubham in concierge is always efficient. Service standards are such high that I say there are five star hotels and then there is oberoi.
it is not well located if you like to have a walk by yourself , it is in the middle of nowhere, but if you take a car, ... 10 minutes are rare distance to good small shopping, do not miss that, prices are written down for you and citizen, not a real market for bargain, prices are for real people with taxes... it depends on you, the quality is perfect, you pay exactly for your buy!!
food is good, not a mayor treat, but HEALTHY!!! you can eat there 10 times and never have a problem!!!!!
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Great hotel, with even greater staff. What makes a stay excellent and memorable is not just the hotel infrastructure and amenities, but more importantly the staff. They all made us feel like home; very polite, always smiling and very helpful. Excellent housekeeping and spa/fitness team. When we go back to Delhi, we will not "look around" for any other option; The Oberi is our choice.