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
Very much enjoyed our stay here.
Staff added to the experience by ensuring everything was perfect.
The dining is top notch especially the Indian restaurant run by London Michelin chef Alfred Prassad who took the time to come and chat with us,out of this world flavours, a curry back home might not impress again!
Old Dehli an eye opener to how fortunate we are but a must, very safe,people here are genuinely friendly.
One word on cost, the hotel is expensive ( small bottle of beer is six pounds) but it is a 5 star hotel I guess.
Enjoy this place and this amazing country.
Recently spent 3 nights at The Oberoi for business and I thoroughly enjoyed it. First, the service is impeccable...at every touchpoint of the hotel. My room was very nice, with space to spread out, including a very large bathroom and closet. The workout room is a nice size with several pieces of exercise equipment. We had meetings and dinners at the hotel, and the food and facilities were excellent. If I return to New Delhi, it will only be at The Oberoi.
We arrived as strangers and left as friends one again at our favorite hotel chain......
Everyone knows your name in no time, the level of service is off the charts, and the hotel is absolutely beautiful.
There are so many people that made our stay special, but to name a few exceptional ones:
Mona & Sharon are the perfect persons in their position. What a amazing warm, loving two ladies. Whether you needed help or just a chat they treated you like you were the only guest that matters.
Lakshay in the Indian Restaurant was just lovely. So friendly & very attentive
Nirmal G in the Restaurant........all I can say is WOW........every morning his smile and love of the job showed. He and the others around him would make Mr Oberoi proud!!!!!
Thank you Oberoi for once again leaving us with a desire to return.
Steve & Brian
This was our first experience of staying in a number of Oberoi hotels in India during our holiday. Great location in terms of central to New Delhi but relatively quiet and peaceful. The hotel was recently refurbished and no doubt this shows as it feels like a new hotel. Whilst for any hotel the rooms and facilities are important it is usually the staff that can really make the difference- and here they do. The hotel staff get the balance right between efficient, friendly service whilst not being too intrusive. The rooms all have a view either towards the golf course or the park and are modern with very comfortable beds. In terms of dinning we ate at the main restaurant and the Chinese roof restaurant- both were very good. There is also an Indian speciality restaurant. The outdoor pool and spa also very good - with the occasional eagle or kingfisher making a visit to the pool! All in a terrific experience staying here.
We had not expected to return to a hotel in Delhi when we got to the airport in Udiapur for our flight to Delhi and on to Newark and San Francisco. We were advised our flight had been cancelled due to the airspace over Pakistan being closed. United rebooked us on a flight the next day...but it, too, was cancelled...then planned to book us the next day when all flights headed over Pakistan were cancelled indefinitely. Our travel agent thought the Oberoi Gurgaon would be perfect...and it was. My only suggestion would be to avoid the fancy restaurants and enjoy the main dining room on Lake Oberoi, as we named it. What a gorgeous spot...we hope to return...and definitely plan a stay at the Oberoi in Udiapur!!!