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
Location, excellent property and the level of service made my stay extremely enjoyable. The breakfast spread is outstanding. What stands out (to me) is the attention to detail. I look forward to staying again.
I stayed at the Oberoi, New Delhi earlier this month for a short business trip. The details and level of service surpassed my expectations, as I have stayed at the sister hotel in Gurguon on several occasions. I personally like this hotel a lot, I appreciate that it is modern but still has old world touches. The hotel was exceptionally clean, the rooms were spacious and the service was attentive. I enjoyed the gym and coffee shop, and look forward to trying some of the other restaurants in the future. I would recommend this hotel to a friend and plan on returning.
The room given to me on this occasion was 550 sq ft with a beautiful view. The staff knows me well and is always welcomes me home. The room service is prompt, the laundry and house keeping are also very courteous.
Good location, excellent service, courteous staff who go out of the way to make you feel comfortable, great food, room amenities are superb including the iPad that allows you to remote control everything.
I was invited for a meeting at The Oberoi. My stay was short but most memorable one. The staff is so courteous and they make you so special. Loved the room #319. Thanks for the great hospitality and I would recommend everyone to stay to experience their ambience. The music in the evening in the lobby is awesome.