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 newly refurbished property or at least it seems so. Whereas most such heritage hotel in cities have nothing much to flaunt other than their age, this comes out with a fabulous surprise.
Location is awesome, very central and near to business district . I was completely awestruck with the charm and feel of the property right from the lobby. There is something about the aura here which makes you feel at home and is very welcoming. Staffs are fabulous and they indeed are there for you. They would make your stay pleasant and bespoke.
Rooms are extremely well equipped with ipad having control of entire amenities. Could literally be on my bed and still have everything you want. Even doors can be unhinged right from bed. This was mind blowing. Lightnings were great, Entertainment was awesome, baths were well equipped and very pleasant, sleep was fantastic. This place can totally make you lazy and you may end up spending too much time inside.
Breakfast needless to say was top notch and at par with best you would find around the world.
I would definitely return.
I stayed here recently as part of a group of travel agents, and have to say this is one of the best city hotels I've ever stayed at.
The hotel has been completely renovated on the inside, yet the interiors have that royal palace feel, pure luxury throughout.
The modern touches like the tablet by the bed that controls everything from the front door, blinds, TV, lights (and even a TV in the bathroom mirror!) really make this a high-end stay that can rival any modern hotel, but you still feel like royalty with the plush bedding and beautiful classic design.
Service is outstanding and the food in the main restaurant is amazing. We didn't have time to try the other restaurants on the top floor, but the outdoor rooftop is fantastic.
The indoor and outdoor pool are beautiful and the spa looked amazing.
Staff are all very friendly and always greeted us with a smile, nothing was too much trouble.
For a true luxury city stay I would always recommend the Oberoi New Delhi.
We checked in to the Oberoi New Delhi for 2 nights at the beginning of our Luxury Escapes package. We were met at the airport by our driver (I forgot to write his name down but I think it was something like Chackeran). Our driver was an absolute delight who apart from safely and smoothly negotiating the busy Delhi traffic pointed out the many fascinating points of interest along the way to the hotel.
Checking in to the hotel was equally pleasurable with the business part taking place in our magnificent room, accompanied by some refreshing drinks. The room was a very good size and beautifully appointed.
A highlight was having access to the Residents Lounge where Pooja took very good care of us indeed. The cocktails and the canapés were delicious. We had dinner in the main dining room where Lakshay was great in explaining the food options and providing excellent service. The food was absolutely magnificent.
We also had breakfast int the main dining room. Apart from a vast spread of the usual western breakfast options there was an extensive range of breakfast options form both north and south India. "When in Rome" being our adage, we opted mostly for the Indian options which was an absolute delight. the espresso coffee too was remarkably good.
Of the thousands of hotels that we have stayed in, including 3 other Oberoi hotels, the Oberoi New Delhi was one of our very favourites.
Recently back from a long trip of India, stayed in many beautiful properties Oberois, Leelas, Taj, etc.. After a horrible experience with The Imperial New Delhi we ended up staying one of the most inviting and welcoming properties of our life, Oberoi Delhi. Sensational intimate customer service which makes you believe that you are the only one staying at the hotel. In contrast to The Imperial New Delhi, Oberoi has most welcoming staff, upgraded us realizing that I have 12 years old that may need extra bed and room I booked was too small for that. took good care of us and my kids. My Kids loved Oberoi so much that we made sure we stay at Oberoi everywhere else we went in India, Udaipur, Mumbai etc..
What a wonderful hotel Oberoi is. I travel extensively for business around the world and can say without doubt Oberoi is one of the best hotels I stayed in. Wonderful considerate service, beautiful decor with warm dark wood furniture and beautiful panels. Excellent gym and swimming facilities and wonderful staff, nothing is too much trouble. Spa facilities and staff are amazing. Food is fantastic, I used in room dining on several occasions, cannot fault. I will definitely return on my next trip to New Delhi. Highly recommend.