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
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Serene sleep in New Delhi's bustling heart, with a rooftop restaurant, outdoor pool and Ayurvedic spa
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).
The Oberoi, New Delhi
Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg
New Delhi, India
How to Get There
Flights are available to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from DEL (about 14 miles away) are approximately $78 per car, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis are approximately $20 per car, each way.