Many guests stay here for the convenience of dining at Indian Accent, the Manor’s modern Indian restaurant run by internationally acclaimed chef Manish Mehrotra. But perhaps the best thing about the Manor is the scale. This 14-room luxury boutique hotel in the affluent, gated Friends Colony neighborhood actually does feel like a restful country home, with a solicitous, friendly, efficient staff and contemporary architecture within a walled, one-acre garden. The location is a bit out of the way, but courteous, professional, English-speaking drivers with encyclopedic knowledge of city sights and shopping are on hand to collect guests from the airport and the nearby train station. London-based designer Shirley Fujikawa’s room interiors—cherrywood paneling, polished green granite bathrooms, and furniture in brown and cream silk or olive leather create a Zen retreat after the sensory overload of New Delhi. Spa staff offer guests a free foot massage after an exceptionally long day’s travel or wait at the airport immigration line.
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The hotel lies within a walled garden compound, one of many in the South Delhi New Friends Colony, originally laid out in the 1950s, where clipped lawns and whitewashed modern mansions contrast the crowds and color of central Delhi. The railway line passes nearby, so be prepared for night whistles.
Need to Know
Rooms: 14 rooms. From $115. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Guests have been known to stay at the Manor just for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Indian Accent, where fusion creations with fresh organic ingredients include paneer tikka quesadillas with Swiss Gruyère and pink peppercorn raita. At dinner, the chef offers three tasting menus, one a vegetarian option. Go for the wine pairings, for example a Curico Valley Chilean sauvignon blanc with tandoori bacon prawns, wasabi, and malai cream. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a gym with Pilates and fitness classes. The Zehen spa offers Ayurveda and international treatments including Watsu water massage.
Who’s it best for: Foodies and travelers who have already seen New Delhi’s sights (which require hours sitting in traffic); this is a restful place to recover after a long flight or countrywide sightseeing tour. Our favorite rooms: The high-ceilinged Manor Suite and Manor Junior suite have king-size beds. First-floor garden view rooms minimize nighttime noise from passing trains. Good to know: Avoid room six, next to the reception desk, as conversations leak through the walls.