This centrally located 40-suite hotel is part of an ultramodern stone-clad residential complex on Lodhi Road, the main axis of the government bungalow quarter laid in the 1940s by the team of Edwin Lutyens, urban planner of the British Raj. No longer managed by the Aman chain, which opened the property in 2013, the hotel has become a bargain given the huge size of the rooms and unusually luxurious amenities such as gender-segregated Turkish hammams and a Pilates reformer studio. Each room has a balcony and private plunge pool, good for cooling off after a jog to the nearby Lodhi Gardens or a round of tennis on the hotel’s private grass courts. Sprawling across seven acres, the hotel offers serenity in spades and service equal to that of the far more bustling Delhi palace–style hotels. A library with rare books on India and a cigar lounge enhance the clublike atmosphere. The architecture recalls a modern art museum, and indeed the hotel is filled with contemporary works on loan from the Apparao Gallery in Chennai.
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On the green edge of a colonial district, the hotel sits across the street from the Delhi Golf Club, a 10-minute taxi ride to the Connaught Place in the heart of the city. At the western end of Lodhi Road, the 90-acre Lodhi Gardens is beloved by early morning walkers and joggers for its old-growth trees and 15th- and 16th-century tombs. Nearby markets include Jorbagh Market (where Rajiv Gandhi was a fan of the Chocolate Wheel Confectionary), Khan Market (hit Anoki for hand-printed clothes and textiles), and Meher Chand, a half-mile strip of Lodhi Road colonized by contemporary Indian food purveyors and designers including Manan, which sells modern travel clothes based on the kurta and other traditional Indian fashions.
Need to Know
Rooms: 40 rooms. From $251. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Elan offers regional Indian, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asian dishes at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open noon till late evening, On the Water has a glassed-in room over the pool and serves pan-Asian and pan-European cuisine. There’s also Anidra, a bar lounge. And the all-day poolside café has burgers and organic dishes for spa devotees. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a gym with two air-conditioned squash courts and a Pilates reformer studio. There’s a 50-meter heated outdoor lap pool. And the spa has eight treatment rooms.
Who’s it best for: Privacy seekers, and sporty travelers. Our favorite rooms: Room rates rise with the floors; floors four to eight have garden and golf course views. Ask for a suite on a corner or with a direct view of the Humayun Tomb. Good to know: If you have limited time in the city, the hotel’s private drivers specialize in one-day marathon shopping and cultural sightseeing itineraries.
Contemporary Calm in New Delhi
The Lodhi (formerly Aman Resorts) provided a peaceful retreat on my recent visit to bustling and sometimes quite overwhelming New Delhi/ India.
The building is striking and generously laid out. Even the entry-level guest rooms have their own private plunge pool and extensive balconies.
In true Aman style (the property only recently changed over), the service goes beyond anything you could possibly imagine.
OTW (On the Waterfront) and the Pool Cafe serve seriously good food. And on the last day of my stay, I had one of the best Hamam treatments EVER at the Spa.
My stay at The Lodhi book-ended my journey through Rajasthan perfectly. I couldn't have hoped for a warmer welcome or more sincere good-bye.