For nearly eight years, many guests stayed here for the convenience of dining at Indian Accent, the Manor’s modern Indian restaurant run by internationally acclaimed chef Manish Mehrotra. Today, the Manor restaurant hosts a series of culinary pop-ups, showcasing cuisines, chefs, and restaurants from around the globe. But perhaps 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.