New Delhi’s first modern business and luxury hotel, built in 1965, is a white modernist box amid a sea of greenery on the southeast side of the city. The building and public spaces show their years, but the large rooms and enthusiastic, attentive staff earn adoration from repeat guests who appreciate the Oberoi chain’s reliable and faultless guest services. Indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, proximity to a large golf course, and the convenient location just south of Delhi Gate make this hotel a great place to relax at the beginning or end of a countrywide tour, or a base from which to conduct a whirlwind tour of New Delhi’s attractions.
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Just southeast of Delhi Gate between the Delhi Golf Club and Zoological Garden (see Bengal tigers here if you aren’t going on a wildlife safari), the hotel is a short drive from the 16th-century Humayun’s Tomb and the genteel Sundar Nagar market, a maze of antiquarian shops such as Bharany’s (No. 14 Sundar Nagar Market) selling upscale antiques (and replicas), silver jewelry, and textiles. Find sustenance at Nathu’s Sweet Shop (2, Sundar Nagar Market). The Mittal Tea House (12, Sundar Nagar Market) stocks homegrown teas in beautiful boxes. The convivial owners are a fount of information on all things India.
Need to Know
Rooms: 300 rooms. From $172. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The ground-floor 360 Café offers all-day international dining. The Chinese outlet Taipan serves wonderful dim sum and Peking duck. Locals book the Italian restaurant Travertino for dates, so reservations are suggested. Sweet tooths from across the city come to the hotel’s award-winning 4,000-square-foot Patisserie. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a garden-facing, 1,500-square-foot gym. The spa features light-filled, wood-paneled Ayurveda treatment rooms and rose-petal and other specialty baths. Swimmers can enjoy the 80-foot indoor and outdoor pools.
Who’s it best for: Traditionalists and first-time travelers to India who prize good food and service over designer style. Our favorite rooms: All rooms are large with panoramic windows. Ask for an upper-floor room or suite with views of the neighboring, wooded golf course. Good to know: If you book through the hotel website, you get free Internet. Hotel chefs offer private cooking classes and spice market tours of Old Delhi.
The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen
Yes, this high-end bakery is located in The Oberoi, one of the most exclusive hotels in Delhi. No, you will not have the ethnic charm of visiting a local sweet shop. However, don't let this deter you from grabbing a seat at the satvario marble counters. The award-winning Oberoi hotel has created the award-winning patisserie and deli with finite attention to detail. Spread across 4,000 square feet, the space features six well-defined sections including cakes, pastries, and savory items. The homemade chocolate and cookie section? Sublime.