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Vivanta by Taj Ambassador New Delhi
Still known to locals as the Ambassador, the hotel is a listed heritage site built in 1945 by colonial architect Walter Sykes George in a fusion of British and art deco styles. While the early clientele included Indian royals, today the building and garden grounds have a faded glory. Guests come for the cosmopolitan, high-ceilinged rooms, refurbished by the luxury Taj chain; diligent, efficient service; terrific value for money; and convenient location next door to one of the city’s most upscale shopping malls.
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The hotel is a five-minute walk to the Khan Market, a maze of upscale shops and eateries. The metro stop here takes you to the Janpath and the historic sights and bazaars of Connaught Place. The hotel can arrange a driver for a tour of landmarks including the Lodhi Gardens and Humayun's Tomb. The main railway terminal is a 10-minute drive away; it takes 45 minutes by taxi to reach the international airport.
Need to Know
Rooms: 88 rooms. From $83. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Indian, Thai, and continental cuisines are available all day at Yellow Brick Road. Larry’s China serves Cantonese and Szechuan dishes with the option of a private chef’s menu. The plush, art deco InSomnia Bar lures whiskey aficionados who pace themselves with braised lamb shanks. High tea is offered in the book-lined, colonial nostalgia–filled Luyten’s Lounge. Spa and gym details: There is a gym, as well as a spa with Indian aromatherapy massages, body wraps, and skin polishes; no pool.
Who’s it best for: Independent travelers who don’t require superluxe surroundings. Our favorite rooms: Renovated Premium Indulgence and Deluxe Allure rooms combine modern design with Old World charm and are incredible values for money. Ask for a room with a private balcony facing the garden. Shopping highlight: Hit the Khan Market flagship Fabindia store (Central hall above shops 20 and 21) for housewares and modern takes on the kurta and other traditional Indian garments.