New Delhi, Your Gateway to India: Choosing the Perfect Hotel

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Delhi, the vibrant capital city of India, is often the first touchpoint for travelers embarking on their exploration of the country. A city where ancient history coexists with modern urbanity, Delhi is a tapestry of vivid contrasts. Its rich cultural heritage is reflected in the grandeur of its monuments, the diversity of its cuisines, and the myriad of languages spoken on its streets. As a gateway to the many wonders of India, Delhi offers a microcosm of the country's vast and varied experiences, making it an ideal starting point for any journey into the heart of India.

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Where to stay in India

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The Leela Palace New Delhi

Modern palace that is a true reflection of the city’s multifaceted heritage, from its design and decor to gastronomy and hospitality.

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The Imperial New Delhi

An iconic and the most distinguished address situated in the heart of the capital, The Imperial is reminiscent of a golden era in India’s history. 

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The Oberoi New Delhi

The best hotel in Delhi; an incomparable venue for business or pleasure, The Oberoi, New Delhi, enjoys views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb on one side and a calming view of the forested golf course on the other.

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This guide is tailored to assist travelers in choosing the perfect hotel for their stay in New Delhi. It provides an in-depth look at some of the most luxurious and renowned hotels in the city, highlighting their unique features, amenities, and dining options.

By detailing the distinct characteristics of hotels like The Leela Palace, The Imperial, Taj Palace, The Oberoi, and ITC Maurya, the guide aims to give travelers a clear and comprehensive understanding of what each hotel offers. This includes insights into their design aesthetics, the gastronomic experiences at their signature restaurants, and the exclusive services and facilities available to guests.

Whether you are seeking opulent indulgence, cultural richness, or a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling city, this guide serves as a valuable resource in making an informed decision for a memorable stay in New Delhi, with the assistance and special perks of your Fora Advisor:

The Leela Palace New Delhi

Exquisite Design and Ambiance: The Leela Palace exudes opulence reminiscent of royal Indian palaces. Its architecture is a blend of British Victorian grandeur and traditional Indian elements, with interiors featuring high ceilings, grand chandeliers, and rich furnishings. The palace-like ambiance is accentuated by an art collection that includes handpicked paintings and sculptures.

Gourmet Dining Experience: The Leela Palace is a culinary destination with its array of dining options. 'Le Cirque' offers a fusion of French and Italian cuisine, while 'MEGU' introduces guests to exquisite Japanese flavors. For those seeking traditional Indian dishes, 'Jamavar' is a must-visit.

Royal Club and Exclusive Services: The Royal Club level offers heightened luxury with services like personalized butler service, limousine airport transfers, and access to the exclusive Royal Club Lounge. Guests staying at the Club level can enjoy private check-ins, complimentary cocktail hours, and a dedicated concierge service.

Spa and Wellness: The ESPA at The Leela Palace is an oasis of tranquility, offering a range of treatments including Ayurvedic therapies. The rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool is a perfect place to relax while enjoying stunning views of the city's skyline.

The Imperial, New Delhi

Heritage and Artistic Elegance: The Imperial stands as a testament to New Delhi's colonial heritage. The hotel's architecture and interior decor reflect Art Deco and Victorian styles, and it houses a significant collection of British art from the colonial era. The property is adorned with high ceilings, marble floors, and antique furniture, creating an atmosphere of timeless elegance.

Refined Accommodations: The Imperial's rooms and suites are an embodiment of luxury, with each space thoughtfully designed to reflect the hotel's heritage.

Diverse Culinary Delights: The hotel's dining venues are as diverse as they are exquisite. 'The Spice Route' is celebrated for its Southeast Asian cuisine, while '1911 Restaurant' offers a lavish dining experience with a view of the verdant gardens. 'Daniell’s Tavern' provides a unique journey through Indian cuisine, offering regional specialties from across the country.

The Imperial Spa and Exclusive Services: The Imperial Spa is a sanctuary of wellness, offering a range of treatments that blend modern techniques with traditional Indian therapies. The spa's serene ambiance is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Additionally, the hotel organizes historical walks for guests, offering a glimpse into its storied past.

Recreational Facilities: Beyond its luxurious rooms and dining options, The Imperial boasts an expansive outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a chic salon.

Taj Palace, New Delhi

A Blend of Tradition and Modernity: Taj Palace is a harmonious blend of traditional Indian elegance and contemporary design. Set amid sprawling gardens, the hotel's architecture is a nod to India's rich heritage, with Indian art and motifs adorning its spaces. The lush greenery surrounding the property adds to its grandeur and provides a tranquil escape from the city's bustle.

Sumptuous Accommodations: The hotel's accommodations are designed to offer supreme comfort and luxury. The Tata Suite, the pinnacle of opulence at Taj Palace, features elegant interiors, a spacious living area, a dining room, and breathtaking views of the city's skyline. Guests in Taj Club rooms and suites enjoy exclusive access to the Taj Club lounge, private butler service, and other bespoke amenities.

Eclectic Dining Experiences: Taj Palace is home to several renowned restaurants, each providing a unique culinary journey. 'Orient Express' is an exceptional dining venue, offering European cuisine in a setting inspired by the famous train. Loya is another highlight, specializing in innovative Indian cuisine with an emphasis on authentic flavors and contemporary presentation.

Jiva Spa and Recreational Facilities: The Jiva Spa at Taj Palace offers an array of signature treatments and therapies, providing guests with a serene retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation. The hotel's outdoor pool is an ideal place to unwind, and the nine-hole putting green and state-of-the-art fitness center cater to guests' recreational needs.

The Oberoi, New Delhi

Contemporary Elegance and Strategic Location: Situated in the heart of New Delhi, overlooking the Delhi Golf Course and Humayun's Tomb, The Oberoi is the epitome of modern luxury and traditional hospitality, recently renovated. Its elegant design and serene landscaping provide a tranquil oasis in the bustling city.

Luxury Accommodations: The rooms and suites at The Oberoi are designed with a focus on comfort and elegance. Each room features state-of-the-art technology, plush interiors, and panoramic views of the city or the hotel's verdant gardens.

Diverse Culinary Offerings: The Oberoi, New Delhi, is a culinary destination. 'Threesixty°' offers a wide array of international dishes and authentic Indian dining experiences. The rooftop bar offers a stunning view of the cityscape along with an exquisite selection of beverages.

Wellness and Recreation: The Oberoi Spa provides a tranquil retreat with customized therapies and treatments. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's indoor and outdoor pools, offering a serene environment for relaxation.

Personalized Services and Facilities: The hotel is renowned for its exemplary service, with staff going above and beyond to cater to guests' needs. Facilities like a luxury retail arcade and custom city tours are available, enhancing the overall experience of staying at The Oberoi.

ITC Maurya, New Delhi

Regal Ambiance and Cultural Richness: ITC Maurya, named after the famous Mauryan Dynasty, showcases architecture that reflects India's rich history and art. Located in the diplomatic enclave, it's known for its grandiose design, opulent interiors, and commitment to sustainable practices.

Grand Accommodations: The rooms and suites at ITC Maurya are a blend of luxury and comfort, with lavish furnishings and modern amenities. The décor reflects Indian heritage and craftsmanship, and the attentive service ensures a stay that is both comfortable and indulgent for every guest.

Exquisite Dining Experiences: The hotel is home to some of the city's best restaurants. 'Bukhara' is renowned globally for its North-West Frontier cuisine, 'Dum Pukht' serves the royal Awadhi fare, and 'The Pavilion' is a 24-hour restaurant offering a range of cuisines. Each restaurant provides a unique ambiance and culinary journey.

Spa and Fitness Facilities: The Kaya Kalp Spa is an award-winning facility, offering a range of wellness treatments and therapies in a serene environment. The outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by lush greenery, provides a peaceful escape, and the well-equipped fitness center caters to the health and wellness needs of guests.

Sustainable Luxury and Services: ITC Maurya's commitment to sustainability is evident in its eco-friendly practices, making it a preferred choice for environmentally conscious travelers.

Places to eat & drink in India

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The Leela Palace, New Delhi

  • The Qube: Offering a view of the hotel's lush gardens and a live kitchen, The Qube serves a variety of international cuisines in a glasshouse setting, making it an ideal spot for your culinary experience.

The Imperial, New Delhi

  • The Spice Route: Renowned for its Southeast Asian cuisine, The Spice Route takes you on a gastronomic journey through the Malabar Coast in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Thailand, in a beautifully adorned setting that reflects the journey of spices.

Taj Palace, New Delhi

  • Loya: Specializing in Indian cuisine, Loya offers a contemporary twist on traditional dishes, with an emphasis on grilling methods and an interactive show kitchen, making for a vibrant and flavorful dining experience.

The Oberoi, New Delhi

  • Baoshuan: Featured on India’s Top 50 Restaurants list by Condé Nast Traveler Awards 2023 and overseen by Chef Andrew Wong, of the two- Michelin starred A. Wong restaurant in London, the menu is inspired by specific regions of China and its 14 international borders.

ITC Maurya, New Delhi

  • Bukhara: Internationally acclaimed, Bukhara serves North-West Frontier cuisine in a rustic setting. Known for its succulent tandoori meats and breads, it offers a unique and memorable dining experience that has captivated the palates of dignitaries and celebrities alike.

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