Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
Semiluxurious Broadway, between the old and new cities, has some rooms with views over Old Delhi. Room standards vary (some are sleek and smart), so look at a few...
Hotel Palace Heights
An excellent restaurant serving Mughlai cuisine and designed to feel like an airy terrace.
A new, smart kid on the block, the Corus has clean, swish, compact rooms, with dazzling white sheets. More money buys you a lot more space. But readers report mixed service and occasional problems with hot water...
The Imperial New Delhi
The inimitable, Raj-era Imperial marries Victorian colonial classicism with gilded art deco, houses an impressive collection of 17th- and 18th-century paintings, and has hosted everyone from princesses to pop stars...
Hyatt Regency Delhi
This huge and ritzy five-star hotel is essentially geared towards the business traveller, but still attracts its fair share of holiday-makers from around the world who know exactly what to expect of this reputable international chain...
Taj Palace Hotel
If you have a penchant for bedding down at international-class hotels that run like clockwork and have chic (if somewhat carbon copy) rooms, as well as the usual bundle of comforts found at five-star chains worldwide, then the Taj delivers...
This is a smartish option, clean, if occasionally musty – a good choice for budget travellers who want to snuggle down close to the airport.
The Taj Mahal Hotel
The Taj pulls out all the stops, with high-brow Indian artwork, Persian rugs, glossy silk furnishings and manicured lawns. The luxuriously appointed rooms have all the five-star frills.
Maidens Hotel, Delhi
Set in a 3.2-hectare garden, Maidens is a graceful wedding cake, built in 1903. Lutyens stayed here while supervising the building of New Delhi. The high-ceilinged rooms are traditional, old-fashioned, well-equipped and some have good views.
The Manor New Delhi
If you’re looking for a more intimate alternative to Delhi’s opulent five stars, this 16-room boutique hotel is it...
This 79-room hotel has had a thorough revamp: rooms are decorated in designer oriental style, featuring white with strong colours, Chinese silks, and genuine flair. A couple of extra Rs1000s buys you a lot more space.
Cleanish, light rooms.
Shangri La Hotel New Delhi
This skyscraping Shangri-La is a place of sumptuous comfort and restrained design. Rooms are dark and masculine, with Oriental touches, cushion-laden beds covered in sugar-white sheets, and LCD TVs.
The Park New Delhi
Conran-designed, large-scale boutique hotel that has a smashing spa.
Shervani New Delhi
Sleek Shervani is Sunder Nagar’s smartest place to stay. The rooms have parquet wooden floors, LCD TVs, cocoa-brown furniture, electronic safes, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and fridges. A 20% discount is offered fairly readily.
Hotel Prince Polonia
Total respite in central Paharganj is an impossible dream; however, there are a smattering of hotels that are situated a little away from the commotion of Paharganj's busiest strip, Main Bazaar. Prince Polonia is one such place...
Le Meridien New Delhi
This glassy monolith has contemporary, comfort-packed rooms, styled in pale ochres and pearl-greys, kitted out with the usual five-star trappings: stuffed minibars, fluffy bathrobes and bathroom goodies.
Bajaj Indian Home Stay
This highly professional place has 10 immaculate, well-decorated rooms, with safes, fridges and hairdryers. The tariff includes complimentary tea/coffee, local telephone calls and airport transfers. There’s a rooftop restaurant.
Hotel Grand Godwin
Located north of Main Bazaar in Ram Nagar, the Grand Godwin has a snazzy lobby, glass-capsule lift, and clean-and-tidy rooms, but off-hand reception staff. Facilities include wi-fi and room service.
Reasonably clean, plain rooms: more money buys you an extra degree of comfort and glitz. There’s a pleasant rooftop and a good restaurant. Service, however, receives extremely mixed reports.
Hotel Grand Plaza
Staying a night in this hotel is reason enough to visit Jalgaon. Nothing fancy on offer, but this cheapie has been done up with the kind of love and care that goes into building homes...
The Oberoi, New Delhi
Superlative, contemporary rooms with views over Humayun’s tomb, the pool or golf course.