Best hotels and hostels in Delhi

  • Top ChoiceLodging in New Delhi

    Imperial

    Classicism meets art deco at the Imperial, which dates from 1931 and was designed by FB Blomfield, an associate of Lutyens. Rooms have high ceilings, flowing curtains, French linen and marble baths. There's the temple-like Thai restaurant Spice Route; the 1911 bar is highly recommended; and the cafe Atrium, Imperial serves the perfect high tea.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Haveli Dharampura

    This is a beautiful restored haveli, full of Mughal atmosphere and centred on a courtyard. Rooms have grandiose polished-wood beds, but it's worth paying for a larger room, as the smallest are a little cramped. The excellent restaurant, Lakhori, serves historic Mughal recipes, there's kathak dancing Friday and Sunday evenings, and high tea (4pm to 6pm) served daily on the roof terrace.

  • Lodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Hotel Broadway

    Five-storey Hotel Broadway was Delhi’s first 'high-rise' when it opened in 1956, with single rooms going for ₹15. Today it's comfortable, charming, quirky, and slightly more expensive. It's worth staying here for the restaurant Chor Bizarre and Thugs bar. Some rooms have old-fashioned wood panelling, while others have been kitted out by French designer Catherine Lévy.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Diya Bed & Breakfast

    Like a serene South Delhi guesthouse, but on a Paharganj backstreet, this unique place has three lovely, well-cared-for rooms, a shared kitchen and a quiet, leafy roof terrace. It's run by the charity Street Connections, and staff and management are former street kids from the Salaam Baalak Trust. It's ideal for solo women or families. Reservations essential.

  • Lodging in New Delhi

    Claridges

    Fronted by manicured green lawns, elegant Claridges was built in 1952. Colonial era–styled rooms have all the comforts, and there are some excellent dining options, including the refined Chinese restaurant, Jade, the romantic Mediterranean Sevilla, with its curtained pavilions, and the imagine-you're-on-the-highway Dhaba, with traditional Punjabi food.

  • Lodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Bloom Rooms @ New Delhi

    Bloom Rooms' white-and-yellow, pared-down designer aesthetic is unlike anything else in this 'hood, and its IKEA-like rooms surround a pleasant interior courtyard with plenty of seating. Some also have shared balconies overlooking Arakashan Rd. Pillows are soft, beds are comfortable, and there's good wi-fi plus free mineral water and tea and coffee. Check the website for discounted rates.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Lodhi

    The Lodhi is one of Delhi’s finest luxury hotels, with huge, lovely rooms and suites. Each room has a balcony, and the enormous deluxe rooms are the only rooms in Delhi with their own private plunge pools. Attention to detail is superb. There’s also a top-notch spa, tennis courts, a slimline outdoor pool, two restaurants and a small night club.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Lutyens Bungalow

    A rambling bungalow with a colonial-era feel, surrounded by verandahs and hanging lamps, this family-run guesthouse has a wonderful garden, with lawns, flowers and fluttering parakeets. Rooms are pleasant, with wooden furnishings and an old-fashioned vibe, and it's a particularly good place to stay with kids because of the unusual amount of rambling space, and the lovely swimming pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    GoStops

    This is one of the best of Delhi's new breed of hostels, in an interesting location on the fringes of Old Delhi, with young, friendly staff, a brightly tiled kitchen, large lounge areas, and comfortable, clean dorms (with reading lamps and lockers) and smart private rooms. There are regular cookery and yoga classes and tours of the city and beyond.

  • Lodging in South Delhi

    Jugaad Hostel

    There's an urban factory feel to this excellent hostel with wooden-crate bed frames and exposed brick walls. Dorms and private rooms all have en suites, and the bunk beds come with reading lamps, charging sockets and lockers. There's also a roof terrace with swing chairs. Staff are friendly and helpful, and there's a women-only dorm.

  • Lodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Wongdhen House

    Clean, friendly and well cared for, this is a good-value Majnu-ka-Tilla option. Rooms are simple but homey, and there's a 4th-floor terrace with views over the Yamuna and Delhi's new, iconic Signature Bridge. Room 405, next to the roof terrace and with two corner windows, is a great shared-bathroom choice.

  • Lodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Hotel Godwin Deluxe

    Run by the same owners as the OK, but less glitzy, Grand Godwin next door, Godwin Deluxe offers similarly good service, and comfortable, spacious, clean rooms that are accessed either via a glass lift with street views or up a striking all-marble, spiral staircase.

  • Lodging in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Zaza Stay

    Owned by a couple who have their own homewares brand, this guesthouse has beautifully decorated rooms with leafy outlooks and a lovely communal sitting room. The rooms with balconies are worth the extra ₹1000. The neighbourhood is quiet and restful, but still close to the Dargah and Humayun's Tomb.

  • Lodging in South Delhi

    Bed & Chai

    For a quiet stay, this French-owned guesthouse has simple rooms, decorated with flashes of colour and some quirky, original design touches. There’s a spacious dorm and a roof terrace strewn with Tibetan prayer flags. Rates include breakfast that comes with excellent chai, of course.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

    Backpacker Panda

    A great alternative to Paharganj's less-than-fancy cheap hotels, Panda offers bright, clean dorms (one is female only) with attached bathrooms, charge points, lockers, windows, clean linen and comfortable mattresses. There's a TV room, a kitchenette, and it's close to the metro.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

    Madpackers Hostel

    A friendly, relaxed hostel with a bright and airy sitting room that's one of the best places in town to hang out and meet like-minded travellers. It has mixed dorms (with one female-only) and graffitied walls, and it's in a leafy area, albeit beside a superbusy highway.

  • Lodging in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    Bnineteen

    Architect-owned, Bnineteen is a looker. Big contemporary rooms have large windows. Located in posh, peaceful Nizamuddin East, it has great views over Humayun’s Tomb from the rooftop. There's a kitchen on every floor that comes with its own cook.

  • Lodging in New Delhi

    Radisson Blu Marina

    One of Connaught Place’s swisher choices, the Radisson feels pleasingly luxurious, with sleek, stylish, all-mod-cons rooms, the Great Kebab Factory restaurant, and a cool bar, the Connaught, where you can sip drinks under hanging red lamps.

  • Lodging in New Delhi

    Hotel Palace Heights

    This small-scale boutique hotel offers some of busy Connaught Place’s nicest rooms, with gleaming white linen, and caramel and amber tones. There’s an excellent restaurant, Zāffrān.

  • Lodging in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

    ITC Maurya

    In the diplomatic enclave and surrounded by greenery, the ITC Maurya is a key five-star address – this is where Obama stayed when he was in town. Rooms are lushly comfortable, and it's particularly renowned for its gastronomic offerings, including famous Bukhara and the much applauded Dum Phukt, which offers the regal cuisine of the Nawabs of Awadh.