By Budget: $

  • Madpackers Hostel Only let down by its out-of-the-way location, this is Delhi's best hostel.
  • GoStops Another cool hostel, on the fringes of Old Delhi.
  • Backpacker Panda Paharganj's best hostel is a little on the small side, but ideal for plugging into the India-travel scene.
  • Wongdhen House The best-value digs amongst a host of budget guesthouses in Delhi's Tibetan enclave.
  • Jugaad Hostel Urban-chic South Delhi dorms.

By Budget: $$

  • Diya Bed & Breakfast Peaceful Paharganj B&B with three lovely rooms, a leafy roof terrace and a family welcome.
  • Hotel Broadway Delhi's first-ever 'high-rise' hotel is a charming throwback with friendly staff and a great restaurant.
  • Bed & Chai French-run South Delhi guesthouse with spacious rooms and dorms and a cute roof terrace.
  • Harry's Bed & Breakfast Beautifully decorated family home with huge rooms and a quiet Gurgaon location.
  • Hotel Godwin Deluxe OK rooms are comfortable enough, but wow, what a staircase!

By Budget: $$$

  • Haveli Dharampura A taste of Mughal India in this beautifully restored Old Delhi haveli (traditional courtyard home).
  • Imperial Live like a king in this sumptuous 1930s heritage hotel, just off Connaught Place.
  • Lutyens Bungalow Charming, family-run, Raj-era bungalow, with rooms set around a rambling garden.
  • Bnineteen As good looking as you'd expect from an architect-owned guesthouse, and with views over Humayun’s Tomb
  • Lodhi The only hotel rooms in Delhi with their own private pools. Pure luxury.


  • Haveli Dharampura A beautifully restored haveli (traditional courtyard residence), secreted away in an Old Delhi backstreet.
  • Imperial Palatial splendour throughout at Delhi's finest luxury hotel.
  • Lutyens Bungalow Slip back in time to an era of colonial elegance, charming hosts, and tea and gossip on the veranda.
  • Hotel Broadway Endearingly old-fashioned and as friendly as ever – and with a great restaurant to boot.


  • Diya Bed & Breakfast Like a quiet South Delhi guesthouse, but in the heart of buzzing Paharganj.
  • Backpacker Panda Great hostel, right on Main Bazaar and a stone's throw from the metro.
  • Haveli Dharampura Beautifully restored haveli (traditional courtyard home) hidden down a crazy maze of Old Delhi alleyways.
  • Hotel Aiwan-e-Shahi An otherwise-average hotel, but with unrivalled views of the Jama Masjid.

For Hotel Food

  • Hotel Broadway Fabulous Kashmiri food in quirky attached restaurant, Chor Bizarre.
  • Haveli Dharampura Sumptuous Mughal dishes served in its courtyard restaurant, Lakhori.
  • Imperial Is there anything more genteel than high tea at the Imperial's Atrium Cafe?
  • Lodhi Privately-run Indian Accent, one of Delhi's top gourmet restaurants, is within Lodhi's grounds.

For Peace & Quiet