Best city hotels in India


India is a vast country with endless accommodation possibilities. While a lot of the 5 star hotels offer the standard luxury you would expect, there is a handful of them that offer much more, making sure every stay will be something special. Here are my top 5 city hotels in India which give you that little extra.

The Lodhi, New Delhi

Straight away starting off with one of the best. The hotel used to be part of the famous Aman group, which already gives you an indication of what to expect. Nothing is too much and service is key. But it doesn’t stop there as the rooms are massive and most of them have their own private pool. I mean, which city hotel can offer this? Specially in a metropolis which hasn’t always the space for such things. Of course there are many other reasons why this place is so unique and perfect when looking for accommodation in this city. I has its own bakery, one of the best spa’s in the country, and the best restaurant in India (Indian Accent) is also located on their grounds. It’s a given that all the food is exquisite, and combined with the impeccable service it is hard to find any flaws at The Lodhi.

St-Regis, Mumbai

Mumbai is a bustling city which never sleeps. Traffic can be a nightmare and the noise from the streets is constant. The St-Regis Mumbai though makes sure you escape all of this madness and serves as a true oasis. It is located in India’s tallest hotel tower, giving it plenty of space for their amazing rooms and suites. Of course all of them enjoy the amazing views which you can find all around. The hotel also has countless restaurants, all of them among the best you can find in Mumbai. Most of them can be found on the highest floors, giving you not only delicious food, but also the added bonus of the amazing views over the city. Rooftop bar, exclusive members only club, rooftop swimming pool, …you name it and they have it. Rather get your shopping fix sorted? Not a problem, as the hotel is adjacent to one of the biggest shopping malls in the city. What more do you need?

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

If there is one place travelers dream about when they go to India, it is visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra. And the Oberoi Amarvilas is the best place to stay when doing so. This oasis of luxury not only gives you all the amenities you look for when staying in an opulent place like this, it also gives you amazing views of the Taj Mahal from your room. No need to look for any other selling point, even though there are plenty. Every room has butler service and they are all a show piece of Indian craftsmanship. The beautiful pool is another perfect hideaway to take it all in or to cool off from the heat which you can often find in this part of India. Tip of the day: enjoy some amazing Indian tea at the lounge. The golden domed ceiling and once again the amazing views of the Taj Mahal will make you speechless.

The Leela Palace, Udaipur

Another property where the views and location alone would be more than sufficient to make this list, though lucky enough there is much more than that. All the rooms and suites at the Leela Palace offer its guests views over Lake Pichola, combined with all the modern amenities travelers are looking for these days. The decorations include artefacts and furnishings from the Rajasthan area, turning this hotel in a true palace. One of the highlights is dinner at the Sheesh Mahal restaurant, an alfresco fine-dining restaurant  which has the most amazing views over the lake while you enjoy unique traditional touches like pouches of spice to freshen the air, scented candles and flowers,… Makes sure to end your day at the Library bar. The intimate lounge boosts a style from a bygone era and has the finest selection of whiskies and liquors in the whole city. Enough reason to stay another night.

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Last but certainly not least is the Taj Falaknuma Palace which is a 32-acre hilltop estate overlooking Old Hyderabad. Forget your Uber or limo service, as cars are not permitted beyond the front gate. Instead you arrive at the reception in either a golf cart or a horse carriage. How about that for an entrance? Every guest will feel like royalty when staying over here. The beautiful rooms and suites are all offering modern luxuries while still remaining the flair and grandeur from the past century. Food is important and culinary delights from all over the world can be enjoyed in all the different restaurants. One of the fun facts is that the palace has the longest dining table in the world (108 feet long) so don’t be shy and invite a few friend of your as there is plenty of space at the table. Children are also welcome in this wonderful heaven of opulence and indulgence, and the countless activities organized for them will surely make them feel like royalty too.

Have you visited one of these amazing hotels in the past, or do you know any other hidden gems which are worth looking into? Let me know, I would love to hear all about it.


Comments (11)

  1. Pete says:

    Some truly great names of Indian hotels here. I’ve always found that India really knows how to do luxury and service.Maybe it’s the legacy of the Maharajas.

    • Kristof Eyckmans says:

      Could be part of their legacy indeed! But as you say, service is one of the key luxuries you can expect when visiting India.

  2. Stephen says:

    I know a lot of people disagree but I think Delhi is a really interesting place to visit. But as it is a city that’s really non-stop and in your face. That’s why you need a sanctuary of luxury to retreat to at the end of the day. No doubt that the sumptuous Lodhi does the job.

    • Kristof Eyckmans says:

      The Lodhi surely is a hidden paradise in this crazy city. Was there for a few days last month and while you can see, hear and sense the city, it still gives you the chance to escape it all.

  3. Jean Hall says:

    Imagine a grand tour of India staying at these magnificent hotels. I think that’s a plan. What a dream it would be!

    • Kristof Eyckmans says:

      Great idea and indeed that must be an amazing trip. I stayed at 2 of these last month during a trip to India and that alone was already pretty luxurious. Imagine all 5 in one trip…..Well, I guess we’ll have to try it to see how it feels to experience all of them in one go.

  4. Robert says:

    Rambagh Palace in Jaipur def belongs on this list. Its a real gem.

    • Kristof Eyckmans says:

      I agree, it could replace any of the ones mentioned, but then again, there are so many which are really worthy to make this list.

  5. Moyà Finn says:

    What makes these hotels so grand and opulent is the interior decoration. There’s so much colour and the standard of craftsmanship is on another level. I always come back inspired to transform my own house.

    • Kristof Eyckmans says:

      The interiors are indeed amazing, yet can be very different. If you would compare the interiors of the Lodhi (modern) to the Taj Falaknuma Palace (classic)they couldn’t be further apart, yet still be inspiring in every way.

  6. Anshul Sharma says:

    No doubt, Delhi is an interesting city to explore. I have a meeting here and i am staying in one of the South Delhi luxury hotels. Now planning to visit some historical places in Delhi.

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