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Where to Stay in Delhi: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Chaotic, colorful Delhi amazes in a riotous dance with all the senses and offers a range of accommodation, from sprawling luxury hotels to boutique inns and budget rooms. A shopper's paradise, the city has history, monuments, and fascinating architecture everywhere. Leafy South Delhi is home to significant buildings, including Humayun's Tomb and the Bahá'í Lotus Temple, while modern Gurgaon and Saket are ideal places to stay for business travelers. Sightseers may prefer to stay in areas around Connaught Place in New Delhi, the former British colonial hub and now main government area. Shop in the Paharganj bazaar; enjoy fantastic views by climbing the Qutub Minar tower; and visit the famous India Gate and the Sikh house of worship, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. New Delhi is close to the walled area of Old Delhi and its famous Chandni Chowk main street, including must-visit sites like the Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid mosque.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
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A stunning jewel-box of a hotel bracketed by a towering, plant-filled, green wall and cobalt-blue reflecting pools, The Oberoi, Gurgaon offers five-star luxury and exceptional service from attentive staff, including personal butlers. There's a pool and 24-hour gym and spa with treatments, including Ayurveda massage. Dine at one of three on-site restaurants, including the elegantly modern interpretation of Indian cuisine found at Amaranta. Ask about business travel packages.

Close to Nehru Park and India Gate, luxurious The Leela Palace New Delhi has an impressive collection of contemporary and traditional art throughout the hotel, along with massive floral arrangements and hand-woven carpets in spacious guest rooms and public areas. It's close to the government district and monuments, while the stunning rooftop infinity pool is an ideal place to cool off after a day of sightseeing. If you're dining in, there are Japanese and Indian dining options in the hotel. A dedicated bespoke package for solo women travelers is available.

Located near Connaught Place for shopping and major attractions, The Imperial New Delhi offers a less expensive five-star stay that will be just the ticket for visitors who want to immerse themselves in New Delhi's historic Raj past. Close to Khan Market, the distinctive, circa-1931 white building is surrounded by manicured gardens, while historic photos line wide corridors. There are several restaurants, including glass-domed The Atrium, which is famous for its afternoon tea.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Spices at a market in Delhi
Spices at a market in Delhi
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The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa is in the heart of New Delhi, putting it close to the shops and restaurants of Connaught Place and the business district. The hotel's Craft House shop is a good option for last-minute gifts, from pashminas to tea. There are three in-hotel restaurants, including a Japanese dining room and a pastry shop. The Art Spice arts organization and gallery, located on the lower level of the hotel, showcases visual and performing arts, while the NeoVeda Spa focuses on mind-body experiences.

Located near the Jantar Mantar monument and the boutiques of Janpath Market, modern and centrally located high-rise Le Meridien New Delhi has a showplace central atrium, which can be admired from the hallways that rise above it. Bathrooms are sizable and lavish, and the fourth-floor pool has views of the surrounding area. A large spa offers Ayurvedic and international therapies. The lobby travel desk can arrange sightseeing tours.

Sheraton New Delhi is located in the Saket business district and walking distance to the upscale Select Citywalk shopping mall and restaurants. Or stay in and dine at three in-house restaurants, finishing at the on-site pastry shop for sweet cravings. The 220 rooms and suites have Sheraton's signature Sweet Sleeper beds for a peaceful rest, while meeting rooms and event spaces make this a popular choice as a business stay.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Ox cart in Old Delhi
Ox cart in Old Delhi
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Situated across from a Metro station, WelcomHotel Dwarka is a wallet-friendly stay that puts a high value on hospitality. It's not far by taxi or the hotel shuttle to the Dilli Haat open-air food plaza and craft bazaar run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp. There are three restaurants and a coffee shop in the hotel, as well as a full-service spa, 24-hour health club with sauna, and an outdoor pool.

Hotel Amax Inn offers excellent value in a bright, clean hotel just north of Connaught Place, close to the New Delhi train station and within walking distance of the bustling Paharganj main bazaar. The 36-room hotel isn't fancy but it's comfortable and a good option for travelers on a budget. Some rooms have refrigerators, and there's free Wi-Fi and a cute but small rooftop restaurant.

Park Inn By Radisson New Delhi IP Extension is a clean and colorfully modern hotel located in a quiet area of East Delhi in the Noida business district. It's about eight kilometers from the magnificent Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex. There's a rooftop pool and an on-site restaurant, and rates include breakfast. Studio Room reservations also include a one-way airport transfer.

Where to Stay for Families

Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple
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A large hotel with 507 rooms and suites, The Hyatt Regency Delhi has a variety of on-site dining options, including the Sidewalk Pastry Shop and 24-hour, pool-level restaurant, Café. There's a kids' pool for little splashers, and family friendly rooms come with cribs and optional in-room childcare. There are also luxury rental apartments with one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts for longer stays. The concierge will help arrange family excursions to the New Delhi Zoological Gardens, about an hour away, or Kingdom of Dreams, an entertainment, theater, and leisure destination.

Family friendly Fraser Suites New Delhi is close to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and Atta Market and offers a choice of apartment suite-style stays, ranging from studios to two bedrooms with equipped kitchenettes. Breakfast is included in the on-site restaurant. The free kids' club has a playground, and there's a fitness center and spa for parents.

Where to Stay for Romance

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Street scene in Delhi
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Modern and elegant, The Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi sits in a park-like setting with a view of the Presidential Palace over the trees. Marble bathrooms have luxury bath amenities, and the hotel service is top-notch. Choose from fine-dining restaurants, including Varq for Indian cuisine or Wasabi by Morimoto for Japanese, while afternoon tea is served in Machan and Emperor Lounge. Taj Club rooms include access to a members' lounge and butler service, or book an ancient Indian therapy at Jiva and Jiva Grande spa.

Choose from suites or rooms at luxury boutique hotel The Manor, located in the quiet and green Friends Colony area. Close to shopping and restaurants, it has modernist 1950s architecture and lovely grounds to explore. The staff can book nearby cooking workshops or walking tours. In-room dining is available 24 hours, while the restaurant hosts culinary pop-ups, showcasing chefs from all over the world. There is also an award-winning spa on site.

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