Hotels in India
The choice of luxury hotels in India is overwhelming, as you'll find properties from all the top international brands, as well as homegrown ones like Taj and Oberoi. In the north, don't miss Wildflower Hall in Shimla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, for its historic colonial charms and breathtaking panoramic mountain views. In popular Rajasthan (aka the "Golden Triangle'), choose between resort-style properties like Oberoi's Rajvillas (in Jaipur) and Vanyavillas (near the Ranthambore tiger reserve), or historic places-turned-hotels like the floating Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. In Agra, Oberoi Amarvillas is the only hotel with Taj Mahal views, making it one of the best hotels in India. Both Taj and Oberoi have historic properties in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai, as well.
Other urban options include the recently-opened Park Hyatt Chennai, which offers a great spa, buzzy restaurant, and popular nightclub / lounge, and the sleek, all-glass Trident Hyderabad, located in the heart of the booming HiTech City enclave.
For resort hotels in India, look into Kerala's The Park on Vembanad Lake, a combination hotel and luxury small cruise ship, at which guests can enjoy cultural activities, excellent dining, and cruises along the backwaters.
You could call it urban chic, or you could say it’s boutique—but we in Delhi know that The Rose, known by any other name, would still be pretty sweet. And in how many ways do we love thee?
The clever folks behind Bloom Rooms took away all the extraneous hotel stuff—conference halls, swimming pools, ballrooms—that so many of us don’t use, especially in a city hotel, and focused all their energy on making things just right in their supremely neat rooms.
The unfortunately named THEhotel at Mandalay Bay—the boutique tower adjoining Mandalay Bay—was in real need of a refresh, so the folks at MGM Resorts did one better and made it a Delano, with all the style and breezy sophistication of the Miami original.
The three towers of The Signature at MGM Grand are a gated enclave of 576 rooms (guests have their own entrances, check-ins, pools, fitness rooms and staff).
Tucked away on floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas recently renovated all its 424 guest rooms and suites. The vibrant, modern, Art Deco-inspired transformation is a little retro and a lot high-tech.
Consider Vdara to be a 57-story, all-suite, LEED Gold-certified break from Vegas vices.
Few hotels except the most luxurious hotel-within-a-hotels (think the Mansion at MGM Grand or Paiza Club at the Venetian) manage to make their guests feel so sequestered on the Strip.
Fast forward to many decades later, Dusit Devarana is an ultra-luxury hotel run on the principles of Thai hospitality.
Ah, will we ever tire of this one? Probably not. One of the long-standing bastions of old Colonial times, the hotel is immaculately maintained and consistently ranks in “best of” lists around the world.
Built in the 1950s when space was even more generous, The Manor balances the lazy, sprawling nature of the property with its clean, modern architecture. It has a delicious “villa” feel to it—probably because it spreads across only a couple of levels.
Located a bit far out (in North Delhi), it probably won’t be your first choice in you want to be within walking distance of the city’s action.
Located right in the center of Central Delhi, The Lodhi was previously a property within the Aman Resorts hospitality group.