Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
Because of its proximity to the diplomatic and political center of the capital, this stately hotel is firmly rooted in showcasing Indian luxury, evident in everything from the marbled fountain that sits in the lobby to acres of royal carpeting that cover most surfaces. A cyber butler, doctor, and astrologer are all on call here, assuring the jet-setting clientele that no detail is overlooked. The hotel’s most frequented spot, Rick’s, a late-night haunt for the city’s A-listers, is a self-proclaimed “wokkerie,” serving up lemongrass chicken satays and a range of innovative vodka-based cocktails including its hallmark creation, the Guava Berry Martini. For indulgent souvenirs, head to the lobby-level lifestyle boutique, Taj Khazana, where you can choose from ethnically-inspired cufflinks, jewelry, and kitchenware.