“A stylish and serene hotel tucked away in a quiet West Delhi suburb, with an excellent restaurant, small spa and personal service”
Shanti (meaning peace in Sanskrit) is the creation of Delhi owners Rajat and Sanjana Verma, who first dreamed of owning their own restaurant and hotel when they met back at university. Fast forward several years, and they’ve achieved their dream: this thoughtfully designed hotel is a gem, with all the charm of a small set-up (peace and excellent personal service), along with the benefits you’d associate with somewhere bigger (a very good restaurant, in-house travel desk and a sitting room on each floor).
Fabulous antiques, curios and art were sourced from across India to style the interiors: a gold-plated elephant headdress hangs in the 'Backwaters' bedroom, while a Raj-era fan complements a carved wooden mirror in 'Jaisalmer'. And there are some charming personal touches, like the in-house magazine detailing things to do in Delhi along with useful Hindi phrases. It’s a little off the beaten track so you’ll be reliant on the metro, but staff are incredibly friendly, and when you walk into the air-conditioned lobby, you’ll instantly feel at home.
- The sublime Lantern Terrace Garden restaurant offers 5-course tasting menus and Tandoor specialities
- The peaceful rooftop terrace is the ideal place to unwind after a day navigating Delhi's chaotic streets
- There are winning added extras: an in-house tailor, complimentary mobile phone hire, Ayurvedic massages in the spa, and Tandoor cookery lessons
- Nothing is too much trouble for the Shanti Home team ,who go out of their way to ensure you have a memorable stay
- There's a TV and movie lounge, with a library of Hollywood and Bollywood films
- It's stylishly furnished with gorgeous detail throughout, yet affordable
- Although well connected by the metro, the suburban location in West Delhi can feel somewhat isolated - it takes an hour to get to see most sights and you will likely dine in every night
- The ensuite bathrooms, while large and clean, lack the same designer touches that make the bedrooms shine
- This is urban Delhi; don't expect rooms with views
- It can be noisy, especially during festivals
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Communal TV
Each of the 17 rooms has been carefully themed to showcase a different region or feature of India, with antiques, quirky curios, photographs and framed prints complimenting the sleek modern furnishings. They are spread over 3 floors and divided into 3 categories: luxury, premium and deluxe, although little separates them other than size. There are 2 twin rooms, Bhuj and Dakshin (a further 4 can be configured as twins if required); the rest are doubles.
The most popular rooms are Oh Calcutta! - a spacious double with old lithographs of Calcutta and film stills from the movie Night in Calcutta, plus an old library desk lamp - and Bollywood - suitably indulgent in its homage to one of the biggest film industries in the world, with a lovely four-poster bed. But our personal favourite was Stupa, with its Tibetan furniture and door hangings (used as curtains), and colourful photographs from Ladakh. We also liked Bombay Masala for its nostalgic black and white Mumbai street scenes, kitsch film posters and gold sequined cushions.
If you're a very light sleeper, or have an early start the following day, you may want to ask for one of the rooms on a lower floor, as those nearer the rooftop restaurant can experience noise in the evenings.
The bathrooms are spacious with rain showers or tubs, but feel somewhat dated next to the carefully styled bedrooms - note that the hot water can run out quickly. Shanti Home provides custom-made toiletries by Fab India, and bathrobes are available on request.
- Air conditioning
- Bathrobes (on request)
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Mini-fridge (on request)
- Safe box
The rooftop restaurant, Lantern Terrace Garden, is one of Shanti Home's biggest selling points, and is a lovely setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast (included) is simple but tasty, with fresh fruit, cereals and a small à la carte menu offering simple dishes such as omelettes and scrambled eggs. For lunch, there's a selection of Indian and Continental dishes to choose from, including club and grilled sandwiches, and paneer pakoras. But it's dinner that's the star attraction here, and the food is some of the best you'll find in Delhi.
The tandoor (clay) oven opens between 7pm and 11pm and you can either indulge in a 5-course tasting menu or go à la carte. The chef's signature recipe is murg makhani (butter chicken), but we also recommend the lamb seekh kebab (minced lamb marinated with masalas and cooked on skewers), murgh malai kebab (mildly spiced chicken marinated in cheese and cream and roasted in the tandoor) and the dal makhni (lentil delicacy). Also cooked in the tandoor, the naan breads and aloo kulcha (leavened bread filled with seasoned potatoes) are both delicious.
A 24-hour room service menu can deliver snacks such as toast, eggs and sandwiches, either to your room or to one of the lounge areas.
If you prefer to eat out, the nearby Hilton hotel has 4 restaurants with different cuisines, and within a 10-minute walk there are various chain eateries (such as Pizza Hut) and Moti Mahal, which serves good Indian food. You can always take the metro for additional recommended places, both chain and local.
Shanti Home also offers tailored 2-3 hour cooking classes where you discuss and choose a menu and learn how to make the dishes, which are then served to you for dinner.
- Children meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
Delhi often marks the beginning and / or end of a trip to India, which may influence how much sightseeing you wish to do. Shanti Home produces an in-house magazine with details of local sights and shops, and the travel desk can help arrange tours within Delhi.
- Sightseeing: Connaught Place (the financial, commercial and business district) is less than 30 minutes away by metro and is a good place to begin exploring the city
- Among Delhi's best-known sites are the Mughal Red Fort (Lal Qila), constructed between 1638 and 1648, and Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Both these sights can be found in Old Delhi
- Museums: Delhi has plenty of museums on offer, with some of the better ones being the National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art. We recommend the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into the often tragic life of the Gandhi family. The National Museum has an extensive collection with highlights including excavations from Indus Valley civilisation sites, Central Asian antiquities and Tibetan manuscripts
- Shopping: Delhi offers every kind of shopping experience, from the colourful and chaotic bazaars of Chandni Chowk to the Western-style shopping malls of Select Citywalk. Khan Market is worth visiting for its homewares, jewellery and clothes stores, while the State Emporiums on and around Janpath are good for picking up everything from woodcarvings, brasswork, and paintings to textiles and furniture
- At the hotel: take a yoga or cooking lesson, or recover from your travels with a body and head massage, followed by a steam in the hotel's Patra spa
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets