The Lodhi

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Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
Beautiful and contemporary 5-star hotel in leafy New Delhi; huge rooms with private plunge pools
It’s rare I visit a hotel and end up wishing I could stay forever, but this was the feeling that enveloped me at The Lodhi. It covers 7 acres yet has just 38 rooms, which means it feels fantastically private and tranquil, and from the upper floors there are views out over the lushness of Lodi Gardens and Humayun’s Tomb. Designed by architect Kerry Hill, the building itself is an exquisite modern take on Mughal architecture, with clean lines, pale yellow-gold stone, and delicate jalis (carved stone screens) which create geometric patterns of sunlight wherever you look. Rooms are as large as suites, while the suites are larger still - and each has an indoor-outdoor terrace with a sleek plunge pool.

Notably, there’s a personal touch here that’s often missing in 5-star properties. Each guest is greeted by at least one of the general managers, who have the easygoing charm of old acquaintances, concerned only for your comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. There are 2 glamorous in-house restaurants, and you can explore the nearby sights of Delhi with a guide or independently, or simply play tennis and kick back at the fantastic spa. Wonderful.

Highs

  • Attention to detail taken to its highest form, with each guest treated as an individual
  • Long-reaching green views from upper-floor rooms and lots of space on your terrace
  • Serene outdoor spaces and beautiful contemporary architecture, with changing art exhibitions
  • Ideal for a honeymoon or celebratory holiday
  • An army of workers discreetly keeping the hotel to perfect standards

Lows

  • Food at the restaurants is good, but not at the same exalted level as the rest of the hotel
  • Bigger than many i-escape properties, yet it has the charm and personal feel of a much smaller hotel
  • The peaceful, discreet atmosphere may not suit everyone
  • Full pre-payment due on reservation

Best time to go

Delhi is best in early spring (February to March) and autumn (October-November). Summers are very hot, and the monsoon usually hits in August. December to January is chilly but bright.

Our top tips

Wander around neighbouring Lodi Gardens at dusk. Not only is this the loveliest light in which to see the gardens with their many ruined Mughal tombs, but it’s also a great time to people-watch as Delhi’s intellectual elite heads out for a stroll.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 38
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Tennis Court
  • Cigar lounge
  • Squash courts
Room:

Rooms

The 38 rooms and suites are spread over 8 floors - and at the time of writing were the biggest hotel rooms in Delhi! Interiors are serene and unfussy, yet effortlessly comfortable: rooms have dusky-blue upholstery, suites pale grey-green. In all, beds are kings (or twins), and furnishings include a sofa and coffee table, a desk and chair, and a large walk-in dressing room.

Bathrooms are semi open-plan and huge plate-glass windows allow you to take a bath while gazing at the view from your spacious balcony, across your private plunge pool.

Accommodation on the higher floors commands higher prices, which are worth paying because they have better views. Premiers have a green view of the neighbouring golf course, the Delhi skyline and Humayun’s Tomb. Deluxes look onto the hotel gardens. The suites are a 2-bedroom version of the rooms, with a living/dining area for even more privacy.

For a full description of the rooms, see Rates

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Desk
  • Dressing room
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Sofa
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The Lodhi has 2 restaurants: Elan (open 24 hours) and On the Waterfront, open for lunch and dinner daily.

Elan runs alongside the long water-feature pool, with indoor and outdoor seating. It has a focus on Indian cuisine from both north and south - including a delicious biryani - as well as comforting Continental options. Breakfast is served here, or in your room on request. My French toast was particularly tasty, and they can rustle up a good Eggs Benedict.

The glamorous adults-only On the Waterfront is one of New Delhi's destination restaurants, with plate-glass windows overlooking a pool lit by flaming torches, and a glass-encased jetty that can be booked for private parties and functions. There's a buzzy feel thanks to its open kitchen, and the menu is pan-Asian and pan-European (perhaps teppanyaki, dim sum or Chilean sea bass).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Private dining
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Visit Delhi's famous sights (the Red Fort, Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb) with a guide and driver, or ask for a walking tour around Old Delhi
  • Then wind down in the lovely spa. A Turkish massage in the hammam is recommended, and there's a full range of Ayurvedic therapies
  • The hotel also offers cookery classes - learn the intricacies of Indian spicing from the masters
  • Stroll around Lodi Gardens (next door), with their ruined Mughal tombs
  • Shop in the boutiques of nearby Khan Market or Meherchand Market, in the government emporiums on Janpath, or at Dilli Haat, which offers beautiful regional crafts
  • Just here to relax? Swim in the heated pool, play tennis or squash, or take yoga and Pilates classes

    See our Top Tips for Delhi

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Pilates
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Given the serene atmosphere, you could feel out of place with kids, but families are very welcome and under 12s are not charged. Note, though, that children under 12 are not allowed in On The Waterfront 

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms

Babysitting:

On request.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
10/
Overall

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