Hidden in a gated suburb, a 25-minute drive from Connaught Place, this whitewashed 16-room boutique hotel is carved out of a two-story 1950s bungalow. It started life as a “rural” hunting lodge, which gives you an indication of how rapidly the city has expanded. Here, minimalism reigns in both the design (heavy on terrazzo, granite, and cherrywood) and the amenities (no luggage racks, no occasional seating, just one towel hook). While some will certainly like its Palm Springs-y panache, this affordable hotel retreat is a smart choice for a tranquil stay far from the Delhi crowds. (The hotel even offers classes in yoga and meditation on its neatly clipped lawn.)
Room to Book: For private outdoor space and views of the garden, book the Manor Suite.
Insider Tip: You’ll probably want to hire a driver through the hotel for excursions into town; taxi drivers have trouble finding the hotel.
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