Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi
At this lavish, 402-room behemoth, ten minutes from the city center, no task is out of reach for the warm and knowledgeable staff, whether it means repairing a broken suitcase or arranging for a private charter to any of the more far-flung tourist sites. Channeling a classically modern vibe, the rooms and suites reflect a firm sense of place in the form of subtle, historical touches like Moghul-era fabrics and backlit head-boards. Take advantage of the efficient, at-the-ready business center (open 24/7) for interpretative and secretarial services. For a healthy taste of the capital, dine at Masala Art, the hotel's signature Indian restaurant serving light and healthy incarnations of traditional favorites including Malai Kofta (minced meat balls in lightly spiced, creamy tomato gravy) and a mutton kebab sampler.