The Leela Palace New Delhi

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The only truly grand hotel in the capital, which will wow even the most jaded jetsetter. Everything has been custom-made for the property by leading artisans, from the textiles to the silverware. Behind the visual splendour, there’s a warmth of welcome that puts all guests at ease.

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Location

The hotel sits beside a busy junction in the heart of Delhis diplomatic enclave, although rooms are very well soundproofed. Airport transfers take around 30 minutes. The nearby Santushi Shopping Arcade is excellent for homewares, stylish Indian clothes and classy souvenirs.

Style & character

A sumptuous five-star hotel, purpose-built five years ago, its elegant interiors fuse traditional and modern, Indian and European motifs to create a visual feast, from the curated collection of modern art (tours available) to the magnificent displays of fresh flowers (14,000 blooms delivered daily). The lighting, which includes modern Venetian chandeliers, is perfectly pitched to capture the mood of each space.

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Service & facilities

Service is very attentive (Indian guests demand it) but not intrusive. All rooms have access to a butler service. The Royal Club floor has its own convivial lounge and concierge desk. The lobby concierge desk is highly professional and can organise hotel cars (Rolls Royce Phantom and BMW 7 series), taxis and guides including personal shoppers. A half-day private tour of Delhi costs 8,000 Indian Rupees (£95).

On the roof, there’s a magnificent outdoor temperature-controlled pool, maintained at a perfect 26°C. The spa is spacious and serene with sauna, steam room and British ESPA treatments.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

The standard ‘Grand Deluxe’ rooms are the largest in the city, decorated in rich reds and creams or soft shades of blue and yellow with handsome Regency-style furniture. Genuine Indian miniatures and antique brocades and embroideries adorn the walls. The lighting is thankfully intuitive and the bedside lights bright enough to read by.

The Leela Palace New Delhi via Booking.com

The Travertine marble bathrooms are equally spacious with a closed-off lavatory, walk-in shower and separate bath. The small things that matter are all here including tea and coffee makers, iron and ironing board, and yummy homemade biscuits that are regularly replenished.

Food & drink

There’s something to tempt everyone: Italian fine dining at Le Cirque (an outpost of the New York original); sushi at Megu; north Indian specialities at Jamavar; cocktails and finger food in the Library Bar and its sunken walled garden.

Most guests head for Qube, a two-storey glasshouse where you can eat around the world: Canadian lobster, Thai red chicken curry, and superb Shanghai dumplings as well as burgers, pasta and pizza made on site.

The international breakfast buffet is also served in Qube. The pattiserie is beautifully executed, the South Indian dosas light as air, and a chef is assigned just to prepare personalised fresh fruit platters and smoothies. The only niggle is the weak coffee made by an automatic espresso machine. Ask for a personal cafetiere instead.

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