If you like being treated with the reverence of a celebrity, this is the place to stay -- just ask Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Nelson Mandela, and Salman Rushdie. Even if you're not a star, staff is trained to genuflect -- a typical characteristic of all the Oberoi hotels. Service aside, the hotel's location -- east of the Lodi Gardens (near Humayun's Tomb) and surrounded by the green oasis of Delhi's golf course -- makes for tranquillity, although, considering the heady buzz in the lobby and even in the popular coffee shop, Threesixtydegrees, you need to be in your room, sheltered downstairs in the spa, or at the pool to really escape it all. The carpeted guest rooms are richly textured, with upholstered carved wood furniture and bright pink scatter cushions offset with pale floral and paisley fabrics; walls feature artworks illustrating the rich variety of Indian culture. Bathrooms are unexpectedly small, but are impeccably decked out with top-notch fittings. The higher up your room, the better the view; odd-numbered rooms look towards Humayun's Tomb. The massive deluxe suites have private balconies, timber floors with rugs, large bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and bidets, cabinets with decorative inlay, and two-poster beds; executive suites are similarly lovely but more compact and not quite as lavish. Guest rooms on the top four floors not only have the benefit of excellent views, but also DVD players, complimentary breakfast, and free airport transfers.
Facilities: 4 restaurants; bar; enoteca (wine bar); patisserie; pool; health club; spa; concierge; travel desk, car hire; limousine service; shopping arcade; bookshop; salon; 24-hr. room service; babysitting; laundry; dry cleaning; doctor-on-call; Wi-Fi enabled; valet.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010