The Lodhi Hotel in Delhi, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 4, 2019

Review of The Lodhi in Delhi, India.

The Lodhi – Massive, modern, spacious, and lavish: just like a resort.

Nothing historic or particularly charming, but the facilities and activities offered are extraordinary, almost reminiscent of an island resort: e.g. tennis courts, squash courts, and a pool that can be heated for the chilly winter months. The rooms and suites are super-luxurious and incredibly spacious, and those featuring plunge pools on the terraces are the largest of their kind in Delhi. The décor is fashionable, without being overly chic, and the views – often from balconies – are extensive and appealing. It’s on the edge of leafy New Delhi with its numerous attractions, but the area outside the secure gates is not ideal. However, there are always plenty of auto-rickshaws to whisk guests away.

The Lodhi – The Location

  • Address: Faces Lodhi Road, on the junction with Lala Lajpat Rai Road, in the inner southern suburbs.
  • Area: On the edge of chaotic Old Delhi and quieter New Delhi (built as the Indian capital by British colonialists with wide, clean, and shady streets). Nothing for tourists within the immediate area and the streets outside the gates are noisy with an overpass nearby.
  • How to Get There: From the airport, take the shuttle bus to the Aerocity metro station. Go to the New Delhi metro station and then get a connection to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station (700m from the hotel, 8-minute walk). Otherwise, a taxi (unmetered) to/from the airport will take about 30-45 minutes (20km).

The Lodhi – The Basics

  • Guests: Unlike rivals, this hotel is about leisure and holidays rather than business. Most guests are foreign couples, perhaps younger than 50, who enjoy the facilities and chic design.
  • Views: Rooms on the upper floors provide extensive views of leafy New Delhi and/or more chaotic Old Delhi. Always fascinating.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some rooms and suites feature large private plunge pools on the terraces. Pools can be heated if necessary.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)11 4363 3333
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: thelodhi.com

The Lodhi – Amenities

  • Pool: Long and ultra-chic design with lounge chairs along a marble terrace. Heated in the winter months.
  • Spa: Secluded and spacious, the spa is certainly among the finest in Delhi with its 8 treatment rooms, sauna, plunge pools, and steam rooms.
  • Fitness Center: Well-equipped, facing the pool, and featuring treadmills along the terrace. Personal trainers and Pilates classes available. Lap pool attached.
  • Other Facilities: 3 Tennis courts. 2 squash courts. Yoga classes. Boutique. Snooker table.

The Lodhi – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Elan – Casual vibe in a stylish courtyard with bar/lounge attached. Extended menu and decent wine list. • Pool Café – Along the poolside terrace for light meals such as burgers and salads. • Indian Accent – Award-winning and innovative menu of Indian food. So popular that its outlets have now opened in London and New York. Dress up and book. Dinner only. • Lodhi Bakery – At the main entrance, offering homemade cakes and chocolates among other tasty treats
  • Breakfast: Not included, but can be paid for when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

The Lodhi – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Garden Terrace Rooms • Signature Terrace Rooms • Signature Terrace Suites • Lodhi Rooms • Lodhi Deluxe Rooms • Lodhi Premier Rooms • One Bedroom Suites • Garden Terrace Suites • Verandah Pool Suites • Lodhi Signature Suites • Lodhi Suites • Lodhi Deluxe Suites • Sultan Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: The grandiose Sultan Suites are spread across 2 levels (with private elevators). Feature 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, massive living/dining rooms, kitchenettes, and balconies. Even a grand piano, sauna, and plunge pool each.
  • For Families: Most rooms and all suites can fit in 1 extra single bed, and some have connecting doors. The larger suites feature 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, separate living/dining areas, and private plunge pools.

The Lodhi – Local Transport

  • Walking: Almost nothing worthwhile within walking distance. The main road outside is very noisy and the footpaths are potholed (unlike other parts of New Delhi, only 500m away). Also, potentially unsafe at night.
  • Public Transport: The Delhi Metro is quick, reliable, and excellent value. The closest station is ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium’, 700m from the hotel. 8-minute walk.
  • Taxis & Rickshaws: Taxis are white, poorly-signed, and surprisingly hard to find. None will use a meter, and all are overpriced. Best organized through the hotel. Also available are Uber and Ola. Contrastingly, auto-rickshaws are everywhere.

The Lodhi – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Virtually nothing within walking distance, and not a great area anyway.

  • Oberoi – This exquisite and recently-refurbished hotel offers Threesixty (buffet lunch and a la carte dinner), Omya (contemporary Indian cuisine by Michelin-rated chef), and Baoshuan (super-classy and innovative Chinese on the rooftop). 800m by auto-rickshaw (2-minute drive).

Otherwise, take an auto-rickshaw to Khan Market (see below). These 3 places are clustered in a corner within about 20m of each other:

And these 3 are close to each other along a back lane in Khan Market.

Shops & Markets

  • No shops nearby, so get an auto-rickshaw to Khan Market. This is an extended area of narrow lanes brimming with better-than-normal shops and restaurants, but there is no real street market as such. Now a major attraction, Khan Market is seedy in places but does offer some well-known outlets too, such as Starbucks and Subway. 9-minute drive (3.2km).

The Lodhi – The Hotel

The ultra-modern hotel offers resort-like facilities.

The Lodhi is ultra-modern and provides resort-like facilities not found elsewhere in Delhi.

The large hotel has some lawns.

The hotel is astoundingly large but not overbuilt, so there are some lawns.

The hotel offers plenty of areas for guests to relax.

There is plenty of space around the grounds for guests to relax.

The hotel lobby has a swish decor.

The décor of the lobby is swish and typical of the entire hotel.

The lobby-side guest lounge is bright and welcoming.

The guest lounge at the lobby area is bright and inviting.

The long and unique pool is temperature-controlled.

The temperature of the unique pool which is lined with columns is controlled, so it can be heated during winter.

The terrace by the pool has several lounge chairs.

A terrace alongside the pool is sprinkled with colorful lounge chairs.

The open-air fitness center is by the pool.

The fitness center is alongside the pool, with treadmills and other equipment on the terrace.

A snooker table is placed by the steps leading to the pool.

A snooker table is at the bottom of the steps leading to the pool.

The Pool Café has indoor and outdoor seating.

The Pool Café alongside the pool also has tables inside.

The reception houses a charming boutique.

At the reception area is a charming boutique.

The Lodhi Bakery sells homemade cakes and chocolates.

At the main entrance, the Lodhi Bakery offers homemade cakes and chocolates.

Elan restaurant serves breakfast.

Breakfast is served at the Elan restaurant, near the lobby.

The Elan bar/lounge features live music on most nights.

Attached to the Elan restaurant, the bar/lounge features live music on most nights.

Contemporary art adorns the corridors.

Corridors leading to the rooms and suites are lined with contemporary art.

Suites are luxurious and beautifully appointed.

All suites are luxurious and beautifully appointed.

Suites feature prints of old India.

The décor in the suites is not as chic as the hotel design might suggest. For example, there are prints on the walls of old India.

Some suites come with large plunge pools on private terraces.

Some suites feature substantial plunge pools on private terraces.

All suites feature large living areas.

All suites have spacious living areas offering views of their terraces and plunge pools.

The marble bathrooms in the suites are very attractive.

The marble bathrooms in the suites are exquisite.

The private terraces of suites offers extensive views of New Delhi.

Views from the private terraces in the suites extend across the leafy streets of New Delhi.

Omya restaurant the Oberoi serves contemporary Indian cuisine.

About 1.5km away, the Oberoi hotel offers several elegant restaurants, including Omya for contemporary Indian cuisine.

Baoshuan serves authentic tasting menus from across China.

Also at the Oberoi, Baoshuan offers tasting menus, with treats from many of China’s provinces.

Threesixty serves lunch buffets and a la carte meals all day.

The main restaurant at the Oberoi, Threesixty, serves buffets at lunch and a la carte meals all day.

Khan Market is a short ride away.

About 2.5km from the hotel, Khan Market is a collection of 100+ shops, cafés, and bars in one compact area.

Khan Market features several popular restaurants and bars.

Khan Market provides an incredible selection of places to eat and drink, such as Wok in the Clouds and Smokey’s BBQ & Grill.

Khan Market features several popular restaurants and bars.

In another area of Khan Market is a back lane with The Beer Café and Punjab Grill, among others.

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