The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel in India

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Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of The Oberoi, New Delhi in India.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – Recently refurbished, now with even more elegance, luxury, and charisma.

The first and still the favorite among the Delhi-based founders of the Oberoi chain, this wonderful hotel has been completely upgraded. Iconic and much-loved all over the city, it offers refinement and opulence without the ostentatiousness and indulgence found at rivals. Even the lowest-category rooms are very attractively designed, while those in the mid-range feature a colorful décor, prints of old Delhi, spacious sitting areas, and bathrooms the size of most hotel bedrooms. And unlike many Delhi hotels, all rooms and suites have full-length windows which provide extensive views across the golf course and tree-lined streets of New Delhi.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – The Location

  • Address: Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg (road), in the inner southern suburbs.
  • Area: Alongside the golf course. On the edge of chaotic Old Delhi and New Delhi (built as the Indian capital by British colonialists with wide, clean, and shady streets). Nothing for tourists in the immediate area, and some homeless and beggars loiter within 200m of the main entrance.
  • 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 Khan Market station (about 1.5km from the hotel, 20-minute walk). Otherwise, a taxi (unmetered) to/from the airport will take about 30-45 minutes (21km).
  • Handy to: Golf Course.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – The Basics

  • Guests: Most are business people and government officials (including Presidents), but the hotel caters well for tourists.
  • Views: Excellent from all rooms. Some on the lower floors may overlook the pool more than the gardens and trees, but all on the upper floors overlook the golf course or tree-lined streets.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected or provided at a historic city hotel like this in Delhi.
  • Extras: Yoga lessons each morning.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the hotel for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)11 2436 3030
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: oberoihotels.com

The Oberoi, New Delhi – Amenities

  • Pools: Two pools. One outdoors and fairly large. The other is indoors, temperature-controlled, attached to the fitness center, and mainly for laps.
  • Spa: The Oberoi Spa is extraordinary: so refined, with aromatic incense wafting throughout. Wide range of treatments from India and Asia, as well as a sauna, indoor pool, and free yoga lessons.
  • Fitness Center: Huge and open 24 hours, with all the latest equipment. Personal trainers available.
  • Other Facilities: 24-hour Business Center with library and meeting rooms. Shopping arcade of luxury boutiques. Cash machine.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Threesixty – Main restaurant where buffet breakfast is served. Buffets also at lunch, and a la carte all day. • Omya – Exquisite and contemporary Indian cuisine by Michelin-rated chef. Vibrant setting and tasting menus to die for. Extensive wine cellar shared with Threesixty. • Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen – gourmet delights, with world-class pastries, breads, cakes, and coffee. • Baoshuan – On the rooftop and super-classy. Innovative Chinese, with tasting menus from across China’s many provinces.
  • Bars: The Club Bar – Classic meeting place with lots of charm. Through a secret entrance is the exclusive Cigar Lounge. • Cirrus9 – New and trendy bar on the rooftop for sunsets and views. Wood fires in winter, with seats inside and out. Open from sunset, and meals available.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7. Many rooms and all suites feature a red ‘Butler Button’ providing access to a butler any time.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Luxury Rooms • Premier Rooms • Premier Plus Rooms • Oberoi Suites • Deluxe Suites • Luxury Suites • Kohinoor Suite (1 only)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or most of the hotel. Dedicated smoking areas available.
  • Best Room: The 1-only Kohinoor Suite is fit for Presidents. Luxury that must be seen to be believed, including study, gym, therapy room, and unparalleled views.
  • For Families: All rooms and suites are large enough for an extra single bed, while some have connecting doors.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – Local Transport

  • Walking: Almost nothing worthwhile within walking distance, but most footpaths in the area are clean, shady, and pleasant to wander about.
  • Public Transport: The Delhi Metro is quick, reliable, and excellent value. The closest metro station is at Khan Market, about 1.5km away. 20-minute walk.
  • Taxis & Rickshaws: Taxis are white, poorly-signed, and surprisingly hard to find. None will use a meter, and all are overpriced. Best arranged through the hotel. Also available are Uber and Ola. Contrastingly, auto-rickshaws are everywhere.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Virtually nothing within walking distance.

  • The Lodhi – This upmarket hotel is down the road, then right at the roundabout. It offers: Indian Accent (award-winning innovative Indian cuisine), Lodhi Bakery (pastries and chocolates), and Elan (courtyard setting, bar, and long menu with European food). 2-minute drive (800m).

A better idea is to take an auto-rickshaw to Khan Market (see below). The first 3 places are very close to each other along a back lane.

And these 3 are clustered in corner, also at 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. 12-minute drive (3.2km).

Attractions

  • The Delhi Golf Club is historic and opulent. The 18 holes are part of the Asian PGA Tour, and there’s another 9-hole course, too. The gates are only 250m up the road. 3-minute walk.

The Oberoi, New Delhi – The Hotel

The hotel was built in 1965 and exudes plenty of history and charm.

Built in 1965, the flagship of the Oberoi chain exudes a great deal of history and charm.

The completely refurbished hotel reopened in 2016.

The Oberoi was completely refurbished over a 2-year period, re-opening as recently as 2016.

The hotel is located in an upmarket area, near a golf course.

The hotel is in a more upmarket area of New Delhi and alongside the golf course.

It features a reflection pool illuminated at night with flames.

The former swimming pool is now a reflection pool that is illuminated at night with flames.

Omya serves contemporary Indian cuisine.

One of several elegant restaurants in the hotel, Omya provides contemporary Indian cuisine and a décor that is an endearing combination of new and old India.

The superb tasting menu at Omya is very popular.

Particularly popular at the Omya is the tasting menu. This provides a superb range of tasty treats from across India, such as ‘prawn with honey and lentils’.

Baoshuan serves authentic Chinese tasting menus.

Equally refined is the Oberoi’s Chinese restaurant, Baoshuan, which also offers tasting menus from many of China’s provinces.

Threesixty serves breakfast and lunch buffets as well as a la carte meals.

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

The Threesixty bar boasts one of India's finest wine cellars.

The bar attached to Threesixty features one of India’s finest wine cellars.

The luxurious suites' guests can access the exclusive Residents’ Lounge.

Guests at the more luxurious suites have access to the exclusive Residents’ Lounge.

Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen in the basement has a fine selection of treats.

In the basement, the Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen sells a range of delicious cakes, chocolate, coffee, bread, and pastries.

The rooftop Cirrus9 bar features wood fires on chilly winter evenings.

The rooftop bar, Cirrus9, has seating inside and out, and provides wood fires during the chilly winter evenings.

The Club Bar is a refined pace to enjoy a cocktail or wine.

The Club Bar at the Oberoi is a very refined place for a cocktail or wine.

The exclusive and rare Cigar Lounge is located at the back of The Club Bar.

A door at the back of The Club Bar leads to the exclusive Cigar Lounge, one of very few in Delhi.

There are several classy boutiques near the lobby.

The lobby area is flanked by sophisticated boutiques.

TWG tea shop sells a fantastic range of teas in colorful packs.

One of the most appealing shops in any hotel in Delhi is the adorable TWG tea shop. It sells an extraordinary range of teas in colorful packages and tins.

The fitness center is large and well-equipped.

The fitness center is as large and well-equipped as imagined.

The indoor pool is heated.

Alongside the spa and gym is the heated indoor pool.

The large outdoor pool is reminiscent of a tropical resort.

Some rooms on the lower floors overlook the large blue tropical resort-style swimming pool.

Most rooms and suites offers views of Delhi's green streets.

Most rooms and suites face the golf course or leafy streets of New Delhi.

The newly refurbished Deluxe Rooms feature a colorful decor.

Deluxe Rooms have been newly refurbished to feature a colorful décor and prints of old India.

All Premium Plus Rooms feature large sitting areas.

All Premium Plus Rooms have sizeable sitting areas.

The large bathrooms in the suites are very striking.

One standout feature in all suites are the large bathrooms, often featuring full-length windows which provide superb views.

All suites feature large full-length windows.

All suites are very spacious and have floor-to-ceiling windows offering extensive views.

The luxurious suites feature large living areas.

The more luxurious suites feature comfortable living areas with old-style furniture.

Even the bathtubs offer fantastic views.

Even the bathtubs in the suites enjoy unparalleled views of the golf course and leafy New Delhi.

Elan at The Lodhi serves an impressive European menu.

At The Lodhi, the nearest hotel to the Oberoi, the inviting Elan restaurant provides an impressive menu of European food.

The bar at the Elan features live music on most nights.

Attached to the Elan at The Lodhi hotel is a bar that features live music on most nights.

The Lodhi's bakery is one of Delhi's finest.

Also at The Lodhi, the bakery is one of the city’s finest for homemade bread, pastries, and chocolates, among other tasty treats.

Khan Market is located about 2km away.

About 2km from the hotel, Khan Market is a collection of 100+ shops, cafés, and bars.

Khan Market features several places to eat and drink.

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

Khan Market features several places to eat and drink.

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

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