I've just returned from a stay at The Lodhi in Delhi. I hope to return soon. The hotel-- 85 rooms and suites, most with a private en-suite plunge pool-- has been a very insider secret hotel until recently, I was told by Indian friends of mine, Now it seems to be becoming more and more discovered by international guests and Indians who appear to enjoy the art galleries. It's like a private hotel…with a feeling of intimacy you don't often find in noisy and thronging India. There was a feeling of buzz earlier this week…lots of interesting people, including a sighting of the author William Dalrymple, who is admired for his books on India.
I got a sense that The Lodhi is something different when I drove up. The exterior is ivory-colored marble--the same kind used for the Taj Mahal. It's modern.Not expected…where most hotels fall into the Colonial style.That's great, and I love history, but this is refreshing.
I was guided straight to my suite--no waiting in the lobby here. That's a relief, especially after a very long flight.
Staff is dressed in custom-tailored uniforms that change with the season, I was told by a receptionist. In winter for women it's chic persimmon-colored embroidered cashmere. For men it's tweed jackets. Natty.
After a day of shopping (Khan Market and SunderNagar market are great) it's refreshing to take a swim in the suite's private pool.The suite pools--one of the top attractions for me--are sandstone, and open to a terrace and leafy Delhi views, which include Humayan's Tomb, one of the city's top attractions.
Decor: light, fresh, understated. Nothing overly fussy or glitzy. Lots of modern art from the Sharan Gallery. I would be of special interest to architects and designers.
Menus are Modern Indian, as well as Continental, and American favorites, all fresh and seasonal. You can eat salads here. I met friends one evening in the bar and later had lunch outdoors on the terrace. Breakfast menu is international. You can dine on your own terrace. I love the new bagel with smoked salmon, recently introduced.
Staff are incredibly warm and helpful. Hotel drivers are like personal chauffeurs, which is a relief in Delhi's totally crazy traffic. They'll wait while you shop.
The management at the hotel are incredibly helpful. They provided an airport co-ordinator to greet and help through the airport maze…and on departure the co-ordinator/ host was there to handle everything. It's such a relief.
Robyn Bickford and her husband Manav Garewal are the co-managers. Robyn if you are lucky, you will meet her) is a former diplomat, and is especially good at connecting you with the right places (Delhi is vast) and talented people. She told me about an event that I would never have known about, and has up-to-date shopping suggestions.This is unusual for an Indian luxury hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Previously the Aman New Delhi, The Lodhi opened 1 February 2013 as a boutique city property reflecting all the values of an Aman resort with a dynamic, new interpretation of simple and easy luxury. Centrally located on nearly seven acres on the "green" edge of Lutyens or Imperial Delhi and across the road from the Delhi Golf Course, The Lodhi offers a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere in the restaurants, courtyards and public areas but also the seclusion, peace and club- like atmosphere of the seven floors of guest accommodation. Located close to the Lodhi Gardens with old trees and beautifully designed and built tombs dating from the Lodhi era (1451 to 1526), The Lodhi is 10 minutes from the center of New Delhi (Connaught Place), some 40 minutes from the International Airport and close to many neighborhood shopping precincts. There are several food and beverage outlets in The Lodhi. All rooms and suites were extensively renovated in 2012. All rooms and suites have their own private plunge pool and secluded balconies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aman New Delhi Hotel New Delhi
- Aman Hotel New Delhi