Despite being an avid traveler, my idea of luxurious relaxation is to enjoy a staycation in my own city. For most people, travel is about observing the sights and sounds of a place, but I believe it is one’s experiences that make truly memorable trips. During staycations, one can make memories through uniquely enriching experiences. Before telling you my favourite places for staycationing in Delhi, I am listing out the advantages of a staycation over outbound travel:
- You are near your home and place of work, so important meetings don’t need to be put off.
- You save money on the travel expenses for flights/trains/taxis etc.
- By saving money on travel expenses, you can sample more expensive and luxurious hospitality in your own city.
- You have the opportunity to enjoy the spa, swimming pool and dining facilities of a hotel extensively. In other cities, most of your time is tied up in exploring the city.
- You have the ability to book a stay in the off-season period and avail massive discounts.
- You can easily plan last-minute weekend stays.
- The memberships of five-star hotel chains, often come with a complimentary night in any of their properties. This is best utilized in a local staycation.
- You can enjoy a family vacation with young children and senior citizens, without the problems of long distance travel.
- You have an opportunity to discover new gems in your own city.
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If you are convinced about the merits of a staycationing in your city, let me share with you my favourite staycation destinations in Delhi. Before I begin, however, I must put out a disclaimer- though I have stayed in many hotels of Delhi-NCR, I haven’t stayed in each one. The ones mentioned here are my picks, but there may be other hotels worthy of the tag as well. If you have stayed in a property in Delhi-NCR that is not mentioned in this list, please add it in the comments below for the benefit of other readers.
Here are my picks of the best luxury staycations in Delhi-NCR:
- THE OBEROI, NEW DELHI:
Having celebrated my birthday with a staycation at this hotel last week, it is freshest in my mind. The Oberoi is synonymous with luxury and old-world hospitality. The hotel in New Delhi was refurbished two years ago, and the rooms were given a complete makeover. We were upgraded to a Premier Room, which was spacious, well-laid out and offered a phenomenal view of Delhi’s green cover.
The coffee shop, ‘360’, has a wonderful buffet breakfast as well as a lovely English Afternoon Tea Service. Their sushi is good too! The Chinese restaurant, ‘Baoshuan’, has a lovely dimsum menu that I particularly enjoy.
The signature spa I experienced was thoroughly rejuvenating, and the swimming pool was very inviting.
Location: Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi
- THE IMPERIAL, NEW DELHI:
This is the oldest 5-star property in Delhi, and has an entirely unique charm. Its heritage building, friendly service and plentiful food options made me select it as my birthday staycation destination for two years in a row. The hotel is also special, because I celebrated my engagement with my family and friends in the gorgeous San Gimignano Lawns here.
You must sample the delicious South-Asian offerings at ‘Spice Route’, breakfast buffet spread at the ‘1911 Coffee Shop’, authentic Italian food at ‘San Gimignano’ and the Indian food at ‘Daniell’s Tavern’.
The spa facilities are truly luxurious and their swimming pool is one of the most beautiful in Delhi.
Location: Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi
- ITC MAURYA, NEW DELHI:
I have many personal memories attached to this hotel- visiting ‘The Pavilion’ coffee shop for family celebrations as a child; having my sangeet night (pre-wedding party) at the verdant Nandiya Gardens; and celebrating my second anniversary here while being heavily pregnant. The hotel is one of my favourites because the staff goes out of their way to make guests comfortable.
ITC hotels are known for their fabulous dining options. You are spoilt for choice at this property with ‘The Pavilion’ coffee shop, ‘Bukhara’ and ‘Dum Pukht’ that serve variants of North Indian cuisine, ‘Tian’ for Chinese food and Ottimo for world cuisine. The Kaya Kalp Spa is also worth a visit.
Location: Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
- ITC GRAND BHARAT, GURGAON:
The Grand Bharat is ITC’s answer to the royal palatial hotels of other premier chains. The grand heritage façade, luxurious interiors, fabulous spa and world-class golf course are the prime attractions. The impeccable service, private swimming pools attached to most rooms and varied culinary options are added benefits!
Location: Hasanpur, Tauru, Gurugram, Haryana
- THE LEELA PALACE, NEW DELHI:
I spent the first two days of marital life in this plush hotel. The swimming pool on the roof, a memorable couple’s spa, fabulous authentic Japanese food at ‘Megu’, and European food at ‘Le Cirque’, were the highlights of our stay. I highly recommend a visit here!
Location: Africa Avenue, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
- THE WESTIN SOHNA RESORTS & SPA:
For a fantastic holiday on a budget, The Westin Sohna Resort, should be your choice. Located an hour and a half away from Delhi, it is the perfect family getaway. There are multiple activities for children of all age groups, including a field where emu birds and other animals, roam free.
The large rooms, beautifully laid out bathrooms, and individual lawns attached to each room make a relaxing environment. The spa, dining facilities and attentive service further add to the charm.
Location: Vatika Complex, Dhaula, Karanki Road, Sohna, Haryana
- THE GATEWAY RESORT DAMDAMA LAKE:
The Taj Gateway Resort in Damdama Lake, is a nice alternative to The Westin Sohna. It also has spacious rooms with attached lawn space, decent spa and dining facilities. Adventure sports available on the property are a major attraction, including ziplining, zorbing, rock-climbing and even camel rides for the little ones.
Location: Damdama, Sohna-Gurgaon Road, Gurugram, Haryana
So here are my picks for the best staycation in Delhi-NCR. Have you stayed in any of these hotels? How was your experience? Also, let me know which hotel I should stay in next!
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I too love staycations. Infact my daughters love them too. Leela Palace is one of the favorite from the list you shared.
Staycations are the best!
The Taj and ITC chain of hotels have always been my favorite. They offer all the comfort one wants on a vacation. I will share this list with my friends in Delhi.
Thank you! Do try the others on my list too!
Agree. The Taj properties are a class apart. There is something which they refer to as “TAJNESS” which is evident in all their properties.
Thanks for stopping by!
This is a brilliant list of all the luxurious hotels of Delhi NCR, a great guide for premium staycation.
Very informative! Thanks for sharing.
I have been to the imperial, I totally love their hospitality. Be it the prompt service or the yummy food, they have truly got best of everything. This is a very helpful post for folks looking for good stay cation in Delhi.
Never been to Delhi but I will try to remember your recommendations. Leela Palace & ITC Grand Bharat are the most beautiful one from the list.
Wow there are so many amazing options for staycation at the heart of such a big city, who would have thought!!
Well, it is the capital of the country you know 😉
Very nice post. I have been to several good 5 star hotels at Mumbai, but never got the opportunity to explore Delhi ones. But will surely try if I visit Delhi sometimes.
Not much has been written abt Staycation and there I see a great post by you. Yes, this is a much needed break we all need from hectic routine. Will check places like these in Mumbai as well for a quick break.
Yes, I would love to read a post on Mumbai staycations from you!
I have not been to Damdama resort and so so much wish to spend my weekend there lavishly. These are all truly luxurious options for a lovely staycation.
These are some cool options for staycation in Delhi. I have not stayed on any of them. But will plan of coming to Delhi sometime.
Staycations are really enjoyable as they give you an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in your own city. These are some really lovely choices when it comes to a staycation in Delhi. Would love to spend time at the Gateway Resort Damdama Lake.
True that staycations compensate well for vacations. Loved this list and Delhi has such a wide caevari to choose from.
You have selected the best Staycations in Delhi. Oberoi and Imperial are my favourites too. I would surely spend some time at others over coming weekends.
I would love to stay at ITC Grand Bharat and Imperial Hotel. They are luxury as well legend properties. Great compilation indeed of great properties in Delhi NCR
These staycations are amazing to rejuvenate body and soul. I was looking for some places to stay around NCR and I am going to bookmark this post. Thanks for sharing.
We ignore the places in our city while exploring the world. Your post is an eye-opener for me. Loved it💕
Thank you Aditi 🙂
I Agree with your staycation part, it really have some cons especially when you need a break and too short of planning a getaway. I have been to Maurya and Oberoi a lot before I left Delhi to Settle in Mumbai
The place is looking so beautiful and amazing. I would love to visit this place as it is so spacious and too relax. Thanks for sharing this review
Thanks. Actually these are many different places, not just one.
I love to go on staycation whenever there is some special occasion. On my last birthday only we stayed at the westin resorts sohna and it was a fabulous experience.
Yes I love Westin
oberoi is very near to my place in delhi, I have been there a lot many times but haven’t enjoyed the stay with oberoi delhi…but considering their other properties, services and hospitality of the group, they are one of my top rated….
Have you been there recently? I had a lovely experience
this place looks amazing!! wanna visit here soon!
Vidhya, this is many different places. Not just one.
Staycation is a good to rejuvenate it seems. Explore your own city without worry about household chores on return. Leela palace looks beautiful.
I had never tried the option of enjoying a staycation in my own city but your points are rather tempting. The list for Delhi is of course exhaustive and top of the charts!
That’s a great list for staycation in delhi.
Usually I prefer staycation outside the city, but hotel near sohna can do.
Nice post, when it comes for my favourite, Leela place is one among them
Great list of staycation hotels and tips, Noor. Thanks
I never stayed in these hotels as my house is in Delhi but for a change we can stay on this hotels. properties looks very beautiful
All of these places look so gorgeous 😍 i would like to check out the leela palace 😍
loved your list Noor and I trust they are the bestproperties, have been to a couple, checking out the rest soon:)
A holiday for me always meant going to another city. However, would love to try the option of staycation sometime.
I would go to the recommendation whenever I visit Delhi NCR. Thanks for the recommendations.
I would love to.visit Taj Damdama.Its quite a beautiful property I believe.Will remember the other different hotels you mentioned.
Loved the list of staycation places you listed in your post. I love a short getaway and unwind in a luxurious set up.
Staycation is really nice and easy way to take a break from your busy lifestyle, I am surely going to check out this places when I visit Delhi
My favorite staycation is the neemrana palace albeit a bit out of Delhi. I have loved staying at the Leela palace as well as jw Marriott too.
Yes Neemrana is lovely!
Staycation works really well for weekend rejuvenation especially with such busy schedules we have for 5 working days.
Yes for sure!
I like staycations too, you can relax, rest and not much of travel plans required. You have listed very nice staycation options for Delhi NCR people.
I loved the idea of stay-cation and I had never looked at the positives of having a vacation in your own city. The reasons and logic given by you are absolutely true and ensures that we get to have more relaxation and enjoyment rather than always rushing to travel outside of city.
I have been to all these in Mumbai and I hv never been to Delhi but Westin look very different to me and the first image is so amazing that I really want to visit the Western Sohana
A perfect guide for luxury stay cation and a great list of all the premium hotels of Delhi NCR .
You listed some of the awesome and luxurious properties of Delhi NCR. Will remember these names when I am planning my staycation 😉
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