The Best Hotels to Book in Hyderabad, India

The Taj Falaknuma in Hyderabad used to be a palace
The Taj Falaknuma in Hyderabad used to be a palace | Courtesy of Taj Falaknuma / Expedia
Isabella Noble

Home to outstanding Islamic architecture, the vibrant capital of India’s lesser-known Telangana state is a joy to explore. Most of the smartest stays here are dotted around the city’s western reaches, near Jubilee Hills, HITEC City and Banjara Hills – all perfectly placed for diving into Hyderabad’s arty and tech-forward scenes. There are easy transport links to the Old City’s historical riches, too. From glittering Nizam palaces to design-forward five stars, here’s our pick of the best hotels in Hyderabad – now bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Taj Krishna


Exterior of the Taj Krishna, with a view of the large outdoor pool in the foreground and the hotel building in the background
Courtesy of Taj Krishna / Expedia

A landmark Taj Group triumph, this honeycomb-style five-star hotel sits in lush frangipani-scented gardens bordering upmarket Banjara Hills. Stylish neutrals bathe the contemporary rooms, but the showstopper is the sweeping turquoise-tiled pool with hot tubs. Explore fashionable west Hyderabad, with its art gallery scene, before dinner at renowned, candle-lit Firdaus – where live ghazals (Urdu songs) accompany elegant Hyderabadi delicacies, such as khatti dal (curry), haleem (stew) or nalli gosht (slow-cooked lamb shank). Hyderabad’s Old City, home to the 16th-century Charminar and the Chowmahalla Palace, is 7km (4mi) away. Other big-hitter sights, such as Golconda Fort and the Qutb Shahi Tombs, are easily reached by taxi.

2. ITC Kohenur


Interior of the huge foyer at ITC Kohenur, decorated with white floors, ceilings and columns, large light fixtures and seating arrangements
Courtesy of ITC Kohenur / Expedia

On the shores of Durgam Cheruvu Lake, the sustainably focused ITC Kohenur takes inspiration from Hyderabad’s jewel-making history and boulder-strewn landscape. It makes a sleekly contemporary base for exploring HITEC City and the affluent shopping, dining and drinking scenes of Jubilee Hills. The impressive gastronomy ranges from cocktails at the tile-adorned Peacock Bar to reimagined aristocratic Hyderabadi and Awadhi recipes at chandelier-clad Dum Pukht Begum’s (try the spiced kebabs and the Hyderabad speciality, biryani). Then, retreat to the lake-view infinity pool, urban-polished rooms or three-tiered spa, where dreamy Ayurvedic treatments await.

3. The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace


Interior of a room at the The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, with a view of the bed, a large floral headboard and a modern bathroom suit beyond
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Hot-pink lotus murals make a splash in the moodily lit, contemporary rooms at the five-star Westin, where perks include a palm-fringed pool and Ayurvedic massages and organic-herb body scrubs at the Heavenly Spa. Upper-category rooms have freestanding baths and sunny terraces. It’s in the city’s west – ideal for visiting galleries, boutiques, brewpubs and upscale restaurants in Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills. The hotel’s prize-winning Kangan restaurant spotlights Peshwari flavours (slow-cooked dal, spiced paneer tikka), while, up on the rooftop, there’s the breezy Mediterranean-inspired cocktail bar Casbah.

4. ITC Kakatiya


Exterior view of the six-storey ITC Kakatiya, with an orange sunset in the background
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Original artwork, ikat textiles and elegant Bidri antiques grace this eco-minded five star, named for an ancient South Indian dynasty and now something of a foodie destination. Regional deliciousness from across southern India awaits at Chennai-born Dakshin, from Tamil-style all-vegetarian thali platters to delicate banana-stuffed dosas, while Kebabs & Kurries delivers clay-oven creations and fiery grilled meats. There are eucalyptus-infused massages in the calming spa and glamorous, light-flooded rooms for switching off. The location is a leafy area, 10km (6mi) north of Hyderabad’s Old City, with Hussain Sagar Lake and trendy Banjara Hills in reach.

5. Taj Falaknuma


Exterior view of the Taj Falaknuma, with the highly decorated stone facade of the building in the background, and the outdoor pool in the foreground
Courtesy of Taj Falaknuma / Expedia
Taj Falaknuma gleams with venetian chandeliers, marble staircases and stunning collections of crystal pieces. Formerly the palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, it is now leased to the Taj Group and enjoys a privileged location at 2000ft (610m) above Hyderabad. There’s a large collection of rooms available – from Historical Suites, which are styled in an Edwardian look, to the Grand Royal Suites, which have panoramic views of the city, giving a whole new meaning to “room with a view”.

6. Golkonda Resorts and Spa

Resort, Independent Hotel, Hotel, Villa

Exterior view of the two-storey Golkonda Resorts and Spa, decorated with stone columns, green shrubbery and dark wood windows
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Housed in the Sagar Mahal, a guesthouse built by the last Nizam of Hyderabad in 1917, this magnificent resort overlooks the lovely Osman Sagar Lake. There’s a large variety of villas you can book, each with unique amenities. Some have private lawns, and the Pool Villa gives you access to a private swimming pool as well as a butler for the ultimate experience in luxury service. The famous spa also has an extensive list of treatments, including flower body polishes, Thai massages and an exclusive signature massage.

7. Lemon Tree Hotel, Gachibowli

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Interior of a room at Lemon Tree Hotel, Gachibowli, with a view of the large double bed, wooden fittings and the window, from which you can see the city beyond
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Set in the heart of the financial district of Gachibowli, Lemon Tree Hotel is strategically located adjacent to BSE Limited (formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange) and in close proximity to prominent software companies in the area. Due to the distance from the city, the traffic is considerably quieter, and there’s a lot more greenery. The hotel has a bright and inviting 24/7 multi-cuisine coffee shop, Citrus Cafe, which offers an eclectic all-day dining menu including Indian, European, American and Pan-Asian cuisines. There are also a spa and swimming pool to use at your leisure, and rooms are elegantly upholstered in warm tones.

8. Vivanta by Taj Begumpet


Exterior view of the small, rectangular, outdoor pool of Vivanta by Taj Begumpet, lined with sun loungers and a privacy wall
Courtesy of Vivanta by Taj Begumpet / Expedia
With indulgent, stylish chambers, Vivanta by Taj is sure to satisfy all your needs for a comfortable stay. Large, well-equipped rooms include surround-sound home theatre systems. The restaurants here will be among the highlights of your stay: with Italian, Mediterranean, Cajun and Indian cuisines, there’s sure to be something to satisfy even the most discerning of taste buds.

9. Taj Deccan

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Exterior view of the curved outdoor pool of Taj Deccan, surrounded by red tiles, sun loungers, palm trees and greenery
Courtesy of Taj Deccan / Expedia

With a lush 6 acres (2ha) of land for the elite hotel, the Taj Deccan offers a calm and relaxing stay at its location on the upscale Banjara Hills. There are three kinds of rooms: Superior Rooms, Residency Rooms (which also include complimentary breakfast, cocktail hours and the lounge) and Suites (which have a bedroom and a sitting room). The hotel’s facilities include a beauty parlour and a florist.

Pratyusha Prakash contributed additional reporting to this article.

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