The Best Hotels to Book in Lucknow, India

The outdoor pool at the Taj Mahal Lucknow is surrounded by palm trees
The outdoor pool at the Taj Mahal Lucknow is surrounded by palm trees | Courtesy of Taj Mahal Lucknow / Expedia
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22 October 2021

The capital of Uttar Pradesh is a captivating slow-burner, studded with Islamic and Raj relics and blessed with some of the finest food in North India. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a galouti kebab at source and wandered the maze of passageways inside the Bara Imambara mausoleum. Here are the top places to stay in Lucknow, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Hilton Garden Inn Lucknow, for a no-fuss getaway

4/5 (38 Reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn Lucknow
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Now from $65 per night

National Highway 27 and National Highway 30 meet at the Hilton Garden Inn, meaning no-fuss check-ins and an easy escape at the end of your trip. The hotel is north of the Gomti River, in the quieter, modern part of town, but still close enough to the centre for exploring the old heart of Lucknow. Rather than stuffy Mughal themes, this bright, modern block is chock-full of airy rooms with designer furniture and wooden floors or swirling carpets in warm, summery colours.

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Lemon Tree Hotel Lucknow, for a quiet escape near the airport

3.8/5 (5 Reviews)
Lemon Tree Hotel Lucknow
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Now from $102 per night

The Lucknow Lemon Tree swaps the noise of the centre for a calm location south of the old town, close to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. It’s great for a flying visit to the city of Nawabs, with smart, up-to-date rooms in a pleasing palette of browns and greys and good facilities, including a globe-trotting cafe and bar and a stress-relieving pool and spa.

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Taj Mahal Lucknow, for a mansion stay on the Gomti River

4.4/5 (108 Reviews)
Taj Mahal Lucknow
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Now from $128 per night

You can’t fault the location of the Taj Mahal Lucknow, surrounded by parks and city landmarks on the edge of the Gomti River. Expect top-notch service, exquisite dining and rooms that feel like stepping into the home of an Independence-era tycoon. The striking, dome-topped colonial-style mansion is actually a modern facsimile, built in 1995; the rooms behind the gleaming white façcade blend period touches with chic contemporary design. Another wow is the pool in the Mughal-style gardens.

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Radisson Lucknow City Center, for a contemporary retreat

4.3/5 (29 Reviews)
Radisson Lucknow City Center
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Now from $90 per night

A short hop south from KD Babu Singh Stadium and the river, the Radisson is a shiny modern tower that puts the crush of downtown Lucknow at a quiet distance. The mood is modern all the way, with arrow-straight lines, easy-on-the-eye tones and city views from big windows in every room. There’s a terrace pool and all sorts of baked treats at breakfast – it’s an easy-in for anyone new to the Lucknow experience.

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Renaissance Lucknow Hotel, for a downtown crashpad

4.6/5 (69 Reviews)
Renaissance Lucknow Hotel
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Now from $99 per night

Facing riverside parks beside the Gomti, the Renaissance Lucknow has a highly desirable downtown location and huge expanses of glass offering splendid views over the city centre. Behind the modern art-adorned façade, you’ll find sleek, airy rooms with giant windows that make pictures of the views – it’s an oasis of calm just moments from Ambedkar Memorial Park, the grand precinct devoted to Lucknow’s most famous son, the author of the Indian constitution.

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  • Hyatt Regency Lucknow, for all the modern comforts

    4.4/5 (80 Reviews)
    Hyatt Regency Lucknow
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    Now from $70 per night

    In the new part of Lucknow – away from the centre but handy for the highways running east to Faizabad and north towards the Himalaya – the Hyatt Regency is part of the new breed of Indian hotels, skipping fusty tradition for sharp modernity. Service is as excellent as in the heritage hotels, though, and the cavernous rooms have big windows, soft carpets and calm, uncluttered lines. Views go from good to stupendous as you climb up the room classes.

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    Clarks Avadh, for a prime location

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    Snug between Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, the KD Singh Babu Stadium and the river, Clarks Avadh is right in the thick of things. The thought-provoking ruins of the British Residency are just down the road, but the rooms hidden behind the gleaming white frontage are set firmly in the modern age. Expect calm colours, wooden floors and lavish suites that create a little of the glamour of the Raj, with moulded plaster and chaise longues.

    Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar Hotel, for a family-friendly holiday

    4.5/5 (32 Reviews)
    Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar Hotel
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    Price Drop
    Now from $49 per night

    East of downtown in Gomti Nagar, the Lucknow Novotel is a reminder of why new hotels in Lucknow have the edge. Rooms are so fresh from the decorators that they sparkle, all have bonus sofa beds that are great for families, and some are fully wheelchair-accessible. The crowning glories are the rooftop pool and terrace restaurant – airy spaces that lift you high above the city into the evening breeze.

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