South of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Gurgaon, in Haryana state, is a booming hub for finance and IT, attracting business travellers from far and wide to the slick hotels dotting the area. It also attracts savvy adventurers who use the city – officially known as Gurugram – instead of chaotic Delhi as their gateway to India. Nicknamed the Millennium City for its galloping commercial ambition, Gurgaon makes a convenient base for birdwatching in Sultanpur National Park or heading south to the Taj Mahal. Here are the best hotels in Gurgaon – bookable on Culture Trip.
The landmark Oberoi is 100 percent solar-powered, offering striking contemporary design in a 4ha (9-acre) urban sanctuary – without compromising on sustainable principles. Enjoy the aesthetics of the al fresco wooden deck, which protrudes gangplank-like into the navy-blue pool, and the interspersed mirrors and windows overlooking a plant wall at the on-site restaurant threesixtyone°. There’s also a contemporary Indian restaurant, a patisserie-cum-deli, and a piano bar and cigar lounge, while the activities on offer include chocolate making and an Old Delhi food walk.
One of the best hotels in Gurgaon for easy access to Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Marriott-owned Le Méridien is a luxurious and stylish gateway to North India. Less than an hour after leaving the airport, you could be freshening up in a well-appointed room or suite with views of the Aravalli hills. Whether you opt for international cuisine at Latest Recipe, Italian at Bella Cucina or cocktails at Longitude Bar, you’ll enjoy the contemporary design of the hotel, exemplified by the eye-catching art installations in reception.
The grand Leela is one of the best hotels in Gurgaon, complete with a pool with dolphin mosaics, a high-ceilinged lobby and art-filled corridors leading to a range of rooms, suites and one-, two- and three-bedroom residences. Swing a club on the nine-hole golf course, browse the adjoining mall or experience the Ayurvedic spa’s signature four-hands therapy – there’s so much to do before you check out. Toast the hotel with an Indian or Italian dinner at Diya or Zanotta, followed by a dram at Rubicon Bar and Cigar Lounge.
This blissful boutique hotel in Gurgaon, set amid 121ha (300 acres) of greenery and birdsong at the Karma Lakelands resort, is focussed on sustainability and wellness. Swing in a hammock, happy in the knowledge that the hotel employs carbon-neutral initiatives, including water harvesting and recycling, bio-composting and a zero-plastics policy. Nimoli Spa, named after the fruit of the neem or Indian lilac, offers traditional and Thai massages, from aromatherapy to botanical facials. Under the Neem cafe serves a farm-to-plate menu, using vegetables from the organic kitchen garden, and diners are encouraged to slow down and play a game of outdoor chess or carrom.
This country resort offers a green escape from the urban sprawl of Gurgaon and New Delhi, with Damdama Lake and the Aravalli hills on its doorstep. The resort is less than 40km (25mi) south of Indira Gandhi International Airport, but it offers a bucolic retreat among tree-dotted lawns, all overlooked by the wraparound windows of the first-floor restaurant, Buzz. There’s also a Chinese restaurant and a cocktail bar, both offering designer settings, as well as a pool and a menu of spa treatments based on Indian herbs, salt and pure essential oils.
This Radisson-owned stalwart is a safe choice for all visitors to the Millennium City. From the moment your taxi rolls up the palm-lined drive to your first splash in the rooftop pool, you can be sure of world-class service and facilities. The standard, superior and deluxe rooms are attractively decorated with panelled bedheads and a motif of colourful stripes in the bedding and rugs. For dining and socialising, choose between the international menu at Mosaic and cocktails and pub snacks at Big Shot Bar and Lounge.
If you’re looking for a contemporary hotel, stay at this soaring, glass-fronted tower with striking decor throughout. The rooms and suites balance clean lines, glossy surfaces and glass bathroom walls against flowery Indian decorative flourishes in the bedding and tiles. The three restaurants, bar and patisserie offer spaces such as Culina 44, serving Mediterranean cuisine amid panelled windows, and the brocaded cushions and temple bells of Thai Pavilion. Relax in a poolside pagoda or with a range of traditional Indian treatments at Jiva Spa.
Only 30 minutes away from the international airport, the luxurious Trident Hotel is in a beautiful garden adjacent to the heart of Gurgaon. Designed by Thai architect Lek Bunag, the hotel reflects different architectural styles incorporating water and light elements to create an oasis of calm and beauty. This boutique hotel is spread over 3ha (7 acres) of well-tended gardens, pools and lounge areas. It’s a standout among the hotels in Gurgaon.
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