The 50-room Dusit Devarana is a contemporary interpretation of Indian and Thai sensibilities, with a 330-foot-long pool as the centerpiece.
Located on the outskirts of New Delhi, just 10 minutes from the airport, the city center and historic sights such as the Qtub Minar, an ancient Islamic tower, are a 30-minute car ride away.
The four categories of rooms range from a basic Premium Garden View to the Devarana Pool. They are uniformly 650 square feet and vary in price only because of their location. The rooms are a design delight with a slightly curved shape and high domed ceiling. Soak in a large white soaking tub, and use an in-room iPad to control everything from lighting to the 42-inch LED television. A butler will attend to your every need. The oversize shower turns into a steam room with the switch of a button.
There is a swimming pool, a bar, a small gym, an Eastern-inspired spa with an outdoor yoga space, a meditation garden, three treatment rooms and a domed temple for prayer that has its own lawn. There is an indoor-outdoor bar, Iah, and the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Kiyan, serving Indian, Western and Thai cuisine from the up-and-coming Indian chef Nishant Choubey.
Breakfast is available either through room service or at Kiyan, which has indoor and alfresco seating. You can choose from a cold buffet with fresh fruit, cereals and breads as well as made-to-order eggs, pancakes and Indian dishes like dosas.
With an impressive amount of space, wide range of amenities and appealing design, the Dusit is an easy pick if you want a retreat from the bustle and noise of New Delhi. The drawback are its distance from the city center, but this also makes it a good option for a final night if you have an early departure and want to avoid Delhi’s traffic to get to the airport.
14 million people live here and the city is a sprawling behemoth. Many people start off here on their exploration of North India, and there are naturally sights worth sticking around for. You’ll see elephants pulling logs alongside the designer stores, and marvel at ancient buildings such as the Qutb Minar Tower and the Rashtrapati Bhavan palace.
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