It is easy to choose a destination for a trip, but it is equally hard to choose accommodation to stay in.
And when it comes to India, it’s a bit harder. The reason is India is full of diversity and always ready to give you culture shock.
So, for tourists in India, the question remains: which hotels to stay in?
And this article is going to be the answer to this question. If you are also confused while choosing the best hotels in India to stay in, by the end you will be relieved from that stress.
- List of 12 Best Hotels in India
- 1. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
- 2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
- 3. The Imperial, New Delhi
- 4. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
- 5. Chittoor Kottaram, Kochi (Kerala)
- 6. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad (Telangana)
- 7. Wildflower Hall, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
- 8. Aman-I-Khas, Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan)
- 9. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
- 10. Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa, Goa (Maharashtra)
- 11. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
- 12. Polo Floatel, Kolkata (West Bengal)
List of 12 Best Hotels in India
Here we have listed the 12 best hotels in the 12 major Indian cities so that you don’t need to look on the internet every time you get into a new city.
- The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
- Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
- The Imperial, New Delhi
- Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
- Chittoor Kottaram, Kochi
- Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
- Wildflower Hall, Shimla
- Aman-I-Khas, Sawai Madhopur
- The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
- Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa, Goa
- Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
- Polo Floatel, Kolkata
1. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Where in Mumbai: Apollo Bandar, Colaba
Experience the luxurious five-star hotel situated near the Gateway of India. This Indian hotel is named after one of the seven wonders of the world: the Taj Mahal.
It has been the accommodation for popular names since the British empire. Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a part of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.
Indulge in the glamor and fame of the ‘city of dreams’ – Mumbai – by residing in this hotel.
The hotel is popularly known as ‘The Taj’ and is considered to be one of the most prestigious hotels in the East.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Where in Jodhpur: Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area
Explore one of the largest private residences in the world by visiting the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
This heritage does not only provide you the taste of royal Rajasthan but also makes you nostalgic when you see the collection of wildlife trophies by the previous kings in the bars.
Another fascinating fact about Umaid Bhawan Palace is that it is made of the same marble as the Taj Mahal.
3. The Imperial, New Delhi
Where in New Delhi: Janpath, Connaught Place
It is an experience per se to be in the political center of India, but too much politics can cause noise in our heads, and that’s when The Imperial Hotel in the national capital invites you to take a rest from the hustle and bustle of the maddened Delhi.
As part of the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015, the Imperial was recognized as India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’.
This award-winning five-star hotel has everything you need to add opulence to your life as it was the first grand hotel in New Delhi.
4. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Where in Udaipur: Amid Lake Pichola
Formerly known as ‘Jag Niwas,’ the Taj Lake Palace or Lake Palace is situated in the middle of Pichola lake in Udaipur.
The heart-stopping views of Aravalli hills, Jag Mandir, and Machala Magara Hills show the richness of this spectacular palace.
Not just the views of the hills and various sites, but the in-hotel ponds and the serving of Indian cuisine make you fall in love with this white-marbled hotel which is popularly known as a honeymoon destination.
Take some time to visit India’s most romantic hotel.
5. Chittoor Kottaram, Kochi (Kerala)
Where in Kochi: Opposite SBOA School, behind Chittoor Temple, South Chittoor
If you are the type of person who likes to go back in time, then Chittoor Kottaram is always ready to transport you back to the era when the god’s own country – Kerala – was still the kingdom of Travancore.
This splendid hotel was then built by the king of cochin. You need to take a short boat ride from Kochi city to arrive at it.
Chittoor Kottaram will disappoint you if you go there by picturing it as a shining heritage property. No, it is not built in that way.
But if you are a minimalist and nature-lover, then you are in the gold mine. Taste the credible Malayali cuisine and enjoy it here by taking a glimpse of royal life.
6. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad (Telangana)
Where in Hyderabad: Engine Bowli, Falaknuma
Once the residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace was built completely with Italian marble.
In Urdu, ‘Falaknuma’ means ‘Like the sky’ or ‘Mirror of the sky.’ If this palace has such grandeur why not take a visit to it?
You would be taken to the hotel in a horse-driven carriage and then the servants welcome you with incredible Indian hospitality.
7. Wildflower Hall, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Where in Shimla: Charabra village
Surrounded by the Himalayan ranges and sumptuous greenery of Shimla valley, Wildflower Hall – an Oberoi resort – makes you feel like you are in a castle.
Sitting at an altitude of more than 8,000 feet, this hotel was once the residence of a British army’s commander-in-chief: Lord Kitchener.
The majestic rooms of Wildflower Hall are categorized as follows:
- Premier Mountain View Rooms
- Deluxe Garden View Rooms
- Premier Garden View Rooms
- Deluxe Suites
- Lord Kitchener Suites
8. Aman-I-Khas, Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan)
Where in Sawai Madhopur: Village- Sherpur Khiljipur, near Ranthambore National Park
Staying in Aman-I-Khas is a one-of-its-kind experience in itself.
When in other hotels, you see concrete roofs while you lay on the bed, but here you get to see the sky full of stars. Enjoy a dreamy night in the silk-stocking tents.
Explore your inner self by staying in the tents in the Ranthambore National Park and set in the hills of the Aravalli mountain ranges.
9. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Where in Agra: Taj East Gate Rd, Paktola, Tajganj
No doubt, the Taj Mahal is the definition of love and the epitome of monuments. The Oberoi Amarvilas situated 600 meters away from this white-marbled building allows you to see the scenic view of the Taj Mahal 24×7.
Other than the dazzling view of the Taj, there are fountains, reflection pools, and lawns that this grandeur hotel offers you.
And still, if you feel uneasiness in your life then the ayurvedic treatment will cast away all your unease.
10. Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa, Goa (Maharashtra)
Where in Goa: Sinquerim, Candolim
Considered one of the best hotels for families, Taj Holiday Village Resort and Spa has the setting in the lap of nature.
You not only enjoy the beach on one side of this one of the finest resorts in Goa, but it has plenty of activities for your children too.
Discover the feeling of being one with mother nature by visiting this Taj Holiday resort once.
11. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Where in Jaipur: Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh
The most expensive hotel in India, the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, is considered the ‘Jewel of Jaipur.’
People call it the pride of Jaipur and why not? It was the residence of the erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur. Rajasthan is renowned as the place of palaces, and when you enter Rambagh Palace you accept the fact.
The architecture is enough to mesmerize your nerves, let alone the astounding lawns.
12. Polo Floatel, Kolkata (West Bengal)
Where in Kolkata: Strand Road, B.B.D. Bagh
Sitting on the banks of the Hooghly river, Polo Floatel Hotel or The Floatel is popular for offering outlandish views of the Vidyasagar Setu and Howrah Bridge.
Polo Floatel is considered one of the eco-friendly hotels in India. The quiet surrounding of the Floatel is waiting to ease your life. Go, experience it.
Now you know about the best hotels in India, but what to do after taking a full rest in those caring hotels? Read our article about the 16 Experiences You Need to Have While You are in India.