1. A contemporary take on Lutyens’ Delhi
When New York-based designer Adam Tihany came on board for the Oberoi’s multi-million-dollar facelift, he had one aim – the hotel would be the epitome of modern luxury, yet be grounded in Lutyens’ Delhi (so named after British architect Edwin Lutyens, who was responsible for designing much of the capital). The custom-built wooden furniture dotted throughout the hotel pays homage to the architect’s signature aesthetic.
2. The very best in technology
All 220 rooms and suites at The Oberoi, New Delhi are integrated with Oberoi E’nhance, a state-of-the-art automation system that enables guests to do just about everything – from controlling the lights and air-conditioning to ordering room service – via a few taps of an iPad. They also feature sophisticated air purification technology, which is doubly reassuring in light of Delhi’s dismal pollution problem.
3. A diversity of Indian art
Pichhwai paintings (devotional images of Lord Krishna) and portraits of Mughal kings adorn the common areas. In addition, some rooms feature vignettes of the British Empire and Mughal architecture, shot by acclaimed photographer Tarun Chopra. You’ll also spot the ancient art form of tikri – embedding hand-blown glass pieces into a powdered limestone base to create geometric patterns – on the bathroom tiles.
4. Personalised luxury
Guests in Executive Suites are waited on hand and foot, with personal butlers offering round-the-clock assistance including room service, packing and unpacking and even complimentary shoe shining.
5. Dining options galore
The culinary teams at marquee dining establishments Omya and Baoshuan are mentored by Michelin-starred chefs Alfred Prasad and Andrew Wong respectively. We recommend Omya’s thali (a platter comprising small servings of various Indian dishes). After dinner, head upstairs to rooftop bar Cirrus9 for a nightcap – try the refreshing Missionary’s Downfall, which blends Bacardi gold rum, peach, honey, pineapple and lime.