Choosing a Hotel in New Delhi
Inside the Airport, within Aerocity & Beyond
Hotels inside Aerocity
All of the hotels listed in this section are just a 10-minute drive from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport and a 15-minute drive from the hotel to the airport (and a ~4-hour drive to Agra for the optional Taj Mahal visit). If you are only staying for a night or two, we think the Aerocity area is a very comfortable, convenient option.
Each hotel in Aerocity has one or multiple restaurants, but there is a fantastic food court within a few minutes walk with quick options and more delicious sit-down restaurants. The Aerocity area also has a convenience store for any snacks or drinks you may want, as well as a couple of ATMs.
Please find 4 of our Aerocity hotel recommendations below.
Novotel & Pullman
These hotels share the same building in Aerocity, with the Pullman being the more luxury option. These hotels do share a pool (unheated) and several wonderful restaurants and a coffee shop on the floor below the lobby.
Novotel & Pullman
This 5-star hotel has five remarkable restaurants and bars, including a chic speakeasy, a popular multi-cuisine buffet and a Japanese restaurant with a Korean influence. The hotel also features an upscale day spa, heated outdoor pool, modern fitness center, and an event space.
This Indian-owned hotel is one of the more affordable options in Aerocity and has a charming bar and restaurant on the lobby level.
Roseate House New Delhi offers a rooftop infinity pool, a spa and wellness center and 3 dining options, as well as a stellar breakfast.
Hotels Beyond Aerocity
If you are staying in New Delhi for a longer time or you are craving a more luxurious experience, there are options for you.
The lobby is epic! This is a LEED™ Platinum hotel (meaning very sustainably designed and operated; BJ is a LEED™ Accredited Professional and he loves this sort of thing!)
The stateliness of ITC Maurya is situated in the diplomatic enclave of New Delhi and has long been the favored accommodation of heads of state, royalty and business leaders from across the world. Barack Obama stayed here, as have 5 other U.S. Presidents.
ITC Maurya is a 30-minute drive from the airport (and 20 minutes back to the airport).
Reopened in 2018 after an extensive refurbishment, the Oberoi New Delhi hotel reflects the spirit of India’s capital city in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. Wellness facilities include The Oberoi Spa, temperature-controlled indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a 24-hour fitness center.
The Oberoi is a 30-minute drive from the airport.
This is the most historic of the 5-star hotels in Delhi and its should Wikipedia article is well worth a read. Reckoned amongst Asia’s finest hotels, The Imperial is a legend that offers a unique experience embracing facets of India’s history. Built in 1931 by Blomfield, a Lutyens’ associate, the hotel is known for its contemporary colonial style. It is steps away from the renowned shopping district Connaught Place and major city attractions.
The Imperial is a 30-minute drive from the airport.
Hotel Inside Terminal 3
If you have a short connection and don’t feel like leaving the airport, there is another option for you!
Holiday Inn Express at Terminal 3
If you wish to stay within the airport, you have another option. The price for the Holiday Inn Express at T3 is in line with many hotels within Aerocity, but will save you a bit of time. You must present your airline reservations to them upon booking a room there.
After you leave Customs, stay in the airport and turn right. Walk about 150 meters (past the shops) until you see the Holiday Inn desk on the right. You’ll tell the person at the kiosk that you have a reservation. You’ll need to show your passport and your onward flight reservation several times through this process, so please keep that handy.
You’ll be escorted upstairs to the airport’s check-in counter area, where you’ll go through a security screening before you’re escorted upstairs to the hotel. Once you are in the hotel area you cannot leave, and you’ll need an escort to go back down to the check-in area upon departure.
There is a gym, a decent enough breakfast, and the rooms are quite comfortable, making this a good option if you have a short time but still want some rest.
When booking, please do not confuse this airport hotel with the Holiday Inn within Aerocity.