DESIGN NOTES: The aesthetic at this trendy property combines traditional Mughal intricacy with Modernist simplicity. Sandstone columns bring order to sweeping courtyards and pools, while jaalis (latticed screens) cast patterns on private, peaceful spaces. The lobby, flooded with natural light, contains a collection of colorful contemporary Indian art.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Premier rooms on floors six to eight are prized for their spectacular views. Step onto your veranda and look out at the immaculate hotel gardens, and beyond these the stunning 16th-century Humayun’s Tomb—New Delhi’s answer to the Taj Mahal. The rooms are the most spacious in town, and many have private plunge pools.
HOT DISH: The menu at torch-lit restaurant On the Waterfront comprises Indian, European and Japanese cuisine. Embrace the diversity and order plump chicken dumplings to start, followed by the dal makhani—a decadent Punjabi curry served in an earthenware pot with fluffy naan and papaya chutney—then round it all off with a sticky toffee pudding and butterscotch sauce.
UNEXPECTED TREAT: The Lodhi Spa & Salon features men’s and women’s Turkish hammam chambers, where your pomegranate- and sandalwood-soaked body can enjoy a brief respite from the bustle outside. Try the signature massage, a blend of five techniques: Swedish, Thai, deep tissue, reiki and acupressure.