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10 most stunning hotels in India

With moolah to spend and a penchant for world-class hospitality, luxury-loving travellers demand nothing but the best. These days, it is simply not enough for hotels to have a star ranking and good reviews – they need to look gorgeous too! Here’s a pick of hotels that we think rank high on glitz, glamour and aesthetic appeal.

1. The Taj Bengal, Kolkata

The Taj Bengal shines like a beacon given its majesty and legacy. Now an icon symbolising downtown Kolkata, the Taj is located at Belvedere Road, in one of the city’s busiest areas. With 229 rooms that have been freshly revamped, this luxury hotel has always attracted the ‘who’s who’ of the country and the world. From corporate meets to wedding receptions, Taj Bengal is the top pick for those who know how to douse themselves in luxury. Oh yes, do not miss out the Taj Khazana, one of the must-see things in the hotel.

2. The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Another iconic Kolkata pick that we could not afford to keep out of the list. In fact this ranks not just among the top luxury hotels in India but in the world too. With a legacy of 125 years, the ‘Grande Dame of Chowringee’, cuts a tranquil figure amidst the humdrum of Esplanade—one of the most cluttered areas of Kolkata. Quaint, charming and classy are the words that best describe the Oberoi Grand. We promise that you will be floored by the in-hotel spa on offer here.

3. The Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Connaught Place has cut out a luxury rank thanks to this boutique hotel. Its grand hallways will astound you with their elegant décor and pin-drop silence. The hotel still echoes and smells of the wee-days of Brit rule in India. Having been honoured with the World Luxury Spa award and voted one of Asia’s bestest luxury hotels, the Imperial does justice to its name. Make sure you try the special home-style ‘khana’ here. What personally caught our eye was the special suite for single women guests.

4. The Rajvilas, Jaipur

Experience what it means to be pampered king style at the Rajvilas. This palatial property that is the pride of the Pink City sprawls over 32 acres and each nook around it—from tents to the pools – represents royalty. The interiors are simple but ooze an appeal that none of the other Oberoi properties around India can match. No exaggeration here!

5. The Taj Mahal, Mumbai

If you want a taste of history and modern day grandeur all at once, check in here. This heritage luxury hotel stands tall and embodies the spirit of Mumbai. Older than the Gateway of India, this luxury hotel bowls you over with its gothic architecture, variety in suites, menu and hospitality offerings.

6. Wildflowers Hall, Shimla

One of the most beautiful Oberoi properties (again!), this one is pretty affordable despite being a luxury offering. With scenic sights around, the hotel is perched 8,250 feet above sea level, in the lap of the Himalayas. The interiors are mostly in wood with a typical British feel and fairy tale-ish décor. You would fall in love with everything—from the spa suits and the antique rugs to the ice-skating rink that the hotel houses!

7. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

An ambrosial connotation of palatial grandeur, international flavors, royal locales and world-class pampering is how we would describe the Udaivilas. Tap into life that the Mewari royals lived ages ago as you book yourself into a suite here. The Pranayam classes that are conducted at the resort must find special mention. From the Lakes around and the fireplaces in its premium suites—there is nothing you would not be awed by once on the premises.

8. The Leela Palace, Delhi

If there had to be one hotel in India picked up for its daunting interiors and its lovely dinner menu, it has got to be this, this and this! The boutique at the hotel and the spa services deserve special mention. The special aroma bath spa is rejuvenating and makes you feel as if you have stepped way ahead of your stressful existence. The hotel is serene and the suites are worth every penny spent.

9. The Tamara, Coorg

The Tamara enthralls you with this quaintness and quiet charm. The yoga sessions, the sounds around, the awesome greenery—all conspire to make you feel at home. Once at the Tamara, be ready to indulge in the culinary treats. There are special Fall and Verandah packages. One significant thing to note here is that the hotel does not allow children below the age of 12 given that it is a fair bit of steep climb before you soak into luxury.

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