5 Best Places to Stay in Delhi (for all budgets)

5 Best Places to Stay in Delhi (for all budgets)

5 Best Places to Stay in Delhi (for all budgets)

Delhi, the national capital of India, is where most travellers begin their adventures when they first arrive. From the incredible medieval architecture of the Red Fort to the fascinating and colourful food markets of Chandni Chowk, Delhi has something for everyone (check out my post on the 6 best places to visit in Delhi). It is important to carefully consider the right area to base yourself in the sprawling city which can be an assault on the sense for those new to India and to avoid spending time in the traffic and to make the most of your time here. The best places to stay in Delhi include Paharganj and the southern suburbs of the city and these areas are where I prefer to stay and recommend, especially for a first trip to Delhi. 

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5 Best Places to Stay in Delhi
BOTTOM: Sunset behind the President Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India. Photo credit: Kriangkrai Thitimakorn (Shutterstock)

Paharganj is most popular with tourists considering its central location close to the New Delhi Railway Station and the abundance of budget accommodation options. The bustling streets are also ideal if you’d like to visit the old shops of the city.

Those who prefer a quieter and laid-back environment as a base for their Delhi adventures might prefer staying in the southern suburbs of Delhi including Saket, Greater Kailash, and RK Puram.

It can be hard to decide where to stay in a big city like Delhi so I put together a quick post to highlight 5 of the best places to stay in Delhi to suit all budgets.

Here is my pick of the 5 best places to stay in Delhi

Zostel Delhi
Zostel Delhi

Backpacker: Zostel Delhi, New Delhi Railway Station

If you’re planning to stay in Paharganj close to New Delhi Railway Station then Zostel Delhi is one of the best places to stay in Delhi for backpackers who’d like to go easy on their wallets. You can easily wander to the nearby street markets or go explore the iconic India Gate which is only 4 km away. Zostel is one of the pioneers of India’s backpacking hostel scene and has some of the best hostels across India.

The rooms here are clean and equipped with showers and private bathrooms. The common room is warm and you’ll get to meet friendly people and fellow-travelers to share your experiences with. The help desk staff will be happy to make detailed travel itineraries for you and the hostel also organizes walks around the city. Click here to check prices, photos, reviews and to book! 

If you’d rather chill out in South Delhi Zostel also have a hostel there too!

Read More: 8 of the best backpacker hostels in Delhi


Smyle Inn Delhi
Smyle Inn Delhi

Budget: Smyle Inn, Paharganj

Smyle Inn has been one of the mainstays of budget travellers in Paharganj and is situated quite close to the main bazaar. Their rooms are spacious and air-conditioned and the hotel also has a 24-hour front desk which you could get in touch with for assistance with your Delhi sightseeing plans.

There is also a games room and the hotel can also help you with currency exchange as well if needed. Smyle Inn is one of the best places to stay in Delhi for solo travelers on a budget who’d also like a place to stay close to the city’s iconic attractions for convenient access. Click here to check prices, photos, reviews and to book! 


Bloomrooms at Janpath
Bloomrooms at Janpath

Midrange: Bloomrooms, Janpath

If you’d a like a flavor of Delhi’s local art, culture, and heritage, Janpath is one of the best places to stay at. Bloomrooms lies in what many call the ‘real heart of Delhi’ and is located right in the iconic Connaught Place area. The hotel can also arrange an airport shuttle service.

The staff are very friendly and will help you make the most of your stay and travels. The hotel also has a high-speed WiFi and serves great coffee. The central location and the spotless rooms with all modern amenities make Bloomrooms one of the best places to stay in Delhi for those who would like to stay close to landmarks such as the Lodhi Gardens (which are 3.9 km away) and the National Gandhi Museum. Click here to check prices, photos, reviews and to book! 

Bloomrooms also have hotels near New Delhi Railway Station and on Link Road in between Luytens, New Delhi and South Delhi. 


The Claridges New Delhi
The Claridges New Delhi

Heritage: The Claridges, Lutyens New Delhi

The Claridges is one of the best places to stay in Delhi for those who seek rooms with an unparalleled old world charm. What’s more, the heritage hotel which became New Delhi’s first 5-star hotel back in 1952 is considered a major historic landmark itself.

It is located in a part of the city that was named after Sir Edwin Lutyens, a British architect who is credited with the design of the India Gate. Lutyens’ Delhi is a great place to explore magnificent colonial architecture in the Viceroy’s House which is now known as Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Parliament House, and the Secretariat Building.

The Claridges features a business center and a health club. The North Indian and Mediterranean delicacies are highly recommended! Click here to check prices, photos, reviews and to book! 


Taj Palace, Chanakyapuri
Taj Palace, Chanakyapuri

Luxury: Taj Palace, Chanakyapuri

Travelers who desire the best in class luxury should head straight to the Taj Palace. The hotel features all modern amenities and has a fitness center, swimming pool, and three dining options for guests. Taj Palace is located in Chanakyapuri which is just a few kilometers away from Jantar Mantar and the India Gate.

You might as well take a walk in the hotel’s lush gardens or get a rejuvenating massage at the Jiva Spa to unwind and let loose. Taj Palace is certainly one of the best places to stay in Delhi for luxury-seeking tourists who need nothing but the very best the city has to offer for an ultra-comfortable stay. Click here to check prices, photos, reviews and to book! 

Read More:

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How to visit the Taj Mahal from Delhi

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Delhi Travel Guide: Top tips for Delhi – Breathe Dream Go

Can you recommend any other great hotels or places to stay in Delhi?

Leave a comment below and your recommendations can help out other travellers. 


By the way this post contains affiliate links. If you find my recommendations for the best places to stay in Delhi useful and want to book using the links provided I can earn a small commission which helps with the upkeep of this site and enables me to carry on traveling and sharing my tips so thank you and happy travels! 🙂 


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