In New Delhi, a pioneering luxury hotel has been reborn.
It’s hard to overstate the role of the Oberoi in the social fabric of Delhi. The hotel was heralded as the finest on the subcontinent when it opened in 1965 and has been a favorite ever since, so closing shop for a two-year renovation was a big deal. The new look, unveiled in January, ditches the paisley-print carpets and stuffy carved-wood dressers for a lighter, brighter aesthetic, with jewel-tone walls and elegant, cleanlined furnishings. Designer Adam Tihany trimmed the room count from 283 to 220, and decked out the new spaces with enormous bathtubs and iPads that let you open the door for room service without leaving the couch. As for what will never change? The hotel’s enviable address, close to some of Delhi’s top attractions. oberoihotels.com; doubles from US$385. —SARAH KHAN
The iconic Oberoi in Delhi has a new look.