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Six Delightful Design Hotels In Delhi

The Indian capital of Delhi has no shortage of swanky, international-chain hotels. But if you’re looking for a more immersive experience, consider a design hotel.

Below we’ve rounded up six of the best Delhi design hotels. These properties all focus on beautiful interiors and great hospitality.

Scarlette

Scarlette delhi design hotels

Scarlette is an oasis in the hectic streets of South Delhi. Image: Scarlette / supplied

Run by two design-conscious French women, Scarlette is an oasis in the hectic streets of South Delhi. Its four guest rooms feature elements of mid-century Modernism and locally made fabrics. White walls provide a light, airy atmosphere.

The dining and lounge area features more specially designed textiles in the form of tablecloths, cushions that pepper the seating areas and throws over a Chesterfield sofa.

Co-owner Pauline Bijvoet has a background in fashion. She says her aim was to recreate the feel of a family home where friends gather. To her, Scarlette is “a welcoming house, with good smell, good music, nice light – a mix of Indian antiques and French refinement”.

Bungalow 99

With its spare, minimalist but highly personal décor, Bungalow 99 could easily be a home you’d see in an interior design magazine.

Its bedrooms display colourful printed textiles side-by-side with timeless white and grey fabrics and furnishings. In the communal areas, clean lines are off set by warm timber finishes and collections of bright wall art.

Housed in a former apartment block, the hotel has thoughtful design touches in the form of carefully selected side lamps and artfully presented ornaments. Marble bathrooms, plump pillows and doonas, and made-to-order breakfasts give a touch of luxe in what feels like a private residence.

Haveli Hauz Khas

Haveli-Hauz-Khas delhi design hotels

Common areas and guest rooms at Haveli Hauz Khas are graced with carved wood and hand-woven textiles. Image: Haveli Hauz Khas / supplied

Haveli Hauz Khas uses the theme of Indian heritage as its starting point, setting traditional and contemporary local items against clean white backgrounds and bold expanses of colour.

Owners Teji and Neelu describe themselves as ‘heritage aficionados’, having travelled widely in India and overseas – and it shows. Their boutique hotel, located close to the many cafes and restaurants of Hauz Khas village, uses five themes for its guest rooms. These include Banni (a handicraft region of Gujarat), well-known caves in different parts of the country, and the Neem flowering tree.

Common areas and guest rooms are graced with prints, carved wood and hand-woven textiles and durries. Also on display are the owners’ collection of photographs of nomadic tribes, reproductions of cave paintings and portraits of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the 19th century leader of the Sikh empire.

The Manor

The Manor Delhi design hotels

The Manor houses 14 refined guest rooms. Image: The Manor / supplied

The Manor is housed in a two-storey mid-century building. Within its sharp-lined exterior, you’ll find 14 spacious guest rooms that give off an air of quiet refinement.

The furnishings are contemporary, smart and elegant, yet at the same time relaxed. None of the obvious iconic choices that mar many places seeking to show off their design credentials feature here. Even the most distinctive pieces draw attention to themselves in only the quietest of ways.

The muted colour scheme is based around pale, neutral tones, with darker-brown hints and accents in the form of throws, wooden furniture pieces and timber panelling and cabinetry.

Colour is provided by the occasional cushion, artwork and, of course, perfectly placed and minimalistic flower displays.

Roseate House

If you need to stay near the airport for whatever reason – that early-morning flight, for instance, or for an overnight transfer – Roseate House will make the experience totally worthwhile.

Described as ‘an ultrachic lifestyle hotel’, it offers unbridled luxury in a sumptuous setting. Its colour scheme is based around copper and bronze hues, creating a contemporary-luxe atmosphere.

Champagne-coloured sofas and chocolate-brown wood panelling in the common areas and standard rooms contrast with silver and grey tones in the suites. In the Chidya Ghar bar, vibrant peacock-blue panelling provides a stunning backdrop for the mid-brown timber, leather and brass accents.

BloomRooms

BloomRooms delhi design hotels

BloomRooms has a yellow and white colour palette and Scandi-style pale timber floors. Image: BloomRooms / supplied

At the opposite end of the spectrum, BloomRooms is perfect for the budget-conscious traveller who doesn’t want to scrimp on style.

Located close to New Delhi station, the hotel is housed in an Art Deco-style building painted in that era’s trademark white. But there’s a difference, and it’s not hard to miss. The only colour you’ll find at BloomRooms is a bold canary yellow, and while you’ll see it everywhere, it’s done in the most tasteful way imaginable.

Doors, frames, umbrellas, cushions – these splashes of yellow lift the spirits and are somehow kept low-key by the abundance of white on ceilings and walls, and also by the Scandi-style pale timber floors and furniture.

The effect is surprisingly serene – an example of how good design can calm and soothe, even in one of the most frantic, crowded cities in the world.

(Lead image: BloomRooms courtyard / supplied)

Published 09 April, 2019