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Oberoi Hotels and Resorts is one of the most exclusive hotel brand in the world. The Oberoi Group’s story wrote its early chapters in 1934 in Shimla where Mr. Mohan Singh Oberoi pioneered the idea of luxury hospitality in India by opening his first hotel. In the following years, Mr. M. S. Oberoi – assisted by his two sons – continued the expansion of the Oberoi group with properties both in India and abroad. Today, the hotel group operates 32 hotels around the world, Nile Cruisers and a Motor Vessel in the backwaters of Kerala. The Group has presence in seven countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brand. The group still practices the hospitality philosophy that began with Mr. Oberoi himself and are now echoed by his son and current chairman Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi: The guest is everything. Here is the Top 10 list of best Oberoi Hotels in India.
10. The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
Fondly referred to as the Grand Dame of Chowringhee, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, has been an icon on the landscape of Kolkata for more than a century. The sense of calm that pervades the outdoor space is carried into the classically appointed rooms and suites that encircle the courtyard. All 209 rooms and suites offer pool and courtyard views. Baan Thai offers Thai specialties. Alternatively, the pool bar offers light meals and refreshing drinks. Threesixtythree° offers European, Asian, Japanese and Indian delights. Facilities include The Oberoi Spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
9. The Oberoi, Bengaluru
Composed around a centenarian raintree, The Oberoi, Bengaluru is a 5 star hotel nestled in verdant grounds and equipped with the latest in technology, it reflects and harmonises the dual personalities of Bengaluru, the Garden City and technology hub. Luxurious and elegant, all the air-conditioned guestrooms enjoy beautiful garden views. Le Jardin offers daily buffet meals, Rin Naam serves authentic Thai food, while Chinese cuisine can be enjoyed at Szechwan Court. Brewed coffee and tea, as well as cocktails, are available at Polo Club. Multiple state of the art meeting rooms, large banqueting facilities, The Oberoi Spa, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre are some of the facilities the hotel provides.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi, Bengaluru
8. The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh, situated against a backdrop of the 8,000 acres of Siswan Forest Range and the foothills of the Himalayas, presents a landscape of beautiful gardens with fountains, reflection pools and traditional architecture. Thoughtfully laid out to maximise space and privacy, the 60 rooms, tents and villas offer forest views and interiors inspired by Mughal palace design. Dining options include Anant Mahal – an all-day dining restaurant with a specially curated wellness menu, Kaanan – speciality Indian restaurant serving cuisine influenced by Punjab’s diverse heritage of historic empires and Raunaq Bar – a wonderful setting to enjoy a single malt, a cocktail, a cup of fine tea or a single-origin coffee, accompanied by light snacks. Facilities include The Oberoi Spa, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. The hotel also offers private helicopter tours of Amritsar and Mountain biking in Siswan Forest.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort and Spa, New Chandigarh
7. The Oberoi, Gurgaon
The Oberoi, Gurgaon is a five star hotel, a nine acre urban sanctuary and a striking example of contemporary design. This hotel is the place where ocean of blue meets walls of green, and is topped off with a dazzling silver and glass jewel box. Floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, natural light and elegant modern artworks define the 202 rooms and suites. Guests looking for a luxury dining experience can choose between a multi-cuisine restaurant: threesixtyone°, contemporary Indian fine dining space: Amaranta, Oberoi Patisserie, and Delicatessen, or relax and unwind with a nightcap in the Piano Bar and Cigar Lounge. The Oberoi Spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre are present at the hotel. The hotel also offers chocolate making classes, Old Delhi rickshaw tours and Old Delhi food walk tours.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi, Gurgaon
6. The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore
The Oberoi Vanyavilas is a jungle resort located at the border of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The spacious tents are inspired by the royal tents in travelling caravans from a bygone era and feature a garden that is framed by handmade traditional walls for maximum privacy. The Dining Room – an all-day dining restaurant offers authentic Rajasthani specialities, pan-Indian and continental dishes while The Bar offers the perfect setting to enjoy a single malt, a cognac, a glass of fine wine or an expertly mixed cocktail. The hotel offers Jungle Drive in a jeep, The Oberoi Spa, an outdoor swimming pool that is heated in winter for guests’ convenience, a billiards room, yoga sessions, a fitness centre and a Pool Bar.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore
5. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
The Oberoi Rajvilas, spread over 32 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with traditional architecture, flaming mashaal torches and reflection pools, is located on Goner Road. The 71 guest rooms, suites and villas offer garden views and some feature private pools also. Available for all-day dining, Surya Mahal & Courtyard serves international dishes and fine wines. Rajmahal restaurant offers Indian specialities for dinner, while wines and spirits are available at Rajwada Library Bar. Facilities include a gym, The Oberoi Spa with authentic, pink lime plaster walls and traditional Rajasthani design features, salon, an outdoor swimming pool and a tour desk are present at the hotel.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
4. The Oberoi, New Delhi
The Oberoi New Delhi, reopened in 2018 after an extensive refurbishment, reflects the spirit of India’s capital city in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. The hotel enjoys views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb on one side and a calming view of the forested golf course on the other. Guests can choose from 220 rooms and suites with spacious walk in closets, Italian marble bathrooms, teak floors and oak wood desks. Restaurants include Threesixty for all-day fine dining, a contemporary Indian specialty restaurant and a rooftop Chinese restaurant. There is also an open-air rooftop bar, a wine cellar and a new cigar lounge. Facilities include a swimming pool, multiple events and meeting venues, The Oberoi Spa and Fitness Centre.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi New Delhi
3. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, is located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most exquisite testimony to undying love. The hotel stands amidst nine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, minarets, pavilions, fountains, reflection pools and terraced lawns inspired by traditional Mughal designs. The property consists of 102 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites, each with uninterrupted view of the Taj Mahal and complemented by Oberoi’s warm, personalized hospitality. Many rooms of this elegant five-story building have private terraces. Bellevue restaurant serves international dishes and local favourites, while Esphahan offers traditional Indian specialities. Overlooking the Taj Mahal, the bar offers fine wines and cigars. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, The Oberoi Spa and a fitness centre. The hotel also offers guided tours to the Taj Mahal.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
2. The Oberoi, Mumbai
Centrally located in Mumbai’s business district, close to South Mumbai’s shopping and entertainment areas, The Oberoi offers luxury and modern architecture that lifts you up over Marine Drive to enjoy magnificent views of the ocean and ‘Queen’s Necklace’ lights along the shoreline. The hotel’s 337 elegant rooms feature wooden floors, large windows offering beautiful views and en suite bathroom separated by a glass panel with electronic blinds. It also features 5 food and beverage options offering a variety of cuisines. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour spa and a fitness centre.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Mumbai
1. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Often ranked as one of the best hotels in India, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur is a premier 5 star hotel located on the banks of Lake Pichola and is spread across 30 acres of luxuriant gardens, with an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflect the layout of Udaipur itself. The property is built on 200-year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. The 87 rooms and suites reflect a thoughtful harmony of Mewar inspired motifs, elegant furnishings and modern technologies and feature lake, pool or garden views. Udaimahal Restaurant specialises in traditional Indian food including Rajasthani and North Indian dishes. Order Western, Mediterranean and Thai food at Suryamahal or enjoy open-air dining with traditional music and dance evening performances at Chandni. Guests can enjoy a spa treatment at The Oberoi Spa, unwind by the two heated outdoor swimming pools, burn calories at the fitness centre, practice yoga, borrow movie and audio CDs, learn a Rajasthani Folk Dance, attend a cooking session with the in-house chef or relax in wooden boat ride with wine and canapé.
Hotel Website: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
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