In the heart of India’s bustling capital, The Leela Palace in New Delhi stands as an epitome of luxury, opulence, and unparalleled hospitality. From the moment you step into this majestic palace, you are transported to a world where every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure an unforgettable stay.
When I travel through Asia, I am usually roughing it to a degree. I have a tradition that on my very last night, I splurge on a really nice hotel. I wanted to be close to the airport and in a safe location since I was traveling alone. The Leela Palace New Delhi ticked both of those boxes.
Delhi can be an assault on the senses and I needed to find a respite from the relentless beeping. Here is a 10 second clip of my taxi ride to the hotel which is enough to induce a full on panic attack.
I walked into the Leela Palace and my jaw dropped to the floor. It was simply the most opulent hotel I had ever set foot inside of. The staff welcomed me by draping a garland of exotic flowers around my neck.
In the 90 degree weather, I had almost forgotten that it was Christmas so it was fun to see all of the festive decorations and a huge Christmas tree in the lobby. There was even a gingerbread house filled with candy that was guarded by two wooden nutcrackers.
I checked into my room and the best way to describe it would be “tastefully indulgent.” It was so nice, but not gaudy at all. I loved the lighting system, which you could control from a remote. I mean, who doesn’t need under bed lighting?
The marble bathroom was huge and had a television in the bathtub. My kids would have had so much fun with that!
The spa at the Leela Palace
I had made an appointment at the spa for a massage and that was incredible. I was just so happy to have survived the trip, I wanted to celebrate. A woman led me down a dimly lit corridor to my treatment room, which was clean and cozy. It was hands down the best massage I had ever had in my lifetime.
Back in my room, I ordered room service and watched television for the first time in weeks. I was so content to lounge around and relax after all of the hours of traveling. I didn’t leave the hotel once!
The next morning, I just wandered around the palace. There were bright fresh flowers everywhere you turned, filling the hallways with their fragrance. I walked up to the rooftop to see the infinity pool and could barely hear the madness of New Delhi far below.
I would highly recommend adding the Leela Palace New Delhi to your bucket list. For the price of a nice hotel in America, you can live like royalty for a night. There is a saying- When in Rome… well, when in India, you stay in a palace.
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