Formerly in the Aman Resorts portfolio, this city hotel delights with unapologetically serious architecture and contemporary feel in its massive rooms and suites—all of which come equipped with a private plunge pool. Indulgent and stylish, The Lodhi embodies the modern-day India.
This was our first stop in a long trip across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states and it introduced India in a somewhat unusual way. While there is plenty of old, opulent heritage hotels in Delhi, The Lodhi goes against the grain—this is not a place of traditionally-cut stone arches and oriels.
The Lodhi’s architect, Kerry Hill, used sharply drawn sandstone blocks to create monumental architecture befitting the grand status of India’s capital. Serious and polished, it is the sort of design that could easily overwhelm, and we were half-expecting it. Yet from the moment we arrived we felt enveloped in a warm and serene atmosphere.
At The Lodhi all elements of the hotel experience are designed to create a soothing mood, but to us the most visibly obvious role plays the interior design—and how it softens the architecture’s strong impact. Thanks to calm tones and textures inside, the interiors feel almost cosy.
The guest rooms are smooth and cool, and are looking out to the green gardens and cityscape beyond through their floor-to-ceiling windows. Furniture is tasteful and understated, fabrics kept light and neutral. Shiny carpeted floors and creamy monochrome stone bathrooms complete a design that is unquestionably 21st-century. Ah, of course each room has its own plunge pool on the massive terrace.
It’s the only hotel in Delhi offering such luxury… and what a welcome thing it is. Every day we would go out to explore the city—to the markets or the famous Humayun’s Tomb, just one kilometre away, or the Lodhi Gardens—and after a city adventure it was perfectly fine by us to refresh in the pool and chill out on our terrace, with a drink in hand.
Swimming and dining
For a more serious swim there is the vast, 50-metre outdoor swimming pool, by the spa. It wows with spectacular design, flanked by rows of columns and screened by mogul-style stone lattice jaalis. Guests can also have light lunch and chill out in the neighbouring Pool Cafe, a breezy and casual hangout.
There are couple of other restaurants, including OTW (On the Waterfront), which sports the all-glass dining room surrounded by reflective pond (available for private parties and dinners), and Elam, which we’d visit every day for breakfast.
The Lodhi maintains attention to detail and atmosphere worthy of its origins as one of the Aman hotels, but it has also developed its own independent style and attitude. The architecture may feel imposing from outside, but the hotel feels intimate—this is augmented by The Lodhi’s nurtured trendy image and personal approach.
From our first impression to the parting good-byes, this is what defined The Lodhi experience.