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Just back from the Aman New Delhi
The Aman in Delhi is currently in the 'Worth a Look' section of Globalista's Report on Delhi but having just come back from staying there, it is decidely one of the Best Hotels in the city and we have amended the Report to reflect this.
On first view it's very unlike Aman properties giving the appearance of being a huge city hotel. As it happens this is deceptive as there are only 40 rooms; the rest of the property being apartments. It's still hard to believe that there are so few rooms as each of the 8 floors is vast but in fact there are only 5 rooms on each floor, each of which is huge.
Decor-wise, the rooms are everything you'd expect from the Aman with exquisite attention to detail but the public areas have less of an Aman feel, which is in part due to them doubling up as an art gallery - Apparao Art - where everything's for sale. (Some of the work is excellent but some of it is frankly hideous).
The basement area, though it's not subterranean, is the piece de resistance of the hotel with a spa, gymnasium, 3 outdoor tennis courts, squash courts and a huge pool. It's quite superbly conceived.
And there's a restaurant which we didn't get a chance to try serving Indian, Thai and International food. If breakfast is anything to go by, the food is likely to be excellent.
Who's the hotel for? Well if you're in Delhi as a tourist, it's absolutely perfect. A complete oasis of tranquility. (If you haven't visited Delhi before you just need to go to the ITC where the Bukhara restaurant is or to the Imperial to appreciate this).
If you're in Delhi on business, you'll love the hotel if you want peace and quiet but if you want to get in the mood to make a fortune rather than spend it, you may prefer the bustle of the Imperial or the Oberoi.