The best 7 star hotels in India
20th January, 2023
There are several great 7 star hotels in India. India knows how to do luxury hotels, and here are the best of the best!
What is a 7 star hotel in India?
OK lets start by clarifying what is a 7 star hotel in India or anywhere else in the world…. the truth is that there isn’t really any such thing. It was (and is) a term coined by journalists when talking about hotels that are super luxurious, offering a huge range of outstanding amenities and that generally cost a fortune to stay in.
The first 7 star hotel was the Burj Al Arab in the UAE. However, there are now more hotels around the world that are given this elusive label. They are the hotels of the rich and famous. Royalty, A-list celebrities and business moguls are all the typical customers when it comes to 7 star hotels in India and beyond.
The best 7 star hotels in India
Below you’ll find some of the best 7 star hotels across India – essentially the most luxurious hotels in the country!
Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg
For a sense of serenity, head 4000 feet above sea level to the hilly rainforest. More specifically, to the beautiful Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa.
With a spa, four restaurants and big luxury bedrooms featuring minibars and jaw-dropping views, you will feel fully refreshed by the time you leave this amazing hotel. If you want to sit back, relax and just soak up the atmosphere you can do; if you want to get stuck in to activities during your trip, there’s that option too. Choose from cookery lessons with top chefs, or nature walks through the luscious local area. There are two pools, free WiFi, room service options and a fitness centre. There’s a golf course nearby, regular entertainment and on-site shops too.
The Luxury Pool Villa, complete with king size bed and a garden view, is as cheap as £530 for a one-night stay (click here to check prices for your travel dates). This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – meaning it is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other 7 star hotels in India.
With its own private pool, a balcony and plenty of space, you’ll feel like you’re in a world of your own here. It has its own living area, minibar, a coffee machine and an extra large bed as well as those stunning rainforest views. You’ll certainly feel at one with nature in this beautiful villa. It’s as though you have walked right into an exotic fairytale in the very best way!
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Owned by the Royal Family of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace is actually a converted palace dating from 1835.
The hotel is absolutely breathtaking, and worthy of being labelled one of the best 7 star hotels in India. Operated by the Taj Hotels Group it is technically a five star hotel in terms of official rating. However, it is luxurious enough to be given 7 stars by journalists, travel writers and hotel critics. With an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a full spa, you can take your pick when it comes to deciding where to spend your time.
Rooms are spacious, air-conditioned and bright, complete with hand-painted murals on the walls and rich textures throughout. You’ll get an en suite with a bath and shower, and all rooms have a TV, safe and minibar. There is free WiFi and parking, an on-site bar and four restaurants. Choose from Indian, Chinese or BBQ cuisine, or head to Polo for cocktails at happy hour.
The Grand Royal Presidential Suite with Garden View is the most luxurious room at the Rambagh Palace. It features a four poster bed, incredible decor, a dining area and a private terrace. Spreading across 1100sqft, the room sleeps two with plenty of space for entertaining should you need it. It will set you back around £4000 for a one-night stay (check here for prices on your travel dates). The jewel tones of the decor and the comfort of the setting make for a stay that will incredibly royal and luxurious!
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
Located in Mumbai, this (officially) five-star, luxury hotel is definitely one to consider when looking at so-called 7 star hotels in India.
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is situated next to the Gateway of India, and has always been considered as the pinnacle of the hotel industry in the East. The hotel has 560 rooms and 44 suites, and is part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces group.
Many notable guests have stayed here over the years. During World War I the hotel was actually used as a military hospital. It opened in 1903, and the new Taj Mahal Tower wing was added in 1973. Later, in 2008, the hotel was targeted in a terrorist attack – it was closed for extensive repairs but reopened on 15th August 2010. This is India’s Independence Day, so it was very symbolic.
The hotel overlooks the Arabian Sea, so the views are spectacular. Covering 2.6 acres, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel has 10 restaurants, a spa, a pool and on-site luxury shops. Guests are offered 24-hour butler service, and yacht service is available too when the weather allows.
The Grande Luxury Suite is the best spec room; it has one bedroom, and your stay includes 2-way airport transfer in a luxury car as well as high tea daily. All rooms including this one have an en-suite, free WiFi, a TV and a minibar. With an office area, huge living space and a sea view, this is a dream-worthy hotel room. It will set you back around £1000 for a one night stay (check here for prices on your travel dates). This means it’s one of the least expensive 7 star hotels in India…
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Formerly a summer palace of the royal dynasty of Mewar, the Taj Lake Palace is located on the island of Jag Niwas. This is in the middle of beautiful, serene Lake Pichola.
The palace itself was built in the 1740s, facing east so inhabitants could pray to Surya (the Hindu sun god) in the mornings. With walls made of black and white marble, decorated with various semi-precious stones and surrounded by lush gardens, the Taj Lake Palace Hotel is absolutely stunning.
The hotel has been used in various films, such as The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959) and Octopussy (1983). The views both of and from the hotel, especially at sunset or sunrise, are something you will see once and remember for the rest of your life.
With rooms ranging from a Luxury Double Room with either a garden or lake view to the Grand Presidential Suite, also with a lake view, there is a variety of room choice here. With gardens, terrace seating, a pool and picnic area, there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. You can soak up the sunshine and admire the peaceful nature of the area. The hotel has free WiFi, and free parking is available too; there is a spa, 24-hour reception services, 3 on-site restaurants and much more.
For a one night stay in the Grand Presidential Suite it will put you back around £2500 (check here for prices on your travel dates). You’ll have a balcony and lake view. Inside, the room has a minibar, living space, four poster bed, huge marble bathroom, stunning decor throughout and all meals included.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
If there is anywhere more incredibly royal, anywhere that oozes glitz and grandeur more so than here, then you’ll struggle to find it – the Taj Falaknuma Palace is world-renowned for its beauty and facilities.
There are 60 beautiful rooms, a spa and wellness centre, manicured gardens… there is so much to fall in love with at one of the most amazing 7 star hotels in India. The pool has its own bar and a stunning view, the WiFi and making are free. There is even on-site horse and carriage transport! There are four restaurants offering Indian cuisine as well as Italian, Thai, Singaporean and Mediterranean dishes.
The Nizam Suite is the biggest and best room at the Taj Falaknuma Hotel. A one-night stay in will set you back an eye-watering £6,800 including breakfast (check here for prices on your travel dates). However, what you get for the money is pretty special. The suite comes complete with its own private pool and outdoor seating area, as well as a bedroom, drawing room and huge, luxurious bathroom. This suite was once where the world’s richest man lived… This should give you an insight into how grand the interior decor is. It is the biggest ‘presidential suite’ in the country, complete with crystal cut chandeliers and 18th-century artwork.
With a personal butler service and many other offerings (guided walks, personal qawwali sessions and much more…) you’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you arrive at this spectacular hotel. It is the most expensive of the 7 star hotels in India on this list. It really is on another level when it comes to the luxury it offers to guests and visitors, though.
The best 7 star hotels in India
Which of these 7 star hotels in India have you visited? Which would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments section below!
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