While the term ‘boutique hotel’ can be rather meaningless today, we use it to describe the best hotels in India with less than 25 rooms. On an Experience Travel Group holiday, a boutique hotel will always have character and an informal atmosphere conducive to enjoyment that will add to your overall India holiday experience.
India has a wonderful depth and breadth of this type of hotel. While some of the country's ‘heritage hotels’ also meet this description, we are focusing the 'boutique' category, on those which have been built for their guests and perhaps run in a more professional style, without detracting from the particular character of the region or place where they sit.
Our consultants can advise on the right balance of hotels for you: for us, the perfect India holiday often involves a stay in several different types of hotel, to best experience what this incredible country has to offer.
47 Jobner Bagh, Jaipur
A small, clean and characterful hotel in central Jaipur, with a lovely roof terrace, green gardens, and spacious rooms
Aanavilasam Plantation House, Periyar
This delightful planter's bungalow has understated luxury set in a pepper and cardamom fields, with beautiful rooms and great activities.
Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar
A commanding 18th century fort on the sacred River Narmada, Ahilya has spectacular views, comfortable rooms, and a remote, relaxed feel.
Brunton Boatyard, Cochin
This relatively new hotel is a painstaking reconstruction of 19th century Colonial life on Cochin Harbour. Great value and fantastic seafood.
Bujera Fort, Udaipur
A boutique property resembling a historic Rajasthani Fort just outside of Udaipur.
Coco Shambhala, Goa
A cluster of 4 luxurious, spacious villas with personalised service away from the crowds in Goa.
Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg, Goa & The Konkan Coast
Luxury, spacious villa accommodation with private infinity pools looking out over the rugged Konkan coast.
Eighth Bastion, Cochin
A lovely boutique hotel with modern, yet earthy design features and Dutch colonial charm. There is a small pool, bikes to rent and nice food.
Ginger House Museum Hotel, Cochin
A quirky, unique boutique property that is just as much a museum as it is a hotel.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
Restful, elegant, and welcoming, the old converted Glenburn Tea Estate is the perfect place for a retreat.
Heritage Madurai, Madurai
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Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom
Come to Kumarakom Lake Resort for the royal treatment, the finest luxury and tea on the lawn overlooking lovely Lake Vembanad.
Lakshman Sagar, Raipur
Lakshman Sagar is an old hunting lodge in remote Rajasthan, expect sustainable cottages with luxury touches.
Mantra Koodam, Kumbakonam
Lovely light and spacious cottages and villas make up the eco-friendly resort situated between two rivers.
Mihir Garh, Rohet
A magnificent fort rising out of the desert, Mihir Garh provides elegance, space, and great outdoor activities.
Mountbatten Lodge, Ranakpur
Tucked away on the borders of Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, this special boutique hotel is redolent of bygone ages.
Palais De Mahe, Pondicherry
A traditional French colonial-style building steps away from the promenade and seafront.
Pepper Trail, Wayanad
A charming and beautiful renovated bungalow amidst scenic coffee, spice and pepper plantations.
Phillipkutty's Farm, Kumarakom
A remote homestay experience, Phillpkutty’s Farm is a tropical oasis near Lake Vemnabad.
A restored 18th Century Rajput palace constructed at the foot of the Mehrangarh Fort, offering tradition and style.
Raas Devi Garh , Delwara
Award-winning modern minimalism in a converted romantic 18th Century fort palace in the Aravalli Hills.
Nestled in lush forest and coffee plantations, this intimate hotel has a fascinating history and is a beautiful place to relax.
Shalimar Spice Garden, Periyar
Peaceful thatched cottages set amongst spice trees and surrounded by wildlife.
Spice Tree, Munnar
Nestled in the picturesque Munnar Hills, this charming little boutique hotel is the perfect nature retreat.
Taj Gateway Pasumalai, Madurai
Offering panoramic views of Madurai from Pasumalai Hill, this hotel has over 100 years of history and boasts a pool and spa.
The Postcard Velha, Goa
Spacious colonial-style villas and rooms set in a secluded location just outside of Old Goa.
The Rajbari Bawali, Bawali
A fully restored 300 year-old property filled with local art in West Bengal.
The Serai, Jaisalmer
The ultimate in desert glamping: impeccable service, beautiful surroundings, and a solid connection with nature and village life.
The Serai, Chikmagalur
A luxurious getaway in the heart of historical coffee plantations, the ideal place to recharge your batteries.