10 interesting facts about The Oberoi, New Delhi

The Oberoi, New Delhi opened its doors in the year 1965 and has enjoyed unwavering patronage ever since. A renowned icon of New Delhi and a pioneer in luxury hospitality, this multi award-winning hotel has hosted the world’s elite– from presidents, CEO’s and celebrities. Located in the heart of the Delhi, the iconic hotel overlooks the green environs of the 18 hole Golf course on one side and the awe inspiring World Heritage site- Humayun’s Tomb on the other. The Oberoi, New Delhi is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year and Wicked Spoon Confessions lists 10 interesting facts of this iconic luxury landmark:

1. In 1965 when the The Oberoi, New Delhi opened its doors it was known as ‘The Oberoi Intercontinental’ 

2. It was the first hotel to be built by Rai Bahadur M. S Oberoi, Founder of The Oberoi Group.

The Oberoi, New Delhi Lobby in 1965
The Oberoi, New Delhi present day Lobby

3. The Concierge at The Oberoi, New Delhi, was the first to be conferred with the adherent membership to “Les Clefs d’Or Singapore” (The Society of the Golden Keys Singapore) in the city.

4. It introduced Digital Video Discs (DVDs) in all its deluxe rooms, a first in any hotel in India. 

5. The first hotel to offer 24 hours In room dining service, butler service and round the clock laundry service.

6. The Oberoi, New Delhi introduced the concept of a 24 hour coffee shop -a one of its kind coffee shop to the city- ‘CafĂ© Espresso’ in the year 1965.

7. The Oberoi, New Delhi overlooks the green environs of the 18 hole Golf course on one side or the awe inspiring World Heritage site- Humayun’s Tomb on the other.

Humayun’s Tomb

8. The Oberoi, New Delhi is an award winning hotel celebrating its ‘50th’ year of excellence in hospitality and uninterrupted operations.

9. La Rochelle was the finest French restaurant in Delhi back in 1985 when it opened. It had a wine bar with a large selection of wines from the world over. It used to be located where Threesixty° is today.

"La Rochelle" ( French cuisine restaurant) - 1991

Award winning all day dining restaurant "Threesixty" In place of La Rochelle

10. The Oberoi Intercontinental was the first hotel to hire lady hostesses in their restaurants back in the time.

Moghul Room ( Indian cuisine restaurant) - in 1965
The Oberoi Patisserie & Delicatessen in place of Moghul room


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    1. Don Miller I stayed there in 1967 for 2 weeks, I think it the only place to then. Springfield, MO.

  2. Visited it often in the seventies. Great and the only place in those days.

  3. Visited during 1972 with Vijay Pandit. There was bar in its top floor having a name familiar to a beer brand. It was past midnight and the beer was from some place out of this world.Again on one DRY day Vohra accompanied me in the year 1975 with a hope to get some MATERIAL but we had to come back after sipping coffee in the cofee shop. The best I liked was DURBAAN who was a sardar almost Seven feet tall.

  4. Evolution is the key to survival and success. It's going to be a tough story from here on with mushrooming of some of the best names in the game in NCR.

  5. Proud to be associated with popularly known in Hotel fraternity.... TOND ...the foundation of my career.

  6. Thank You @Vishwa Nath Sood for such a lovely tidbit about your fond memories at Oberoi, New Delhi!! We would love to hear some more

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  10. Stayed there many times in the '70s while working in the fashion industry. It was the only choice until many hotels were built for the Asian Games that were held in Delhi in 1982. I always enjoyed the stay. My next stop was always in Bombay at The Taj Mahal Palace.

  11. This article has convinced me to consider Oberoi New Delhi for my next trip. It seems like a perfect blend of luxury, culture, and history. Can't wait to experience it firsthand!
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