The Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in India

Where to Stay if You've Never Been to India

Mysore Mysore

If it's your first trip to India for the activities and sightseeing, then you're in for a treat. But the biggest question is often where to stay for a first time visitor to India. With so many amazing hotels to choose from, it can be tough to make a decision to make the most of your first trip here. That's where we come in! In this comprehensive guide, we'll help you find the best hotels for first-timers in India. After analyzing all of the hotels based on price, location, amenities, ratings, and more, we have come up with our list of the best hotels in India for first time visitors. We'll cover everything you need to know about these hotels, including the amenities, location, prices and ratings. So, whether you're traveling solo, with family, or as a couple on a romantic getaway, you'll find the perfect hotel if you've never visited India beofre. So check out these terrific hotels, many of which have sparkling swimming pools, delicious restaurants, and top-notch amenities, along with the perfect balance of comfort, location, and affordability. So, let's get to it and discover the best hotels in India for your first trip!

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

Fairmont Jaipur - AccorHotels Brand

Jaipur, Rajasthan
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $139 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to India
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • Heated pool

Located at 2, Riico Kukas, Δ€mer, Fairmont Jaipur - AccorHotels Brand has great rooms from $139 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. It has a terrific 8.40 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, first time visitors will especially love a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, hiking, mountain views, and child care at this relaxing hotel. You'll enjoy relaxing while having room service delivered.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Child pool
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Hiking
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Coffee shop
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


Juna Mahal Boutique Home Stay

Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Guest House with prices starting at $17 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Family-Friendly
  • Pool

A great place to stay is Juna Mahal Boutique Home Stay which has nice rooms starting at $17. Offering a pool, room service, a restaurant, a bar, and child care, it also has a great guest rating of 8.60 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Ada Bazar,Daga Street , Clock Tower Area. This convenient hotel is also nice because it offers laundry services, city views, cooking classes, a game room, and car rentals which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. Unwinding at the restaurant after sightseeing is a nice way to end the day. It's also less than the average price for first time trip hotels, so it's a great value.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Pool
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms


The Leela Palace Udaipur

Udaipur, Rajasthan
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $605 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Family-Friendly

We found The Leela Palace Udaipur to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $605. We loved that is has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 9.20 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at Lake Pichola P.O. Box No.125. You'll also find a kid-friendly buffet, mountain views, child care, laundry services, and cooking classes which travelers will love. And this fun hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. That hot tub is terrific after a long day of sightseeing.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Breakfast in the room


The Leela Goa

Cavelossim, Goa
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $253 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Visit to India
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach

With terrific rooms from $253, The Leela Goa, at Mobor provides an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Its terrific guest rating is 9.10 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. New visitors will really like this amazing hotel which also offers a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, child care, laundry services, and golf. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. The swimming pool is fantastic and lots of fun, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Playground
  • Kids' club


New Bul Bul Group of Houseboats

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $22 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Good Stay for Your First Trip
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

New Bul Bul Group of Houseboats has a great guest rating of 9.00 out of 10, and offers skiing, room service, a restaurant, a bar, and parking. The great rooms here start at $22 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at Gate No 7 opposite Hotel Welcome. Dal Lake Boulevard Road. Furthermore, it also offers breakfast, hiking, mountain views, laundry services, and golf, which is nice for first time visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this fantastic hotel is a terrific choice. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for first time trip hotels.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Skiing
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Horse riding
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hiking
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room


DoubleTree By Hilton-Pune Chinchwad

Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $98 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for Your First Time in India
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Family-Friendly

The great guest rating of DoubleTree By Hilton-Pune Chinchwad is 9.99 out of 10. This place has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $98, and it's located at C-32 MIDC Tata Motors Road, Chinchwad. We also love the a kid-friendly buffet, mountain views, laundry services, city views, and a spa and wellness center which are great for visitors. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Family-Friendly
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Breakfast in the room


The Carlton

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
5-star Resort with prices starting at $233 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect for First-Timers
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

A cool place is The Carlton because it has great rooms that start at $233. It has room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, snorkeling, and a bar, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.96 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at Lake Road .. Only a short distance from the city center, travelers will especially love breakfast, mountain views, child care, laundry services, and golf at this convenient hotel.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Room service
  • Snorkeling
  • Breakfast included
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Kids' club


Taj City Centre Gurugram

Gurgaon, Haryana
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $87 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Places to Stay for a First Visit to India
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

Taj City Centre Gurugram offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $87 (before taxes). It's located at Sector 44 Near Huda City Metro Station and has earned a guest rating of 8.70/10. This fun hotel is also nice because it offers a kid-friendly buffet, child care, laundry services, golf, and pet-friendly rooms which new visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Child pool
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Coffee shop


GReaT trails yercaud by GRT Hotels

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $85 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Perfect Hotel to Make the Most of Your First Visit

Located at 20th Hairpin Bend, Salem - Yercaud Main Road Ondikadai Post, GReaT trails yercaud by GRT Hotels has great rooms from $85 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. It has a terrific 8.60 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, mountain views, child care, and laundry services which first time visitors will love. And this amazing hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. The indoor pool at this hotel is very nice, and is a great place to unwind and relax on your trip.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Indoor pool
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rental
  • Fishing
  • Family rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Breakfast in the room


ITC Grand Goa a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Uttorda, Goa
5-star Resort with prices starting at $266 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Great Hotel for First Time Visitors
  • Beach

A great place to stay is ITC Grand Goa a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa which has nice rooms starting at $266. Offering an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a casino, and a restaurant, it also has a great guest rating of 8.50 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Arossim Beach. Visitors will really like this fantastic hotel which also offers a fitness center, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, child care, and laundry services. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. We love a fun pool bar, and this one is a nice spot to chill and relax by the pool.

First Time Trip Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Free breakfast
  • Spa
  • Child pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beach
More Great Amenities
  • Pool bar
  • Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Babysitting / Child Care
  • Laundry service
  • Pets allowed
  • Game room
  • Free parking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Private pool
  • Tennis
  • Coffee shop
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground
  • Kids' club


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How much do hotels for first-time visitors cost in India?

India Average First Time Trip Hotel Price
$74

After analyzing 1302 first time trip hotels in India, we found the average first time trip hotel price to be a remarkably economical $74. Naturally, this destination has many fantastic first time trip accommodation options with a variety of prices. The price will vary by the hotel's amenities, available dates, and the general location. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in India.

The average prices of our suggested first time trip hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $149
  • 4-star hotels: $105
  • 3-star hotels: $51
  • 2-star hotels: $32


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