A clutch of mini-hotels is transforming Delhi’s lodging scene.

When it comes to lodgings, Delhi is a world of extremes: there are expensive city hotels and backpacker haunts, but little in between. Thankfully, a clutch of recently opened boutique hotels in the leafy suburbs of South Delhi looks set to even things out. The newest, Amarya Garden (C179 Defense Colony; 91-11/4656-2734; amaryagroup.com; doubles from US$170) features four vintage-themed rooms tucked inside a 1960s estate in one of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods. Even more stylish than its sister property in nearby Hauz Khas enclave (the six-room Amarya Haveli), this intimate hideaway is a confection of color, with hand-painted frescoes and Baroque accents throughout.

Transforming their family mansion, Sheetal and Atul Bhalla opened the seven-room Thikana (A-7 Gulmohar Park; 91-11/4604- 1569; thikanadelhi.com; doubles from US$90) in 2008. The Bhallas are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the city they call home, and are equally passionate about their new inn, which they’ve decked out with art and curios collected on trips across Asia.

It’s not just leisure travelers who are heading to the suburbs: funky new business hotel Thirty Three (33 Sri Fort Rd.; 91-11/ 4602-1333; thirtythree.in; doubles from US$125) has 24 rooms overlooking the gardens that envelop the 13th-century ruins of Siri Fort.

This article appeared in the April 2009 issue of DestinAsian Magazine.