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The Imperial, New Delhi

Opened in 1936 as the first hotel in New Delhi, this historic hotel is one of India’s finest. A palm tree-lined drive leads you to the Colonial Art-Deco style hotel, with white marble colonnades, vintage rattan furniture, polished Burmese teak, sparkling chandeliers, and an impressive collection of art and antiques – the hotel’s strong sense of history is clear and it oozes an old-fashioned charm.

Right in the heart of India’s bustling capital, yet set in 8-acres of lush gardens surrounding a huge pool, the hotel forms a welcome oasis to return to after a busy day in Delhi. The impeccable service is renowned and the varied dining choices excellent.

Facilities & Activities

As well as the impressive pool, the hotel has a well-equipped gym, a salon and a beautiful spa specialising in healing Ayurvedic treatments. A 45-minute morning or evening personalised yoga session is offered complimentary to all guests.

Art enthusiasts will love the huge collection of artwork, the largest in the city, dating from between the late 17th and early 19th centuries, which can be explored at leisure or on a tour with the hotel’s curator.

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With 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a coffee house and Patisserie, most tastes can be catered for.  The art-deco 1911 restaurant is an Indo-style brasserie; relaxed and uncomplicated, with a selection of continental dishes, it is perfect for guests of all ages. It is also the delightful location where the enormous buffet breakfast is served.

Those missing European cuisine can head to the semi-fine dining Italian restaurant, also offering alfresco seating,  whilst ‘The Spice Route’ is famous as much for its décor as its food.  Enjoy dishes from Kerala, Sri Lanka and South-east Asia whilst marvelling at the ancient temple pillars and mural artwork.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in The Atrium with decadent cakes from the patisserie, and the 1911 bar, with its retro surroundings, is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink. Whisky lovers will enjoy Patiala Peg, a bespoke bar serving the giant peg, born out of a friendly polo match in the early 1900s, and measuring 120ml.


The hotel has 192 rooms and 43 suites with 8 categories to choose from. All are designed with distinct interiors, but you can expect dark furniture, marble floors, Persian rugs and artwork adorning the walls.

The entry level Deco Rooms are small and overlook the atrium, so we would recommend the next level Imperial Rooms, which are more spacious, have a king sized bed, and garden views can be requested. Heritage Rooms are more spacious still with an additional seating area.

Interconnecting rooms are available, and for extra living space upgrade to a Grand Heritage Room or one of the suites, with a separate living space.


With its large gardens, an enormous pool with pool snacks available, and an excellent choice of restaurants, The Imperial is a great option for families, with plenty to keep younger guests entertained. A selection of board games and puzzles are also available for families to enjoy pre or after dinner.

The hotel offers a child minding service, and interconnecting rooms can be confirmed for those who require this.


The Imperial has implemented environment initiatives following the principles of Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. It was also the first hotel in the city to install an ‘On Line Air Monitoring System’ in the boiler chimney to monitor the air quality and 7 coal fired tandoors have been converted into PNG fired tandoors saving approximately 200
kgs of coal.  The hotel has also partnered with WWF India in the past.


Located on Janpath, one of the main roads in New Delhi, The Imperial is in a fantastic location for exploring both Old and New Delhi. India Gate and the Parliament buildings in New Delhi are moments away and it is easy to get into the bustling area of Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.

Connaught Place, centred on a ring of colonnaded Georgian-style buildings, and best known for its shopping, is within walking distance, the airport is about a 30 minute drive away, and the railway station approximately 15 minutes by car.


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