The Imperial isn’t just one of the best luxury hotels in Delhi. It is also recognised as one of the top hotels in Asia, and has an impressive string of awards to its name. A justifiably institutional landmark in Delhi, there is simply no better place to stay. More than just a luxury hotel, The Imperial is a destination in itself.
What really sets The Imperial apart is its wonderful old world atmosphere and colonial charm. The hotel is housed in a restored Victorian-style building, which was built in the early 1930′s and included in the original plans for the city of New Delhi. As well as providing luxurious accommodation, it also serves as a museum containing an impressive collection of art and other historical items from British India. With a range of sumptuous dining options and exquisite guest areas, you will be spoilt for choice after a packed day of sightseeing in Delhi. Indulge in afternoon tea at the fabulous central atrium and you could almost relive the days of the British Raj. This is colonial style, luxury and sophistication at its very best. The hotel is very conveniently located in a central area of New Delhi, just off Janpath and adjacent to the government-run handicraft emporium. It’s set on eight acres of landscaped grounds, which makes it a peaceful sanctuary in hectic Delhi. It’s also well located for shopping. Delhi airport is approximately 30-45 minutes away by car.
There are 235 rooms and suites in total, each with a distinct interior – some are Art Deco in style with elegant muted tones and clean lines, others have a colonial feel, with richly coloured rugs and ornate antique furniture. Most rooms overlook the lush, verdant gardens; all offer total privacy and all the facilities you would expect from a 5-star hotel. The marble bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs, as well as hairdryers and telephones. Two bottles of mineral water are provided per person per day.
Each floor is dedicated to an artist and original works adorn the walls in the corridors and rooms. The 45 suites are breathtaking – some with an area of 650 sq. ft., making them easily the largest in India and some of the largest in Asia. The most luxurious is the vast Royal Imperial Suite, which has guilt furniture, chandeliers, lofty ceilings, enormous mirrors, inlaid marble floors and Italian sculptures. It encompasses a bedroom with a four-poster bed, a huge seating area, a library of books, a private terrace and its own Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
The various room categories at The Imperial are:
Deco Room 30m2: Double room with Art Deco styling and an ensuite bathroom.
Imperial Room 30m2: Double or twin room with an ensuite bathroom. Some Imperial Rooms overlook the gardens and some are specifically designed for female travellers, with security cameras outside the door (please enquire when booking).
Heritage Room 45m2: Colonial-style double or twin room with an ensuite bathroom, a sitting area and a desk. Some rooms are specifically designed for female travellers and have security cameras outside the door (please enquire when booking).
Grand Heritage Room 51m2: Large colonial-style double room with an ensuite bathroom and a sitting area.
Heritage Suite 51m2: Large suite decorated in a colonial style, with a bedroom, a separate seating area and an ensuite bathroom.
Deco Suite 58-60m2: Large suite decorated in Art Deco style, with a bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and a large sitting room, facing out over the gardens or The Spice Route courtyard.
Luxury Suite 69-78m2: Large suite with a bedroom with four-poster bed, a separate seating area, a dressing room or walk-in wardrobe, and an ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath. The Lutyens Suite and Emily Eden Suite are larger and more expensive than the smaller Viceroy Suite.
Royal Imperial Suite 276m2: Vast suite with a bedroom with four-poster bed, an ensuite bathroom, a living room, a dressing room, a collection of books, a private terrace, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room.
The Imperial has 4 restaurants and 3 bars, with everything from Italian cuisine and English afternoon tea to South-East Asian food on offer. The Spice Route has been voted as one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Conde Nast. Room service is also available 24 hours a day. My personal favourite is The Verandah of 1911 which overlooks a large expanse of beautiful gardens and has a wonderfully colonial atmosphere. Round the night off with drinks at Patalia Peg and you have the perfect Delhi experience.
For relaxation there is a lovely outdoor pool area and the magnificent Spa which I can highly recommend.
Simply the best place to stay in New Delhi and one of the best hotel experiences anywhere in the world. Enjoy...