The Imperial New Delhi
Step into a bygone era as you turn onto the palm-lined drive of The Imperial New Delhi, a luxury hotel with an awe-inspiring heritage interwoven with colonial elegance. Behind the pink-and-white facade you’ll find marble floors, vast chandeliers, and imposing portraits of Maharajahs. Built in 1931, this historic, 233 room hotel is ideally located near Connaught Place, giving easy access to both bustling, colorful Old Delhi, and the spacious, calm boulevards of upmarket New Delhi.
- Chosen as India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015, awarded ‘‘Most Outstanding Luxury Hotel’ by Travel and Hospitality in 2016, and Conde Nast Traveler lists it as its a ‘favorite hotel in the world’ in 2018 Gold List
- Cool off in the expansive pool shaded by palm trees
- View the hotel’s 5,000-piece art collection and evocative antique photos
- Walk the halls where Gandhi, Nehru and Lord Mountbatten met to discuss Indian independence
- Take your palate on a sensory tour of South East Asia at The Spice Route restaurant
- Restore your energy with healing Ayurvedic treatments and therapeutic rituals at the award-winning Imperial Spa
Built in 1931 by one of Sir Edwin Lutyen’s associates and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, the hotel is the most distinguished address heart of India’s thriving capital. Reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj, from the black and white marble floors and teak furniture to the waiters serving afternoon tea, The Imperial is a peaceful slice of history that offers every imaginable modern comfort.
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Each of the 190 individually decorated guestrooms and 43 suites has its own personality and distinct interiors. Choose between a modern Deco room or colonial Imperial and Heritage rooms, each invites you to immerse yourself in a different era of the historic building’s remarkable life. Relax in your spacious room and unwind in a marble bath, complete with Fragonard or Bvlgari amenities, before slipping into linen sheets sourced from Porthault, France.
Upgrade to a Luxury Suite or the Royal Imperial Suite, fit for a king, where you will recline on a four-poster bed after easing any tensions in your very own hot tub. All rooms look out onto the verdant grounds or over the grand atrium.
Delhi’s dining scene is vibrant, but you won't want to leave the hotel with six restaurants, many award-winning.
The Spice Route – Proclaimed one of the world’s top 10 restaurants by Condé Nast Traveler, this stunning restaurant will tantalize your senses with its menu of Asian specialties and one-of-a kind architectural design. Sample dishes from India to Thailand and Malaysia, in an elegant setting. Be sure to order the fragrant Keralan irachi coconut milk stew.
San Gimignano – The hotel’s dedicated Italian restaurant was named Best Italian Restaurant in Delhi at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2014. Inspired by the city of the same name, the restaurant offers authentic Tuscan delicacies and sources many of its ingredients – and wines – from Italy.
1911 Bar and Restaurant – Whether you’re looking for a postprandial snifter in the wood-paneled bar, a light lunch in the marble brasserie, or afternoon tea in the lavish, blue-pillared veranda, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere that celebrates the historical significance of the hotel at this all-day dining spot serving eclectic world cuisine.
Nostalgia at 1911 – For a romantic evening, head to the intimate Nostalgia at 1911. The menu offers classic European favorites as well as an impressive wine list, and a magical setting with soft lighting and live jazz.
Daniell’s Tavern – Traverse India with every dish as you sample specialties from across India, especially Awadh, South, and Bengal, prepared for you by chefs in a live kitchen.
The Atrium – Bathed in natural light, The Atrium is the perfect respite in the afternoon. Take English high tea with three tiers of sweet and savory treats.
Patiala Peg – Finish your day at Patiala Peg, where you can enjoy a fine aged spirit while surveying photographs of the Maharaja of Patiala dating back to World War II. Beware, measures are still served the way the Maharaja liked them – extra-large.
La Baguette – The Imperial’s very own French-style pastry shop tantalizes with freshly baked breads, gateaux, pies, and patisseries from Europe and Asia, and includes many gluten-free options.
After exploring the markets, mosques, and the history of Old Delhi and New Delhi, dip into the hotel’s palm-shaded pool, stretch your muscles with a yoga practice or gym workout, or unwind in the spa, where you can enjoy a massage, body or beauty treatments using 100% organic products.
The hotel places you in an excellent position to discover both Old Delhi, where rickshaws rattle through thronging, narrow streets, and New Delhi, a meticulously-planned neighborhood full of grand palaces and upscale shops.
- Visit the intricate pillars and sprawling domes of The Red Fort, a 20-minute drive from the hotel
- Marvel at the Jama Masjid, a huge, elaborately decorated mosque, a 20-minute drive from the hotel
- Browse through the designer shops at Connaught Place, 13 minutes by foot
- Barter at Chandni Chowk market where you can select souvenirs, silks, and spices, a 25-minute drive from the hotel
- Marvel at the soaring minaret of Qutab Minar, a 30- minute drive from the hotel
The Imperial New Delhi
Located on Janpath, one of the main roads in New Delhi, the hotel is a gateway to the bustling city. Close to tourist spots such as Connaught Place and Jama Masjid, it’s perfectly situated for exploring.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 22 km / 14 mi away, 30 minutes by car.
New Delhi railway station is 3 km / 1.8 mi away, 15 minutes by road.