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Imperial Hotel, Delhi

The Imperial

One of Delhi’s finest heritage hotels, the Imperial is something of an icon. Built in 1931 during the British colonial period by an architect named Blomfield, an associate of Sir Edwin Lutyen, it's considered one of the best hotels in Asia and is renowned for its first-class service. Guests are greeted with polished marble, Burmese teak furniture and a collection of art and antiques. There are a selection of room types available, many of which overlook the large and lush gardens, and a number of award-winning restaurants serving up an eclectic mix of cuisines, from innovative Indian fare to sweet pastries.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

The hotel offers eight room choices, all with air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and TVs. Deco rooms offer queen size beds, while Imperial rooms have either king size or twin beds. Heritage rooms are spacious with an additional seating area and optional views of the gardens. Grand Heritage rooms are available with Hollywood beds and additional seating for up to six guests, as well as views of the gardens. Heritage Suites have two bedrooms with king size beds, while Deco Suites have larger windows with views of The Spice Route’s courtyard. Luxury Suites accommodate four poster beds and a Jacuzzi. The Royal Imperial Suite has a master bedroom with four poster bed, seating for additional guests and a separate guest cloakroom, as well as a dressing room with walk-in wardrobe, study and dining area for up to eight guests.

Location

The Imperial is centrally located between the districts of Old and New Delhi, making it easy to explore the highlights of both on foot.

Food and drink

Guests are spolit for choice when it comes to dining at The Imperial. The Spice Route restaurant serves food influenced by spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerela, through Sri Lanka and into Southeast Asia. There's also the 1911 Restaurant and Bar, serving a variety of local dishes and an impressive collection of whiskies. Featuring dark wood panelling and a stained glass roof, the bar provides the perfect setting for a tipple after a day's exploration. Meanwhile, Nostalgia serves European and continental fare, San Gimignano is an Italian restaurant where guests can eat al fresco, and Daniell's Tavern showcases dishes from around India. The hotel also has its own patisserie, La Baguette, and a further characterful bar, Patiala Peg. Afternoon tea can also be taken on the manicured lawn.

Facilities and activities

Facilities at The Imperial include a spa featuring 100% organic massage oils, a hair salon, outdoor pool, ballroom, conference rooms and one of the largest art collections in Delhi, with its own curator providing tours.

Accessibility

The Imperial doesn’t state it has disabled access on its website, however, we've had disabled clients stay here. The rooms are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and there's a large lift. Please speak to a specialist for more information.

Our opinion

In a country renowned for its heritage hotels, The Imperial is by far one of the finest options in Delhi.

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