The Imperial

Delhi, Delhi and the North, India

At a Glance

  • Centrally located and easy to get around, The Imperial is situated on Connaught Place and a stone's throw away from India Gate

  • The Imperial projects classic Anglo/Indian luxury and is seeped in history - there are 7,000 paintings and 2,500 original photos hanging in the hotel's hallway galleries, and a tour of all the art and artefacts is available - this hotel would definitely appeal to history buffs

  • The Spice Route is stunning, beautiful hand painted murals throughout the pillars and walls

  • The atmosphere is relaxed and refined, although some may find it a tad formal

  • The restaurants are justly popular, so there's a busy and buzzy atmosphere - be sure to book ahead

  • The cuisine is fantastic, including the famous high tea

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Best time to Visit

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Due to temperatures and precipitation, Delhi and much of northern India can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time temperatures can get up to 40°C. The coldest months are from December until February whilst the monsoon season is from the end of May through to August. During this time although the the temperature cools, the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months. The best season to visit is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and very cool, making it great for sightseeing.

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Insider's View

After sightseeing, why not take tea on the lawn at the hotel - apparently this is where Nehru, Gandhi, Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten sometimes met to discuss the partition of India and the birth of Pakistan

Book in advance to dine in Spice Route, exceptional food in extraordinary surroundings.

Book a tour with one of the hotels historians to discover and understand the fascinating heritage of this beautiful hotel.

Book a Grand Heritage Room for space to expand, relax and sort through your newly acquired treasures after a busy day’s site seeing in this incredible city.

If you go for a Heritage Suite, request an outward- rather than an inward-facing one to benefit from natural light.

When staying here leave yourself a bit of time to stroll to Connaught Place, the heart of shopping in Delhi. The Imperial is one of the best located hotels for allowing you the freedom to do this.

Enjoy a delicious meal at the Spice Route restaurant. They serve a wide selection of South Asian cuisines including Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian. The paratha is really great!

The hotel offers a room specifically for those in a wheelchair with lower facilities and wider doorways.

Experience the spice Room which is one of the top ten restaurants in the world and it's like walking into an art piece with the incredible murals and theme

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to The Imperial or take a look at our itineraries to Delhi

Description

The Imperial is a beautiful hotel with an old colonial and art deco feel, set right in the heart of New Delhi. The Imperial is perfectly situated for sightseeing and shopping and would appeal to guests who appreciate history and a charming formal air.

Built in 1931 by Edwin Lutyens, The Imperial is situated in the centre of Delhi within walking distance of Connaught Place, the major shops and monuments. This 5 star hotel is a mix of Victorian, old colonial and art deco design and houses a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and murals.

The Imperial offers guests 235 restored rooms and suites. Rooms feature king size beds with exclusive linen from Porthault, France, beautiful marble baths with hand showers, Fragonard bathroom amenities, minibar, tea / coffee maker, a Bang & Olufsen TV and in-built DVD player, high speed WiFi, dual phone line and an electronic safe.

Relax and unwind at the Imperial Spa where you can enjoy a range of treatments from Aromatherapy and Swedish massage, to body scrubs and foot reflexology. There are three restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine along with landscaped gardens and a swimming pool.

Local attractions include the Red Fort, built in 1638 by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Jama Masjid built in 1656 by Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built Taj Mahal), Chandni Chowk one of the city's oldest markets, Raj Ghat set amidst large, manicured gardens, Humayun’s Tomb, an elegant example of early Mughal architecture and the war memorial arch of India Gate. The hotel's location also means guests can enjoy the salubrious shopping and eating out opportunities of this upmarket area, with easy to access Old Delhi.

We feel that The Imperial is one of Delhi's finest historic hotels, however in recent years service has become a little slower. We still feel that this is one of the best places to stay in Delhi due to the overwhelming history and charm.

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Accommodation

The Imperial offers 235 Rooms and Suites split between Imperial Rooms, Heritage Rooms, Heritage Suites, Deco Suites, Deluxe Suites, Lutyen’s Suite, Royal Imperial Suite. Rooms offer a range of views overlooking the Atrium, the swimming pool, lush landscaped gardens, the Terrace garden or the Spice Route Courtyard. All rooms feature: marble bathrooms, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee makers, air-conditioning, satellite TV, wifi, phone, safe and newspaper.

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at the Imperial but there are no specific facilities. A baby sitting service is offered on request.

Facilities

Facilities at the Imperial include a swimming pool, spa, fully equipped fitness centre, a chic shopping arcade and a large choice of bars and restaurants. The Spice Route is an award winning restaurant serving South-East Asian cuisine in an astonishing temple like decor that took 9 years to complete. 1911 Restaurant and Bar offers international cuisine and is well stocked with more than 500 varieties of fine wines, liquors and spirits; while Gimignano is The Imperial's specialty Italian restaurant.

Activities

The hotel offers complimentary use of the 'Health and Racquet Club' as well as the swimming pool but spa treatments are charged additionally. The Imperial also houses the Imperial Boutique, The Imperial Book Shop and Chanel, offering guests luxury shopping without every having to leave the hotel. Local attractions include the Red Fort, built in 1638 by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Jama Masjid built in 1656 by Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built Taj Mahal), Chandni Chowk one of the city's oldest markets, Raj Ghat set amidst large, well kept, undulating gardens, Humayun’s Tomb, an elegant example of early Mughal architecture and the war memorial arch of India Gate.

Reviews

5

Charlotte Winter (Staff)

The Imperial is a historical, heritage property with bright and airy rooms and a great selection of dining options. This iconic property is located very nearby to Connaught Place and is a great option for those who want to be able to explore the city on foot. Owing to its colonial past, The Imperial is also an excellent choice for those with an interest in history and art. The property oozes luxury from its pool to its spa, however service at times is a little slow.

4

Mr Mike Russell (Guest)

A quality hotel that has generally been sensitively modernised to retain the colonial feel. A shame that they chose not to add a shower cubicle in the update as there was plenty of room and a curtain over the shower is not what we would expect in a 4 star hotel. We were allocated an “inside room” (ie no external windows, only a window into the foyer) which felt a little claustrophobic. Had we not been so tired on arrival, we would have asked for a room change. Recommend that Scott Dunn guests should always be booked into/insist on external rooms.

4

Clare Monro (Staff)

A fabulous hotel and definitely my favourite option in Delhi - but it comes with a price tag! It isn't a small hotel but it doesn't feel too big, it is very elegant and colonial in style. The garden and pool area is really peaceful - and afternoon tea is a must!

4

Jessica Cator (Staff)

This has to be one of the best hotels that I stayed at in India. It has the perfect combination of opulence and charm. Nothing is over stated and absolutely nothing is too much for the staff to do for you. It is also a very well located hotel in such a sprawling city. For guest who are interested in the history of one of the oldest hotels in Delhi, the heritage tour will bring your surroundings wonderfully to life.

5

Emma Neale (Staff)

I loved how steeped in history this hotel is and I particularly liked how it has retained its original character. The restaurants and bars in this hotel are also exceptional especially Spice Route - an ornately decorated restaurant that serves some of the best pan- Asian food available in Delhi.

5

Susie Reynolds (Staff)

As someone who should in many ways have been born in 1900, The Imperial was right up my street, classic, elegant luxury, influenced by the British, created by India. There is little to fault here, unless, that is, you are not keen on the more formal old fashioned hotels. It certainly has a formal air about it but that is part of the charm. This may initially appeal to the older generations but I'd urge anyone with even a hint of interest in the British Raj to stay here.

Experiences

  • Agra - Mughal Heritage Walk (Kachpura)

    Visit the small village of Kachpura, a rural settlement, with a stunning backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

    The youth from the community, who have been trained up as tour guides, take you through the village allowing you to real get a feel of village life.

  • Delhi by night

    Delhi has some of the most amazing restaurants. We always keep our ear to the ground about the latest places to dine, and speak to all our guests about dinner reservations before they travel.

  • Delhi Street Food Tour

    Head to Old Delhi's most famous market, Chawri Bazaar, and discover the incredible sights and smells. Your foodie tour will take you around the narrow streets, where your guide will talk you through the variety of delicacies on offer.

  • Explore New Delhi

    Explore New Delhi, the area that Britain constructed between 1911 and 1931 as their new Imperial capital in India. Think of leafy, wide avenues, and white-washed bungalows. See the vast Rajpath, the Parliaments Buildings and Humayun's Tomb.

  • India by Train

    A train journey in India can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. You see the life and soul of India in its many stations, as well as fantastic views of India's countryside.

  • Mughal Heritage Walk

    Visit the small village of Kachpura, a rural settlement, with a stunning backdrop of the Taj Mahal.

    The youth from the community, who have been trained up as tour guides, take you through the village allowing you to real get a feel of village life.

  • Old and New Delhi

    Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.

  • Salaam Baalak walk in Delhi - Paharganj

    During Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk, you will be guided by a young adult who used to live in the streets of Delhi before joining Salaam Baalak Trust. Your walk will give you a unique perspective and at the same time empower a worthwhile programme.

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Location & directions

Delhi, Delhi and the North, India

The Imperial is centrally located on Janpath, the erstwhile Queensway. It is steps away from the renowned shopping district and major city attractions and 1 km from the central business district of New Delhi.

How to get there

9-hour direct flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Imperial is a 30-minute transfer from the airport.

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