Location: This 1931 hotel is one of New Delhi's most recognizable buildings, located in centrally located on Janpath, the old Queensway. Shopping is steps away and it's just a 30-minute drive from the airport.
History: Aside from art, the Imperial has a rich cultural heritage. The hotel's bar Patiala Peg is where Nehru, Gandhi, Lord Mountbatten and Mohammad Ali Jinnah met to discuss the partition of India.
Service: The Imperial is widely considered one of the best hotels in Asia, with a string of accolades to its name.
Located in the center of New Delhi, The Imperial is a splendid reminder of the city’s colonial past. The hotel’s 231 rooms and suites are designed in a combination of Art Deco and traditional English styles, and the hotel’s main lobby has an impressive collection of colonial-era Indian art. Dining options are Spice Route, which serves exceptional Southeast Asian cuisine, and 1911, set on an outdoor verandah overlooking the property’s lush gardens, serves continental cuisine. Other amenities include complimentary wi-fi, fitness center, outdoor pool, spa, and business center. The Imperial Hotel is approximately a 40-minute drive from the international airport (DEL).
All 190 rooms and 45 suites at the Imperial are fitted with elegant marble bathrooms and boast high ceilings and beautiful period furnishings. King beds are bedecked with high-quality French linens and all modern conveniences such as in-room WiFi, tea and coffee maker and flatscreen TV are supplied.
Stylish art deco suites feature parquet or marble flooring, a sitting area for 5-6 people, bedroom, marble bathtubs, plush beds and Fragonard bathroom amenities. Suites offer atrium, courtyard and terrace garden views and plenty of living space at 580-630 square feet. Each room includes a fully stocked minibar, tea and coffee maker, climate control, Bang & Olufsen flatscreen TV with satellite channels plus DVD player, WiFi, dual phone line with data port and voice mail, and safe.
Heritage Rooms offer 350 square feet of space, elegantly furnished with wooden sleigh bed and marble floor, plus a sitting area for guests and the option of a garden view. Each room offers a fully stocked minibar, tea and coffee maker, climate control, flat screen TV with satellite channels, WiFi, dual phone line with dataport and voicemail, and safe.
These elegant suites offer 550 square feet of living space, with an amply sized sitting area and beautiful parquet floors. The bathroom features marble tub and Fragonard bathroom amenities. There's a fully stocked minibar, tea and coffee maker, climate control, Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV with satellite channels plus DVD player, WiFi, dual phone line with dataport and voicemail, and safe. The Heritage Suites are large enough for an extra bed at additional charge.
Lovely warm décor features in these rooms, sized from 300-320 square feet. French linens and large wooden sleigh beds promote restful slumber and marble bathtubs are complete with Fragonard toiletries, with the option of a separate shower stall in some rooms. Each room come with a fully stocked minibar, tea and coffee maker, climate control, flat screen TV with satellite channels, WiFi, dual phone line with dataport and voicemail, and safe.
These spacious suites feature four-poster beds with French linens, a separate sitting area, Kohler marble bathtubs and Bvlgari bathroom amenities. There's a guest cloakroom, a dressing room and dresser, plus views of the rear gardens. Floor space is 750-800 square feet. Each room includes a fully stocked minibar, tea and coffee maker, climate control, Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV with 45 satellite channels plus DVD player, WiFi, dual phone line with dataport and voicemail, and safe.
The Imperial offers a host of business and health facilities catering for both executives and leisure travelers. Fitness and wellness are covered by the property's award-winning spa, and there are three different banquet rooms for functions or meetings, not to mention the property's meticulously kept lawns.
The fitness club was launched in 2010 and offers guests the use of Technogym equipment, bikes, treadmills, and cross-training machines, plus Pilates Reformer classes. There's a squash court and yoga and meditation sessions and a personal trainer to assist where needed.
The Imperial Spa is an award-winning establishment focusing on holistic wellness. Yoga, massage, meditation and beauty therapies are offered, with the option of the Moghal Suite for couples and the Kerala Suite for all Ayurvedic treatments. The menu includes Thai, Swedish and Shiatsu massage, rejuvenating rituals and diamond DNA facials, plus "retreats" that offer full spa journeys tailored to different needs. The spa uses Sufi products, its own signature brand.
Positioned amid royal palms in a shaded area of the hotel, the pool refreshes and invigorates. A pool bar is on hand to provide waterside drinks and snacks.
All hair and beauty needs are addressed in-house, with holistic health solutions for hair and nails. The salon offers treatments for men, manicure, pedicure and hair styling for women and a special cosmetics and bridal room.
Truly catering for a cosmopolitan crowd, the Imperial hosts nine difference F&B outlets. There are award-winning restaurants creating the best of Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine as well as Italian, with a French patisserie to complete the selection. Dining venues span indoor and outdoor spaces.
This classic colonial bar provides a nostalgic place for a pre-dinner drink, with walls decorated with historic pictures and the uniforms of various British battalions. The bar offers more than 500 different choices of drink, while the dining room serves a buffet lunch with a melting pot of cultural influences.
A showcase kitchen provides hours of entertainment in this pan-Indian restaurant. Inspired by the paintings of uncle and nephew team Thomas and William Daniell as they travelled India in 1786, the menu traverses old world specialties from across the country. The "live" kitchen is complemented by a live band.
Guests can satisfy their sweet tooth at this patisserie, offering a selection of French delicacies from 10am to 10pm. European classics such as Black Forest cake are available alongside west Asian desserts, chocolates and homemade ice cream.
Beautiful art deco windows and vintage photographs recall a golden era, where couples can enjoy dinner to live piano or jazz. European meals are served with a selection of old and new world wines.
This bar was made famous for hosting a meeting between Nehru, Gandhi, Lord Mountbatten and Mohammad Ali Jinnah. With rich mahogany interiors and a larger than usual "peg" measure (75ml as opposed to 60ml), have made it one of the most popular bars in Dehli.
Named after a hilltop town in Tuscany, San Gimignano serves up hearty Italian cuisine using local and imported ingredients. Italian wines and grappa are available as is authentic San Gimignano wine – Vernaccia de San Gimignano. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
This bright, sophisticated space serves morning and afternoon tea and is open until 11.30pm for those wishing to wind down with evening drinks. A water feature and marble floor create an old world ambience.
Southeast Asian cuisine is showcased here in this fantastically decorated dining room. Vivid murals painted with vegetable and flower dyes reflect the cultures of Spice Route countries – Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar – while the menu by chef Veena Arora features the region's most famous dishes, Kerala-style prawns, tom yum goong and Thai green curry among them. The courtyard also features examples of Isaan art from northern Thailand.