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The Imperial

Rajasthan & the North

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The Imperial overview

The Imperial in New Delhi is recognised as one of the best hotels in the world. This elegant white building, set in three acres of lush gardens with Royal palms, is a 231-room hotel that offers outstanding accommodation, service and food in a beautiful setting –everything you’d expect from an international luxury hotel, but with a classic Indian feel.

All rooms and suites at The Imperial have, at the very least, magnificent marble baths, private bars, climate control, high-speed wireless internet, a 32” satellite TV, luxurious furniture and exceptionally high-quality bedlinen. The Imperial’s spectacular Lutyens Suite has sitting and dining areas, a study, and a superb master bedroom with four-poster bed, and an ensuite bathroom that has a large shower cubicle, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, double vanity counter and WC cubicle with bidet.

In an establishment that prides itself on meeting its guests’ needs, it’s not surprising that The Imperial boasts a range of very high quality bars and restaurants to suit every taste. Whether you want international cuisine or sumptuous Indian fare, there will be a restaurant at The Imperial that’s right for you. The Spice Route is a renowned restaurant at The Imperial and was heralded as one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller.

The Imperial also has an excellent fitness centre, swimming pool, beauty salon and barber shop and a new spa and a tennis court. The hotel is just steps away from the shopping and cultural attractions of the city. Since its inception, over 70 years ago, the hotel has been a repository of art and a home to many famous artists. Known as a museum hotel, it proudly displays a priceless collection of the ‘British Art on India.’


Open:  The Imperial is open all year.

Location:  The Imperial is an Art Deco style hotel located on Janpath, formerly Queensway, a short distance from major city attractions and shops. The international and domestic airports are about 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Rooms:  The hotel has a range of rooms and suites, 235 in total.  All have en-suite bathrooms, individual climate control, TV, ‘phone, safe, minibar and tea/coffee maker. Wi-Fi internet access and DVD players are available on request in rooms and are provided in suites. There are rooms specially designed for single women guests. At the top of the range, the Royal Imperial Suite has a master and guest bedroom, a dining area and veranda lounge, study, a bathroom equipped with a shower, baths, steam, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities.   

Activities:  Sightseeing in and around Old and New Delhi, shopping, relaxing at the hotel. Guests can take an art and historical tour of the hotel and enjoy nature walks in the grounds.

Facilities:  There are several restaurants. Cuisines offered include Indian, Asian, European, Italian and continental. There is a patisserie and tea, coffee and snacks are served in The Atrium throughout the day. There are 2 bars. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool which is heated in winter, deck, loungers and pool bar. There is a small gym. Massage, body scrubs, reflexology and Ayurvedic treatments are available at The Imperial Spa. Free yoga classes are available each morning. The beauty salon offers hair care, facials, manicures and pedicures. There is a boutique and a book shop on site. The hotel has an in-house Vedic astrologer. Other services include laundry and a currency exchange. The hotel is decorated with artwork and antiques.

Dining:  Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged.

Health:  We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.

There is Wi-Fi internet access. 

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Alex Burgess, Tribes

"The Imperial must be the finest hotel in Delhi.  It’s stunning internally, packed full of character and full of history.  Royalty have stayed here, you could too!"

David Houghton
"What can you say about this hotel. Ultra comfortable,excellent food wall to wall staff a fine example of colonial India."
Michael, Judith & Lucy O'Connor
"Only one night and part of the day, but very good."
Mr. Eric Stelfox
"A great historic hotel. Impeccable service."

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