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The Imperial, New Delhi

The Hotel Imperial, Nre Delhi.

Photo: Courtesy of The Imperial

1 Janpath
New Delhi, 110001, India
TEL: 91-11-2334-1234

A tasteful colonial theme park, this Art Deco icon—built in 1936, at the arrogant height of the Raj—is soaked with the ambiance of what writer Ranjana Sengupta calls “the whole tea-on-the-club-lawns and bugles-at-sunset world of Delhi in the 1930s.” An apt description for a pleasantly coddling yet vaguely unnerving time warp. It starts with the remarkable art collection, on display in every nook and cranny of the public areas: hundreds of historic lithographs, paintings, and anthropological sketches depict colonial-era and “native” life customs. The anachronism continues in the clubby 1911 lounge, all fan palms and cane chairs; in the stalwart Patiala Peg pub, smelling of single-malts and entitlement; and in the Imperial’s impeccably clipped lawns, fit for a coronation or a spot of croquet. The location, just blocks from Connaught Place, is as central as it gets; the service is not only confident but actually capable; and the rooms offer a tidy blend of historicism (in the Raj-style trimmings) and functionality (in the up-to-the-minute technology). The grounds are well worth an afternoon visit even if you’re not staying here.

Room to Book:

Deco Suites feature namesake Art Deco design and views of the courtyard, gardens, and atrium.

Insider Tip:

The hotel’s jewelry shop, tucked away off the parking lot, has a tiny but well-edited selection, focusing on semiprecious stones, silver, and Indian-favored yellow gold.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Business Center
  • Concierge
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Meeting Room
  • Maid Service
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 233

Number of Suites: 43

Number of Restaurants: 4

Number of Bars: 3

Year Opened:



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