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“It has one of the best restaurants in Delhi” 5 of 5 stars
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The Imperial Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Janpath, New Delhi 110001, India   |  
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Ranked #7 of 594 hotels in New Delhi
New Delhi, India
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“It has one of the best restaurants in Delhi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Any visit to this Hotel is incomplete without a meal at one of the Restaurants. Spice Route is definitely the best not only for the food but for the setting as well.

A very - very close second would be their new conference rooms located outside the main building. They are state of the art and very comfortable.

The only sore point was the GYM. It is in stark contrast to the other state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

What a beautiful hotel.
You feel really the atmosphere, cosy, superb.
The staff is really great, and well trained.
The service is nice. The rooms are very beautiful, quiet and clean.
For sure if we have the chance to come back, we will definetly choose the Imperial.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

To start, it's Delhi and prices for finery are expected, so that's not a complaint but a,concern when you consider US $20+ for 2 draft beers (and remarkable cashews) at the bar. Value, no, refined elegance, yes. We spent three nights at the Imperial spoiled by crisp linens, amazing bath suites and impeccable service provided by consummate professionals at every level of hotel service. Not only is the hotel a refuge from the boundless energy and wonderful chaos that is Delhi, it is a culinary castle. We dined one evening at the Spice Route. I have read some concerns about the spicing or comparability of specific dishes to their home country counterparts, but having eaten both the high end and street version of those dishes in their original locales I found the food spot on in all ways. We enjoyed the chefs recommendation, a journey of many Asian/ASEAN cuisines; amazing. Again, caveat emptor, with nice (average price) bottle of wine the journey came in over $300. The 2nd night we dined at Daniels Tavern. Amazing Indian regional cuisine, just the right level of service, awesome live, traditional Indian musician trio and a fair price easy to digest. Breakfast each morning is an elegant affair with both continental cuisine and Indian foods expertly prepared. The one exception, I'd expect a cup of robust, well brewed coffee and received a pale, weak cup all three mornings. Get there early for a solarium seat- the best of inside and out. Final verdict- expected costs and I wouldn't stay any where else. Can you fix the coffee Imperial? ;-)

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

From the minute you walk in you know this hotel is special! The rooms are big and beautifully decorated. Little things like the complementary fruit platter and endless supply of bottled water are most welcome and the breakfast has everything you could wish for. Staying in the Imperial is like living in an art gallery. The pool is huge and (my husband tells me) lovely for a swim and spa.
I had a massage which was a treat as they turn it in to a real occasion. We enjoyed our stay immensely. My only criticism would be the pressure applied by some of the staff for tips, it can make you feel uncomfortable.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stayed 3 nights at the Imperial. Well located, this hotel features impressive grounds and a grand feel all around. The rooms are very spacious and the service was excellent. Great buffet breakfast every morning in a sunny room overlooking the grounds. And good choices for food

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Oh my goodness, this place was really special. We stayed here during our recent trip to India and started and finished our trip in one of the best hotels we have ever had the good fortune to stay in. This place is an art deco delight with mostly brilliantly preserved architecture and artifacts, as soon as you arrive, the doormen greet you with a 'Namaste Welcome Home Sir/Madam' and it really is mother India at her best. We have stayed in some crackers over the years, but this was very special down to the last detail. We just had the cheapest room on offer and it was still really lovely. The public areas are beautiful, the bars are full of atmosphere and buzzing - you would feel comfortable either on your own or in a group.The restaurant was a lovely setting and nice food (Spice Route), the terrace for breakfast was glamourous and a haven in the middle of the chaos of Delhi. The spa was one of the nicest and the lovliest looking spas I have ever been to and the treatment was first rate. The staff were very kind and helpful and we really appreciated the service. If we were going to Delhi again, we would not go anywhere else, this place delivers on every level providing that you have an appreciation of architecture and history and are not looking for a souless brand new hotel with no character.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This really is a first rate hotel. Rooms are modern. Swimming pool was crystal clear and HOT - I swam in the mist and fog in the early morning. Restaurants - Spice Road is 1st rate - manager even took my 12 yr old back to show him the kitchen as he is a foodie. Also ate at Daniels tavern (which is NOT a tavern but a great Indian restaurant) The sitar players and entertainment were just right - not too loud! Breakfast buffet is the BEST I have ever had!! We stayed 3 nights. Also used the hotel SUV + driver for site seeing one day - great way to see many of ND sites quickly. Truly this is a great hotel - packed with historic prints of India. Security was high but there was a Pan Asian conference going on the same time. Lots of Europeans at the hotel while we were there; seems they are on to a good thing! The concierge really took care of our needs with simply requests - like train tickets to Agra, guide and car waiting etc !!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Imperial Hotel New Delhi
Imperial New Delhi
Imperial Hotel Delhi
Hotel Imperial
Grand Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Palace Hotel
The Imperial New Delhi
The Imperial
The Imperial Hotel Delhi
Address: 1 Janpath, New Delhi 110001, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in New Delhi
#5 Family Hotel in New Delhi
#5 Romantic Hotel in New Delhi
#6 Business Hotel in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Imperial Hotel 5*
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