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The Imperial Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Janpath, New Delhi 110001, India   |  
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Ranked #4 of 608 Hotels in New Delhi
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I recently stayed at The Imperial Hotel whilst on a social/business trip to Delhi and i throughly recommend it!

On arrival i checked in promptly and was shown to my room by a lovely member of The Imperial team. The first impression of the hotel was very impressive! We walked through security and two doors with very friendly door staff and the lobby was fantastic! Even though i was in India there was a hint of it being British! Like home to home!

I upgraded to a heritage room and it was very nice. The room was spacious, a walk in wardrobe, fantastic views of the water feature and garden area. The bathroom again was very nice, with both bath and very spacious walk in shower. The products supplied were very good quality! The kingsize bed was ever so comfortable, and i slept in peace.

After settling down i went to explore the hotel, there are many photographs and paintings throughout the hotel and were very interesting from maharaja's to general's in the army all very regal and tastefully selected.

I had tea in the atrium and it a fabulous setting,when you look up there are windows everywhere and is very impressive the staff were professional and very accommodating anything you ask for isn't a problem.

After this i went to visit the spa where i had pre booked the Mirabhai Indulgence package. Firstly i went to the steam room for 10 minutes and then showered ready for my treatments!

Firstly i had a 90 minute body massage the 'Imperial depth' and wow it was amazing! The whole massage was an experience. The therapist was very experienced and i would surely recommend this to anyone stay there. The facial was included and was also very relaxing and good for the skin.

I purchased some 'Sufi' oils from the spa as the blends were very good and the essential oils in them were very calming.

For my dinner i went to the mouth watering spice route. The meal was divine from cocktails, prawn crackers, starters, main course and pudding! I would insist you visit this place when in Delhi.

In the morning i visited Bangla Sahib which is a sikh tempe in Delhi. The car was pre booked with the hotel and everything was perfectly punctual! The driver was polite and professional. What did really impress me was the fact i was slightly confused where to go so the driver came with me and guided me around the temple and showed me everywhere and explained it all to me! This was ever so helpful and i was very impressed by this.

On my return to the hotel i went for breakfast and decided to eat in the conservatory! Breakfast was delightful, i must recommend the masala tea and the mango booster shot!

On a whole the hotel was an amazing experience and well worth it if it's it your price bracket. The staff are polite, helpful and professional!

The hotel is fabulous and i will ensure i visit every time we visit Delhi. Full marks throughout!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

After staying in the very best hotels across India we came to this heritage place. The hotel is perfectly located for staying in the heart of Delhi.

However, the hotel entrance is more or less disappointing and check-in process very impersonalized. The staff is friendly but when you are inside the hotel there is a sort of a “heritage feeling” but in no areas you feel that the staff and the service goes an extra mile.

We had nice heritage rooms with a good pool view, but next to the room were the generators. You have not seen them, but sometimes heard. The rooms very nice but not having a separate shower on this level of hotels is not state of the art. Next to our rooms

For example in the pool area which is nice, you have to prepare you sunbed by your own. For every service the want money (e.g. post cards, just a one page b/w print out of the changed flight ticket).

Tea time is very nice and food in Spice route, the very famous restaurant, is far away from its reputation regarding quality of food and professional service. It was more a joke than a tasting experience…

There are other options in Delhi!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

IMPERIAL HOTEL
The Imperial Hotel has changed markedly since the 1980's and it is a first class establishment with fantastic staff. However personally I think the renovations have destroyed it's soul. The old Imperial had a lot of old world charm. The new Imperial is ritzy and very expensive. It is a great place to stay but if you are on a budget I would have a look at other properties in Delhi. Also beware that their bar is fine but check the drink prices carefully before ordering your $200 bottle of wine. Nevertheless a great hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed on 2 occasions in this hotel. This hotel has a lot of colonial charm in the public areas. The rooms are nice with excellent beds (however, make sure to ask for a room with windows, as we were twice assigned a room without any windows, quite claustrophobic and unacceptable at this price !). The restaurants are excellent, however the prices for wines are really exaggerated (compared to other top hotels in India e.g. Oberoi). The breakfast is very nice in the veranda. There is also a large swimming pool with lounge chairs, however the sun sets quickly behind the trees, so be there before 4 PM if you want to catch some sun.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 March 11, 2013

Lovely art-deco buildings set in spacious grounds and in a very central location (slightly impeded at the moment by works on the metro line). Broad expanses of corridor house an art history of empire worthy of any museum in the world. Punctilious from the first greeting, front-of house staff, room service and housekeping are all they should be and recall more gracious times. Our "Heritage" room was spacious and stylish and incorporated all modern amenities in a period setting. We enjoyed both restaurants and an elegant lunch on the terrace. A delight to stay there. However, prices are high and, while we felt they represented value for money, others might disagree.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Melbourne, Australia
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

If it really was his former residence he must have had a wonderful life and a big family...

Wonderful hotel, impressive without being a stuffed shirt. From the greeting to the farewell we had a wonderful stay. Initially stayed in a Heritage Room which was very comfortable. It seemed a fair walk from the foyer but it never seemed a problem as the walk through the halls with all the fabulous old prints was always interesting.

On our return, I had booked a Grand Heritage room but they upgraded us to a Deco suite which was a lovely set of rooms and an excellent example of art deco. A bit of a brickbat for some mechanical noise all night - subdued but annoying. May have been from the roof or outside of the hotel so cant be too censorious.

Food and Drink - the 1911 bar was fabulous as was the restaurant overlooking the garden. Food was excellent. Prices for food were good for what you got. $25 for a glass of run of the mill chablis was stretching it a bit.

Food at Spice Route was lovely as was the restaurant.

Food at San Gigagnamo was mixed. Lyn's fish was very good my Angel Hair pasta with seafood was an appalling gluggy shambles.

Service - from start to finish this was excellent except for the chap in the small bar who didn't listen when my wife asked for no ice in her G&T, he then removed it piece by piece with tongs...

  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

A wonderful hotel with equally wonderful service. The only thing that marred the experience was the work going on to extend the metro service. Immaculately clean, an excellent buffet breakfast, all public rooms and corridors evoking colonial splendour.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in New Delhi
#3 Luxury Hotel in New Delhi
#3 Spa Hotel in New Delhi
#5 Romantic Hotel in New Delhi
#6 Family Hotel in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Imperial Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 233
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Also Known As:
Imperial Hotel New Delhi
Imperial New Delhi
Imperial Hotel Delhi
Hotel Imperial
The Imperial Palace Hotel
Grand Imperial Hotel
The Imperial New Delhi
The Imperial Hotel Delhi

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