I got very concerned about our stay at the Imperial, as I had heard from several people that the management of the hotel changed within the past year, and that standards had slipped. The previous manager of the Imperial is currently the manager of Raffles Singapore. So, I approached the Imperial with some trepidation. I was really pleasantly surprised. If the hotel was indeed better in years past, it must have been truly awesome, because it is a still a magnificentt place to stay.
The interior of the hotel is memorable. I think the hallways are really the best of any hotel that I have ever stayed in. Marble floors and walls lined with antique prints make going to your room a wonderful and interesting experience. I learned so much just looking at the hundreds of prints on the walls. And the rooms were quite beautiful as well, with spacious showers and nice toiletries (although NO hair conditioner...one of my pet peeves....)
True, our room had no view to speak of . The windows in the old part of the hotel are quite small, and as mentioned by another reviewer, there is extensive work going on one side of the Imperial. There are some shanty-type buildings outside, where workers do sleep. The hotel promised that the work would be quiet, and I would have to say that it was. And I didn't have any issues with privacy from the work area, although I was aware that there were people out there. There was extensive screening from the rooms, although this wasn't necessarily very attractive. All in all, I didn't find the work area to be an issue.
After a hot day in Delhi, the Imperial's pool is quite a treat. I didn't notice fumes, as mentioned by one reviewer. There is a large generator overlooking the pool, that did make noise, but it wasn't a problem. The pool is huge with magnificent fountains and lovely gardens surrounding it. The pool is a memorable part of the Imperial experience.
We made extensive use of the cars and drivers at the hotel, and found them to be excellent. One of the drivers took us to Agra, and if you are familiar with Indian roads, you will know that this is quite a wild trip in some respects. In Agra, there is almost no adherence to any traffic laws. The Imperial's driver was great, and made us feel very safe in the midst of the lawlessness!
Also, the concierge at the hotel got us a tour guide for Delhi with about 45 minutes lead time. The guide was incredible, with a master's degree in history. Such an intelligent and knowledgeable guy.....I was impressed that the Imperial could get hold of someone like that with such short notice, and at a very moderate price. So we were impressed by the concierge service at the hotel.
Oh, and the breakfast buffet at the Imperial in the 1911 restaurant is fantastic. Lots of variety of high quality food in a stunning setting. Don't miss it!
So, I would have to say that our stay at the Imerial was quite exceptional in many respects. I mean, why stay in the bland 60s style box hotels in New Delhi when you can stay in this historic and elegant place. The only other place in Delhi I would be tempted to stay is the Aman, and that just didn't work as well for our party this time. Imperial all the way.
- 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
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