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“Mémorable week-end” 4 of 5 stars
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The Imperial Hotel
Ranked #7 of 706 Hotels in New Delhi
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Jakarta
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32 reviews
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“Mémorable week-end”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I spend a week-end in Delhi and i was staying at The Imperial Hôtel in New Delhi.
Very nice and charming hôtel . Not to many things to say it was just perfect .
breakfast and buffet are one of the best in the city.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Imperial is for sure the hotel to experience on your trip to delhi..
-great breakfast
-mostly attentive staff
-location is superb
-rooms can be a little hit or miss.. some face an internal courtyard.. ask to see room.
-there's a lot of delhi to explore in terms of restaurants etc. don't not leave the hotel!
-furniture is a bit shiny and some may find the atmosphere a bit dated
-you will be surrounded by other travelers like yourself.. you must visit other properties to see rub shoulders with indians...
-we were booked into this hotel with KOKOindia our amazing tour operator.. they explained the pros and cons of this property and we knew what we were getting into.
-all in all you must stay here at least once.. everyone will ask you where you stayed in delhi when you get home and undoubtedly the Imperial has been the bench mark for a long time.. but there are other properties out there that should be experienced to get a well rounded feel for new delhi.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Charm and elegance, excellent breakfast. Arrived at 4am on the 15th and left at 5am on the 16th to catch train to Agra, so very little time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. What we did see and experience was wonderful

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We were on the well torn golden triangle tour before a week by the beach - Imperial Delhi, Oberoi Agra, Jai Mahal Jaipur (couldn't get into the Rambagh) then Leela in Goa - I only list these as I'm sure if you are reading this there s a strong chance you are planning something similar.

Short story - entire tour fabulous, personal tour guide and driver a great way to be introduced to this fabulous country.

Imperial Hotel - great staff, great public spaces, fabulous breakfasts, and the spice route restaurant really good. We arrived on a Saturday morning, caught up on some sleep then went Varq at the Taj Mahal hotel. Great way to get out of the hotel although I recognise we remained within the top end tourist "bubble" - Varq Crab was superb and worth the trip alone, car organised by the hotel all very easy and fun.

These things only bother you if you let them however for completeness of review be prepared for some big cost disparities as you travel through India - imperial won the price for most expensive bottle of beer - 330ml bottle of Kingfisher =700 rupees -> Goa beach bar 650ml bottle = 100rupees. I totally get its not a fair comparison on any level but my fellow explorers be brave, open up to this fabulous country and with a bit of pre warning let the numbers just wash over you and enjoy!

NB- the Taj hotel looked fine for business or young execs on the pull but much preferred the calm confidence of the Imperial.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We have travelled all over the world and we always enjoy returning to the Imperial. It is always accommodating, friendly and a great oasis from the hubbub of the wonderful city. I have stayed there many times and still marvel at the beauty and attention to detail of this hotel (it is like a museum). The staff always remembers and acknowledges return travellers, their memories are amazing. The rooms are maintained impeccably and their superior service always makes one feel, as someone said, "Anything is possible in India".

Room Tip: Using the spa is a wonderful experience, one of the best and most beautiful in the world. I love the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We stayed at the Imperial on the front and back end of our trip to India. What a wonderful oasis with exceptional service and attention to detail. The pool area and spa are welcoming and delightful after our daily excursions. The 1911 restaurant and Spice Route restaurant were spectacular.

Room Tip: I think all rooms are great!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The Imperial Hotel is a beautiful building set in lovely gardens. It has an impressive outdoor pool, a spa and many other amenities you would expect from a five star hotel. The staff are exceptionally pleasant and helpful. We were able to check-in very early after a long flight from Europe. This was a big bonus.

The "Imperial" rooms are spacious, spotless and nicely furnished with very comfortable beds. The rooms are equipped with kettles, cups and saucers and spoons, so it is possible to make tea or coffee provided that you have your own supply of coffee. It remains a mystery why so many hotels only supply two tiny sachets of instant coffee, a failing to which the Imperial is no exception.

Unfortunately, the meagre supply of DIY coffee is not the Imperial's only failing. Our first night was spent in a conveniently located room on the ground floor that had frosted windows and consequently no view. It transpired that the rooms on that side of that wing, had it been possible to see out, would have overlooked the kitchen terrace where breakfast preparations started at 5 a.m.

On request we were moved with very good grace to a room on the 3rd floor with a fine view of the immaculate garden below. One is bound to ask however why a five star hotel would have any rooms with frosted windows.

Neither mini-bar in these rooms cooled the contents sufficiently to make them palatable. Both rooms had connecting doors to the adjacent room and the sound insulation was very poor. Conversations could be overheard easily.

Breakfast was excellent, with a vast choice of foodstuffs. The coffee served was American strength rather than European and varied in quality from day to day.

Considerations of value for money usually have to be set aside in the five star universe but it is impossible to avoid commenting on the cost of a connection to the internet at the Imperial: US$150 per week for wifi and proportionately more for shorter periods. That probably doesn't matter to their business clientele but for an independent traveller in the 21st century this may be an issue, as it was for us.

Room Tip: Avoid some rooms on the ground floor
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Imperial Hotel
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in New Delhi
#5 Luxury Hotel in New Delhi
#7 Romantic Hotel in New Delhi
#8 Business Hotel in New Delhi
#12 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
Grand Imperial Hotel
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The Imperial Palace Hotel

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