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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.

Date of stay: January 2013
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1  Thank drewsky212
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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

Date of stay: March 2013
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Thank Scarlet1957
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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.

Date of stay: February 2013
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Thank DINKYorkshire
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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 ambiance of the Heritage Rooms, simple but beautiful.
Date of stay: March 2013
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Thank Cheryl P
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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!
Date of stay: March 2013
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