The Imperial

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Janpath, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, 110001, India

7 Reviews

The Imperial Hotel
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Satisfaction Excellent
Very Good

Value Score Great Value!

Costs 36% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families90
  • Couples89
  • Solo90
  • Business89
  • MM212's Profile Photo

    New Delhi's best hotel


    Few hotels in the world impress me in the way the Imperial did when I stayed here in Feb/Mar 2009 and again in Jan 2014. Opened in 1931 in the newly built capital of the British Raj, the legendary Imperial was the city's first luxury hotel, located on Queen's Way, today's Janpath. The hotel building, designed by the architect D. Bromfield, follows Art Déco lines on the outside, while maintaining a mix of colonial and Victorian styles in its interior. Long corridors and spacious rooms with high ceilings are furnished with an impressive collection of Victorian furniture and 19th century sketches of Indian monuments. Every possible five star amenity is available on the grounds of the hotel, including several superb restaurants, an incredible new spa and fitness centre, and an outdoor swimming pool, all accompanied by excellent service. Staying here was such a pleasure that I found leaving the hotel rather difficult. Naturally, the Imperial is one of the city's most expensive, but discounted rates over the stated rate can be found online.

  • Preetibandooni's Profile Photo

    The Imperial: A Perfect Abode


    I had booked The Imperial near Cannaught Place during last September trip to New Delhi. I had booked a Heritage Room in the hotel which was ethnically decorated with marble flooring and a huge King size bed which was both clean and comfortable. I am very particular about the toiletries and thankfully the bathroom at hotel was decked with all the important amenities. The rooms are decorated very traditionally and the services made me forget the high prices because this hotel is surely worth it. The hotel provides a complete classy experience of accommodating in the city. Dining was also very delightful experience here and surely its staff masters the art of hospitality.

    Directions: Near Cannaught Place

  • Best EVER


    I stayed there on business. I travel internationally frequently and have to say this is the best hotel I have ever stayed in. The room was furnished with the nicest furniture I have ever seen. The room had a large sitting area plus the sleeping area. I have seen apartments that were smaller and this was not a suite. The public areas are spotless. Brass gleams and the wood shines. The polo baf is like a colonial era club where the Brit upper class when for a G&T before dinner. The staff went out of their way make a connection with the guests and solicit their opinions. The hotel itself is art deco style and beautiful. It is located on a nice campus like setting, you would never know the hustle and bustle of Delhi is 100 yards away.

    Unique Quality: Just the best.

  • In keeping with the atmosphere of Delhi


    Big spacious rooms leading into well lit corridors lined with pictures of Nawabs and Rajahs of the olden days. Imperial has it all. The staff are helpful and courteous and the restraunts unmatched.

    Unique Quality: Right smack bang in the shopping district. Cabs and autos (the scooter rickshaw) no problem. Janpath and Cottage Industry is walking distrance. So is this great South Indian restraunt (dont remember the name).

  • A Superb Colonial Style Hotel


    A colonial style Hotel in the center of Delhi (Janpath) with class and top service. Spatious rooms with magnific furniture.
    Very good restaurants, one of them (The Spice Route) is renowned as one of the world's best.
    Highly recommended
    4nights Dec2003-Jan2004

    Unique Quality: The colonial scent is everywhere in this hotel

  • yadiyasin's Profile Photo

    The Imperial: A Majestic and Magnificent hotel


    I stayed in this hotel for about 10 days. This hotel is really superb. Even though this hotel was built in the 1911, the hotel is really quite modern with all the latest facilities, you even got wireless internet connection in your room.
    What I really like about this hotel is that they have all these old pictures (replica maybe) of the hotel and the history New Delhi and India, hang in every wall from the lobby to the hallway and on each room. All the pictures are placed in a very beautiful frame. They must thousand of them. And you can actually enjoy viewing these pictures one by one as you walked in the hallway, corridor, you room, the restaurants ý almost everywhere.
    Like walking through the old time of India as history unfold in each picture.
    I really recommend this hotel, you won't regret it. Seeing all those pictures is really priceless.

    Unique Quality: The restaurant is good, and really appreciated the availability of wireless internet connection in the room. But the pool is kind of a disappointment, too small, and too simple for a hotel of this class.
    For those who love shopping fro gift or antiquities, there are lots of small shops around and near the hotel (on the same street). Across the hotel is also a large handicraft department store (they called it emporium)

    Directions: Located in the area of Janpath street, nea the Connaught place/circle.

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    Stepping back in time


    This was the hotel that Ghandi signed the treaty that started India's independance. It is just like stepping back in time to the British Raj. The waiters all wore cream frock coats with burgundy piping and turbans. The height of elegance! What a privelege to stay there! The room was very large, elegant, columns all facilities, internet etc. Food excellent.

    Unique Quality: Large garden to birdwatch in. Very many species, plants, trees.

More about The Imperial


by TripAdvisor Member Priebatsch

The wide, well lit corridors of this hotel have interesting high quality paintings of India on the walls. Rooms are spacious. WiFi okay but not great. Service excellent. Probably the best place to stay in a depressing city. The Delhi airport is frequently fog-bound in Dec and Jan. Huge delays in a sub-standard airport.

This must be the best hotel in India

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at The imperial in December '05.

This is a top class traditional hotel.

The building and the interior is truly superb. The staff are professional and helpful.

It's not cheap but you will have to look very hard to find any fault.

If you are visiting for the first time I would strongly reccommend this hotel. Beware a cheap hotel in Delhi may be a total shock to your system!


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Address: Janpath, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, 110001, India