The Imperial New Delhi

An opulent grande dame in New Delhi

Stepping onto the gleaming marble lobby floor of Imperial New Delhi is like stepping back in time. Surrounded by early-20th-century opulence with Victorian, Lutyen and art deco styles, it’s hard not to imagine a royal entourage coming around the corner at any second to admire the historic hotel’s vast collection of 17th- and 18th-century artifacts.

The regal retreat sitting on eight meticulously manicured acres certainly feels like a maharaja’s palace — as was intended when it was constructed in the mid-1930s. A fleet of luxury chauffeured cars, impeccably dressed staff, eight restaurants and bars, a modern spa and ornately adorned accommodations complete the impressive scene. It would take years to uncover all the clever details integrated into the fabric of The Imperial New Delhi, but that’s all just part of its charm.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Imperial New Delhi’s stunning mosaic-tiled pool with elaborate fountains offers the ideal spot for a dip after a day spent exploring the city’s bustling streets and famous landmarks.
  • Complimentary 45-minute yoga classes are provided on the luxury hotel’s pristine lawn six days a week. Just be sure to register at the spa to secure your spot.
  • A dedication to Ayurvedic principles sets The Imperial Spa apart from the crowd. An onsite Ayurvedic doctor can prescribe bespoke wellness rituals, and even standard spa treatments feature a tailored selection of essential oils to help heal what ails you.
  • Art lovers and history buffs will enjoy strolling the New Delhi hotel’s hallowed halls to view more than 5,000 artworks spanning the 17th to 19th centuries. The property is in the process of cataloging the entire collection to have a QR-code-enabled tour available by the end of 2023.
  • The Spice Route is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate, with intricately painted walls that took seven years to complete. Take a break from ogling the décor to indulge in a celebration of Asian fare ranging from Chinese to Indonesian to Indian.

The Restaurants

  • Imperial New Delhi’s 1911 Restaurant serves Indian and international cuisine in an elegant dining room styled after a turn-of-the-20th-century salon. We highly recommend enjoying at least one meal on the expansive terrace overlooking the gorgeous grounds.
  • Savor Italian plates on an Instagram-worthy veranda at San Gimignano. A cozy wood-paneled dining room is also available for those who prefer to dine indoors.
  • With its rich mahogany walls and plush leather seating, Patiala Peg is an enticing spot for a nightcap, especially for whiskey lovers.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Janpath, New Delhi, 110001, India
NeighborhoodSouth West Delhi
DEL (22-40 min)  
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