The Imperial

Traditional, colonial, grand

Janpath, New Delhi 110001

+91 11-2334-1234

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At a Glance

The most traditional luxury option in Delhi, the Imperial offers guests timeless elegance in the heart of the capital.

Indagare Loves

  • Cool atriums filled with natural light, fountains and palms
  • The traditional Spice Route restaurant is as beautiful as its cuisine is delicious
  • The underground spa maintains a serene vibe and cool temperature but still has natural sunlight thanks to a series of skylights


Don’t let the Chanel boutique in the lobby fool you; the Imperial is all about history. In 1933, the Akoi family built this Art Deco hotel from the ground up (a novelty in India where so many luxury hotels are set in former palaces). Now, in their fourth generation of hoteliers, the family remains at the helm of the property, guiding it into the modern era by welcoming business as well as leisure travelers.

Vestiges of the imperial era abound, from the palm tree-lined entrance to the spectacular collection of over 3,000 period lithographs, etchings and watercolors adorning the walls. The original artwork features the Indian landscape and traditions as seen by traveling English artists in the Victorian period, and the décor harkens back to this era’s grandeur, one of gentility, polo playing and tea parties in palm court verandas.

Of the five restaurants, a favorite is the light-filled Atrium where guests can enjoy tea throughout the day. Spice Route is a classic choice and is beautifully decorated, while pan-Indian Daniell’s is adorned much like an Englishman’s study complete with works of art by Thomas and William Daniell. The uncle-nephew duo were sent by Queen Victoria to paint the Indian subcontinent through watercolors and traveled extensively throughout the territory in the late 18th century. 1911, named for the year Delhi became India’s capital, offers extensive buffet breakfasts and lunches in a grand, spacious setting.

The Imperial’s stunning spa specializes in Ayurvedic treatments. There is a pretty outdoor pool with serene lounge areas as well as an excellent fitness facility including a squash court. Daily yoga classes are complimentary and held in the morning, typically outdoors.

While the Imperial remains the grand dame hotel in Delhi, and many guests adore the traditional heritage and culture, many prefer the more luxurious and contemporary Lodhi and Leela Palace. The hotel’s 235 rooms, including 43 suites, range in quality and many do not have views. Contact Indagare for tips on which rooms to request.

Written by Amelia Osborne Scott

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