The Imperial

Location: Delhi & Around | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Reminiscent of the halcyon days of the Raj, The Imperial Hotel is a historic five-star hotel situated in the heart of the multifaceted capital of New Delhi. Built in the 1930s, the hotel features lofty ceilings, marble floors, Burmese teak furniture and the largest collection of colonial and post-colonial art in Delhi.
Perfect forStaying in a grand hotel where iconic heritage is interwoven with colonial elegance.
In the knowBalancing modern delivery with an old-style class, the hotel has an outdoor pool, a lovely spa, and several dining options, and is centrally located, making it perfect for sightseeing.

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Service & Hospitality
  • City Hotel
  • Luxury Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Only a short walk from Connaught Place, The Imperial is a great choice for guests interested in museums, culture and retail therapy.

Rooms at The Imperial

The rooms and suites, decorated with distinct interiors, provide luxurious accommodation overlooking the landscaped gardens. They are modern and spacious and fitted with high ceilings and lush fabrics but the real gem in its shining collection is the Royal Imperial Suite, with its colossal marble bathroom, regal artwork and crystal-heavy chandeliers.

Food & drink

The Imperial houses award-winning restaurants that specialise in a range of delicious cuisines from around the world, with Southeast Asian cuisine at The Spice Route, multi-cuisine dining at 1911, pan-Indian at Daniell's Tavern, and Italian at San Gimignano. Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at The Atrium.


The Imperial Spa, also nestled amid the verdant surroundings, offer treatments that include the ultimate Imperial Synergy, a four hand massage, and the authentic Balinese Massage, a combination of stretching and acupressure techniques ideal for the weary traveller.

Activities at The Imperial

With 7,000 paintings and 2,500 original photos adorning the hotel’s walls, take a tour of the artefacts on display before asking the helpful concierge for advice on upcoming events and theatre plays in the area. 

In between, enjoy a morning yoga class, take a dip in the swimming pool, visit the hotel’s Imperial Boutique, full of luxury shops, or step out of the grounds to the nearby local attractions, such as the Red Fort, which was built in 1638 by Emperor Shah Jahan, Chandi Chowk, one of the city’s oldest markets, or Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

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Hotel location

The Imperial is 1km from New Delhi’s city centre – a 30-minute  drive from the airport.

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