The Imperial New Delhi: A Grand Heritage Hotel

ByAndrea Thompson

July 3, 2024

The Imperial New Delhi, situated on Janpath Road close to Connaught Place in Delhi, is a five-star luxury hotel renowned for its enduring elegance.

Established in 1936, The Imperial holds the distinction of being New Delhi’s inaugural hotel and one of the Grand Dames of the East.

It represents a fusion of Victorian, Art Deco, and Lutyens’ architectural designs. Over the years, the hotel has been the choice of royalty, dignitaries, and international celebrities and witnessed the grandeur of 85 Maharajas and Maharanis convened in regal splendour during the Royal Durbar.

Since its opening in the 1930s, The Imperial has been a significant venue in New Delhi, especially during the final phases of India’s struggle for independence. It offered a unique setting for Indo-British interactions in its expansive gardens. Notable figures such as Pandit Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Lord Mountbatten convened at The Imperial for meetings.

The Imperial New Delhi joins The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., becoming the only Grand Dame in India to enter this exclusive network of independent luxury hotels.

The white marble colonnades, verdant gardens, and Italian marble flooring contribute to a majestic ambiance. The rooms and suites boast polished Burma teak, Persian carpets, and vintage chandeliers, while rosewood furniture enhances the luxurious feel.

Today, The Imperial remains a captivating blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication. Its 235 accommodations comprise luxury and art deco suites featuring unique architecture, as well as Imperial and Grand Heritage rooms with high ceilings that exude illustrious elegance with hand knotted carpets form local artisans, all while seamlessly integrating heritage with the latest technology.

Explore the historic hallways of The Imperial, surrounded by the world’s most extensive private collection of Indo-European art, dating from the late 17th to the 18th centuries. Displayed throughout the common areas, floors, and accommodations, this eclectic collection of over 5,500 rare and distinctive artworks, passed down through generations, seamlessly blends heritage with opulence.

One can embark on a supreme gastronomic adventure across a selection of world-class restaurants. From the delicate tastes of Italian fare to the robust spices of Asian dishes, The Spice Route showcases a commitment to culinary excellence and steadfast authenticity. The hotel’s trio of bars with their unmatched atmosphere and extensive drinks list, provides a sensory escape.

The Imperial boasts a Wellness Sanctuary where guests are immersed in a world of rejuvenation and relaxation, under the guidance of a resident Ayurvedic doctor and skilled therapists. It offers complimentary yoga sessions at the Yoga Sanctum and features state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

The iconic hotel offers an ideal setting for any event, ranging from the historic ballroom to the state-of-the-art boardrooms and lush lawns, providing luxurious spaces for meetings and events. The contemporary facilities can host gatherings of all sizes and types, with a capacity of up to 900 guests.

Day trips to the Taj Mahal can be organized for those wishing to explore this marvel from Delhi. The hotel caters to business travellers who value comfort and functionality, art enthusiasts attracted by the unique décor, and anyone who enjoys exceptional service and the allure of heritage.

It is a sanctuary of luxury, history, and art, a must-visit for travellers seeking an unforgettable experience in India’s capital city.