The Imperial Hotel is one of the grandest Hotels in Delhi with an ancient history and hence is a legend in itself. It was built by its owner, S. B. S. Ranjit Singh and today is managed by his grandsons, Sardar Hardev Singh Akoi and Sardar Jasdev Singh Akoi (present owners) who run it under the banner of M/S Akoi Saab. It was designed in the typical blend of contemporary Colonial Style and Victorian Style of architecture by Bloomfield in 1931 AD, who was an associate working under Sir Edwin Lutyen, the famous architect of the New Delhi City. The Hotel was inaugurated in 1936 AD by Lord Willingdon.
The Entrance path of the Imperial is fringed by 24 King Palms which lead you to the Hotel Porch and hence forms a significant part of the architecture. The exquisite Lion Insignia gifted by Lady Willingdon is what inspired the name of the Hotel from where the name Imperial was derived and typifies the very existence of this Grand Masterpiece.
The Imperial Hotel interiors are richly decorated with Art Deco work and high rise ceilings, crystal chandeliers, marble floor, large and exquisitely designed mahogany antique furniture accompanied by a string of impressive 18th and 19th century original Art Collection and Masterpieces that decorate the corridor and walls of the Hotel.
The Imperial Hotel is popular landmark Hotel in New Delhi as it is located on Janpath which was formerly known as Queensway. It is just a few steps away from the renowned shopping district called Janpath Market and the Commercial and Entertainment hub called Connaught Place and in close proximity to major tourist attractions of Delhi.
The Imperial is equipped with 190 Rooms and 43 Suites, each dressed with a theme-based decor. The Rooms are available for Single and Double Occupancy and ranges from Deco Rooms to Imperial Rooms, Heritage Rooms and Grand Heritage Rooms while the Suite style ranges from Heritage Suite to Deco Suite, Viceroy Suite, Emily Eden Suite, Hodges Suite, Lutyens’ Suite, Royal Imperial Suite and The Royal Imperial Suite plus Daniell’s Suite. The Rooms have a Queen size Bed each while the Suites have a King size Bed each that are dressed in exclusive Porthault linen from France. Each room is has an attached Marble Bath equipped with Fragonard bathroom fittings and a hairdryer.
Amenities and Facilities
Guest Room Facilities:
All the Rooms and Suites in The Imperial Hotel are equipped with a mini bar, coffee maker, climate control facility, Flat screen Television with Cable TV connection, High speed Internet connection, Dual line phones with Data port, voicemail and speakerphone, in-room safe, Newspaper in various International Languages and 24-hour room service and concierge.
The Presidential Suite is one attraction that encompasses an area of 3,000 Sq. Feet built with a private and extravagant dining area and a living room, both tastefully decorated with expensive upholstery and a Bang & Olufsen Television with DVD Player along with a private Steam Room, Sauna, Jacuzzi and a palatial style Bedroom that exudes a Royal ambience.
The Imperial also showcases The Royal Ballroom, Emily Eden & Hodges Room and The Imperial Museum that has a wide collection of colonial era memorabilia.
Visitors and in-house guests can enjoy an array of culinary delights and beverages at The Imperial Hotel.
The Spice Route is known as one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. The entire place is designed on the principles of Feng Shui and is divided into nine different sections wherein each section depicts a part of the journey of life. Besides its stunning décor, The Spice Route boasts an extravagant menu that tickles taste buds with exquisite South East Asian delicacies. The Courtyard is adorned with traditional Thai sculptures from the Chiang Mai region in northern Thailand. It features a beautiful water body with floating candles and petals strewn all over to form the centre of the Courtyard. The far end of the pavilion features a traditional Khantok seating arrangement for six guests under an oriental pagoda.
1911 Bar offers over 500 varieties of beverages. It has a lounge area and plays club music for its guests. It boasts of two private rooms named the ‘Hardinge Room’ and The ‘Lutyens & Baker Room.’ The walls of the Hardinge Room showcases pictures of uniforms and attires of various battalions during the British Raj and the Victoria Cross which is the highest gallantry award given to a soldier in the British Army. This is only one that exists in Delhi.
1911 Restaurant is replete with antiquities that date back to the 1911 Durbar period. It is divided into 3 areas and features a Verandah Lounge that overlooks The Imperial lawns the grandeur of the Art Deco style set in rich mahogany.
San Gimignano offers a delectable blend of delicate flavours of ingredients that are procured locally and imported from Italy. It offers the finest of balsamic vinegar, cheeses, pasta, risotto and olive oils. The restaurant also boasts of a premium selection of Italian wines and grappa.
Daniell’s Tavern serves cuisines that have been taken out of the diaries of Thomas and William Daniell, an uncle-nephew team who came to India in 1786. The menu boasts of tradition of regional Indian dishes like Aishbagh Korma, Dhingri Dolma, Dum ki Biryani, Gosht-E-Awadh, Jheenga Chettinad, Khyber Murgh, Peshawari Kebab and Phaldari Kebab. The restaurant showcases original lithographs by the Daniells of which the lithograph of the Jantar Mantar monument painted from the exact spot where the Daniells Tavern stands today is a must see. It also features a well stocked bar that serves an array of creative cocktails and the finest of cigars. A live band also performs here over the weekends.
The Atrium is where guests can enjoy their morning tea that is served with an array of patisseries and cakes whereas the traditional English afternoon tea is an absolute divine experience. These factors make the Atrium an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying your day.
Patiala Peg is one of the most popular bars in Delhi and it definitely lives up to its name as this is the only place where larger measure of 75 ml pegs are served instead of the normal 60 ml pegs. During the early 1900s, an exciting tent pegging encounter took place between the Viceroys team and the team of the Maharaja of Patiala right here. The Bar also boasts of a remarkable collection of photographs of the Maharaja of Patiala during the Second World War.
La Baguette La Baguette is a pastry shop that is situated at the common entrance to the Royal Ballroom and 1911. It serves an exclusive range of West-Asian pastries, homemade ice-creams, patties and exquisite chocolate showpieces. Most of the ingredients used in the recipes are imported from France and various other countries.
Business and Recreation Facilities:
The Imperial Hotel provides Meeting and Recreational facilities that include:
- Banquets and Meetings Area
- Business Centre
- Chanel for Luxury Shopping
- The Imperial Book Shop
- The Imperial Boutique
- Wellness Centre