History of The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
Constructed in 1931 and opened for public in 1936, at Janpath, was known as Queensway back then, in New Delhi. It was the city’s first luxury hotel. The Imperial Hotel now boasts the largest collection of colonial and post-colonial art and artifacts in Delhi. It has a museum as well as an art gallery. The hotel has amassed a number of accolades that can be referred to on its website. The hotel contains nine restaurants and bars. These range from fine dining to bars, three banquet halls, a spa & salon and nine different styles of accommodation. The hotel was designed as a mix of Victorian and Colonial architecture with a hint of Art Deco style by architect, F.B. Blomfield. It was built by S.B.S. Ranjit Singh. The Imperial has hosted the Royals of several nations, actors, and actresses of international fame, adventurers, and tycoons.
Between 1996 and 2001, the hotel was restored by its General Manager and Vice President, Mr. Harvinder Sekhon. He opened six out of the existing nine restaurants and bars- namely “Spice Route”, “Patiala Peg Bar”, “1911 Restaurant and Bar”, “Daniell’s Tavern” and “San Gimignano”.
The bar ‘Patiala Peg’ has a special place in history as this was where Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Lord Mountbatten met to discuss the Partition of India and the birth of Pakistan.
How To Reach The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
The hotel is located in Janpath, which is the main road connecting the city center at Connaught Place. CP is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in terms of the nearby market and tourist spots. Here are some other good neighborhoods to consider.
All modes of transportation-cabs, buses, metros or rickshaws, are easily available
- The closest metro to CP- Rajiv Chowk
- Airport to CP You can also refer to our guide to arriving at the Delhi International Airport.
Amenities at The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some suites feature jacuzzis in the bathrooms.
- Wi-Fi: Available free for all guests throughout.
- Spa: The Imperial Spa Underground and built in Turkish-style, with a jacuzzi (free for guests). Special massage rooms for couples.
- Fitness Center: The Health Club, near the spa, has all the latest gear, yoga classes, and personal trainers.
- Breakfast: Not included. It can be paid for when booking.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
- Other Facilities: Boutiques. Money-changing. Travel desk. Cooking classes. Racquet Club.
Food and Drinks
1911 Restaurant – All-day dining and lunch buffets and terraced seating.
The Spice Route – Award-winning menu specializing in pan-Indian cuisines as well as Southeast Asian.
Sam Gimignano – Italian bistro with terraced seating. Voted as the finest of its kind in Delhi.
Nostalgia – Sophisticated café catering European food. It has an extended wine list and live piano music. Serves only dinner.
The Atrium – Set within an atrium. Light meals all day, especially popular for afternoon High Teas.
La Baguette – Bakery.
Daniell’s Tavern – Contemporary Indian cuisine and open-plan kitchen. Serves only dinner with live music.
1911 Bar – Marble bar counter and leather chairs with wall prints. Wide range of cocktails and imported spirits.
Patiala Peg – Beautiful chandeliers, prints of the Raj, and cocktails.
The Imperial New Delhi – Rooms
Luxury accommodation with over 190 rooms and 40+ suites, each designed with distinct interiors, overlooking the gardens. The beds all have Posturepedic spring mattresses and exclusive linen from Porthault, France. The price range is from $239/ night to $576/ night depending on the suite/room.
Here is a reservation link.
NB: No smoking is allowed in rooms or public areas. Not ideal for families in terms of setting, however, an extra single bed can be accommodated into some rooms and suites. Some suites have connecting doors.
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