Twenty-four stately King Palms herald you into that porch where sturdy and gracious darbans welcome you to the hotel. The lobby with it's high Rotunda embellished with gold leaf work, creates an aura of colonial splendor. The design of the Rotunda symbolizes Lutyen's design of The Universe in the center of the lobby. The hotel is divided in to four wings and has 263 beautifully appointed rooms and suites. It's restaurants are masterpieces with museum - like interiors. The permanent 'Art-Galleries' house a priceless art collection as well as antiques that the hotel has acquired over the years
Rooms: The Royal Imperial Suite bears an unmistakable signature of luxury, spaciousness and `feel of the Orient'. Treasures collected from the four directions adorn it's quarters. The Living Room fitted with antique furniture like the Lutyens Drop Leaf side table, Lutyens Spiral Back desk chair with a solid teak writing desk, once used by Sir Walter Lutyens to write Hukumnamas or orders are yours to live with. The original work of Prince Soltikosf adorns the walls, with the floor embellished with an antique early 18th century Persian carpet, with a hue of vibrant colours drawn from nature. The early 17th century candle-posts sit on the side tables to re-create an era of unhurried attention to detail. The bedroom is furnished with a four poster king-size bed with a canopy of that finest cotton fabric dyed in colours of that period. The bed- sides are furnished with an 18th century Indo-Portugese bureau and cabinet. In the luxury of a Private Verandah, guests may treat themselves to the finest of Darjeeling teas and feel the first rays of the morning sun herald a new day in the heart of New Delhi.
This was Pandit Nehru's favourite place to meet with his friends. Over tea and snacks, they would discuss at length lofty ideals and more practical matters. Now renovated this quiet white - trellised verandah is 'The Garden Party' restaurant. A secluded spot for quick meals and delicious snacks round the clock, it overlooks acres of lush green garden of the hotel.
The Special Imperial and Heritage Rooms: have high ceilings with colonial- style interiors and are located in the outer wing, overlooking the gardens. These rooms have dual data ports for internet and facsimile connectivity and have uninterrupted power supply plug points. The rooms, have very low sound levels and are constantly supplied with filtered fresh air, which is replenished every hour. The rooms offer a choice of marble or parquet flooring with artistic borders and exquisite Persian hand-knotted carpets. Each room also has unique antique pieces of furniture and paintings from the art collection of the hotel. Lutyens Suite: Dedicated to Sir Edwin Lutyens, the suite is furnished with some of his original furniture designs. His famous design of 'The Universe’, adorns the flooring of the living room. Original artifacts and antiques, including a 200 year old bronze Chinese horse and an old chandelier by Osler, contribute luxurious touches to the suite. The Four Poster bed, wing chair with a cigar table and Indo-Portugese late 18th century chaise lounge, bring back the romance of a bygone era. The luxurious Italian marble-fitted washrooms with glass shower closets and walk-in dressing rooms, hint at the unmistakable attention to detail, which is the hallmark of The Imperial.
Location: The Imperial is located on the prestigious Queen's Way, now Janpath. It is a stone's throw away from Connaught Place, world's most uniquely designed, fashionable shopping market and premium business district of New Delhi. The International and Domestic airports are a convenient half an hour's drive through wide tree-lined avenues of Lutyen's New Delhi. As you approach the hotel, you pass by the Viceregal Lodge, now The President's Palace, The Parliament House and the North and South Block, nerve center of the offices of the Government of India. The National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, the Dolls Museum and many Theatres are a 5 minute drive from the hotel. The main sight-seeing attractions like the India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Bahai Temple, Red Fort and the Old Delhi city are easily accessible as the hotel is located in the heart of the capital. The Imperial is also less than 10 minutes away from the main parks like the Lodhi Garden and Nehru Park. The Airline and Railway reservation offices are located nearby. In fact, the eyes of many world travelers, The Imperial is the best located in New Delhi.
Restaurant & Bar: The Daniell's Tavern is the most elegant restaurant in town and houses the famous works of Thomas & William Daniells, the uncle and nephew duo, who traveled extensively in India during 1786-1793 and painted its unrivalled scenery. In the process they also discovered the cuisine of India. The restaurant offers Colonial Indian and Continental cuisine complete with a live band and a Bar.
The Spice Route was the grand riddle and also the golden chariot of the medieval world. From whence came the aromatic gold of the Indies. The restaurant offers humble homage and obeisance to the painters of Guruvayoor, to the craftsmen of Borbudur and the wats of Kurugehep, now known as Bangkok. Within its museum quality interiors' we invite you to an armchair travelogue to the wonders of South- East Asian cuisine from the historical 'Spice Route'.
Patiala Peg: The Patiala Peg commemorates the Maharaja of Patiala's team's victory over the Viceroy's, in a robust game of tent-pegging in the early 1900's. The Patiala Peg with it's stock of fine wines and liquors, offers the perfect setting to relax after a hard day's work.
The Royal Ballroom evokes the splendor of Lords and Ladies bowing and curtseying, before they swirled across the floor to the strains of waltzes. This is where the distinguished guests amused themselves when the hotel was opened in 1933, by Lord Willington. Probably the only authentic ballroom remaining in India. The vast ballroom today also serves as a venue for conferences and lavish parties for the elite, sitting up to 500 guests, auditorium style. The Imperial also offers two mid-sized conference rooms for up to 80 people each and three exclusive meeting rooms which can individually accommodate up to 18 quests.