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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

No other luxury property in Delhi offers such an alluring combination of style and history.

Built in the 1930s, the Imperial blends Victoriana, colonial and art deco elements. Its architect was among a group, headed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, charged with shaping the look of New Delhi, the Raj’s impressive new capital.

Supremely elegant and notably classy, the fact that Mountbatten, Nehru and Jinnah – all pivotal in the subcontinent’s path to independence – met here simply adds to its appeal and ambience.

Displays of collectible artwork, turbaned staff, charming gardens and an enviable central location near Connaught Place make it one of a kind.

Surrounding area

Situated just off Janpath, one of the main roads leading to and from Connaught Place/Rajiv Chowk, its location could hardly be more central.

This is a commercial quarter of the city, typically thronged with office workers, shoppers and tourists during the day (the so-called Tibetan Market and Central Cottage Industries Emporium are around the corner) but surprisingly quiet in the evenings.

Nearby Connaught Place and its underground Palika Bazaar also offer plenty of shopping and eating outlets.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Friday Mosque

Delhi, India[3.2 miles]

Completed in 1656 by Emperor Shah Jahan, this is one of India’s largest and most beautiful mosques.

Best for ages: 18+ | £3

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Red Fort

Delhi, India[4.1 miles]

Vast sandstone-walled fort with gardens, audience halls and royal apartments – a high point of Mughal military architecture.

Best for ages: 13+ | £5

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Humayun’s Tomb

Delhi, India[4.7 miles]

Stunning mausoleum and precursor to the Taj Mahal, with tranquil well-maintained gardens.

Best for ages: 13+ | £1

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

Delhi, India[2.3 miles]

Formerly a palace belonging to the Maharaja of Jaipur, the gallery is now a superb repository of Indian paintings, sculpture and even photography.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

Delhi, India[3 miles]

The former bungalow residence of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is now a slightly macabre museum. Assassinated here in 1984 by her bodyguards, even that very spot remains spotted with blood.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Lodi Garden

Lodi Garden

Delhi, India[3.6 miles]

Among Delhi’s quietest and leafiest parks, Lodi Gardens contain several 15th- and 16th-century tombs and monuments, most relating to the Afghan Lodi dynasty, which was eventually replaced by the Mughals.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Qawwali singing

Delhi, India[4.4 miles]

A unique opportunity to experience traditional devotional music, performed in the courtyard of an ancient Sufi tomb-shrine in south Delhi.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 1 hour

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay



India’s intense sight- and monument-filled capital is a compelling blend of the modern Raj-influenced New Delhi, and the sights, sounds and smells of Old Delhi’s heaving and exotic lanes and bazaars.

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