THE IMPERIAL, NEW DELHI
The Imperial remains one of Asia’s finest luxury hotels and is the most luxe address in the heart of India’s capital, reminiscent of the grandeur of the Raj. With awe-inspiring heritage interwoven with colonial elegance, it delivers modernity with old-style class and magnificence.
USP – Stroll through its art-laden corridors and you will feel history come alive. The collection of prints, engravings, lithographs, aquatints, mezzotints and painted photographs in the hotel began 80 years ago and is a unique blend of Victorian, colonial and informal art deco.
HERITAGE PICK – The hotel was part of living history with Jawaharlal Nehru’s suite and the embassies of 13 countries. When the British made Delhi their capital in 1911 and Edward Lutyens was assigned to design New Delhi, he chose to build the hotel at the crossing of the Kings way and Queensway ceremonial boulevards. Lady Willingdon gave the place its name and its lion insignia. She also laid the foundation of the royal palms leading to the main porch which have witnessed the very creation of Delhi.
BLENDING HISTORY WITH LUXURY – The doorways and the massive bronze lions at the entrance are Victorian. Inside the high-domed atrium, art deco wall panels and wrought iron balconies recall the early 20th century. A masterpiece of 900 pieces of marble can be seen across the hotel, including in its opulent 24-carat gold leaf form on the pavilion in the lobby. Abounding in London tableware, Italian marble floors, Burma teak and rosewood furniture, Florentian fountains, original Daniells and Frasers on the walls and the finest of Indian furniture, The Imperial with its distinctive low-rise profile recreates the aura of an early 19th century English manor.