With a striking style blend of Colonial, Victorian and Art Deco architecture, the Imperial New Delhi is a grand and historic hotel that offers modern amenities while retaining the splendor of a bygone era.

Restored and modernized to offer guests a 5-star experience, in 2014 Travel and Leisure named it the top hotel in Delhi and then went even further, praising it as one of the top hotels in all of Asia.

Rows of stately royal palm trees line the entrance drive and guest rooms look out onto lush gardens and lawns. The interior features soaring ceilings, marble floors, and teak furniture.

Imperial New Delhi has 233 guestrooms including 43 suites, all individually decorated and designed for luxury with Porthault linens, elegant marble baths.

Centrally located near famous Connaught Place the location puts guests within a short walking distance to restaurants, shops and entertainment as well as to many points of interest travelers come here to explore.

The hotel boasts six different restaurants, each with distinct menu offerings and personalities, a French-style pastry shop, and two bar lounges. Conde Nast Traveler named The Spice Route as one of the world’s top ten restaurants for its inspired Southeast Asian cuisine, and it’s a visual treat as well with murals and fascinating antiques that depict the culture of the historic spice route. 

Facilities within the hotel grounds include a gorgeous swimming pool shaded by palm trees, a health and racquet club offering yoga sessions, the Imperial Spa with its variety of treatments for health and rejuvenation, and Imperial Salon hair care.

Top attractions are as near as the colonnaded walkways at Connaught Place where you can browse and bargain in shops and markets, dine in open-air cafes or sip a drink in a trendy bar. The city’s best known museums, monuments and parks are within walking distance, too, making the Imperial an ideal base for business and leisure travelers who plan to see Old and New Delhi.

You’ll want to visit Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets in India where vendors sell everything from souvenirs to spices and silks, marvel at Jama Masjid, the elaborately decorated 17th century mosque with its four onion-shaped domes and soaring minarets, explore Humayun’s Tomb, the well-preserved Mughal monument that dates to the mid-16th century, and marvel at Qutab Minar, a stunning 240-foot tall tower constructed in 1193 out of red sandstone.

The Imperial is a wonderful choice as a base for exploring the exotic and always-intriguing city, and is just a bit over 2 miles from the New Delhi Railway Station for those who want to wander further. It’s also a short 30-minute drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Rates at this historic hotel start at about $249 per night. For more information, click on the Preferred Hotels link here.