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The Imperial, Delhi

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Delhi, India, Asia: The Royal Imperial suite at The Imperial
India 110001
Tel: 91 11 2334 1234's insider take:

Built in 1936, the Imperial is one of the city's classiest hotels, and such a perfect blend of Victorian and modern styles that one almost expects to see Rudyard Kipling sitting in the lobby, working on his laptop. Inside, the hotel has Italian marble floors, teak and rosewood furniture, and high ceilings. The 231 rooms and suites have all mod cons, including spacious bathrooms. The Deco suites are particularly beautiful. Superb works of art hang in the hotel's corridors and public areas (the resident curator will take you for a tour, if you wish). The hotel's new Imperial Spa is scheduled to open by the end of 2007. The restaurants include the Spice Route, offering incredible southeast Asian food in an unbelievably rococo interior. The hotel is a short walk from Connaught Place, the city's downtown shopping area.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 87.5
  • Design: 92.3
  • Food: 84.8
  • Location: 89.0
  • Rooms: 85.5
  • Service: 86.1
"An oasis of calm and comfort" sums up this colonial low-rise near Connaught Place shops. "Effortlessly luxurious touches" include English tableware, Italian marble floors, and Burmese teak and rosewood furniture. Rooms with high ceilings are "elegant and charming" and come with Fragonard accessories. Italian dinners at San Gimignano are "comforting and inviting," and "staff are helpful."

(233 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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