The Imperial New Delhi, Delhi

India

Fine dining and elegant accommodation in a monument to the colonial Raj.

As you step into the marble floored reception at the Imperial, with a smile from the doorman, it feels like a step back in time. The Imperial opened in 1931, and it recalls the halcyon days of the Raj; the walls lined with paintings of colonial life, a priceless collection that you can get to know better with a tour from one of the hotel’s curators. The grand suites are also a work of art – decorated in heritage fashion, with rich antique wooden furnishings and fine attention to detail.

Beyond your suite, we recommend seeking out the Royal Ballroom, a 5,000 square foot space with a genuine wooden spring floor, and probably the last real ballroom in India. Take a turn on the floor where Lords and Ladies danced at glitzy balls in the past. And if you need to take air, you can go for a stroll around The Imperial’s acres of formal manicured gardens.

When it’s time to dine, you’ll have nine spots to choose from – but The Spice Route is the grandest and most famous of them. Condé Nast have rated it one of the ten best restaurants in the world, and it’s a visual feast too. Hand-painted by mural artists from a temple in Guruvayar, Kerala to depict the old spice route, it took nine years to finish.

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Location

The Imperial Hotel is a 30-minute drive from Delhi Indira Gandhi International airport.

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