This was the first time to India for us and we stayed here for 2 nights straight off the overnighter from London. First impressions were of understated opulence and very efficient friendly service. We were given an upgrade to room 103 which is a suite. The sitting room was large and beautifully furnished, a good sized bathroom and dressing area and nice bedroom. The downside was only a rather small window overlooking an enclosed courtyard. Pity we had no view but the rooms themselves were very clean with nice luxury touches. The Bang and Olufsen television was very good but we struggled to find the volume controls! We took a late lunch in our room and it was very quick to arrive, well presented and delicious.
Pre-dinner drinks at the Patiala Peg bar were fine but it is small and though nicely furnished, didn't have a lot of atmosphere. For our first dinner here we ate in the 'Spice Route' restaurant and had a superb meal, beautifully served. A knowledgeable and attentive restaurant manager not only helped us understand the menu options and the spiciness of certain dishes. He asked after the first course how we would like the main course 'paced' and subsequently slowed down the delivery to suit us. Now that is very good service.
Although the weather was cool we did get out into the pool area which was very nice with good changing rooms just inside the main building close by. On our second night we had drinks in the 1911 bar which is larger and brighter and liked it very much. We ate in Daniell's Tavern, the Indian cuisine restaurant interestingly themed around the travels of two British painters. With a live kitchen to watch and different dishes to explore this was a great experience with some terrific food and again, beautiful service. Breakfasts were good with plenty of choice.
All in all a very, very good hotel, excellent service and if you like good food, you'll not be disappointed. We'll be back I hope.
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel New Delhi
- Imperial New Delhi
- Imperial Hotel Delhi
- The Imperial Hotel Delhi
- Grand Imperial Hotel
- Hotel Imperial
- The Imperial Palace Hotel
- The Imperial New Delhi