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Delhi's Imperial Hotel

a hotel that's virtually a museum

sunny 22 °C

First opened in 1931, The Imperial was designed by Sir Edward Lutyen's associate D.J. Bromfield. Lutyen was an architect who was hired to create New Delhi, a government complex which was surrounded by wide, leafy streets and roundabouts -- a stark contrast to the hurly-burly chaos of Old Delhi.

The hotel, which was restored in the '90's, is a magnificent mixture of colonial, Victorian and art deco styles and the minute you walk up the long drive that is flanked by 2 dozen soaring King Palms you know you've gone back in time to a bygone era.

The truth is you could spend a month just wandering around the twisting hallways alone -- where every wall, every nook and cranny is filled with museum-quality art and artifacts -- in fact -- there are tours you can take of this hotel.


There is no comfort which has been overlooked and I cannot think of a more perfect place to have started this holiday.

From the floral arrangements, to the gardens, to the indoor courtyards if you can't unwind here then there's no hope for you at all.

I never want to leave ... but alas ...

Posted by a_broad 05:04 Archived in India Tagged luxury_travel

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Fransi... Good to see you in the photos...you look relaxed and happy...WOW what a hotel! reminds me of the Gatsby erra...so POSH and luxurious,my kind of Hotel... I wouldn't want to leave either...but I know you are in for many surprises and delights...I am so happy to be in touch like this, what a fabulous idea...keep the story going...enjoy every minute of it
sending a big hug,

by Dana Bell

Dana said it so well! I'm "ditto-ing" her comments! The hotel DOES
look like the quintessential movie set possibility. Fransi - my mother sends her love and a warning to be mindful of carrying too
much $. Hey I'm just the messenger...:-)

by heidilynn

It looks fabulous - what a way to start...and is that a shopping bag I see in your picture - glad you're getting lots of shots of you in the collection by the way....suej

by suejaffe

Hi Fransi

I finally figured it out. The hotel is amazing and you look so-o great. You are really ABroad Abroad. I feel as if I am on the trip with you.

Keep the reports coming!!


by EllenRosen

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