Conceptualized in 1934 by Blomfield and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, it was in Lutyen's scheme of things to build the most luxurious hotel in New Delhi. The Imperial has been a top hotel ever since and today is reckoned to be one of Asia’s finest. Located just off Connaught Circle at the center of New Delhi, on Janpath, the erstwhile Queensway, the Imperial offers some unique historical insight - the 24 king palms that lead up to the hotel entrance porch were planted as a witness to the creation of New Delhi as the British Raj Capital City. Recently and meticulously renovated, hotel facilities include several restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, Ayurvedic massage centre, laundry and dry cleaning, gift shops, currency exchange, room service, Doctor on call etc. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, room safe, direct dial telephones, and WiFi internet access.