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Guests are greeted by 'Lady American' – a 1920s flapper on the carpet inside each bedroom – and can watch live footage from a webcam on the roof.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the 'Cafe Americain' – a stunning art deco room with Tiffany lamps, stained glass and recently uncovered murals inspired by 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
The Sunday book bazaar, which starts pretty much outside the hotel's door and continues for a further couple of kilometres, is worth a trip in itself.
The Imperial This Janpath beauty, located in the heart of town, just off Connaught Place, opened in 1931.
The hotel continues to house the famous and wealthy in the 105 gorgeous rooms, and the even wealthier in the 83 privately owned apartments.
Alvear Palace Hotel The clue is in the word ‘palace’ – not, in this case, pretentious hyperbole.
A little way out of town – though definitely bikeable – this design hotel is stuffed full of iconic furniture (Eames recliners and the like) but not unnecessary grinning staff.
Add to this the CHI spa – dedicated to 'restoring balance and harmony to mind and body' – and two stylish restaurants (Nishimura and Blu Lobster) offering a range of cuisines from traditional Asian to the latest international favourites and you start to understand why this hotel is grabbing so much attention.
The attached souk – if not traditional – houses some of the city's hippest eateries.
By Time Out Editors When it comes to bedding down in one of our favourite cities, we love the hip and the new, but we also value the time-honoured classic.
We asked Time Out's international magazine and online editors to tell us about the hot hotels – both new and old – in their cities.