Today, Maiden’s is a heritage-building-turned-boutique-hotel that oozes vintage European charm…
Maiden’s Hotel has a very special history, it was one of Delhi’s first hotels, built in 1903. At that time, India was ruled by the British and a Durbar was held to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, the emperor and empress of India. Maiden’s was built to host dignitaries attending the event, designed in typical colonial style with a white façade, big windows and huge pillars. Today, it’s a heritage-building-turned-boutique-hotel with just 55 rooms that ooze vintage European ambience. Our Cavalry Bar, for instance, is loved for its high ceilings and stained-glass windows.
We’re located in the centre of Delhi, an area that was critical to Indian history and the 1857 mutiny. It’s a perfect location for sightseeing, with the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and one of the city’s first bazaars, Chandni Chowk, nearby. There’s a stately driveway leading up to the hotel, eight acres of garden with a large pool and al fresco dining area at the Garden Terrace. You’re surrounded by tall trees where up to a hundred varieties of birds live, from robins to thrushes – we even have peacocks roaming the grounds. Our other restaurant is the Curzon, named after the viceroy Lord Curzon, which has photos of Raj-era Delhi on the walls.
Every corner of Maiden’s is filled with history; the 100-year-old chandeliers were brought over from Birmingham and we still have the original letterbox and device to weigh stamps. I have a picture of the lobby from 1921 and, aside from updates to the flooring and furniture, it has barely changed. Back in the day, Edward Lutyens, the famous New Delhi architect, stayed with us and we’ve had numerous Hollywood and Bollywood film stars, from Gregory Peck to Ahmed Khan and Frank Capra. Many of our guests have been coming here for generations – how many hotels in the world can say their guests came back 50 years later?