DELUXE 5 Star+ with Room rates starting at $750-$900+
Oberoi’s Raj Vilas
This is a gorgeous property, but 20- 30 minutes drive from the centre on the Agra road, yet an oasis of peace and tranquility after the busy Jaipur bazaars and streets. Recreating the magnificence of princely Rajasthan, in a beautiful fort setting, the hotel is set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with pavilions and reflection pools that create the romance and grandeur of Rajasthan. Oberoi are renowned for their meticulous service and attention to detail and Raj Vilas is no exception. There is a lovely heated outdoor swimming pool and excellent spa located in a beautiful old haveli with a full range of treatments.
Room categories: premiere king rooms, luxury tents and villas with private pools are clustered around private courtyards in a richly embellished fort setting.
This atmospheric palace hotel, run by the Taj group was the palatial residence of Maharani Gayatri Devi and her polo playing husband Jai, of the Jaipur royals. The internationally celebrated beauty still lives a retired life as the Rajmata in a quiet wing of the palace after it was converted into a luxury resort.
The newly renovated palace resort continues to attract visitors for its traditional Indian hospitality, lavish interiors and vast grounds punctuated by gardens and tennis courts, shopping arcades various restaurants and popular watering holes, including the renowned Polo Lounge. It further boasts an atmospheric indoor swimming pool, a vintage car collection and lovely colonnaded sitting areas overlooking vast gardens. Centrally located in the modern city and next door to the famous Jaipur Polo grounds, it is well regarded for its service and excellent food.
Rambagh Palace achieved the status of a palace when Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II returned to his childhood home in 1925. Rambagh Palace, resplendent in all its 47 acres, was finally converted into a hotel in 1957. The Management was then entrusted to The Taj Group in 1972.
Featured in Peter Coats’ “The Most Beautiful Gardens in the World”, the gardens of Rambagh Palace Hotel are renowned for their elegance and exotic foliage. Initially built for the Zenana (Ladies of the court), the gardens used to attract a variety of exotic birds. Even today, peacocks preen on the lawns, and flocks of migratory birds continue to visit the gardens, transporting you to a place that can only be paradise.
The Front Lawns of Rambagh Palace are abloom with Ashok, Bougainvillea and Lantana Trees. The Oriental Garden is inspired by Chinese motifs and designs. The Mughal Garden has an expansive range of flowers. The Swimming Pool Garden and the Nakhsa Garden of Rambagh Palace Hotel are horticultural wonders in themselves, and the seasonal flowers here, add to the spectrum of colours during winters.
Room Categories: Luxury Rooms with four-poster bed, walk-in wardrobes, and a spacious bathroom. Historical Suites with marble floors, exquisite Rajasthani artwork and sheer fabrics, which enable crisp sunlight to enhance the beauty of each room. A four poster bed, a sitting area overlooking gardens, a walk in wardrobe and a spacious bathroom. Royal Suites, some of which have been the personal chambers of the Maharaja of Jaipur. 2 Grand Royal Suites include Maharani Suite built as a surprise gift to Maharani Gayatri Devi. The Prince's Suite is the former chamber of Prince Jagat Singh, son of Maharani Gayatri Devi.
LUXURY 5 Star with room rates starting at $450
Set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, this Palace dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture that is serene and sensitively restored and filled with a galaxy of old crystal mirrors, chandeliers, miniature paintings and tapestries, stained glass panels, and marble inlay work. It is tucked away in a quiet enclave near the Civil Lines, and lies within easy distance of the city’s primary shopping hubs and historic places.
The Moghul gardens spread over 3 levels complete with waterways (depicting) the life of the lotus) and stone pathways. The garden is visible from almost all rooms and public areas. A solar heated swimming pool is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Excellent service accompanied with modern amenities, makes Jaimahal Palace a prime location in Jaipur. PLEASE NOTE: this is also the venue for the Saturday Party.
Room Categories: 10 Deluxe Rooms 67 Luxury Rooms 17 Luxury Rooms with private sit-out and 6 Luxury Suites.
DELUXE 4 Star
Trident Hilton with room rates starting at $180
Oberoi’s second tier of hotels that are clean comfortable modern with excellent service and facilities. Situated en route to Jaipur’s renowned Amer Fort, Trident Hilton Jaipur, looks out on to the scenic Mansagar lake and the picturesque Aravalli ranges. The hotel has 138 rooms that overlook the Mansagar Lake or the Aravalli range. Elegantly furnished, the rooms are equipped with mini-bars, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephones and television sets with satellite transmission. There are non-smoking rooms and rooms designed for the disabled. There is a swimming pool and a restaurant that serves the best lunch buffet in town.
Room Categories: Deluxe with garden view, Deluxe with lake view, Suites with balconies
HERITAGE HOTELS WITH CHARM and room rates starting at $300+
The best of the heritage properties recently refurbished to provide a high level of comfort inside what is a majestic old mansion located within the old city near the gate towards Amber Fort.
A haveli is a grand house with inner courtyards built by wealthy merchants or nobility as a testimony to their status. This 200 year-old little gem, the townhouse of the Samode family, is one of the more spectacular authentic examples. Home to some fabulous frescoes and murals, and with a leafy garden, it is difficult to believe that from this sanctuary you can stroll out into the bustling city streets of Jaipur. The gentle and caring staff do their utmost to look after your every whim and since the hotel does not allow groups, a sense of peace pervades the whole property. With its mix of romantic history and simple style, Samode Haveli has become the hip heritage hotel in Jaipur.
Highlights include: Exceptional and gorgeous new pool (though unheated) - one of the largest in Jaipur, Incredibly centrally located but still very peaceful with lovely gardens, Very pretty rooms and amazing mosaics and frescoes everywhere, Limited family presence, Delightful faded grandeur - lounge in one of the many alcoves
- City noise at night (only noticable if outside in the garden)
- Courtyard deluxe rooms sometimes feel close to the bustle of the hotel
- Service can be slow and erratic and we have had some comments about rudeness recently
- Unique and charming, rather than top notch luxury
- Often busy, especially during high season, so make sure you book well in advance
Samode Haveli was not really meant to be a hotel so all 22 rooms differ in shape and design and lie scattered like pretty toys about the rambling building. Beautifully decorated and painted with an array of alcoves, pillars, antiques and Jaipur's finest fabrics this is Rajput style at its dreamiest.
All the rooms have sparkling en suite bathrooms (recently upgraded with showers), hot water, a/c, televisions, hairdryers, fans and complimentary mineral water. The floor-to-ceiling mirror mosaic in the suites is quite stupendous, though somewhat claustrophobic... if you want a break from ornate frescoes and marbled floors, take a plunge in the pool or freshen up in the spa, recent modern additions to this still slightly moored-to-the-past mansion.
Reviewed by Mary-Anne Denison-Pender
Loharu House with room rates from $150 including meals
Stay as Special Guests of the Nawab of Loharu Khan (Durru) Aimaduddin Ahmad and Begum Fauzia Ahmad Khan at Loharu house. A colonial mansion with beautiful gardens this is the home of the royal line of Loharu that preserves the taste of Rajasthan whilst blending with other flavours and is located in the salubrious Civil Lines neighborhood with its broad tree-lined boulevards.
Fouzia, the lady of the house, hails from Hyderabad, is married to the Nawabzada of Loharu and is a natural hostess who has chosen to extend her grace beyond the family to those who come to her home from far and near. Fauzia runs a Montessori school, is a wonderful and truly charming raconteur and a brilliant cook and runs a lovely dining room. Rooms are simple, clean and cosy with en-suite bathrooms. There are lovely lounges with family memorabilia and photos of former visitors to the house such as Jackie O, terraces and a quiet garden.
She lets the visitors eat what the family eats. They sleep in rooms on whose walls may hang a picture of a revered ancestor or find on a table a small piece of china that was used a long time ago.
Highly recommended as a delightful alternative if you are on a budget.