The oldest hotel in Jaipur, the Raj Palace dates from the 17th century. It is part of the "Small Luxury Hotels in the World" and is getting a lot more attention with its spa that offers treatments based on gold... A genuine museum, this hotel with period furniture is embellished with paintings, gilded ornaments and other antique objects, but it also has cutting-edge facilities. It is definitely one of the best places in Rajasthan for those who love authenticity and art work. Open the door to the beauty of this place!
Situated 5 miles from the town centre and the "City Palace" the landmark monument of Jaipur and the "Palace of the Winds".
In October 2008, 2 new suites were built: the Royal Pavillon and the Maharajas Pavillon. Hope you have some money aside, because they cost 11,000 and 15,000 dollars. The Shahi Mahal cost 40,000 dollars a night. Nothing more, nothing less!
A mini lobby, which is only as wide as a corridor, holds a number of surprises. Once your identity has been verified, discover a magnificent palace set around three courtyards, one behind the other. Archways enclose these courtyards, and the walls are adorned with old paintings of cavaliers, while the lawn, which is dotted with fountains, and the trees undoubtedly lend charm to this place. The first courtyard is reserved for private receptions, the second is a lawn for relaxing and playing croquet, and the latter contains the pool. The rooms are set around the courtyards.
The 40 rooms are real museums in themselves. Ornamented with diamonds, gold and art works dating from the 17th century,furnished with period beds and desks with marble floors (perfect for staying cool), and brightly coloured paintings... the rooms are sublime. All have different decor, which is always surprising and charming.
The equipment is cutting edge, with a flatscreen TV and DVD player, though some of the rooms could do with slightly quieter air conditioning. The marble bathrooms have a shower and bath.
A restaurant overlooks the first courtyard and serves refined Chinese, Indian and continental dishes. The buffet is served in a room decorated with a crystal chandelier, the heaviest and largest in Rajasthan, and a dresser with porcelain and crystal glasses is lit with coloured light from the stained glass windows. On the buffet there is very fine Indian cuisine served on silver plates. The height of luxury!
For meat lovers, head for the terrace, where the kebab shop serves tender, tasty meat. It is nicer here than indoors, where the air conditioning can be a bit too much.