Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan. Renowned for its vibrant heritage, the city is home to magnificent palaces and forts. If you would like to step into the shoes of Maharajas that once ruled this exotic city, then visiting Jaipur is a must.
As soon as you enter Jaipur, you will be mesmerized by its splendor. The entire city is laden with grand palaces, forts and royal relics of the past. While in a city so majestic, shouldn’t your stay be equally regal? Thankfully, most of the royal structures have been converted into premium heritage hotels. This means that on your next visit to Jaipur, you can look forward to the lavish Maharaja experience.
Here is a list of luxury hotels in Jaipur that will make you feel like a king:
1. Taj Rambagh Palace
This spectacular piece of architecture was built in 1835 and was home to Jaipur’s royal family until 1957. The palace is an embodiment of the finest Rajput traditions. Upon entering, you will be greeted by decorated elephants, camels and horses. Meanwhile, women in Rajasthani attire perform an aarti and teeka ceremony with shehnai music in the background.
The hotel’s 1100 square feet Rang Niwas Suite leaves you star-struck with its mirrored-fireplace, French windows, cozy balcony and the spectacular Mughal Garden & city view. The suite’s signature highlight is its Italian marble split-level bathroom with Jacuzzi.
The king-sized bed has a posturepedic mattress for a comfortable good night’s sleep. Some of the many services that come with this suite are 24-hour butler service, in-room dining, on-call doctor and nurse, basic Wi-Fi, electronic safe, and a minibar.
During your stay, you can join the Heritage Walk where knowledgeable butlers will pique your curiosity with anecdotes about the royals that once occupied those magnificent halls. In the palace, there are two luxurious couple spa suite tents as well. You will be transported to a different realm with the wellness and beauty treatments, and the aura created by traditional rugs, and chandeliers.
As expected of any Taj Hotel, the staff is courteous and the interiors, top-notch. The hotel also includes swimming pools, bars, lounges, business and fitness centers, polo grounds, and any modern facilities you can think of.
2. The Oberoi Rajvilas
The Rajvilas offers a unique experience for all guests. It is a 32-acre resort built around an 18th century Shiva Temple. At the temple, you can witness the Hindu priest chanting prayers. Join him in meditation and morning yoga for a unique spiritual experience.
The resort also offers landscaped gardens, filled with beautiful trees and exotic birdlife. The Mughal arches, high-domed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gold leaf frescoes bestow an authentic Rajasthani charm that exudes luxury.
The Kohinoor Villa can take your hotel experience to the next level. It is an 11,377 square feet private enclosure with 3 buildings – master bedroom and bathroom in the first, twin guest bedroom in the second, and dining room & lounge in the third. A temperature-controlled, 60-feet swimming pool by a private dining pavilion lies at the center of the courtyard. The bedrooms have king-sized beds with pillow-topped mattresses. Other services include a personal butler, high-speed Wi-Fi, fully stocked personal bar, in-house movie collection, and more.
You can also experience fine dining either at their international or Indian specialty restaurants that serve all day long. After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, you can unwind and feel anew at the Oberoi Spa, which resides in a restored haveli that employs millennia-old Ayurveda treatments.
From the moment you exit the airport, till the moment you leave the property, you will be treated like royalty and pampered by the staff. The Oberoi Rajvilas offers stunning natural beauty, tranquility and a treat for all your senses.
3. Taj Jai Mahal Palace
This is another heritage hotel from the Taj group. Like the Taj Rambagh Palace, the Taj Jai Mahal Palace welcomes you with decorated elephants, camels and horses along with the aarti and teeka ceremony.
The Jai Mahal Palace spans across 18 acres and was built in 1745. The luxurious property displays opulent Indo-Saracenic architecture and has been meticulously refurbished. The 94 rooms and 6 suites offer astonishing views of Jaipur and palace gardens.
The regal Gangaur Suite is spread over 1246-square feet and captures the essence of a Rajput royalty. The ambiance in the suite is set by the two life-sized antique Gangaur dolls standing guard and exquisite tantric paintings of the sun and moon. Gangaur Suite also features stained-glass ceiling, mother-of-pearl furniture, and a king-sized bed. The services included are similar to those offered at the Taj Rambagh Palace.
The hotel is located right in the heart of Jaipur and most of the historical sites including Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, and City Place are in close vicinity. There is also a shopping center nearby where you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones.
The hotel features an Indian and an Italian restaurant – Cinnamon and Giardino. Marble Arch – a multi-cuisine restaurant – and Marigold Bar are also housed within the premises.
All modern-day facilities are available at this heritage hotel and the concierge service will be happy to accommodate any requests that you may have.
4. The Raj Palace
The Raj Palace (built in 1728) was the first mansion to be constructed in the Pink City. This palace has been home to a long lineage of royals. In 1995, Princess Javendra Kumari restored the palace into one of the finest heritage hotels in the city.
The presidential suite at the Raj Palace, called the Maharaja’s Pavilion lives up to its namesake. It is a colossal 16,000-square feet, four-floor apartment. The suite has its own entrance, a private elevator, and four bedrooms.
The lobby and lounge bar are on the first floor. Located on the suite’s second floor is the sleeping chamber which overlooks the inner courts and Charbagh gardens. The gold leafed painted walls, stucco, mirror work, and gold & silver furniture provide a radiant charm that beams of royalty. There is also a private museum on this floor where the old throne and bolsters of the king are on display.
The third floor houses a library, kitchen, and another bedroom. The bedroom on the fourth floor has magnificent ivory and gold furniture. The floor also has a small Jacuzzi, swimming pool, dining room, study area, spa and two luxurious bathrooms.
The double-height ceiling of the palace has glorious crystal chandeliers, and windows are draped with gorgeous silk curtains. Most of the décor and art featured throughout the palace is the original royal furniture. Moreover, this palace’s hospitality has been extended to kings and queens through eons.
The palace also offers some of the most exquisite restaurants and cafés like Swapna Mahal, Kebab Shop, Shikarbadi and Café Coffee Beans. Some of their hotel experiences include Marionette shows, Baggi safari, folk dances and gazal & sufi music performances.
To gratify the global traveler’s luxury needs, The Raj Palace has all modern amenities packaged in traditional royal attire.
5. Shiv Vilas Palace
While Shiv Vilas Palace isn’t as old as the others on the list, it is on par with them in terms of allure, architectural brilliance, and luxurious treatment. It is conveniently located merely 30 minutes from the airport and offers a range of fine dining restaurants like Flavors, Sheesh Mahal and Oriental Bay, among others.
The Maharaja Suite puts on an elaborate display of the lives led by kings and queens during the Rajput glory days. It has plush interiors and artifacts made of pure gold, rubies, and other precious and semi-precious stones. The master bedroom contains a king-sized bed carved from pure marble and a Victorian bathtub with gold-plated fittings.
The living room of the suite has a silver coated sofa set and intricately carved single-marble coffee and dining table. The suite also has an adjoining bedroom. There are various amenities available like all-day in-room dining, electronic safe, minibar, Wi-Fi, among others.
The 32-acre hotel is surrounded by the majestic Aravalli Range of mountains that further add to its beauty. The hotel was designed after architectural critique of historical palaces and forts in Rajasthan. One look at the grand hotel is enough to gauge the effort and attention to detail involved in the construction of this contemporary palace.
Some of the unique experiences the hotel presents to its guests are lamp and doll making, professional caricatures, live cooking sessions, camel & elephant rides, and block printing.
These hotels rightly capture the extravaganza of royalty and heritage that Jaipur puts on display. You can expect all your senses to be tingled with breathtaking views, delectable dining experiences, and heartwarming hospitality!