Jaipur, also known as India’s ‘Pink City’, encompasses everything that makes Rajasthan so beautiful; from the feudal romance of yesteryear to the splendid jewel-filled palaces and the colourful bazaars. But where to rest your head? We recommend the Rajmahal Palace, a stunning luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Jaipur.
Update 13/10/20: Earlier this year, the Rajmahal Palace switched to a new management team (from the previous SUJÁN group). We await feedback on this and possible changes to their provisions.
The Rajmahal Palace has lived many lives over its 250-year history. From its origins as a pleasure garden for the Maharani to being taken over by the British as their official residence, the Rajmahal Palace was returned to the royal family of Jaipur after independence came to India in 1947. Today, it serves as what can only be described as one of the most beautiful hotels in Jaipur. It’s a spacious, glamorous, elegant space, bursting with history and local flair, quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Stay at the Rajmahal Palace and you’ll have absolutely no doubt where you are – the palace evokes the personality of Jaipur in every room, on every wall, and every cranny.
Lovingly and painstakingly renovated, every room and suite at the Rajmahal Palace has its unique design. Bold, fresh and vibrant colours jump out of the (46 different types of) custom-made wallpaper, designed by Indian interior designer Adil Ahmad. Each room tells stories of this vibrant corner of the earth, its rulers, their legacies, and the collective history of Jaipur. For example, the Queen Elizabeth II Suite was occupied by her Majesty during her State Visit in the winter of 1961. It boasts two bedrooms with en-suite bath, a dressing room, drawing room and dining room; all spread across 1,530 sq. Ft. The Kennedy Suite – one of the Rajmahal Palace’s most requested suites – was named after the glamorous Jackie Kennedy. She stayed here in 1962 for almost three months during her well-documented trip to India.
“Jaipur’s glamorous new grand dame is unlike any palace hotel you’ve seen before”
Despite boasting three restaurants, the Rajmahal Palace encourages guests to dine anywhere they like throughout the property. From a table on the lawns to a private set-up in your suite, the menu remains the same: a stunning creation of traditional Indian dishes alongside more familiar Continental favourites. Breakfast is served in the Colonnade, while 50 Shades of Pink celebrates the city’s affectionate nickname (the Pink City). The Orient-Occident is a more formal dining space and is a particular favourite of the Queen Mother, Rajmata Padmini Devi of Jaipur. The restaurant serves several traditional Jaipuri recipes which are now rarely encountered elsewhere.
Before leaving for your next fabulous destination in Rajasthan (it could be the majestic Blue City of Jodhpur, the romantic, fairytale-like city of Udaipur, or even the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra), don’t forget to indulge in a spa treatment at the spa. Located in the Rang Niwas, the spa offers a carefully selected menu of massages and traditional Indian Ayurveda therapies. After, take a dip in the stunning art deco swimming pool for the ultimate Rajmahal Palace experience.
If you’d like to include a stay at the Rajmahal Palace on your upcoming trip to Rajasthan, please get in touch. As experts in tailor-made tours of this specific region, we’re the ideal match to assist with your arrangements.0