Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur boasts some of the most incredible palace hotels across India. However, the Pink City also has a lovely collection of properties with a more affordable price tag and you don’t need to trek out to the sticks to find them. From an ancient haveli to an elegant hunting lodge, here is our guide to the most affordable places to stay in Jaipur…
Once the residence of the Prime Ministers of Rajasthan, the Jai Mahal Palace is one of the finest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Built in 1745, the hotel offers 94 luxurious rooms and suites, immaculately refurbished to retain its original elegance and with lovely views over the verdant grounds. There is a great selection of restaurants, including Cinnamon, which serves excellent Indian food including marinated meats, a signature dal and vegetarian thalis. In the evening, a historian, folk musicians and dancers provide lively entertainment. There are enough daytime activities – including miniature golf, heritage walks and a running track— to keep guests entertained for a long weekend or more. The Jiva Spa is also first-class with Ayurvedic treatments.
Handsomely located near the Old City, Alsisar Haveli brings back the grandeur of the old days. Within is a rabbit warren of corridors, stairs, courtyards and rooms adorned with brass door handles stained glass windows and frescoes. The lobby, with its large copper pots and royal regalia, leads to a spacious sunny courtyard, the heart of the hotel. The swimming pool adjoining the courtyard is decorated with local tiles designed to look like silver peacocks. The 33 rooms and 14 suites have mahogany four-poster beds, wooden writing desks, colourfully painted ceilings and spacious bathrooms. The dining room, serving Rajasthani specialities, is a stately affair, with a high ceiling, gold inlay work and mezzanine-level doors. There are a lovely Ayurvedic spa and a tempting boutique, Tokri, too.
Hidden down a quiet lane although in the heart of the city, yet away from the hustle and bustle of Jaipur, Samode Haveli is the elegant 300-year-old mansion of the Samode royal family. The 39 grand staterooms and rooms, decorated in Rajasthani style, are spread across a series of former royal residences – and the mirrored sheesh mahal suites are truly splendid. It’s the perfect place to relax with verdant gardens, pretty courtyards, a mosaic swimming pool and paths lined with rows of pots containing dahlias and geraniums. Meals are served in a glorious dining room, lined with chandeliers, and on the outdoor terrace, warmed by heaters in winter. Traditional Rajasthani dishes are the order of the day as well as a good selection of fish dishes and other European favourites.
Set in a converted 18th-century Rajasthani hunting lodge, Royal Heritage Haveli is a serene sanctuary just outside the pink city of Jaipur. Run by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, a descendant of the original owner, this family-run 15-suite hotel has a warm, welcoming feel of a private home. There’s an expansive marble pool, croquet on the lawn, shaded terraces, sensational spa, cocktails served from a stylish bar and local cuisine made with home-grown vegetables in the Kigelia Court restaurant. The suites are decorated in Indo-Mughal style with bright frescoes, decorative columns, sweeping archways and intricate tiles. At night, guests can dine by the outdoor fire pits in the courtyard under a star-filled night sky.
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