The approach to this hotel belies the splendour that lies beyond the driveway leading to the palace. The hotel really is quite beautiful, from the quirky entrance (up a grand flight of steps) into a lovely courtyard.
A warm welcome greeted us upon arrival and we were shown to very large and impressive rooms. There are no lifts (elevators) in this hotel and rooms are spread around various buildings on various levels.
Note: WiFi is ONLY available in the seating area around the courtyard. There is NO WiFi in any of the rooms. But it is free :)
The rooms are well equipped with all the niceties one would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
The dining room is quite magnificent with its decorated walls and ceiling.
What I found to be a little disappointing was the lack of attention to detail in certain areas. My bathroom was large and quite elegant with a separate slipper bath and large shower cubicle. Marble slabs adorned the walls. Whilst standing in the shower I noticed faint writing on the marble which, without my glasses, looked like graffiti. I then noticed more graffiti on other marble slabs around the bathroom and, on closer inspection, discovered it was actually pencil marks denoting which room and location the slabs were meant for - why could they not have cleaned this off after the marble was installed?! Also the slipper bath, whilst looking quite elegant, was made of lightweight acrylic and not fixed to the floor properly - a little dangerous possibly?!
As a result of arriving in Jaipur with a rather bad case of food poisoning I didn't dine in the restaurant of a lunchtime or evening. I did take breakfast one two mornings and, to be honest, wasn't particularly impressed - I'd say that the breakfast offering was fairly average.
The staff were helpful, polite and friendly but somewhat disorganised at times.
Overall a lovely hotel and certainly a great place to stay but some attention to detail and an improvement on the breakfast fare is in order.
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- Also Known As:
- Samode Haveli Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Samode Haveli Hotel Jaipur