The Top 5 Palace and Heritage Hotels in Jaipur
India has an incredibly long and rich history and exploring this is a highlight of any trip to India. One of the most stunning, historical and fascinating must see cities in India is Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan (which means the ‘Land of Kings’) and is India’s most flamboyant, grand and colourful state. Jaipur, ‘The Pink City‘ is a city packed with history, sights and architecture that showcases it’s glittering royal heritage. I’ve visited Jaipur many times and I think its the best place in India to stay in a palace or historic hotel so I wanted to share with you my favourite heritage hotels in Jaipur.
Jaipur is also known as “The Pink City” because of its dazzling pink buildings that dot the entire city that were painted like this for a royal visit. It holds so much history and culture and has so much to offer you in terms of food and sightseeing, from places like the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, and Amer Fort. Along with Delhi and Agra it makes up The Golden Triangle, the most popular tourist route in India because its contains some of the most interesting sights in India.
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As ‘The Land of Kings’ it makes sense that there are alot of historic forts and palaces in and around Jaipur. Nowadays, you don’t have to be content with just admiring the architecture from afar or visiting museums, some of Jaipur’s most opulent royal palaces have been converted into luxurious heritage hotels and amazing palace hotels so you can immerse yourself in the regal lifestyle and really soak up the history, ambiance, romance and character and even feel like a Maharaja for a few nights!
Definitely put staying in a heritage hotel or palace hotel in Rajasthan on your India bucket list!
Heritage hotels are amazing places to stay in India because you’ll get to learn about India’s culture and history at the same time as having the experience of staying in an amazing and unique hotel. Some palace hotels in Jaipur are even previous residencies of the royal family, some even have the family still living in part of the palace/ hotel. Don’t miss the chance to stay in one of these wonderful palaces and heritage hotels in Jaipur!
The Best Heritage Hotels in Jaipur
Samode Haveli tops my list of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur because of its history and elegant design that reflects the style of the royals from decades ago. Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion with suites and apartments arranged around a series of intimate couryards and gardens. It was originally built 175 years ago as a residence for the royal family and rulers of Samode and is still occupied by their descendants, who converted their home into a luxury hotel.
You can enjoy the lavish, regal air conditioned rooms (all of which are different and individually styled and are complete with all the modern amenities you’ll need) outdoor swimming pool, spa, and wellness centre. The hotel hosts Rajasthani music and dance performances in the evenings, making it an amazing place to learn about the local Rajasthani culture. You can also enjoy local food in their beautifully decorated restaurant.
The antique couches, painted arches, and gorgeous mosaic designs all over this haveli add to the sophisticated and opulent ambiance. The location is also a winner as it’s situated just outside the busy old city but within easy walking distance. Click here to see more amazing photos of the place and to book!
One of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur is the 5 star luxury Taj Jai Mahal Palace, which dates back to 1745. You’ll love the lush Moghul gardens, which spread over 18 acres across the entire property. It has an outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa, as well as opulent rooms with modern and Indian style décor. The gorgeous Indo-Saracenic architecture makes it one of the most beautiful heritage hotels in all of Jaipur.
There’s so much for you to enjoy at this hotel, which might make it hard to leave! You can play a chess game with life-size chessmen, eat a delicious meal at their multi-cuisine restaurant, or enjoy the outdoor restaurant as you spend the day relaxing at the pool all while enjoying the celebrity treatment and luxury of the Taj brand. Click here to check prices and to book!
This is one of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur as it features traditional Rajput-ian architecture, wood crafted furniture, and brightly coloured rooms that make the entire hotel have a welcoming, homey but still opulent and luxurious atmosphere.
The rooms are spacious, airy and decadent, most with 4 poster beds, and the entire design of the hotel will make you feel like you’re royalty. Facilities include a reading hall, garden, outdoor swimming pool, spa, and wellness center and the restaurant in the hotel serves up delicious local and international cuisine. There’s even a puppet show and flute playing performances in the evenings.
Alsisar Haveli is a gorgeous heritage hotel that is located in the heart of the city, in proximity to many restaurants, shops, and only 10 minutes walks from Jaipur’s main attractions like Hawa Mahal. Click here to see more photos and to book!
Umaid Mahal is located in Jaipur’s Bani Park and the gorgeous mirror artwork, intricate furnishings and flamboyant decor throughout the entire property make it one of the best heritage hotels in Jaipur. You’ll feel transported back in time with all of the different miniature wall paintings, the Rajasthani culture brought to life through delicate accessories, and the architecture from the 18th century.
The rooms are arty and luxurious, and offer you air-conditioning, a mini bar, and even a private balcony in some rooms. There’s also a small, but charming, outdoor swimming pool and the rooftop restaurant is a lovely, breezy and romantic place to spend an evening. You can enjoy a delicious cocktail at the lounge bar, or a mouthwatering meal at the in-house restaurant. They even offer a free pick-up service from Jaipur Railway Station and the Central Bus Stand. Click here to see more photos and to book!
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a super opulent royal palace but you still want to experience a heritage stay within lovely landscaped grounds then check out the 3 star Hotel Arya Niwas. It’s a renovated, eco-friendly haveli (palace) that has been turned into one of the most popular and best value for money heritage hotels in Jaipur with rooms a bargain at around only 2,000 Rupees.
The main hall is 150 years old and the surrounding landscaped lawns, verandas and gorgeous gardens make it a lovely place to relax after a busy day sightseeing. It’s an attractive and beautifully decorated haveli with spacious, cool, clean and comfortable rooms. The restaurant serves some of the most delicious food in the city and you’ll love the friendly atmosphere at the hotel.
Arya Niwas is also in an great location, only 2 kilometers from Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, and Govind Dev Ji Temple. There’s also a shop with reasonably prices souvenirs and gifts so you don’t even need to leave the hotel to shop. Click here to get prices for your dates and to book!
Have you stayed in any amazing heritage hotels in Jaipur? Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other travellers! 😊
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Cover Photo Credit: Hawa Mahal By Kawin K and Shutterstock