Samode, near Jaipur, Rajasthan
Best Overseas Leisure Hotels, Readers' Travel Awards 2012, Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
Best Overseas Leisure Hotels, Readers' Travel Awards 2010, Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
Conde Nast Traveller (UK), February 2014
"Samode Palace, 30 minutes' drive from town, is a feast for the eyes, with its elegant frescos and architectural details dating from the Mughal Empire. Being here draws out my creative spirit."
Conde Nast Traveller (UK), September 2012
"This is a cross between a smart hotel and a small palace. What I like is its size: it's not like staying in one of those enormous, maze-like Indian palaces, but it still has all the exoticism and splendour of one."
"In a narrow valley between red-and-green hills 45km (28 mi) from Jaipur, this 18th-century palace, built in the shadow of a small fort, towers over its little village. The palace has splendidly painted and enameled public rooms. Guest rooms, which have pillars and arches, are furnished with traditional Rajasthani-style chairs and beds with mosquito-net canopies. The rooms are not regal, but they're charming, clean, and comfortable."
"With its famous Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors, this is one of the most well-restored palaces in India. Samode is set into a hillside, so the palace appears to be climbing upwards. Based around the series of courtyards, the walls are covered with intricate inlays and frescoes. This is the one of the few hotels where simply being in a sitting room transports one back to the heyday of the maharajahs. The rooms are comfortable and well furnished, particularly the suites over looking the small picturesque village below."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“We have just returned from our trip to India & we have to say what an excellent experience it was. i-escape made everything so smooth & we will definitely be booking through them again in the future. We were delighted with both properties we stayed – the Samode Haveli & the Samode Palace. However, on checking out from Samode Palace it turned out that the full amount had been debited at the time of check in. This had been done without our knowledge and we had wanted to pay the balance with a different card. We travel overseas a lot & never before has a hotel deducted a payment without first checking with us how we wanted to pay. They should have asked us with which card we wanted to pay. It did not spoil an amazing holiday though.”
Kathy, United Arab Emirates (19.03.15)
“This is a beautiful former palace in a wonderful peaceful location in the hills North of Jaipur. Original decor has been preserved and restored, and you can take a tour with a knowledgeable staff member. We had a huge beautiful room in a tower, with amazing views. The food was excellent and the staff are first class.”
ROSALIND, United Kingdom (10.01.14)
“A magical place, with wonderful nooks and crannies and elegance and delight. The staff is exceedingly warm and friendly, but never fawning. I was upgraded without asking and my room was enormous. Spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. Gift shop was a real bonus: Great people running it and carrying very quality items. The only thing that needs improving is the food. I found lunches and dinners (poolside, room service) only "OK". Nothing outstanding that I tried.”
Kathy, United States (19.11.13)