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.
“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)
“We spent a wonderful stay at Samode Palace. We were kindly upgraded to a suite upon arrival. The room was very beautiful, the service very good, the food very good and the overal value excellent. The Palace was a magical experience in Rajastan!”
Eric, United Arab Emirates (05.04.13)
“Room - we had 110 - not a suite but with the most breathtaking views. Really amazing
Breakfast was good. We ate at the fine dining restaurant for dinner and it was brilliant. Lunch was expensive but very nice food.
Service is really outstanding. Every staff member was charming , helpful and efficient.
Overall we felt pampered and respected, learnt about the buildings history (from staff) and had a marvellous time. Sadly only 24 hours - should've been a week!
We loved the building itself - incredible ball room and courtyards and the staff. The amazing spa bath on top of hotel is great - the jets are soo strong and good. We also loved the chefs - in the morning they come around and chat and tell you about the food and Rajasthani history.
Wine list: (ok so I own a restaurant and this is an area that interests me). In my opinion the Australian wines were the worst and dodgiest selection not worthy of a hotel such as this. Plus no vintages were listed on the wine list.
A car from Jaipur was 1700rupee. Food at Samode is expensive but the fine dining restaurant is remarkable. There are quite a few families( lucky kids) there. The gift shop has some really beautiful stuff and very knowledgable staff.
We went from Samode to The Farm and it took 90mins. Should cost around 2000 rupees..?.
I had a great time.”
Simon, Australia (31.12.12)