Rajmahal Palace

City Centre, Jaipur, India Book from IRs37,000

Heritage meets hip at this bold reinvention of an 18th-century royal palace in the heart of Jaipur
We swing off the chaotic streets of Jaipur into the grand main entrance of this rose-hued palace, and instantly everything is calm. Persian-themed gardens are filled with fountains, tamarind trees and swooping parakeets. Pink-turbaned staff wait to greet us on a sparkling colonnade porch and the Maharaja of Jaipur's vintage Thunderbird is parked up outside. But it’s once you step inside that the magic of this place really unfolds.

Avant-garde designer Adil Ahmad has added a fresh, modern twist to the palace’s illustrious royal history (past guests include Queen Elizabeth and Jackie O), re-imagining the décor in a kaleidoscope of bold hues and opulence. There’s the turquoise Polo Bar studded with trophies won by Maharajas, a shocking pink dining room, and a gilded drawing room filled with artwork from the royal family’s personal collection. As for the wallpaper, it's custom made and hand-blocked in an exquisite variety of motifs (45 in total), from prancing ponies to peacock arches. The 15 rooms and suites are just as lavish and special, with crystal chandeliers, rich velvets, Mughal carpets and massive marble bathrooms. You're in the heart of Jaipur but a world away.

Highs

  • An amazing experience, staying in a real-life palace; wonderful staff soon know you by name
  • We loved the exuberant décor; there's really nowhere like it
  • Relaxing on comfy cushioned loungers around the Art Deco pool
  • Great food, including High Tea on the lawn; the royal recipe cheese toasts are exceptional
  • Combines perfectly with a stay at sister Rajasthani properties The Serai and Sher Bagh

Lows

  • The rich colour schemes won't be to everyone’s taste
  • The train station is a few minutes’ walk away so occasional noise filters through to outside areas
  • There’s an ugly mall across the road but plans to expand the hotel will banish it from view
  • No twin beds
  • Full pre-payment in advance of stay

Best time to go

The hotel is open all year. October to early April is the best time weather-wise, when it's warm and dry. December, January and February can be cold in the mornings and evenings, whilst March and April can get very hot. The scorching mid-summer months of May and June are best avoided. The monsoon breaks in July and lasts until September.

Our top tips

Get under the skin of Jaipur; the wonderful staff have bags of tips on what to see and where to shop, and the Love Jaipur guide is a trove of insider info.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 13
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Bedrooms are individually styled with real verve and spirited elegance. Magnificent cut-glass chandeliers hang from high ceilings, fresh flowers in silver vases fill every room, and the sparkling marble bathrooms are so big you could hold a party in them.

Some rooms feel light and airy, like the powder-blue and ivory Mountbatten Suite with its antique four-poster bed and private drawing room with views over the gardens. Others, like the enormous and opulent 2-bedroom Maharaja Suite, are just WOW, decked in rich, vibrant velvets and bold wallpaper.

We stayed in the turquoise and hot-pink The Kennedy Suite, accessed via a grand marble staircase and through tall mirrored glass doors. Jackie O stayed in this very room for 3 months during a trip to Rajasthan in 1962. Spacious and private, it would spoil any modern-day Maharani let alone us mere mortals. We adored it.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Meals can be taken in the relaxed Collonade with alfresco tables and views over the gardens, or in one of the formal dining quarters: the glamorously tongue-in-cheek 51 Shades of Pink or the decadent Orient Occident dining room.

Exquisitely flavoured Jaipur thalis are prepared just the way the royal family likes them, with Bhindi Masaledar (deep-fried okra) and Laal Maas (fiery red mutton curry). Mouth-watering European dishes (e.g. confit of duck with saffron risotto) and scrumptious fresh salads from the organic kitchen gardens are also on the menu. For something special, private dinners can be arranged; perhaps a candlelit supper by the pool, or a special supper at The City Palace. And don't miss a luxurious High Tea on the lawn: delectable nibbles on the prettiest chinaware. Our 'royal recipe cheese toasts' were divine.

Breakfast is an equally indulgent affair, with groaning platters of fresh fruit, masala omelettes and stuffed parathas.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Cooking classes
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Savour the palace experience: wander around the gardens, relax by the pool and take High Tea on the lawn, before taking the exploration inside to sip cocktails in the trophy-laden Polo Bar
  • Take the vintage Thunderbird for a spin; tailor-made tours of the city can be arranged
  • Enjoy royal perks! Staff can organise private visits to the City Palace gardens and the royal family’s sacred temples
  • Watch the sport of kings: go to an elephant polo match or watch a traditional polo match from the Rajmahal's royal box
  • See our local tips for Jaipur

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Polo
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming

Kids

While children are very welcome, the serene and romantic atmosphere is probably best suited to adults.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All bedrooms except the Palace Rooms can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed for a child. The Queen Elizabeth Suite and Maharajah Suite both have 2 ensuite double bedrooms.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
10/
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