“A majestic old mansion tucked away in the heart of the old city - gardens, courtyards and terraces abound”
Samode Haveli was not really meant to be a hotel, so its 39 rooms differ in shape and design and lie scattered like pretty toys about the rambling building. Beautifully decorated in traditional jewel-like hues, with an array of alcoves, pillars, antiques, mosaics and Jaipur's finest fabrics, this is Rajput style at its dreamiest.
All rooms have sparkling bathrooms with showers and hot water, as well as air conditioning, televisions, hairdryers, fans, minibars and complimentary mineral water. The smallest are the elegant Deluxe Rooms, some of which look out over the hotel's bustling communal courtyard. The Deluxe Suites are larger, with sofas; some have bathtubs in their huge ensuites.
The biggest rooms are the stunning Haveli Suites, situated in a converted building beyond the back lawn. These have lounge areas and private garden-view terraces. One is a family-friendly duplex, with a single bedroom downstairs and a kingsize bedroom upstairs (both with ensuites), plus a balcony.
The most opulent are the 2 Sheesh Mahal Suites, which are covered in mirror-work and have grand archways and small sitting areas. The floor-to-ceiling mosaic is quite stupendous, though somewhat claustrophobic... if you want a break from the ornate frescoes and marbled floors, take a plunge in the pool or freshen up in the spa - modern additions to this still slightly moored-to-the-past mansion.
Painted roses and dancing girls embellish the somewhat over-the-top dining hall - with floor-to-ceiling murals and huge chandeliers, it’s not exactly a light lunch spot. Better to dress for dinner and splurge on the selection of Rajasthani, pan-Indian and international cuisine (pasta, steak) on offer. Perfectionists to the end, the owners are constantly thinking up mouth-watering new menus and searching for new wines to stock - ideal for gourmets.
If you fancy eating under the sun or the stars, in the warmer months tables are also set up in the central courtyard for breakfast (a buffet mixing traditional Indian elements like aloo paratha with the normal continental fare), lunch and dinner. It's lit by candles at night, and you dine to the sound of water burbling in the fountains. For our evening meal, we enjoyed an alfresco feast of traditional lal mass, a mildly spiced Rajasthani lamb dish, served with naan bread fresh from the tandoor.
For a more understated experience, try afternoon tea, served daily in the elegant, colonnaded and white-walled Verandah Lounge, or sit back on a padded lounger-for-2 by the pool and order snacks and cocktails. Room service is also readily available and special private dinners can be arranged on request.
Children of all ages are welcome and can be accommodated in their parents' bedroom for an extra charge. Baby cots, extra beds and babysitting are available upon request and there's a shallow wading pool which children can splash about in. The Duplex Haveli Suite has a single bedroom downstairs and a kingsize bed upstairs - ideal for families.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking