SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur – Relais & Chateaux
What We Love
- The opulent maximalist decor, courtesy of designer Adil Ahmad (original details include mirrored doors and ceilings, over-the-top chandeliers, an original marble staircase and the regal Art Deco–era swimming pool)
- The "Pink City" of Jaipur is one of India's most captivating places
- The spa is fit for a maharaja: massages are performed in rooms decked out with mirrored doors, richly detailed wallpaper, and classic paintings
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The over-the-top decor might not be for everyone
- 24-hour dining on the romantic Collonade, the palace's former veranda
- Pets are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Originally conceived by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh as a private palace for his wife Chandra Kanwar Ranawati, this magnificent gem in the heart of Jaipur, the dreamy capital of Rajasthan, offers the chance to feel as if you’re living in a fairy tale, at least for a few days. Acclaimed designer Adil Ahmad was tasked with coaxing the palace back to its original glory while infusing it with a modern sensibility, and the result is like a jewel box, gleaming with rich, gemlike colors and intricate textures. Marvel at original details like mirrored doors and ceilings, over-the-top chandeliers, an original marble staircase and a regal Art Deco–era swimming pool lined with lanterns and flanked by manicured gardens. As for the guestrooms, well, minimalism has no place here. Expect vibrant patterned wallpapers, traditional Indian artworks, crystal chandeliers, vases holding fresh flowers, and silk cushions bright as the saris you’ll see throughout the country. Similarly, forget the pared-back Zen serenity spa trend. Here, guests are immersed in an environment fit for a maharaja, with massages performed in rooms decked out with mirrored doors, richly detailed wallpaper and classic paintings. Dining is another regal experience, whether you settle in for afternoon tea on the elegant veranda, take lunch in the 51 Shades of Pink dining room (inspired by a 1952 Vogue shoot by iconic photographer Norman Parkinson) or live it up at the Orient Occident, the grand dining room, which features gilded mirrors, soaring ceilings and original artworks.
In the Area
The state of Rajasthan epitomizes the India of collective fantasy, a land of palaces, forts and breathtaking landscapes, and the Pink City of Jaipur is indisputably the jewel in its crown. To gain an appreciation for both its history and its modern personality, head to the Birla Temple, a contemporary white marble marvel situated below the Moti Dungri Fort and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the goddess Lakshmi. Then check out the Hawa Mahal, a pink sandstone tower built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable the women of the royal household to watch the life of the city unseen by the public. The views of the city from the rooftop are sure to light up your Instagram feed. A fun way to traverse the city is on two wheels; sign up with local outfit Cyclin’ Jaipur, leisurely tours that enable you to experience both the iconic sights and the vibrant street life of the city. Be sure to sample some of India’s most delicious vegetarian food, including that Rajasthani staple the thali plate; LMB restaurant dishes up some of the city’s best.
How to Get There
Having visited many of the top hotels in the world I can honestly say this has topped them all. We arrived to the most incredible room upgrade surprise to the Maharaja Suite, the palace’s crown jewellery, from Brigesh and Prashant (who were also the most attentive and accommodating on email in the lead-up to our stay). The opening line when being shown the room was ‘we want you to feel like this is your own home’ - have heard this before but it really was true this time. Devraj looked after us the whole stay and indeed made us feel like royalty! No request was too big or small, from private dining in the room to organisation of the city tours in their vintage car it was all effortlessly taken care of without fuss and no sign of a bill the whole time we were there.
Again, we have stayed in many a luxury property around the world before but the Rajmahal Palace is truly in a league of its own given its rich history as a royal residence (and still being used by the current Maharaja and his family to this day), its esteemed guest roster including British royals and dignitaries, and unparalleled service levels. Can’t think of staying anywhere else if we visit Jaipur again.
I am reviewing the restaurant as it’s not separately listed. The entrance to the hotel and the grounds are divine and I truly am disappointed that we didn’t choose to stay there ....a mistake that will rectify for the next trip there.
51 shades of pink was a wonderful experience- with some going for the traditional thali and others for European food. The food was great and the presentation beautiful. But the service is what wows here - perfectly trained - always around when you need them but unobtrusive. Excellent all around.
***** awesome interior and look and feal huge building fealings like haven awesome services of houskeeping and staff thear scervicess to good for their guiest i have given 10/10 marks for the hotteli want visit hear again and again