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
Didnt stay here but had the pinker than pink restaurant on my bucket list...i wanted to try the Queen Mother's favourite casual lunch dish of Eggs Drumkilbo in gorgeous surroundings....which i did, and the surroundings defy all descriptive words. Put simply...I was in heaven!
This is an amazingly beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Jaipur. And that’s why it is miraculous as to how peaceful the place is. This place has only 13 rooms/suites and each one is unique. The hotel upgraded us to the Mountbatten Suite, and yes , Lord Mountbatten, British India’s last Governal General did stay here ! As did the Queen of England, Prince and Princess of Wales and Jackie Kennedy ! Though there were other guests at the hotel, we always felt we were the only guests and almost as if it was our property (!), throughout our stay. For one of our dinners, the hotel staff actually booked an entire restaurant for us ! Food is outstanding ! Lots of choices for European/continental food and the cooking is Michelin level. They do have an Indian food option where they also provide excellent local delicacies, but it is in the format of a fixed menu - though they are flexible enough to cater to your preferences - for example , I wanted to try Laal Maas and Junglee Maas , both local mutton (goat meat) delicacies, and they made it a part of the fixed menu - and once again the cooking was authentic and delicious. They have a pool and a spa though we didn’t get to try these. Since this hotel is owned by the current Royal family of Jaipur, hotel guests have exclusive access to the most amazing and colourful parts of the Jaipur City Palace - if you stay here , make sure you do this special trip - it’s simply amazing .
You'd expect a Relais & Châteaux hotel to be fantastic, but the Suján Rahmahal Palace exceeded my expectations. Exquisite decor, spacious and peaceful grounds, delicious food ... and then the one thing that added the cherry on top was the service of the staff - all of them.
The hospitality and eagerness to make the best possible stay, came straight from the heart. It never felt forced or scripted, or over the top. Our group was blown away by the warmth of the staff, the pride they took in their work and in the hotel, and their ability to anticipate our every need. We didn't want to leave!
From a practical perspective, the hotel was also in a quiet enough area of Jaipur without being too far from the sights and attractions. The hotel will also arrange local tours - they have special access to some of the more restricted areas of the City Palace, which was one of my favourite palaces in Jaipur.
.. That I could have stayed here! Possibly the most beautiful hotel I have seen in India. It is sublime heritage chic and oh so gorgeous. I popped in for a Tom Collins and was completely enraptured. Wow wow wow. What a place!!
If you want to step back into Rajasthan’s history, you can’t do better than stay or eat at the Rajmajhal Palace, once the home of the widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur, now a Sujan hotel, part of the Relais & Chateau luxury group. She would be pleased to know that standards have not slipped. Alas, we didn’t stay but we had a wonderful Indian dinner with friends in the most exotic surroundings, updated to meet the needs and desires of modern travellers. Our arrival was delayed by a wedding party, a blaze of colour and music with a procession of elephants, camels, ponies, two Rolls Royces – and of course fireworks. It’s that sort of place.