The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur
What We Love
- The chance to stay in a former royal hunting lodge built for the maharaja of Jaipur
- Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Jackie O have all stayed here
- Stunning views of the Aravalli Hills at every turn
What To Know
- All suites feature private terraces
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- An intimate retreat with just 14 guestrooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built in 1933 as a hunting lodge for the maharaja of Jaipur, this intimate Spanish-style retreat is home to just three rooms and 11 suites. Expect bold accents in the guestrooms — zebra print coffee tables, turquoise bed skirts, purple and white embroidered bedspreads — as well as private terraces that look out at the mountains (in the suites). The Dining Room serves Indian and Western buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but private poolside picnics and alfresco dinners can also be arranged. After trekking around the area, unwind with a massage at the spa, or retire to the Violet Lounge for after-hours cocktails and a game of pool.
In the Area
After you’ve spent time trekking in the forested hills, ask the hotel to arrange a visit to the nearby Bhangarh Fort. The abandoned 17th-century fort is said to be the most haunted place in India; visitors aren’t even permitted after dark. Jaipur is known as the city of fairs and festivals, so arrange your visit to coincide with one of the many celebrations: January’s Makar Sakranti celebrates kites, March’s Elephant Festival includes processions and polo matches, and October’s Diwali is the festival of light. In Jaipur get a feel for the frenetic buzz of the city center in the historic bazaars, which are set inside the walls of the old town. Start outside the Palace of the Winds complex and wend your way past shops hawking ornate camel leather shoes, handblock textiles, jewelry and other handicrafts.
How to Get There
On a somewhat gruelling tour (Cox and King) of Golden Triangle in India it was a delight to come to the peace and serenity of this hotel. The rooms are fabulous absolutely huge. There is a pool and lovely seating areas to while away the time. The lodge is about a distance from Jaipur but it is worth it to experience the tranquility, excellent service and good food.
The Gateway Ramgarh Lodge is extraordinarily good. All the members of the property are awesome as both individuals and professionals, and only because of their awesomeness can they provide such remarkable services to their guests.
Mr. Jagat Singh Sankotra, the GM and his wife Mrs. Ritu S Sankotra, FOM are incredible. The way they interact with their staff colleagues and guests most likely contribute to their attributions of being great and like-able. They make sure that all their guests are treated with utmost care and dignity.
Mr. Rahul Shekhawat, Frong Office Trainee is outstanding.
Chef Kamdar Barman, Chef Rishipal Singh and Chef Prahlad Narayan are mind blowing with their culinary skills.
Mr . Dalchand guest service supervisor and Guest Service Assiatnts-Mr. Gopal, Mr. Niranjan and Mr. Chotu Mehra are superbly handling the guests creating a friendly, relaxing demeanor, with their courteousness and prompt service.
Mr. Naresh from housekeeping is distinctive in his work and thanks to him for some beautiful pictures.
All the above mentioned names and the names not mentioned since I might not have met them personally are hard working and dedicated. Ramgarh Lodge has a peerless team of old and new people taking care of their respective departments smoothly and maintaining the property beautifully. Heritage should be treasured and I am glad to see it treasured. Kudos to their team effort under the supervision of Mr and Mrs. Singh Sankotra.
The rooms are well maintained with sprawling terraces in the historical suits . Love the colour combination, subtle yet peps up the mood. A small organic kitchen garden is to die for! Beautiful flora and a panoramic view from all the sides of the property is breathtaking.
Used their jeep for local sight seeing and a visit to the hunting tower is a must which I missed this time but I have a reason to re visit the property :)
“In the lap of luxury in the woods” is how I would describe this property in one sentence .
Overall a memorable stay and looking forward to more such comfortable stays at the Ramgarh Lodge- The Maharaja and Maharani style !
Keep up the ingenious hospitality!
Excellent hotel - but chilly in January.Great service.Meals more thann adequateChoice a little repetitive.But great history and well worth a visit.Take warm.clothes in January.But the e experience of going is well.worth while.
This place is actually quiet far from the city and that can be a hassle if you intend to visit Jaipur during your stay and maybe more than once . Travelling to reach this place after sunset should be avoided because of lack of clear signboards and kind of remote location . The rooms are nice with very clean toilets and decent fit n finish . The restaurant and breakfast spread is 3 star but the chef is good and can surprise on some specific dish demand . The lake or dam on which the property overlooks is all dry so hardly any view left, except for the silence all around which some travellers might seek . Children don’t have anything to look upon except some ducks / geese . My suggestion would be stay in the city and maybe book this place for one last night just to relax and unwind (If absolutely necessary) . I understand that it is a Taj Gateway property but even the basic standards of Taj are not there , which anyone who has stayed with the Taj group would expect,and mind you ... the stay here is not cheap ..
We had a 3 nights stay at the lodge earlier this month and I think it was probably the best we have experienced. I mean when you have a 14 rooms hunting lodge almost to yourself and the peace that comes with the location, how can it not be? The lobby is adorned with hunting trophies to remind you of the time when hunting was considered a sport and when it was built by the erstwhile maharaja for his hunting trips. The lobby makes a nice place to lounge as well during a cold evening. The garden provides a great view of the hills and it would’ve been even better had the lake outside not dried up. Somebody tell Trump that global warming is NOT a hoax.
Location – approx. 1 hour outside Jaipur. Once there, don’t even consider stepping out except for a walk or hike nearby. Stay in the city if you want to visit the attractions. This place is just to switch off.
Rooms – the base category room is quite large and comfortable. I think the higher category rooms are on level 1.
Food – the food is varied and good but home style, not very hotelish (not a bad thing at all). Would recommend having meals (except dinner) outside in the verandah or garden rather than indoor. There were a few accidents but staff was apologetic and I felt no need to create a fuss about it.
Service – this place does not have the vibe of a full service star hotel but rather that of your own vacation home which is great. Accordingly the service is attentive but not intrusive which is how I like it. My gratitude to Mr. Munshi Ram and his colleague at the restaurant (unfortunately I don’t recall his name) for his service.
My only recommendation to management is to place mineral water bottles of glass in the rooms in order to minimize plastic use and use water efficient shower systems.
After this we moved to the Rambagh Palace hotel but I would rank this stay higher than that in the palace.