World through my eyes
Being awarded in World Travel Awards (WTA) is no fluke and for getting awarded in same category for years in running (seven times precisely), one has to be something special. The Raj Palace in the heart of Pink City- Jaipur in Rajasthan in Western India has seems to made this its habbit and also the habbit of its connoisseurs of luxurious life. It has been once again selected as World’s Leading Heritage Hotel at WTA. Rajasthan is so rich in heritage hotels, that no other place in world can perhaps be. From Neemrana to Samode to Umaid Bhawan to Devigarh to Shiv Niwas, palaces turned into hotels are all queued up.
A stay at Raj palace in Jaipur will make you feel like a real king, with one of the most hospitable and colourful culture of Rajasthan at one’s service. For example what can be our idea of a staying at a suite? At Raj Palace, The Maharaja’s Pavilion suite is a four floor apartment with a private entrance through the Charbagh. The entrance leads you to your private secretarial area, this further leads you to a large luxurious private Lounge with a bar. The Pavilion has a private elevator connecting all four floors and the total area of the suite is 16000 sq/fts and has four bedrooms and four luxurious bathrooms. It has a private swimming pool on the top floor and beautiful lounges on each level. This suite was awarded Asia’s Leading Suite last year. And remember, luxury never comes cheap, tariff for this suite reads 15K USD. And if it sounds exorbitant, than hold your breath, The Presidential Suite or the Shahi Mahal will be all yours for a night at 45K USD. But this suite is under renovation and will be available only next year.
The Palace Suites & Presidential suite offer the complete Royal apartment blocks within the Palace which include multiple bedrooms, Living rooms, Dining room, Private access to Home theatre, Gym Spa, Pool, Kitchen, Staff accommodation, Meeting rooms, Office, Library etc. they are actually own private Pavilions within The Palace. Then there are prestige suites, the historical rooms and the heritage Rooms. Overall, The Raj Palace has 29 Rooms / Suites with 38 bedrooms overlooking towards Gardens, Chandani Chowk (Courtyard), and the pool. Each suite / room is unique and each seems still to breathe the spirit of illustrious guests who once stayed here. Then there is a multicusine restaurant Swapna Mahal. Swapna Mahal means the palace of Dreams. Formal receptions remained the focal activity of courtly life during the British period. Hence The Swapna Mahal was made imitating the great houses of the British and French nobility. This hall is completely fitted out with European furniture, chandeliers, mirrors, curtains and a crockery collections. The double height ceiling has breathtaking majestic crystal chandeliers and panels of silk curtains will take you to the dream world. Besides, there is also a Kebab Shop, a coffee shop at the Royal Lounge and a bar- Shikarbadi.
The Raj Palace, the traditional with some of the modern structures robs the town of its singular character and charm. This beautiful blend of Mughal and Periodic is the oldest mansion of Jaipur, claimed to be almost three hundred years old. In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari of the erstwhile royal family decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications, Best services were added. Museum suites were created which have the finest Royal antiques giving the property the honor of being first museum suite palace hotel of the world as the suites have their private museum. The specially designed frescoes deciphered with the finest mirror and hand painted work and rare palace furniture , Large crystal chandeliers leave you adorned with an astonishing fantasy. The elegance personified and the renowned hospitality is served in its 40 well-appointed rooms and beautiful venues with extreme intimacy and caring personal service in the reborn Raj Palace.