This is a gorgeous property that successfully blends the Fairmont brand essence of personalized guest services, great food, and elegant surroundings in the outskirts of Jaipur, about 15 minutes from the Amber Fort and 30 minutes from the Walled City. The hotel beautifully blends the sophistication of grande-dame Fairmont hotels with a minimalist aesthetic [lovely beige tones, natural fabrics] and attention to service.
The room is tasteful, with wooden floors and oriental rugs, hand-painted designs on the wall, a four-poster and incredibly comfortable bed, and a hamam-style deep bath. Quite simply, one of the nicest rooms we've ever stayed in.
Only one restaurant, the coffee shop, is presently open, with their Indian restaurant slated to open shortly. The morning and evening buffets offer good choices, including Indian, some Middle Eastern [great muhammara and baba ghanouj], and continental fare. For breakfast, there is everything from homemade gravlax salmon, quite decent croissants, uppama and poori as well as muesli, fruit, and inventive lassis. For dinner, the tandoor is at the ready, and there are pizzas, inventive salads, and a ice grill that makes lovely frozen popsicle-ish lozenges out of fresh fruit purees.
The gym is not open yet; the pool, with a good long run for those who like to do laps is. The setting of the pool is gorgeous, with a view of hills and greenery.
There are definitely some hiccups: transportation services will benefit from more driver training, televisions need to be hooked up to cable and DVD players, some phones don’t quite work, and little things like the finishing of paint on trim in particular should be paid attention to.
But the staff, the true strength of the brand, is lovely. We have never received so much personal attention at a hotel as over this past weekend. While there might be value in a bit of cultural/ EQ training – not everyone wants to be interrupted to be asked how they are enjoying their stay and if it’s the first time they’ve been to Jaipur! -- what was particularly wonderful was the obvious pride that everyone, from the restaurant waitstaff and souschefs, to the concierge and the excellent front desk crew shared in this beautiful new hotel, its promise, and in Jaipur itself as a travel destination.
I might wait to return until the little things get ironed out, but then I will really prepare to be seriously wowed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairmont Jaipur is an ode to the pink city through awe-inspiring architecture and decor, inspired by the Mughal dynasty and Royal Rajputs of yore. This luxury Jaipur hotel is nestled amongst the majestic Aravalli hills, all 255 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, to reflect a perfect blend of traditional Rajasthani decor and modern amenities. Dine with Friends: The opulent accommodation is complemented with an array of eclectic dining options, from the vibrant and energetic Zoya, all day dining restaurant, with a special emphasis on authentic Rajasthani cuisine, the charming Anjum, where Fairmont's internationally celebrated tea drinking culture comes to India with an exciting local twist, to the elegant Aza, our library bar for a quiet evening of aperitifs and signature cocktails. Explore and Discover: Fairmont Jaipur offers a multitude of outdoor activities and excursions ranging from exhilarating hot air ballooning, adventurous mountaineering at the Aravalli hills, unforgettable elephant picnics, antique shopping in the bustling markets, tours to world famous ancient forts and palaces and customised visits to an authentic Indian village, nearby. Meetings with Views: Conduct business affairs at a location that is unique and unparalleled in beauty and charm. This Jaipur 5 star hotel has a dedicated convention centre, ideal for premier product launches, gala dinners or grand weddings. With spacious lawns complementing the city’s largest convention hall and ably supported with five individually styled, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, Fairmont Jaipur encompasses the best of leisure and business, immersed in an atmosphere of tranquility and elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Jaipur India/Kookas