We were booked in a Historical Suite here (whilst on a private Abercrombie & Kent tour) but were upgraded to a Royal Suite, which had several large, Art Deco-style rooms and a generously-sized balcony with views of the stunning gardens. Especially the topiary bougainvilleas, and the peacocks (who shamelessly beg for bread at breakfast on the terrace.) This was one of several Taj properties where we stayed in India, and we were always impressed by the excellent staff. Many are older staff members and their experience shows. (Unfortunately less impressed by the expensive alcohol and annoying internet charges.) Staying here is somewhat like staying in a Museum – the public areas are vast, and it is decidedly not cosy. Nevertheless the friendliness of the staff generates much warmth, and they seem genuinely to care about this historic property and the comfort of their guests. We ate most meals at Pillars on the terrace, which was lovely at any time of day. A good variety of choice is available; enjoyed the food more at breakfast and lunch than at dinner time. We also had pre-dinner drinks in the Trophy Bar, although the heads of dead animals on the walls is not to my taste. One evening we tried the Sunset Pavilion, which is on the rooftop, and this is worth doing for the views alone – but make reservations as space seems to be limited and the restaurant is open to non-guests. The food is barbecued, either with an Indian or European emphasis, and we thought it was very tasty. (The ”wire mesh” fish was delicious.) There is a lift almost to the top, but there are still some steep steps to climb to the rooftop, so be aware of this. We definitely arrived gasping for breath. Before you leave this hotel (when you will be offered the traditional blessing of yoghurt and sugar, by the way) do not forget to visit the atmospheric underground pool, even if you do not wish to swim there. It would especially impress Art Deco enthusiasts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the largest royal residences in the world, the golden-yellow sandstone Umaid Bhawan Palace is a monument to Jodhpur’s gallantry and romance. Guests get a taste of what it was like to live like kings. From rooms once occupied by the Maharaja. From regal pastimes like polo or croquet. From magnificent views of the palace gardens and the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort. From unique themed dinners that flaunt all the pomp-and-splendour of the desert kingdom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur Hotel Jodhpur
- Jodhpur Umaid Bhawan Palace