Where does one start when it comes to Samode Palace..... at the beginning I suppose! We immediately felt special when we found we had been upgraded to a delux room on the top floor of the palace with fabulous views of the surrounding hills. A lovely, breezy room with a sit out, nicely appointed but not too large or intimidating and a beautiful bathroom with a fabulous view.
We had been warned of noisy Delhiites taking over the palace on weekends so were very relieved to be the only guests the night we were there. After lunch in the courtyard we were taken around the palace by one of the staff and enjoyed walking through the stunning reception rooms that are used for parties and weddings these days.
What was immediately evident was the fact that the staff (most of them from local people from the surrounding village whose families had been attached to the palace for generations) were so proud of the palace and felt a deep personal connection with the place and it's current owners. You never get that feeling from staff working at some soul-less, impersonal five star hotel. The service was excellent. Professional and discrete but with a human touch. We felt like honoured guests of the owners, not like paying customers.
What we loved about Samode Palace is the quiet elegance of the buildings -- and every now and then we would come across a stunningly decorated area with exquisitely painted walls and ceilings made all the more lovely because of the surprise. The subtle, sophistication takes Samode Palace to a completely different level when compared with many other palaces and havelis in Rajasthan.
We had lunch in the courtyard, a fantastic dinner by the rooftop pool and breakfast in the exquisitely painted dining hall. Great food and a fabulous wine list -- completely unexpected in a place so far off the beaten track.
One small tip for whoever is doing such a great job here -- every good hotel in the world today gives guests the option of indicating when they want their bed and bath linen changed. Most guests are aware that the mountains of laundry generated by hotels is a huge strain on the environment especially in a state like Rajasthan where water is scarce. A simple card in the room / bathroom for guests with a small eco-friendly message would be a nice touch.
All in all a fantastic conclusion to our magical holiday in Rajasthan. Wish we could have stayed forever!
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- Also Known As:
- Samode Palace Hotel Samode
- Samode Palace Hotel Jaipur
- Samode Palace Jaipur