We travelled in a group of three families around Northern India and this hotel was by far our worst experience. At first view it seemed great, elephant and band to greet you, friendly staff who all learn your name, spacious lobby, attractive pool area. The rooms seemed large, comfortable and clean. 1st warning, we had asked for connecting rooms as our children are quite young, but we also upgraded to superior rooms. We were only told on arrival that connecting rooms are only available in standard rooms, which were all booked up. 2nd problem, the balconies for our rooms were absolutely caked in old and new pigeon poo. If you left swimsuits out to dry they also got covered. We asked every day for them to be cleaned but they never were. 3rd problem - decidedly dodgy plumbing - the bath water rose up through the shower plughole and flooded the bathroom every time you took the plug out. 4th problem, within half an hour four of our children had cut themselves on the tiles in the shallow area of the pool, one quite badly. 5th problem, the Indian restaurant - where to start? Only two tables were taken so it should not have been difficult, but the 4 serving staff couldn't get anything right, wrong orders, main courses arriving before starters, wrong wine, pouring wine into a glass of water then not bringing a new glass, it just went on and on, you had to laugh or walk out (we laughed). It was a real shame because the food was great. Even in the other restaurant the service was wobbly, they never wrote any orders down! 6th problem - the kids club turned out to be an unstaffed room full of broken toys. 7th problem - food ordered by the pool took well over an hour to arrive.
The location for us was not a problem, we had our own cars with drivers for the tour so it was nice to be out of the noise of the town. Amber Fort is very close by car. Tip - get to Amber Fort as close to 7.30 as you can for a great elephant ride up, the elephants stop work by 9 as it gets too hot. Also we got to the Jantar Mantar as it opened at 9 and could see everything really well, but as we were leaving the coach tours arrived and it was packed. If you need cash, all the ATM machines seem to be on the road by the Lake Palace, rather than in the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaipur boasts the most sumptuous, extravagant palaces in India. Le Méridien Jaipur too is an extravagantly regal hotel that pays homage to the grandeur of Indian architecture with peacock arches and gleaming white stone. Built upon resplendent acres of serene lush gardens with ambient water bodies, it features a world-class spa with massage and meditation rooms, two innovative restaurants and an award winning bar with an extensive collection of single malts and ‘wines of the world’, Le Cine a theatre seating 42 guests, the Art Corridor with frequent shows featuring masters and emerging artists, Penguin Club for young guests, outdoor and indoor games, spacious conference centre with state of the art facilities and magnificent banquet halls. The hotel has recently added a Presidential Suite covering 3500 sq ft and Nine Deluxe Suites offering 1500 sq ft of Limitless Luxury and served by exclusive butlers, private dining, dedicated lounge bar, a library and on call luxury sedans. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Jaipur Hotel Kukas
- Jaipur Le Meridien
- Meridien Jaipur
- Le Meridien Jaipur India/Kookas