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Le Meridien Jaipur
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Kookas
Certificate of Excellence
Essex, UK
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32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Like staying at Fawlty Towers!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2007

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.

  • Liked — not a lot
  • Disliked — awful service and lack of care when things went wrong
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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129 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2007

We spent 2 nights at Le Meridien as part of a tour through India & would rank it as the best hotel we stayed in during the course of entire stay. The hotel is located outside the centre of Jaipur (the city is very busy, especially the market area) & offered us a tranquil location to relax after a days sightseeing.
The staff were very friendly & welcoming on our arrival & throughout our stay. Our room overlooked the large pool area which one could view from our balcony. The room itself was spotlessly clean, modern & tastefully decorated.
The restaurant was excellent & had an extensive choice both at breakfast & dinner.
I would highly recommend Le Meridien to any prospective visitor to Jaipur.

  • Stayed March 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2007

We stayed 2 nights at this hotel, which looks fabulous and is in a great setting away from the madness of the City centre. It looks and feels fabulous and even had a couple of Bollywood actors staying whilst shooting in Jaipur.

Judging from some reviewers, i was expecting a huge room given that it was meant to be a deluxe double-bed room. Although i had a 4-poster bed and big baclony, it was not exaclty the biggest room available, and there was only a walk-in shower and no bath. Having sadi that, it was still a very plesant stay. The food is OK but the service is very good in the restaraunts, and prices are still cheaper than UK restaraunts even though you have a luxury setting, with musicians etc. They still need to sharpen up on speed of service as far as food is concerned tho, and I did contract a stomach bug on my last day after breakfast.

There is a games room hidden away and you can also have a massage if u so wish to part with Rs. 2000 for an hour.

Overall, a good stay - food could do with a little improvment tho...

Stayed March 2007
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2007

We stayed at this hotel on our way to Agra. The hotel is exceptional in its decor, setting and location. It is away from the bustling town that offers not much once you have seen the tourist sites (Hawa Mahal,Jantar Mantar, etc). It is a very refreshing place to come to after spending the day in Jaipur. The food is excellent and the service top-class. The rooms are spacious and anyone staying here will not be disappointed. While we we there people travelling on the Palace on Wheels train had lunch here as part of there tour giving you an idea of the standard. It also has an inhouse cinema and golf putting green. No complaints from us.

  • Liked — Quality of facilities and service
  • Disliked — Deco
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Adam100
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United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2007

The Le Meridien is located in pleasant countryside a few minutes drive from Amber fort and about 20 minutes from Jaipur.The hotel is quiet with well laid out gardens. The hotel is of a high standard with good attention to detail. The room was spotless with a four poster bed and fabulous large bathroom with two wash basins, a sunken bath and a superb shower.We received a warm welcome but I felt the musicians although well meaning were rather intrusive. The organised visit by an elephant daily to the hotel was a novelty.

The downside of the hotel for me was the food which was the worst of all the five star hotels we stayed in. I would suggest the management pay a visit to some of the Delhi hotels to compare the quality of the food particularly the bread, pastries,the pasta and Italian food generally. Even the Rajasthani restaurant food although beautifully served was not outstanding.
The folk dancing was held outside in bitter cold at night with little or no guests attending. I would like to have seen the dancers inside the hotel where it was warmer.

Overall I would recommend the hotel if you want to stay away from the noise of Jaipur and close to Amber fort in what is an impressive five star hotel.

  • Stayed January 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LmcUnitedKingdom
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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2007

I have stayed at quite a few luxury hotels during my recent trip to India and the Le Meridien Jaipur was by far the best and also the cheapest of them.

Beginning with the warm welcome, the fantastic relaxing ambience and the beautiful huge room, it felt so much nicer and so much more personal than any of the other big hotels I have stayed at. Best of all was the wonderful staff, especially the lovely girls at the reception. I will definitely stay there again on my next trip to Jaipur.

The hotel is located outside of Jaipur, just after Amber in a very nice, clean and quiet location. It is only a few minutes drive to Amber Fort and about twenty minutes to the city. The best way to get there is by calling a metered radio taxi yourself (search for "jaipur taxi companies") which is about 100 Rupies to get to the old city.

Stayed January 2007
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Phoenix, AZ
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2006

The LeMeridien in Jaipur is a lovely hotel. The rooms are large with high ceilings, very clean, and well designed. The property itself is luxurious and provides guests with a feeling of Americana in an otherwise "different" part of the world. Although I was traveling on my own as a female, I did not feel that I was treated differently. Yet, I wa personally was very disappointed with the LeMeridien and would not consider staying there again.

First, the hotel is very isolated. The hotel is perfect for someone who wants to experience India without, well, experiencing India. It provides all the luxuries of home; in fact, you will feel you are in a fancy, rich resort town, greatly distanced from the real world. For someone who enjoys experiencing the local culture, the hotel is far too isolated. You will quickly forget where you are. It's location is several kilometers from the bustling city centre, and within walking distance, there is nothing to see or do.

Second, the hotel is terribly expensive. Prices are the equivalent of a four-star hotel in the US or Europe. If you stay here, be prepared to pay a minimum of $12-15 for lunch or dinner at one of the hotel's two restaurants and $3 for a bottle of water that can be purchased on the street for about 25 cents. In my opinion, these prices seems grossly unreasonable for a country where many people learn less than $10 a week.

All said, if you want to stay at a hotel where you feel like you're somewhere other than the US or Europe, this hotel is not a good choice. You will feel very isolated, and unless you're adventurous enough to take a rickshaw to the city centre, you're stuck. On the other hand, if you want to live in luxury and enjoy the convenience and comforts of home, forgetting you have just travelled half way around the world to visit a very exciting, exotic, and intriguing culture that can only be understood through the experience itself, this hotel is a good choice. It's all a matter of personal preference.

  • Liked — Accommodations
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank ExploringTheWorld1
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Property: Le Meridien Jaipur
Address: Number 1, RIICO, Kookas 303101, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur District > Kookas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kookas
#4 Spa Hotel in Kookas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Le Meridien Jaipur 4.5*
Number of rooms: 126
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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Le Meridien Jaipur Hotel Kukas
Jaipur Le Meridien
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