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Amanbagh
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ajabgarh
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

This was the first Aman resort that I had stayed at with my wife. I was on a work related trip through india with stops in bangalore, hyderabad and Dehli and to say that this was an escape to paradise would be an understatement.
Everything from our arrival,to the freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, to our own privately set evening meal under the stars was superb. The room (it almost goes without saying) was stunning and more that comfortable. You often hear about the legendary Aman standard of hotels and service and this did not feel to meet expectations.
Obviously the hotel is in the 'ultra luxury' category in an underprivileged area of India which may appear awkward but the way that the local community is involved with the hotel both in providing staff who are trained up, but also guides, supplies etc is to be commended, as is the way that the hotel puts resources back into the community.
If there was a negative it would be that you are effectively 'locked in' to eating at the hotel restaurant, not so much be design but be necessity. I would say that the restaurant was good, but not exceptional relative to other top eateries in India.
The Amanbagh is a spectacular hotel which ticks all the boxes. A real oasis in India not to be missed and a property which gives you the diametric opposite of the busy Indian city life and takes you back a hundred years (in a good way)

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms at this hotel. trust me
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We transferred from Aman-i-khas to Amanbagh, stop by and have a day tour to Jaipur.

We stayed in a Terrace Haveli suite which was located on the upper lever with a terrace. There is a spacious outdoor area, with dining area, daybed and lounge chairs, it is a wonderful experience to lay down on the daybeds looking at the starry night. The room is very spacious and comfortable, elegant design with a lot of marble.

The service was again excellent with the staff very friendly and helpful.

There is only one restaurant in the resort, the menu is not huge but the selection is good enough. The food quality was good, but some of the dishes, e.g. tandoori chicken was better in Aman-i-khas.

Amanbagh is in the middle of nowhere, very quiet, maybe too quiet. We found that it lacked some atmosphere as it was not so warm and cozy. But overall this is a very nice resort.

We would also like to recommend the visit to Bhangarh Fort, just 20 minutes by jeep from the resort.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank London-Lourson
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Quintessentially perfect

I have heard about the Aman's legendary need to please the guest many times in my travels but having stayed in many of the so-called finest hotels in the world forgive me for being slightly cynical of such claims. However I'm pleased to tell you it's all true, the Aman is the perfect place. From the extraordinary warm welcome where Tim and Laetitia personally meet you at arrival, to the traditional song to wish you a happy stay, to your personal manager leading you to your tastefully 
interior designed suite with a bathroom like no other I promise you. This is truly the benchmark for all other hotels to work towards. It's hard not to get gushy about this place, it's simply the best, you'll love it.

Room Tip: We stayed in a garden suite but frankly they all look great, it's very peaceful wherever your ro...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

It is a rather long trip from Delhi to Amanbagh by car. The first part of the trip is rather tedious - along a busy highway packed with parked trucks and billboards. However, once you turn off the highway to Amanbagh you are treated to the very vivid sights and sounds of rural India. Yes - this local road is rough and bumpy - but what else would you expect? Our driver was from the village close to Amanbagh and provided us with an informative commentary along the journey.

The Ed Tuttle designed Amanbagh sits in a valley with hills on either side. We have stayed in a number of other Tuttle designed Aman's and this resort is very similar in feel to the others. No surprises here. Central facilities looking onto a large pool - surrounded by accommodation wings and individual pavilions. Stylised architecture and interiors that borrow from the vernacular. Unfortunately, the local pigeons also really enjoy the pool area.

Our room was a garden suite and after having a look at all the other room types - we were were very happy with this choice. The courtyard suites were the same design but backed onto the central courtyard. The terrace suites were above and had some awkward design features. The pool pavilion might provide more privacy, however, we didn't like the design with the bathroom in a separate pavilion and a relatively small bedroom/living space.

The garden suite was very spacious, private and well designed. Occasionally you could hear footsteps from the Terrace Suites above. One wing of the resort does adjoin a river and road - and at various times of day you could hear water pumps and a bit of local road noise. However, this didn't worry us too much.

The bed was very comfortable - the desk and lounge areas worked very well. An I-Pod dock would make more sense than the Bose CD player in the room. Would have been nice to have a coffee machine and a bedside clock in the room. The wireless internet access was a bit flakey.

Loved soaking in the large green marble bath - but would have enjoyed some bath salts. Not sure if I was meant to toss the small bowl of marigolds into the bath - but did anyway and they gave the water a wonderful fragrance. Plenty of room for luggage storage. Laundry was included in our rate which was a plus. Would recommend that management swap out the wooden WC seats for white.

The food was incredible - easily the best we had ever enjoyed in any of the Aman hotels we had stayed at around the globe. We really enjoyed having dinner in the courtyard by the fireplaces.

Take a browse through the hotel shop - there's a lovely range of items - without the hassle of shopping in Jaipur.

The staff and management of the hotel were very personable and really made our stay special. Loved receiving an email from Laetitia & Tim (GM) with a photo momento when we arrived home.

We enjoyed a number of excursions including walks and a visit to Bhangarh (in an open top jeep) - a must see. Our guide really made our excursions special. On the way back from one of the walks he took us to his home - a very tidy one room house in the middle of a field.

This journey was a sobering reminder of our very privileged pampered life - in contrast to the stark reality of the life led by the majority of the Indian population.

We would highly recommend a visit to Amanbagh - we stayed for three nights in January.

Room Tip: We preferred the design of the garden/courtyard suites over the other pricier options.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Amanbagh for 2 nights in January and loved the experience. If you're planning on visiting Agra and Jaipur, I highly recommend that you take a break from the touristy and dusty parts of India and stay at Amanbagh, which is located in a picturesque country side far from everything.

The resort is beautiful, but not in an ostentatious kind of way. The food here is amazing -- the vegetables are grown from their own garden, and I could definitely feel the freshness. The staff was warm and friendly, in a way that seemed genuine.

Amanbagh was such a unique opportunity to experience local life in rural India. We did a village walk in the morning through a nearby local village. The Aman guide who led the walk is actually a local villager himself. In the afternoon, we visited the haunted ruins at Bangarh. There were not a lot of people there (especially compared to the sites in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) and I was the only non-Indian person at Bangarh that day. In the evening, we participated in the Aarti ceremony at the local Hindu temple. We also happened to be there on Republic day, so one morning there was a Republic day ceremony put on by the security staff at Amanbagh.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank m3linda_c
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

This was my favorite hotel by far during my trip in India with my family.
The hotel location was in the middle of nowhere, but still close to small villages with local people. When we came to the hotel the hotel manager was there to greet us. That is always very nice and I also liked the fact that he wore more of casual clothes instead of a suit. I got more like a relaxed feeling. You don't have to wear nice clothes all the time like at Rambagh Palace or the Imperial. After staying at such a hotels like those, it's nice to wear casual clothes. I also loved the fact that he had studied hospitality management in Switzerland in the city next to mine where I also study the same things he did.

The room was spacious and very clean. I also liked the fact the the hotel manager had written a personal welcoming letter to us.

We spend the new year evening there and it was arranged very well with entertainment and some fireworks. We also got a small box with spices and recipies, which was nice. They also gave us a small gift everyday.

Their spa was also nice and relaxing.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. We took a nice riding tour with their horses and camels. That was something different compared to the other hotels we had stayed at. It was nice to just relax in the countryside on a horseback. The local people also seemed so happy compared to those in the big cities.

The food and breakfast were delicious. The even made us a starter that we wanted to have. but was not on the list. That is a big plus!

When we left the hotel, the manager and a lot of other people from the staff were waiving to us from the patio, which was a nice gesture.

I will definately come here again !

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Swansky88
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We love Aman resorts and therefore booked the 6 days India journey which included a 2 nights stay in the Amanbagh. As it was in a remote location, we were looking forward to a relaxed 2 days in the Aman.

We weren't disappointed after a bumpy ride from Jaipur. The resort is luxurious and beautifully designed. There is a very tranquil atmosphere in the hotel, and our room was simply gorgeous.

Our first night sleep in our garden haveli was everything but quiet as the rural road gets frequented by buses, tractors and loud trucks all night. It was very disappointing that we weren't checked into a different room from the start, as the hotel was quite empty. We changed rooms, but felt that this could have been avoided.

The food including breakfast was simply wonderful, and the chef was incredibly passionate about his food. He cooked some of the best meals we had in India. Very special! The restaurant chef and his staff were also great and they made our stay.

We saw some of the surroundings, but felt awkward to stay in such a luxurious temple in the middle of nowhere. I really question why Aman chose such a remote location with little to see in the immediate proximity. Rajasthan has such vaste amount of treasurers that we should have probably visited another place instead. Also, we didn't think management made this a warm and welcoming place. Given the incredibly steep prices, they have to make this resort much more special.

Overall, this is a resort for Aman junkies who want to relax, but don't waste any days staying there if you are on a busy trip.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ajabgarh 301027, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Alwar District > Ajabgarh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ajabgarh
Price Range: $1,094 - $1,200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanbagh 5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amanbagh is a verdant oasis of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees lying within a walled compound, once the staging area for royal hunts. Evoking the palatial elegance of the Moghul era, Amanbagh's Haveli suites and pool pavilions provide a tranquil base from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan, India's dramatic frontier region. Amanbagh's award-winning design features domed cupolas and private courtyards. ... more   less 
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Amanbagh Hotel Ajabgarh
Amanbagh Hotel Alwar
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