This palace is truly magnificent. On arrival you are greeted with fresh flowers and fresh orange juice, and check in formalities are begun in the foyer (which has an incredible domed ceiling, and is opulently furnished) but completed in your room. I almost spoiled the experience for myself by arriving whilst on my phone, and walking straight past the staff waiting to greet us – be aware that you will be greeted with a drink every time you enter the palace, even once you have checked in.
A palace tour can be organised on arrival (after having some time to settle in) – and I would highly recommend you ask for one, as it was an interesting introduction to the property, and is taken with a complementary glass of champagne. We stayed in an original palace room (?), which turned out to be one of the furthest rooms from the main common areas. The room was very large – larger than the other internal facing rooms appeared to be - and was very well appointed in deco style, but had no significant windows (the small windows are up towards the ceiling and had no view), which made us feel a bit ‘closed in’ despite the size of the room. The bathroom had a fantastic shower and the Molton Brown toiletries were excellent. On the tour we saw some of the larger rooms, which are significantly more expensive, but are truly enormous with views of the grounds. The underground pool, which has beautiful hand painted walls and mosaic tiles, is a sight to see. There is complementary use of the steam room/sauna or private jacuzzi. The terrace restaurant is very pretty at night as the grounds are lit up with candles, and there is live traditional music. The food was not as good as I expected it to be, but I admit my expectations were extremely high, and the meal was still very good. Word of advice, book a room with breakfast package – breakfast is extraordinarily overpriced (though once again very good). There is always this sense of being in a functioning royal residence, and the entire hotel is extremely formal. Whilst this is fascinating and very beautiful, it can make it difficult to let go and relax if that is your goal.
- 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