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Review of Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

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Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Ranked #1 of 98 Hotels in Jodhpur
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“modern history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

The look of this 'modern' (built less than 100 years ago) Hotel is very spectacular but I didn't like the feeling. It was so huge it felt haunted. The Art Deco interior & the furnishings that came from London are superb to look at if you are interested in the period but cold & clinical to live in, It looks a wow from the outside & the history is interesting. It is a distance away from the Fort & the bustling market square & set in the valley below - so you don't get the wow factor of staying higher up the hill. The service is stylish & in keeping with the Grand design..

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enables us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you luxury hospitality.

We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,
Ashish Kumar Rai
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was a Royal Vacation all the way! One of the best Taj Properties I have visited. It is a ultimate Place if you are a couple and looking for a quite relaxing Holiday! I stayed for 3 nights at the Umaid Bhawan in the Heritage Suite.

The Welcome: Traditional Rajasthani Welcome with a nice Juice Drink awaits you. No nonsense of all the Paperwork to Check-in. Just give your Id and the Reception does the rest. You are taken straight you to your room. The Pampering starts the minute you enter the Hotel!

The Palace: Exquisite! Royal! The Dome section is Brilliant. Outstanding Architecture and magnificent facilities.

The Room: Very Luxurious and comfortable. Spacious! The Private Sit-out was good but could be better. The room Service and House Keeping Brilliant! Every time we ordered food indoors they set up the table so amazingly that the dining experience was awesome!. Also the room is cleaned at least 3 times in a day and the bed is made on time without a single Request! Excellent.

The Facilities: 1) Swimming Pool Indoor and outdoor perfect! Excellent service at both places where we were given juice, fruits games, cold towel and bottled water is available everywhere as the jodhpur heat is scorching!
2) Tennis court is good. Balls, ballboys and rackets available. only problem is they need to get a net around the court as we kept losing balls in the landscape surrounding the court.
3) Spa: Although it looked excellent we did not end up trying as found it too expensive. Visit equally good Spas in Mumbai at half the Price literally!!
4) Billiard Room: Very nice Table and Room. Room has a very contemporary feeling and takes you back in time of playing the game during the King Era.

Dining: This is by far the best part about our whole Vacation! Pillars is where we wined and dined all the 3 days. The Restaurant Staff - Best Service I have received in my Life surely! So warm, soft and precise. All their recommendations are very honest and after understanding your Taste buds! Utmost care is taken for every small detail in your meal and the food in the end is Perfect and outstanding! The look of the food and the presentation were a 10/10. Being foodies we really enjoyed our experience. The Chef comes to your table every time you dine.

Overall: Excellent! If you are thinking of a perfect couples Royal and Luxurious Holiday - this is your Place! Another good part is it is a Residents Only Hotel I think so very less crowd around and you ge ta lot of peace.

Drawbacks: 1) Pick-up and Drop facilities were not available in the Package we took. Its only 6 kms from the Airport so I really don't understand why Taj Group would do that? + Of course their pick-up drop charges are exorbitant for the short distance. Anyways Prepaid is available from the Airport so no sweat.
2) No Wi-fi in Rooms complimentary. I am a regular traveller and all Hotels today internationally right from the 2 star to 5 starts provide Wi-fi 100% complimentary. So it was a surprise that it was not free here. Management should think into this as I would certainly like to be connected to the virtual world as today social, business, personal life along with all information required is online!

Room Tip: I stayed in the Heritage Room which comes with a Living Room and Balcony overlooking the Meharanga F...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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1 Thank Vinit D
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time in sharing your feedback. I am pleased to note that the overall experience during the recent stay met your expectations and that you had a pleasant and comfortable stay with us.

We have noted your feedback in terms of Airport transfers and free internet services and we are in the process of exploring these options and would implement the same based on feasibility.

We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,

Ashish Kumar Rai
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sydney
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24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

The palace looks magnificent from afar and their lobby looks even more grand. It was very quiet compared to the other Taj palaces that we stayed at in India. We got lost walking around the palace on our first night. The service was just as impeccable as all the other Taj. However, we were very disappointed with our dinner at the rooftop restaurant. Everything was served cold, including the complimentary molten chocolate cake. Our waiter was not as friendly as the ones in Jaipur and Udaipur. Even though I find it a bit chilly and too windy to be dinning outdoors but we did enjoy the night views with plenty of fireworks throughout our evening. I did appreciate how the F&B manager came to us the following morning to apologise for our bad experience. And I very much enjoyed their complimentary yoga class in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pittstprincess
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear Madam,

Greetings from Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time in sharing your feedback. I am pleased to note that the overall experience during the recent stay met your expectations and that you had a pleasant and comfortable stay with us.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused to you during dinner at Roof Top Restaurant. It is our constant endeavor to provide the finest of products and service in line with the standards of Taj Group of Hotels and we would like to assure you that all steps have been taken to ensure non-recurrence.

We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,

Ashish Kumar Rai
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Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

This must be the best the Taj Group has to offer. Some of their other Taj facilities are a little tired but this is the ultimate in palace living!
It is a stunning palace, in a great location (views over Jodhpur to Mehrangarh Fort) with great food and service. With art deco flair and beautifully polished marble throughout, the Maharajah truly outdid himself when he built this facility.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rick L
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enables us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you luxury hospitality.
We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,
Ashish Kumar Rai
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed just 2 nights at the Umaid Bhawan Palace because we were in a tour group, but I would not hesitate to go back again. Not only was it breathtakingly beautiful, but the service was beyond impressive. As you sit eating your breakfast at the "Pillars" restaurant on the back lawn, you can observe the magnificent peacocks sweeping across the lawn - just for your entertainment. Also, I should mention how security conscious they were. One afternoon, I left the door to our suite just slightly ajar for my husband (who was coming about 5 minutes after me. Within a few minutes, a security guard came to the door just to see if 'everything was o.k." And, that night my husband accidently left his wallet out on the desk when we went to dinner. When we returned, there was no wallet and a note to call the housekeeping office. What happened was - they saw the wallet (and my IPad) and put them in the safe for us!

Great Place
pbloew
West Chester, PA

Room Tip: I honestly don't think there is a bad room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Patricia L
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Sir,

Greetings Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enables us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you luxury hospitality.
We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,
Ashish Kumar Rai
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brighton
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23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We arrived and it takes your breath away, that your in a real palace, the king is next door.
This hotel was the best hotel we have ever stayed at, have travelled the world.
Once again service out of this world, you could not fault anything in any way, the room was jaw dropping experience, going back to art deco times. All the furniture was just stunning and the room on my god was massive, we had three balconies corridor inside walk in wardrobe bathroom to die for in marble, words will never explain how great wonderful fantastic and stunning this hotel is and was...This hotel we make sure we come back to our travels somewhere along the way.
breakfast was served outside every morning wonderful view of the gardens and the city.
My favourite was the restaurant on the roof, if you stay here book the roof top restaurant absoultley out of this word from service food and cocktails, one of best meals of the whole holiday, something you never forget and want to go back.
The rest of the hotel was amazing the history and background, all the different rooms and main entrance dome was wow, also the pools, you wish you had stayed longer than you do so enjoy every moment, once again thanks for stay will treasure for life, hope to come back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank forgottenboy
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur !

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enables us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you luxury hospitality.
We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,
Ashish Kumar Rai
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Orlando Fl
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Everything has been said about this property: Amazing, beautiful...We stayed in the lovely Heritage Suite - the balcony was expansive with an amazing view of the pool and the fort. The hotel is very discreet and quiet. The staff definitely made the experience. From the reservation inquiry to the driver to the chefs, waiters, pool staff and spa staff - you could not ask for more welcoming and unobtrusive service. The food was excellent and was varied with Indian and Western gourmet selections. The Yoga class with Mohit was extraordinary. I cannot recommend this property highly enough - I plan to return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bonnyj
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Ashish Kumar R, General Manager at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur!

I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enables us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you luxury hospitality.
We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you to Umaid Bhawan Palace again.

Sincerely,
Ashish Kumar Rai
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Property: Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Address: Near Circuit House, Jodhpur 342006, India
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Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Jodhpur
#1 Spa Hotel in Jodhpur
#1 Romantic Hotel in Jodhpur
#1 Luxury Hotel in Jodhpur
#1 Family Hotel in Jodhpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur 5*
Number of rooms: 64
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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