This was one of my favourite hotel stays ever. We arrived here straight from Varanasi with its dirt, frenzy and masses. The contrast could not have been bigger. The Samode bagh offered beauty, tranquillity and nothing but the sounds of birds.
The cottages are comfortable, the tented roofs pretty. There are two gardens, one where the guests stay and one for wandering and contemplation, separated by the small palace and pool. Both are beautiful and well taken care of.
Most of the time there were only a few other guests so this added to the peacefulness. It may be different when the place is fully booked. However, I suspect the place is mostly used for overnighters and people who use the place as a base for day trips.
Staff went out of there way- serving meals wherever we liked, including lunch twice in the main garden, which was a joy. They also arranged a car to take us to Samode town and Palace, which was complimentary.
Our 4 year old daughter had a blast- there is no real playground but lots of stuff to climb on, plenty of space to run around (and a big wall so no risk of her escaping) and free pony rides.
Two caveats: food is adequate, but not outstanding. The dining room is kind of dour and dark- have meals outdoors as much as possible.
And transfers arranged through the hotel are overpriced, as they usually are at these kind of places. The hotel offers a transfer to Jaipur for 3100 INR- if you arrange it yourself through a Jaipur-based operator you will pay half of that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- an air-conditioned tented camp ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samode Bagh Hotel Jaipur