Since my 30th birthday coincided with our stay in Jaipur, we decided to be a bit extravagant and book the "Royal Suite" room and we couldn't have been happier.
We were picked up at the train station by two fellows who didn't speak much english, which made for a quiet ride, but this was more than made up by the strange and wonderful manager Mr. Eric Williams, who set about to make us feel at home straight away. We were brought into the original reception room, with beautiful wall murals and an incredible chandelier, and given a flavorful tomato soup as we waited for our baggage to be taken to our room.
The room itself was incredible and posh, filled with period furniture and odd antique objects. The room was a bit cold (it was unseasonably cold in Jaipur while we were there) but the bed was warm and comfortable.
Breakfast was a flavorful affair, and we enjoyed dinner each evening at the roof-top restaurant. The service was impeccable--especially Mr. Williams and the elderly head waiter (who was extremely helpful navigating the menu with my food allergies). The roof-top entertainment was a bit spotty, but fun. Be sure to bring a few extra rupees for the puppeteers--by the end of the night, they seemed a bit neglected.
All in all, this was the best birthday I've had yet, and it's largely due to the Shahpura House and it's staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The traditional Rajput architecture, a mixture of Mughal and Indian, a facade with domes and frescoes. The house is a very fine example of Shekhawati frescoes and architecture. The family portraits, which add to the charm of this family hotel where tradition still runs strong. Like many historic houses, Shahpura House is a curious mixture of the old and the new. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shahpura House Hotel Jaipur