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Naila Bagh Palace
Ranked #87 of 393 Hotels in Jaipur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I love the idea of this hotel, but it not quite there yet. You can definitely see that back in its day (I think they said it was built in the 1850’s), it was a grand structure and the lobby is fun place to stroll and look at the cool furniture and artifacts from a colonial period. I would love to see a benefactor come in and invest in giving it a proper face-lift, as the potential is endless. However, my “Deluxe Room”, had much more of a dungeon feel to it. It was a bit dark and dingy with a hard mattress and a bathroom faucet that only barely worked. I couldn’t get the TV to work and finally gave up on figuring out how to turn on the bedside lamps. On the bright side, the staff is all very friendly and helpful. The breakfast is delicious and it was a real treat for them to make me cappuccinos in the morning. Sitting outside at night amongst all of the candles is also lovely. My other recommendation to management would be to be a little bit more generous with your wine pour. The price per glass is hardly cheap and the portion size per glass seemed much smaller than what is standard elsewhere in India or anywhere else in the world for that matter. It seems like a small concession to make so your guests feel like they are getting a greater value at your hotel.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We booked two royal rooms for us and our friends. The rooms are spacious and in indian heritage style. furniture should/could be freshed up and cleanliness is not the strongest point. Bathroom and shower is not more than just sufficient. Water pressure was very low. Also privacy is not very good as the room has one side with only windows and glass doors to the back of the building and everybody can pass by there. So you have to keep the curtains closed at all times, which again gives not a really comfortable feeling. A mandatory gala dinner was announced for the 25th of december as we booked by e-mail. As we arrived at 7 p.m., we were asked if we want/need dinner? I asked about the gala dinner - "oh, this was yesterday..." but luckily they could still prepare some food for us, which was not a gourmet experience, but also just ok. All in all an average stay - no problem to survive, but not really the feeling and quality one would expect from a good Rajasthan Heritage Hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We fell in love with this hotel the moment we walked into the arrival hall. Furniture, photographs, art and decorations from a time gone by make you feel like you've walked into a living museum. Once we were shown our rooms we felt we were staying in the bedrooms of a wealthy family of a bygone era of elegance. It was nice to look at the photographs and imagine what it would have felt like to live in that era, and you didn't have to imagine too hard. Our two rooms overlooked the beautiful courtyard and swimming pool where we would see peacocks strolling. Roaming around the grounds, you come across old antiquities, peacocks, geese and even a school. It was a shame no one was using the pool (it was winter I guess) or the pool table (maybe because of mosquitos) because it would have been nice to enjoy more of the ambience of the place. The rooms themselves were beautiful but they could have been warmer for winter. They were very clean and had all the conveniences, flat screen tv, etc. The room my sister and I stayed in didn't have very good curtain cover for the huge windows so I was a bit paranoid at times. We had reliable Wifi connection in one room but not the other. Breakfast was average. The staff were friendly, extremely polite and very helpful.

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the Courtyard and Pool as the views are lovely.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

My wife and I spent 4 days here in December as part of our India tour, and stayed in a Royal Suite, which we found to be superb.
The period rooms are tastefully furnished with period furniture, and our bedroom itself was huge, and very airy. It opened out onto a seperate lobby area, which then lead to the extremely large bathroom.
The location is good, and nice and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of Jaipur, and the whole place is awash with character, reminiscent of it's past days of grandeur.

Yes, some parts of the building may look a little tired, but please remember that it's over 150 years old, and that this only adds to the personality of the building. It is a rare opportunity to experience a stay in a building like this, and it makes a pleasant change to more typical forms of accommodation.

The staff are attentive, friendly and helpful, and the food we ate there was good and well presented. My only small criticism would be aimed at the the musician, who seemed to appear wherever we were, strike up a few bars, then jauntily skip from foot to foot, bow and await a tip.
This was ok at first, but then transcended into the farcical...8am at breakfast, he'd materialise outside the window vying for attention, and this was repeated at various stages throughout the day ..ad nauseam. Don't let this put you off from an amazing experience though, just buy some earplugs and go prepared!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We were only here for one night, but really loved this hotel: it was among the best of about a dozen places we had stayed in during our trip around northern India. The main house is very characterful. Our room was cosy, with a good bathroom. We ate breakfast and dinner at the restaurant, and both were enjoyable. The staff were welcoming. If visiting Jaipur in future, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

One's arrival at Naila Bagh can only be a slightly breathless experience. After the inevitable hyperventilation in the Jaipur traffic, one approaches the property up a long driveway and what a property it is! Grand on a scale befitting the Jaipur prime minister who once lived there, elegant and blissfully quiet - a rare attribute in India, especially so centrally. The reception hall that one is ushered into can only be described as palatial, with curly couches, chandeliers and family portraits and photos to complete the sense of authenticity. The check in procedure was a bit clinical, as DaveW mentioned in his review, but one is so busy marvelling at this room, that it's not that noticeable. As with many of these heritage properties in India, there is a sense of fading, if not faded grandeur. The families that have inherited them often struggle to maintain them - which explains their conversion from homes to hotels. So one does see unpainted walls on the buildings further back in the property, or sad old wooden hotel room doors which are locked with padlocks (serious!). The room we stayed in however, was large, light and comfortable with a magnificent bathroom to match. The front verandah of the property is also a delight, although we did get cold there by dinnertime and had to escape to the dining room. The waiters are all dressed in handsome traditional Rajasthani uniforms and the food is good. There's a roaming musician, also traditionally dressed, with a wide gathered skirt over his trousers, ankle bells and bare feet. He dances too, with skirt flaring and the music rustling up a mood of bygone times at Naila Bagh. There's a puppet master too, on some nights, who invites guests to walk over to his traditional puppet theatre towards the left of the building. The Rajasthani puppets are beautifully made, an art form in themselves, and the little show is entertaining. What we did feel however, was the cloying presence of these artists. The puppeteer was fairly demanding tip-wise and the musician, if he wasn't paid for his services in the verandah area, would rove around to the back and play his heart out, outside the dining room windows throughout dinner - which finally felt positively claustrophobic. All in all this is a unique property and I would recommend a stay in it.

Room Tip: Our room was just beyond the swimming pool, quiet, large and boasting the best bathroom we had in In...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

I loved the Naila! Our room, a standard room, was huge, comfortable and well-decorated. The whole place is oozing with character, it is beautifully designed and showcases its 150 years of history well. The property is quiet, set back from the crazy streets of Jaipur. It is a short taxi or autorickshaw to Old City, and drivers can be arranged thought the hotel. If you loved the film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," you'll love this hotel!

The staff is super attentive too - almost too attentive!

Is the hotel pristine? No. But what it gives up in perfection it makes up in character and heritage. I loved the roaming musician, and relaxing on the front patio with a Kingfisher is a perfect end to a long day.

The pool is pretty, but when we visited in December it was way too cold to swim in... Maybe if you're there in summer it would be hot enough. (I'm referring to the pool temperature here.)

One note... We did get sick from the last dinner we ate there. And yes, we are sure it as from that dinner (simultaneously ill, corresponding exactly with how much of the dinner each of us ate... Believe me, I'm sure).

But, aside from that, I would totally stay there again. I really enjoyed it there, it was lovely. You won't be disappointed.

Stayed: December 2012
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Additional Information about Naila Bagh Palace

Address: Moti Doongari Road, Jaipur 302004, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur District > Jaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 393 Hotels in Jaipur
Price Range: $45 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Naila Bagh Palace 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Naila Bagh Palace is one of the oldest boutique Heritage properties of the pink city (Jaipur). Originally built in 1870, it was the then Prime Minister's residency. Now run by descendants of Fateh Singh Ji (ex prime minister), it is conveniently located in the heart of Jaipur. Close to almost all historical sights. The hotel has a billiard room, swimming pool and artwork on display amongst other facilities. ... more   less 
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