I planned a trip to 'Neemrana' Baradari palace (BP) end September with family. Booking through their centralized reservation system in Delhi was a breeze.
I reached at around 6 PM and from outside the property looked like an old lived in house. Though I would prefer that they repair the road at the entrance gates which is broken (so unlike a hotel).
Do note that each room at the BP has different dimensions and furniture. We checked a couple of rooms other than the one reserved and then settled for a new room to suit our requirements.
Except the time taken to finalize the room, the reception area check in was fast with attendants helping in unloading and taking the luggage to the room. Here I must compliment Neemrana staff for being accommodating in changing the rooms. Adds to the air of homeliness.
On entering the room-- it was 1000 sq ft in size with two queen sized beds, two sofa chairs, dresser and writing table and a bathroom of nearly 170 sq ft !. If this was not enough the room ceiling was nearly 25 ft high !!
The feeling of space is thus the first relaxing element on entering the room. The clean, simple yet elegantly done up room reminds you of an era gone by and yet provides the creature comforts of modern life like air conditioning and modern fittings in the bathroom.
Having unpacked, we went down for dinner in the restaurant. Judging by the restaurant visitors, I guess this would be one of the better restaurants in town. The quantity of the helpings is large enough to serve three-four people.
What I would have liked better was the flavour. Punjab is known for its food and after eating 7 meals at the restaurant I can say it is whole some and good but not something you will remember later on.
Travelers may note that in this restaurant you can order non menu items if you wish. Again here I am reminded of 'home-liness' of the place.
Much has been said on room service and TV by co-reviewers. I think Neemrana has taken note as the rooms have TVs and limited room service is available though not for meals.
Since this was a family trip we had to pack in site seeing, shopping and relaxing and on all three counts the hotel location is on tops. Most buildings of tourist significance are in use by various institutions thus you an just view from out-side. The hotel scores here as we can explore it from inside. Shopping area while not close is still close enough (4 km, 20 mins) away by cycle rickshaw. for relaxation you have the hotel premises and the 'Baradari Gardens' in front of the hotel.
BP also has a Neemrana shop and Cafe which did not have many visitors though. What I would have also liked is provision for games such as cards, chess, carrom, chausar which could be played in ones room (the royal way).
The best asset of BP is its staff-- courteous , helpful, attentive and yet non intrusive.
My family enjoyed the stay at BP and should you plan to visit BP-- go ahead and live in a kings home in an era gone by with modern day comfort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Baradari Palace may be one of the more modest Palaces of Patiala, but it certainly scores high on passion and dedication that brought it back from obscurity. The Baradari Palace is a white, colonnaded building, centered on a rectangular Sikh-Mughal-style, twelve door pavilion or baradari which gave its name to a splendid garden commissioned by Maharaja Rajinder Singh. The Baradari Palace speaks volumes on hospitality and space with its high-ceiling rooms ! Discover an architectural marvel at the heart of this jewel ! ... more less
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