In a state seemingly awash with heritage hotels and palaces, this centrally located hotel in Jaipur, in India’s Rajasthan state, ticks all the right boxes. Approached through noisy congested streets in the city centre, and located opposite a nondescript modern shopping complex, one’s heart initially sinks at the approach.
But the second you turn into the huge walled entrance to the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, spirits lift again.
The noise from the street recedes, blocked by acres of garden and lawns, and all you hear is the splash of water from the fountain, and bird-song.
The hotel is a succession of gardens and courtyards, with little staircases leading up and down to rooms and yet more rooms, and balconies and terraces. No boring corridors with repetitive rooms here, thank goodness.
Our room was charming – all shades of green and blue, and giving onto a beautiful large terrace, shared with a few other rooms.
The pretty little restaurant had friendly service, and when I told the waiters I wanted to try typical local Rajasthani cuisine, the cook came out for a chat, pleased at my interest.
The grounds were lovely, in a slightly charming, neglected way, with lawns and pavilions, and a pool scattered all over the large compound.
Service was friendly and relaxed.
Narain Niwas Palace Hotel
Narain Singh Road
Jaipur 302 004
Tel : +91 141 256 1291/256 3448
For room rates, which include breakfast, check their website:
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