The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajhastan is the most luxurious hotel in town. The hotel is a castle-like setting with royal touches. Our stay at the Rambagh Palace was a pleasant place to base operations in Jaipur.

This post is one chapter on our third Round the World trip via South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, the Maldives and India. This trip was redeemable through Air Canada’s Aeroplan, Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy), and Hyatt Gold Passport(World of Hyatt), loyalty programs. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. This index contains information about other aspects of the trip.

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” The Rambagh Palace used to be the maharajah’s home in Jaipur; providing an elegant stay in super comfortable surroundings, even if the service is a little scripted”

Booking and Getting There:

After getting off the Air India New Delhi-Jaipur flight, our representative was seen wandering the terminal’s secure side. Strangely, he knew my full name. Perhaps because we were the only foreign passengers on the entire flight. Although he wasn’t friendly or warm, he was nice enough to offer to take our bags off the belt.

We were led to our Honda CRV ride by well-dressed Rambagh Palace representatives. The welcome was formal, but it felt a bit corporate and scripted. Two representatives were traveling with us. I believe that the other character was an official airport authority representative, but I didn’t get a formal introduction so I don’t know. We never saw him again after he had turned over our bags.

Arriving to the Rambagh Palace:

The Rambagh Palace by Taj Hotels
Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302005

After a short 15 minutes drive from the Jaipur International Airport to the Rambagh Palace, we arrived to the impressive Rambagh Palace property. This Palace was once owned by Maharajah Man Singh II. It is beautiful in old-world style. Staying here is like being in a palace. It’s a stunning property with palace-like features.

The Rambagh Palace
Arriving to The Rambagh Palace
Arrival Stairs of the Rambagh Palace

When we left the arrival car, we were greeted with rose petals and a traditional-dressed keeper who carried a parasol beside us. We also received a towel and a drink in the lobby. A fun souvenir photo was taken, which is now on our travel memories shelf. We were also informed that our room had been upgraded to the Palace Room. As was the custom in this area, we were given a paint dot on the top of our heads. This was an unforgettable experience and was the first time we had ever been to a hotel. It’s not every day that you are greeted with rose petals. This was my first experience.

We were asked if our hotel wanted to give us a tour. Our butler representative showed us some of the properties features as we walked over them. It was impressive and inspiring to see the hotel’s public areas. Despite the grandeur, it remains an intimate property with only 79 rooms. Only a few guests were present during our stay.

The Rambagh Palace Reception Area
Lobby Flower Displays
The Rambagh Palace Courtyard
A Fine Space: The Rambagh Palace Courtyard
Veranda Dining
Elegant Courtyard Dining
Palace Views over the Lawn
Ornate Palace Gardens

The Room: A Palace Room

1 Bedroom Garden View or Courtyard View

After check in, we were led to upgraded Palace Room #234 from our base level Luxury Room that we had booked. The Palace Room was a square room with high 15″ ceilings, and a 4 post bed. The room’s colors seemed a little outdated, and even though the property was historic, they were too dark for my taste. The room also showed some wear during our visit. The photos don’t do justice to the wear and tear.

The Funky outdoor door bell with do not disturb and room service lights.
A Palace Room A Four Post King Sized Bed

The room had a small, ornate desk that could be used for light work. Fresh cut flowers were added to the desk, which is always nice in higher-end hotels.

A Small Desk for Working

As a room in an historic hotel, it had smaller bathrooms. It was darkly decorated with rose petals and black marble in a prepared and drawn tub.

Roses in the Bathtub: prepared on arrival
A Bathroom with a Single Vanity

After our three-night stay, the initial impression was settled and we realized that the room was a little past its prime. It’s almost like when you have gotten past your first date, you begin to see her again, warts and all. The sheets were stained with tears. We were able to change the sheets the next night, and they weren’t torn again. The shower continued to leak water, and towels and bath mats started to wear. We went back to the mini-bar for a second night and found that it was not even on. All beverages were warm. I know this sounds like I’m a bit of a priss for saying this, but it was 42 degrees Celsius (107 Degrees Fahrenheit) outside. We were able rectify the problem by flipping off the power switch. Perhaps it was accidentally left on by housekeeping. They appeared to be at the end of their commercial lives. They were not damaged but they looked very worn in comparison with the Leela Palace New Delhi which was dazzling. For the price, the room was not up to standard.

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Around the Property:

The property has outdoor corridors with paintings of past dignitaries who have stayed there. Queen Elizabeth II, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Shah of Iran and Prince Charles and Lady Diana are just a few of the notable guests who have visited the property. This added a little bit of history that isn’t often found in hotels today.

The Rambagh Palace property was once a royal palace. It has grand spaces, veranda dining, and peacock animals. During our visit, there were elephant and camel rides available for guests, in addition to live entertainment, including dancing every evening from 7: 00 – 7: 30 PM on the Veranda. The property also offers a history guided tour of the property daily at 5: 30 PM.

We took the guided tour, which was given by a member the concierge staff and a well-educated historian. The tour outlined the history of the property, which used to be a hunting lodge, a boarding school, and then a hotel from 1972.

An Outdoor and Indoor Pool:

The hotel pool was added in 1972 and had an interior and an exterior version. It is believed that there was once a swing in the indoor pool. However, it was not installed today.

Gardens Outside the Pool Building
The Indoor Pool
An indoor pool complimented with fresh flower display
Sun Lounging Area at The Outdoor Pool
The Outdoor Pool

There were many Peacocks all around the property. They weren’t noisy, though. They added a vibrant charm to the area.

Rambagh Palace Peacocks
Rambagh Palace Peacocks

The Hall of Princes:

The public and private areas at The Rambagh Palace were some of the most beautiful features of the hotel. Although the Hall of Princes was not accessible, it served as reception for the luxurious conference rooms.

The Hall of Princes
Conference Room Facilities

The property offered carriage and horse rides through the parking lot for free. Staff were very generous in offering to take souvenir photos.

Horse and Carriage Rides around the Rambagh Palace
Summer Evenings at The Rambagh Palace

The property was a pleasant resort to stay at night. It was a pleasant place to wander the grounds after dinner, as there are many compound living hotel properties around the globe. The property has 45 acres of grounds, making for a pleasant, peaceful and estate like setting. It is truly amazing how the palace lights up at night.

Elegant Staircases lit under sunset skies
Gorgeous Colours at Night

The Polo Lounge:

The Polo Lounge is a great place to enjoy a cocktail. The indoor lounge featured drinks and snacks.

The Polo Lounge

The Rajput Room – All Day Dining:

The All Day Dining Restaurant was known as “The Rajput Room”. The Rajput Room was a luxurious affair that took place in an elegantly decorated room. The Rajput Room featured a dining area that was arranged in a tier system with restored arches.

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The Rajput Breakfast Hall
Opulent Arches in The Rajput Room

Survarna Mahal – Fine Dining:

The fine dining room “Suvarna Mahal”, was a pleasant surprise. The dining room’s setting and high ceilings were elegant and exotic. Surprisingly the prices for the fine dining room were the same as the casual dining at The Verandah Cafe. We didn’t have the chance to try it. But, guests who spoke to us raved about the place.

The Fine Dining Hall at Survana Mahal
Elegant Place Settings

Steam: Wood Fired Pizzas and Brews

We enjoyed many dinners at “Steam”, a casual restaurant. A steam train was parked on the property to mark the location of this themed restaurant. The unique thing about the restaurant was that most of it was outdoors, which was very warm in India’s warm weather. After a long day of sightseeing, it was great to be able to relax outside and have a Kingfisher beer outdoors.

Steam’s Restaurant’s Train
Outdoor seating at Steam

The Veranda Cafe:

After a day of sightseeing at The Amber Fort, we enjoyed dinner on The Verandah terrace. It was nice to eat outside, in cooler temperatures. The chicken briyani was delicious and I enjoyed the most flavorful rice I have ever tasted.

A Lovely Afternoon and Evening Meal
An Evening Setting at the Veranda Cafe
Tender and delicious chicken biryani

It is also worth noting that Taj hotels have a very strict reservation policy. We wanted to make a change (early departure after two nights) to our reservation before we arrived. I was on the road and contacted the hotel via email. The response indicated that cancellation fees would apply for early departure. I asked the hotel about the cancellation fee, but was not able to get a clear answer before our arrival.

On arrival, I asked about changing the reservation and were told from the manager, via the butler, a flat out “no”, translated as there would be a 100% fee charge for changes. This led me to believe that the TAJ Hotel early departure fees weren’t consistent with some of the other major corporate chains (Marriott / Starwood / Hyatt) and eventually read on the fine print of our original booking that no changes were permitted within 14 days (as opposed to 24 hours notice with most other international chain properties).

Our experience staying at the Rambagh Palace:

It was an unforgettable experience to stay here. Although the room was not very nice, the property was elegant and old-world, but not exceptional. The rooms were less maintained than the historical rooms I stayed in at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Taj Hotels wanted you to experience things but didn’t always communicate that they were available. Horse Caleche ride? You can ask about the carriage and horse sitting at the Verandah Bar. It’s been set up for the conference group, but it doesn’t have anything to do with you. It was not like our stay at the Leela Palace hotels. As a result, even though it was a great setting, I felt it fell short of what we had.

If you’ve stayed at The Rambagh Palace, did you enjoy the castle like surroundings?