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Where to Stay in Jaipur – 4 Luxury Hotels in the Pink City

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The Pink City of Jaipur has for long been a popular destination in North India. A four-hour drive from New Delhi on smooth roads makes it all the more accessible. Moreover, along with Delhi and Agra, it forms the “Golden Triangle,” three must-visit cities that you can explore in less than a week when traveling in this region.

Jaipur’s charm, though, lies in its personality, which is a hearty mix of culture, heritage, and age-old traditions. Capturing the city’s vintage charisma and adding modernity to it are the hotels in Jaipur that make for memorable escapes packed with luxury, immaculate service, exciting culinary options, and of course, remarkable design and architecture.

Trident Jaipur

Trident Jaipur epitomizes modest luxury. The hotel carries forth the exclusivity of the brand that is Trident by creating a welcoming atmosphere that is both personal and amicable.

Much before guests enter the property, what truly stands apart about Trident Jaipur is its location opposite Man Sagar Lake. On the outskirts of the bustling Pink City, it is an idyllic stay option where mornings start with a walk on the promenade with hundreds of birds chirping in every direction. Evenings take on a new persona as the water edge transforms into a bargain-central street market, the best place to pick up Rajasthani souvenirs.

Inside, Trident Jaipur is cozy and comfortable. Not exactly a “grand” hotel, amenities include a swimming pool, children’s play area, evening cultural performances, a bar, and a restaurant. Most rooms face the lake and are also relatively petite, perfect for couples, but barely accommodate a small family of four. Still, they offer desired modern-day conveniences and form a lovely base to lay your head after a long day of sightseeing.

Address: Fort Road, Jal Mahal, Amer, Jaipur

ITC Rajputana

ITC Rajputana might consider itself a “business hotel,” but it also makes for an excellent weekend getaway opportunity for couples and families. The hotel’s façade amalgamates Rajasthani design aesthetics with newness as red brick exteriors try to replicate the havelis (large mansions) of the past.

The interiors of ITC Rajputana are rich, and further highlight the brilliance of Jaipur traditions through local crafts that form a part of wall art, furniture, and the hotel’s overall design. The rooms take on a more fashionable approach, and while littered with old-fashioned knick-knacks, provide comforts like en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, living areas, and iPod docking stations.

ITC Rajputana’s location next to the center of Jaipur makes it easy to explore the city. However, there are multiple options for those spending time in the hotel ranging from three restaurants and two bars to a large swimming pool, fitness center, and spa.

Address: Palace Road, Gopalbari, Jaipur

Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace is a 19th-century abode that has been many things, from being a royal residence of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II to its present avatar of being one of the most opulent hotels in Jaipur. A sight to behold, the hotel is surrounded by delicately manicured gardens. As a result, the exteriors amplify Rambagh Palace’s grandness, a hard to find characteristic for a hotel in the heart of the city. The architectural magic continues inside, where intricate latticework and cenotaphs giving the palace an alluring appeal.

As a Taj Hotels property, you can expect the very best service when staying at Rambagh Palace. The rooms and suites have a royal disposition that oozes from every nook and corner. However, amidst the culturally significant décor are contemporary indulgences that make your stay that extra bit memorable.

With plenty of dining options on-site, new culinary adventures await your participation every day. You can have Pan-Asian and classic Indian dishes or opt for a wood-fired pizza at Steam, a thematic restaurant where you get to dine in a restored steam engine. Guests looking to do something different can choose between a buggy ride, an intimate dinner in a gazebo, or a couple’s massage at the world-famous Jiva Spa.

Address: Bhawani Singh Road, Rambagh, Jaipur

The Oberoi Rajvilas

Take your Jaipur holiday a notch higher with the ultimate royal experience, only possible at the Oberoi Rajvilas. Spread over 32-acres, the hotel is located on the edge of the city and is a quick 30-minute drive away from the center. Rajvilas’ expansive and spectacular exteriors are at par with its interiors that encapsulate the grandness associated with Rajasthani royalty. It’s quite easily possible to spend an entire day walking the grounds admiring the construction, the traditionality of the décor, and the extravagances that make Rajvilas one of the best places to stay in Jaipur.

The villas and bedrooms at Rajvilas are in a league of their own. You can go glamping in style and stay in a luxury tent or book a standard room which comes with a four-poster bed. The villas with private pools and sunken bathtubs also have 24-hour butler service, a pillow menu, and plenty of technological amenities to stay connected with the rest of the world.

Hotel amenities at Rajvilas include two elegant restaurants, a bar, a swimming pool, and a spa. There are activities galore for children and adults, such as cooking classes, miniature art demonstrations, morning yoga, private city tours, and wine tasting sessions.

Address: Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Road, Jaipur

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