Jaipur, the Pink City, is a fascinating experience. There is so much to see and so much to do. To begin with, take a trip to the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal, the Amber Fort and the Jal Mahal. For a touch of the exotic, ride a camel on the sand dunes or take a boat trip on the Ramgarh Lake or even better play an elephant polo match at the Rambagh palace. And if you want to shop for souvenirs, there is well-known blue pottery of Jaipur and kundan jewellery.
Rajvilas Hotel, Jaipur (Five Star Deluxe)
The elegant Oberoi property, the Rajvilas Hotel, is comfortable and luxurious. Spread out on 30 acres of landscaped gardens and pools, Rajvilas brings to mind the royal lifestyles that must have been followed in Jaipur. The charm of Rajvilas is that modern amenities have been added to the old world grace.
Rajvilas has 71 gloriously decorated rooms. This includes the three villas with private swimming pools, thirteen luxury tents, one tented villa and fifty-four deluxe rooms. The deluxe rooms are arranged in clusters of 4 or 6 around a central courtyard. The deluxe rooms are air-conditioned with a four-poster king-size bed, dressing room with walk in closet, a personal bar, satellite TV, compact disc and laser disc player, in-room safe and twin telephone lines. Each of the deluxe rooms has spacious marble bathrooms with a sunken bath and a separate shower overlooking a private garden. The luxury tents are air-conditioned too with beautiful interiors, teak wood floors and bathrooms with bathtub and separate shower stalls. The villas with their private swimming pools, which are heated in winter, have a comfortable bedroom, a living room, a pantry and an outdoor dining area overlooking the pool.
The Rajvilas' restaurant, Surya Mahal is decorated in true Rajasthan style. The cuisine offered is light fusion from Asia and Europe along with Rajasthani dishes. The Rajwada Library and Bar has teak floors and a fireplace of white Italian marble. The bar serves a fine selection of wines, liquors and beverages.
Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur (Five Star Deluxe)
The Rambagh Palace built on 47 acres was converted into a hotel in 1957 and the Taj Group took over the management in 1972. Today it is one of Jaipur's finest hotels. The hotel offers Royal Suites, which were the personal chambers of the royal family, the luxury bed-cum-sitting rooms, the luxury rooms like the Safari, Sheesh Mahal and Gulmohar and lastly the standard rooms which are spacious and done up in traditional themes.
The Rambagh Palace Hotel's restaurant, the Suvarna Mahal, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the grand dining hall. The Neel Mahal, done up in almost every shade of blue is open throughout the day and night and serves light meals, snacks and refreshments. There is also the Barbeque Exotica, the open-air barbeque on the front lawns organized every evening from October to April.
Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, Jaipur (Five Star Deluxe)
Set amidst 18 acres of Moghul gardens, the palace turned hotel was originally built in 1745. The Taj Group of Hotels renovated the Palace building and Moghul gardens, retaining the original Palace architecture. The garden is visible from almost all rooms and public areas. A solar heated swimming pool is surrounded by landscaped gardens.
Rajputana Palace Sheraton Hotel, Jaipur (Five Star Deluxe)
The Rajputana Palace Sheraton is a palace turned into a hotel. Managed by the Welcomgroup, the Rajputana Palace Sheraton has 216 rooms, including 17 suites. There are 70 Executive Club rooms which offer the highest quality of hospitality with privileges like the use of executive lounge facilities, complimentary breakfast, complimentary club hour, etc.
The hotel's restaurants include the Chandravanshi Pavilion, the 24-hour eatery with varied cuisines, including the Dum Pukht. The Peshwari serves authentic flavours of the North West Frontier in barbecued specialities while the Jal Mahal offers Indian, Continental, Chinese and Rajasthani buffets. The Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors is the hotel's bar which offers a fine selection of liquors.
The hotel also has a business centre with secretarial services, Internet access, meeting rooms, bank, safe deposit and 24-hour moneychanger.
The Trident Hotel, Jaipur (4 Star)
Opp. Jal Mahal, en-route Amber Fort
Situated on the way to Amber Fort, the hotel overlooks the Mansagar Lake and the Aravalli ranges and is still only around 15 minutes away from the centre of the city.
The Trident has 138 rooms with Jharokha balconies that offer a view of the Mansagar Lake or the Aravalli ranges. The rooms are all elegantly furnished and have mini-bars, complimentary coffee and tea making facilities, direct dial telephones and TV with satellite transmission. Non-smoking rooms as well as rooms designed for the disabled are also available. The hotel has a swimming pool for a relaxing dip after a day in the city. The other amenities available are same day laundry and dry cleaning, 24-hour room service, travel counter and gift shop.
The restaurants at the Trident serve Indian and European cuisine. In addition, there is a cosy bar.
Hotel Holiday Inn, Jaipur
The Holiday Inn in Jaipur is set amidst landscaped gardens. The hotel provides international quality service.
The Holiday Inn has 72 elegant rooms and suites with the backdrop of the Aravalli ranges. The facilities available at the Holiday Inn Hotel include twin/double beds, round the clock room-service, hairdryers, tea-coffee makers, satellite TV, shopping arcade, swimming pool, travel desk, fully equipped business center, in-house laundry, 24-hour currency exchange, doctor on call, safe deposit vaults and minibars in rooms.
The hotel's coffee shop, Palms offers a choice of international and Indian cuisine from dawn to midnight. Regular puppet shows are held for entertainment just outside Palms. The Aangan is the Indian speciality restaurant. While savouring Indian delicacies, the guests are entertained by dancers and rustic music. The hotel has yet another restaurant, the Goth, the outdoor village restaurant, which serves only traditional Indian dinners. For entertainment, there are folk dancers, a fortune-teller, and fire-eaters.
The Bar, an extension of Palms, serves a wide variety of Indian and imported wines and spirits and is open till midnight.