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3 Hotels for your next stay in Jaipur

Jaipur Jal Mahal

It’s that time of the year. The Jaipur Literature Festival is just around the corner. Every January, the literati descend upon Diggi Palace for a jamboree of literature events, workshops, panel discussions, and more. In 2018, the Jaipur Literature Festival will be held from January 25th to 29th. If you’re planning to attend ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’, book your hotel well in advance! Wondering where to stay in Jaipur? Here are 3 hotels that I recommend, all tried and tested.

Jaipur City Palace

You can fly to Jaipur from all major Indian cities. There are several airlines to choose from – Jet Airways, GoAir, IndiGo etc. have multiple flights every day.

Samode Haveli

Samode Haveli

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Samode Haveli detail

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Want to experience life as a Rajasthani nobleman when you stay in Jaipur? Check-in at the boutique heritage hotel Samode Haveli. In the chaos of Old Jaipur, stepping inside Samode Haveli is like happening upon an oasis in the desert. The 175-year old property was a manor townhouse for the royal family of Rawal Sheo Singhji.

Samode Haveli detail

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The architecture draws influences from Mughal, Gothic and Neo-Classical styles.

Samode Haveli Room 1

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Samode Haveli Room 2

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The rooms and suites are absolutely stunning!

The former dining hall serves as the main restaurant and it’s sumptuously bedecked with colourful murals, painstakingly hand-painted. Food at Samode Haveli is not your usual daal-bati-churma and gatte ki sabzi variety but is based on recipes from a hand-me-down family cookbook. Expect dishes such as Mutton Dahi Bada, Murg Ka Sula, Dhungari Gwar Fali, and more. The Junglee Maans is spectacular as well.

Alsisar Haveli

Entrance to Alsisar haveli

Inner courtyard - ground floor

If you haven’t already guessed, I love havelis! And when you stay in Jaipur, you must try the haveli-hotel experience. Alsisar Haveli is set amidst the bustle of Jaipur but you wouldn’t know it as soon as you step through its tall, arched doorway.

Dining room

The haveli dates back to 1892 and used to be the townhouse of the Alsisar family, which still owns the property. It’s been a hotel since 1994.

Four Poster Bed

Rooms are very spacious, with high ceilings. I loved the vintage four-poster bed, with soft wine-red drapes and pristine white sheets and pillows.

Sheesh Mahal Lounge details

The piece de resistance of the haveli is the Sheesh Mahal, a stunning room, with hundreds of mirrors on the walls and ceiling, and beautiful light fixtures, including two elaborate chandeliers.

Swimming Pool

The pool is another winner – deep blue waters surrounded by domed pavilions, which sport striking peacock designs

Le Meridien Jaipur

Le Meridien Jaipur

If you prefer a chain hotel for your stay in Jaipur, I can think of no better place than Le Meridien Jaipur. Yes, it’s a little distance away from Diggi Palace, on the Jaipur-Amer Road. However, it gets you out of the bustle of the city.

Le Meridien Jaipur - Superior Room view from balcony

It’s built on the scale of an extravagant Rajasthani palace. The rooms are huge, the views are stunning, and the food is excellent.

Le Meridien Jaipur - Signature omelette

Signature omelette

It’s all about understated luxury and warm hospitality. I stayed here earlier this year when I visited the Pink City for the 2017 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival. Read my detailed review here.

Book your stay at Le Meridien Jaipur well in advance.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

Tea vendor at Jaipur Literature Festival 2017-001

So, will you be attending Jaipur Literature Festival 2018? The programme is yet to go live, but with speakers such Pico Iyer, Patrick French, Amy Tan, Amitav Kumar, Janice Pariat, and more, you can’t really go wrong. Registration is free; click here.

Jaipur City Palace Entrance

Hope you find your perfect stay in Jaipur. And if you’re planning to head to Jaisalmer, there are now direct flights connecting the two cities. Stay at Suryagarh and experience a royal retreat in the Golden City. Read my post on Suryagarh Jaisalmer.

Jaipur Jal Mahal

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Cleartrip, views are my own. 

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