Royal stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, Jodhpur

Who doesn’t love to enjoy a perfect stay during their travels?? And surely if you were staying at one of the largest private residences in the world, one would expect nothing but luxury. During our visit to Jodhpur, Rajasthan we had booked our stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel with the full intention of enjoying the Royal Rajasthan experience. From the traditional Rathore welcome to the checkout procedures, we were given the best possible service and it was by far one of the best hotels we have stayed during our travels.

Umaid Bhavan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhavan PalaceUmaid Bhawan Palace is originally a palace built by the Maharaja Umaid Singhji as a way to provide employment to the locals of Jodhpur. Built during 1928 to 1943, the palace is designed in Art Deco Style by the famous architect Henry Lanchester and has an amazing blend of Indo Colonial architecture. The palace design is inspired from the Taj Mahal of Agra and the Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia. The royal family currently resides in the right-wing of the palace and rest of the palace is converted into a luxury Hotel and is a part of Taj Group of Hotels.

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The hotel is about 15 minutes from Jodhpur Airport and as we drove up the Chittar Hill we couldn’t contain our excitement. The minute our car stopped at the main porch of the hotel, the staff greeted us with the traditional drums and trumpets, marigold flower garland, vermilion tikkas and a chilled glass of Champagne. While we sipped our champagnes, the check-in formalities were smoothly done and much to our delight we were upgraded to the Historical Suite.

Umaid Bhavan PalaceOutfit details: Hema: Blazer, Blouse, Jeans: Zara, Sandals: Carlton London Suma: Printed Jacket:The Closet Label, Dress: Calvin Klein, Sandals: Koovs
Historic Suite
Historic Suite
Dining area
Dining area
View from the balcony
View from the balcony

The staff then escorted us to our room, which was located at the first floor of the far left side of the palace. The room is exceptional in terms of class and elegance, decorated with paintings of the Royal family members and period furniture. The Historic Suite has an additional dining area and a small balcony with the view of the garden. The bedroom is artfully converted to fit modern facilities without losing the historic influence. ub6

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ub7The attached bathroom comes with a spacious dressing area and wardrobe with all the amenities, rain shower cubicle and a large bathtub. The bathroom was spacious with ample of natural light from the large windows and had copious amount of toilet essentials from “Forest Essentials”.

Service

One thing everyone must look forward to during their stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace is the impeccable hospitality from the staff. They aim to provide the best service by giving attention to every minute details and try to cater to the needs of all its guests.Umaid Bhavan Palace

Umaid Bhavan Palace
Champagne before the Heritage tour
Umaid Bhavan Palace
Palace Interiors

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Durbar Hall
Durbar Hall
The Grand Lobby
The Grand Lobby

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Billiards Room
Billiards Room
Smoking Room
Smoking Room

We loved the Heritage tour of the palace organized by the Hotel to its guests, which gave us a detailed insight into the history of the Palace and also an opportunity to admire the splendor and beauty of the place. The tour starts everyday at 5pm with champagne being served to everyone, taking us around various sections of the palace, which includes the courtyard of the right-wing of the palace where the Royal family resides.

Trophy Bar
Trophy Bar
Indoor Pool
Indoor Pool
Royal Family Quarters
Royal Family Quarters

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Mardana Courtyard
Mardana Courtyard
Palace Garden
Palace Garden
Outdoor Pool area
Outdoor Pool area

Umaid Bhavan PalaceThe turn down service was another highlight of our stay, whereby we were served with the special Royal Heritage Liqueur made of exotic spices, herbs and dry fruits, delicious desserts and bowl of fresh fruits.Umaid Bhavan Palace

Gifts from the Hotel
Gifts from the Hotel

Dining

Risala

Risala
Risala

Umaid Bhavan PalaceAs mentioned in our earlier post on Jodhpur, Risala is one of the must try places for a fine dining experience in the Blue City. We had a late lunch here on the day we arrived in Jodhpur and also the breakfast for the duration of our stay. Risala provides one with the perfect opportunity to indulge your taste buds with the authentic Marwari cuisine that is savoured by the Royals.

Pillars

Baradari Garden
Baradari Garden

Umaid Bhavan PalacePillars is a café set in the verandah on the rear side of the Palace with the beautiful view of the Baradari garden. It is a perfect place to relax and sip on some cocktails watching the sunset over the Blue city. As there was light shower during our stay it was a pleasant experience to dine in the open air and enjoy the lovely atmosphere.

Night View of the Baradari
Night View of the Baradari

Overall Experience

Night View of the Palace
Night View of the Palace

This was our first stay experience at the Taj Palace Hotels and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place to start with. Stay at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel is highly recommended if you want to experience the flavours of Royal Rajasthan. The courteous staff ensures that your treated like a Royal and have an unforgettable experience throughout the stay.

Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel

Jodhpur 342006

Rajasthan, India

Contact: +912912510101

Email: Umaidbhawan.jodhpur@tajhotels.com

Website:http://www.tajhotels.com/luxury/grand-palaces-and-iconic-hotels/umaid-bhawan-palace-jodhpur/overview.html

Price: Rooms from INR 26,000/night (Palace Room) to INR 50000/night (Royal Suite)

TOTS were the guests at Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, Jodhpur, these are our opinions based on the stay experience. 

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