Samode Haveli Hotel, Jaipur
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Samode Haveli Hotel
Loved it!from kam355
Palatial placefrom grayday
This is a fascinating building, formerly a town residence for a Maharajah! The rooms are on varying levels, often set in small courtyards and with numerous nooks and crannies where small water features, seating areas etc are to be found.
Our room was very large with an impressive en suite bathroom, almost as large as our sitting room at home, about 24feet long and 12feet wide. The bath was deep and slightly sunken and looked very appealing while the shower enclosure was of at least double size and stood between his and hers wash hand basins. There were also his and hers wardrobes, sufficient racking to accommodate 4 suitcases and a comfy chair along with the obvious toilet. The bderoom had a desk and chair, large sofa and enormous bed as well as TV, fridge etc. The Air conditioning was ultra efficient and even the outdoor seating area had a fan to cool the air! Small bottles of water were provided free of charge. Room service and Laundry were both excellent and charges for both were reasonable.
The staff were helpful and considerate, the food good, especially the Buffet Dinner, the setting lovely and the pool fantastic. We spent 5 nights here, more than the average for a stay in Jaipur, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely partly because of the wonderful surroundings.
The hotel also provided accomodation for our driver, something which many of the larger hotels no longer offer, but which made us feel much happier, knowing he had a roof over his head and access to basic facilities.
If you're looking for somewhere different at prices that aren't over the top then this hotel should be one of the ones you consider - you wouldn't regret it.
Great stay inside the walled cityfrom sfmwt
The rooms were decorated in period details. The room was large and spacious and kept very cool in the heat of the summers. Being a tall person, I did hit my head a few times on the low entry-ways.
The pool was great, as they have three sun-bed type things that overlook the grounds and the pool.
We did not dine at the restaurant as the main dining room was being renovated and there are much better other evening meal choices. The breakfast staff was very sweet and attended to our every need.
We really liked the fact that we could walk around and see things on our own. The hotel's cab fare policy is expensive, so we just flagged down an auto-rickshaw anytime we wanted to go somewhere without a driver or guide attached
A fun place to stay and would go again when in Jaipur.
Good but be carefulfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A treat but needs some maintenancelfrom APMLondon
Superb Characterfrom Nick0
Excellent outdoor dining, and lovely pool area. We paid extra for a suite which was a bit bland - long corridor bathroom, and no views. Didn't use the taxi service - City Palace is walking distance (well, we think so!), and there is excellent fabric shopping at the nearby Jorawarsingh Gate (Saurashta). Gem Palace in MI Road is also a must.
Staff OK for India, but nothing exceptional. But, you are in an authentic palace...........
Loved this place - loads of character!from hmac
Our rooms were lovely: all individual in style and furnishings, with Indian fabrics, old photographs on the walls, tiled floors, and loads of space. The standard room had no outdoor space and looked over the gravel courtyard at the front; in all other respects it was just as pleasant as the 'deluxe'. One of these had a paved area to the front with some chairs, and the other had a beautiful private balcony with an upholstered daybed and table and chairs. All the rooms had pleasant bathrooms and plenty of toiletries and towels.
Breakfast is served in a central courtyard and the staff are very attentive. The range of food available is reasonable but not huge - there was plenty of fresh fruit, a few Indian dishes, one or two hot Western dishes, and eggs/omelettes made on request.
The pool area is absolutely beautiful - with plenty of sunbeds, several huge comnfortable daybeds, and a bar area. There are gardens and a small play area alongside and the whole setting is lovely - really relaxing. What is particularly amazing about this place is its location - it is within the old walled city and thus right in the middle of the bustle, yet the hotel itself is wonderfully calm and peaceful - so guests get the best of both worlds.
We had dinner at the hotel that evening and between us we ordered both Western and Indian dishes. The Western food was acceptable but not outstanding; the Indian dishes were absolutely wonderful. The hotel manager came and introduced himself to us while we were eating and informed us that as our late arrival at the hotel had been beyond our control he was not charging us for our rooms that night - despite the fact that the hotel was full and the delay had been outside his control too!
My husband said the check-out process was a little slow and trying (perhaps he encountered the same staff as some of the other reviewers here!) but other than that our stay here was delightful and problem-free. I would recommend this hotel unreservedly, especially to anyone who likes their luxury hotels to have character and charm as well as amenities.
Regarding the various comments about taxis, we never had to arrange them through the hotel as we met a really great driver at the station who gave us his number and took us everywhere we wanted to go - without any attempts to push particular shops or tours; his quote to drive us from Jaipur to Agra was less than half what both the hotel and another firm recommended on this website wanted; he was excellent although his English is somewhat limited. His name is Mombeinef and his mobile number is ----.
Mixed - Great Place, Awful Service - good taxi driverfrom EdPip
however on the taxi front we used 'Datar Singh' one of the hotels drivers who was excellent giving us exactly what we asked for with no - my friend has a shop/restaurant etc cons. He also (almost) never uses his horn!
Nice place, but grumpy sullen staff.
Taxi problemsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
an oasis of calmfrom AndyBee
They say we were upgraded, as independent travellers, and i believe we were as the room was spotless, large and tremendous artwork all over.
The pool area was excellent, the breakfast and food in general was first class, and no buffet dinners but menu service was a blessing.
I had a haircut and shave at a local barbers 50 yeards from the hotel front gate (turn right and on the corner) and spot on and only 50 rupees (plus a 50 rupee tip).
Not too many rooms, so not too many other gursts but that leads to attentive staff.
Top Local Tips for Jaipur
Choki Dhani Rajastani Village This was worth a visit for the evening and you won't feel it is for the Western tourist as you will be surrounded by Indian nationals having fun on their own holidays. Remember to take your own water or drink for the meal as there were no refreshments for sale and the local water they provided made us ill. A taxi would be advisable for this journey out of town although the tuk tuk was more adventurous!
Mayhem on the roads Don't even think about travelling around Jaipur by car without a driver!
City Palace - and Amber - and shopping Don't miss the City Palace: the Observatory and the Museum. I particularly liked the enormous silver jars (the largest silver objects in the world, they claim), the exceptional collection of carpets and paintings in the Art collection and the textile museum (look out for the earlier Maharaja's special costume for playing billiards!) Don't forget to climb to the highest level of the Hawa Mahal - a short, intersting walk from the main City Palace entrance. Do take in the Amber Fort, not least for the spectacular views - but do get your driver to drive up the narrow winding road to the very highest point befoer getting out! Do watch out, though, for taxi and tuck-tuck drivers who will take you where they want to go - not necessarily where you want to go! It seems that some famous shops may have unofficial "clones" - so be careful!
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- Address: Gangapole - Jaipur - 302002 - India
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