Jaipur accommodation - Samode Haveli

Samode Haveli

Tucked down a lane and surrounded by high walls, Samode Haveli is a wonderfully quiet retreat from the chaos of Jaipur’s old city. It belongs to the royal family of Samode, who have carefully restored their 175 year old townhouse and created a gorgeous heritage hotel.  Original features have been retained, including an elephant ramp at the entrance, constructed for a family wedding in the 1940s.

Between the courtyards of flowers and burbling fountains the rambling buildings with their steep staircases and winding corridors ooze character. There are marble floors and ceiling murals, family portraits and hunting photos, antiques and sparkling chandeliers.

The haveli was never intended as a hotel so the 29 rooms and suites are all different in shape and size. Having small windows to cope with the climate they are a little dark, but quirky alcoves, decorated pillars and painted arches mean each room has its own captivating charm.  Rooms range from the smaller deluxe rooms around the communal courtyard, to a Sheesh Mahal Suite with wonderfully flamboyant floor to ceiling mosaics of spangling mirrors.

If you need a break from your exploration of Jaipur, the double loungers next to the pool are perfect for relaxing, or you could take tea in the airy Verandah Lounge. The most popular place for dining is in the main courtyard but don’t miss the incredible hand painted murals in the Dining Hall.

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