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Samode Haveli holiday reviews

Jackie and Alan
    

Date of trip: 18/11/2019

    

Number of people: 2

"This is an amazing hotel with lovely gardens, a beautiful pool, magnificent public rooms and a roof top view over Jaipur (not pretty!) Let's get a couple of negatives out of the way. The extensive restaurant menu offered the most expensive food we had in nearly three weeks in India. Typically, a main course without rice was priced as much the same as a 3-course buffet elsewhere. Although everything we had was well cooked and tasty, portion size was on the small size. It was challenging to pick out vegetarian main course dishes too. Some of the restaurant staff seemed rather disinterested and our dining experience did not consistently live up to the 5-star rating of the hotel. Everything else we experienced was very positive. On arrival we were told we had a room upgrade and were given a beautiful very large ground floor suite. This contained a dining area complete with tea and coffee making facilities, a living area with television, a bedroom area, a large bathroom with his and her sinks, standalone bath tub and a large shower and our own private furnished courtyard. Other than in the restaurant, service was impeccable. For instance, when we wanted to go up to the rooftop, a lady at reception insisted on showing us the way through the various corridors. We had told our travel agent that we had a significant anniversary whilst we were staying and, on that day, we found a bowl of fruit in our room, our bed decorated with a towel ‘sculpture’ and flower petals and a lovely touch - a celebration cake given to us after dinner. My partner made use of the Spa facilities choosing one of their signature massages and found that to be an excellent experience. This is a large complex and it takes time to appreciate the various public rooms and gardens which makes a stay of at least 3 nights well worthwhile. Unfortunately, the immediate area surrounding the hotel is unattractive and if one wants to go out, one really needs to be taken. In summary, it’s a shame that their restaurant high prices and some disinterested restaurant staff detracted from this otherwise excellent 5-star hotel."

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