Samode Palace is one of India's finest heritage hotels, located on a hill overlooking the small town of Samode set in beautiful countryside. Just an hour's drive from Jaipur, Samode is an ideal introduction to rural Rajasthan and is an excellent addition to a tour of India's Golden Triangle.
The 150 year old palace is a magnificent example of Rajput-Mughal architecture and has been meticulously restored. The palace is a true labyrinth of corridors, stairways, terraces and courtyards. The spacious rooms with marble, mosaic floorings, high ceilings, cotton woven rugs "durries", antiques and beautifully carved four poster beds provide a sense of luxury. All have ensuite bathrooms, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and are air conditioned. There are deluxe rooms and larger deluxe suites with private balcony or patio, while the opulent royal suites also have a jacuzzi and their own courtyard. All rooms are tastefully decorated in palatial style.
There are 2 restaurants, serving a range of Indian and international cuisine. The new dining room specialises in a la carte dishes. Samode Palace has 2 swiimming pools - the large main pool, where snacks are served during the day, and the roof terrace pool. Guests are also welcome to relax in the library, sample treatments at the small spa or use the gym.
Samode Palace is an ideal base for exploring the old houses and winding streets of the attractive walled town of Samode, for strolling in the hills around the hotel and for experiencing the charm of rural India.
Open: Samode Palace is open all year.
Location: Samode Palace is located in the small town of Samode in the state of Rajasthan. It is about 42kms northwest of Jaipur, site of the nearest railway station and airport.
Rooms: There are 19 deluxe rooms, 20 deluxe suites and 4 royal suites, all elegantly furnished and varying in size, shape and design. All have en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are adorned with photos of the family and family events. Modern comforts and amenities include air conditioning, heating, minibars, TVs and tea and coffee making equipment. Royal suites have a private courtyard and a Jacuzzi. The hotel offers 24-hour room service.
Activities: Jeep safaris around local villages and countryside, visit local bazaars and temples, bikes can be hired for local exploration, visit Samode village and market. Horse riding can be arranged. The hotel also organises sightseeing excursions to Jaipur, Ramgarh Lake and Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. Many hours can be whiled away exploring the palace itself, relaxing by one of the pools or enjoying a spa treatment.
Facilities: The palace is a large building with multiple courtyards, narrow staircases, archways and terraces. The hotel has a lift to help guests access rooms on high floors. There are ornate lounges and halls. There is a swimming pool, a rooftop infinity pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. The spa has 2 treatment rooms and offers massage and Ayurvedic treatments. There is also a gym, sauna and steam room. Each morning the buffet breakfast is served in the central courtyard. There are 2 restaurants between them offering Rajasthani, Asian and European dishes. Meals can be enjoyed al fresco on one of the terraces. There is an extensive wine cellar and a lounge bar offering cocktails and a range of drinks. On some evenings a Rajasthani band plays for guests. There is a shop on site selling clothes and souvenirs.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting is available on request (pay locally). There is a childrenâ€™s pool.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the central courtyard.
Notes: Due to the nature of the palace (narrow staircases, no lifts, many levels) this is not a property suited for guests with disabilities.
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"Above excellent. We were treated like royalty. The first 2 nights we were the only guests. The staff were lovely. On our last night they set a special dining table for us at the rooftop pool, beautifully lit up. Very romantic. So nice. The cookery course was brilliant. "