Jaipur is one of those Indian cities that is home to some of the most beautiful palaces and forts in the country and is a major attraction for domestic and international tourists. We had been wanting to pay a visit to Jaipur for a really long time. So when the opportunity presented itself, we didn’t think twice!
Since I was the one responsible for choosing accommodation for this trip, I have to admit I had a pretty hard time zeroing in on the hotel. Here are my reasons: Firstly, Jaipur seems to be teeming with hotels in every price range! So many options to choose from. Secondly, we love staying at hotels that reflect the character of the city or country we are in, provided it also fits our budget. So it took us a while to choose a property that wouldn’t feel like a business hotel and at the same time wouldn’t wreak havoc on our finances. By the end of our search and research, we were sure we wanted to put up at the ITC Rajputana, Jaipur. The ITC group of hotels is known for being one of the finest in the hospitality industry and our stay at the ITC Rajputana confirmed our belief!
ITC Rajputana is a luxury hotel located bang in the heart of Jaipur, in close proximity to the railway station. Despite being in the middle of all the chaos, there’s something absolutely serene and romantic about it. The moment you step in, it almost feels like you have been cut off from the city’s mayhem instantly and have been transported to a beautiful world of luxury.
The first thing we noticed as we drove into the property was its unique architecture. The hotel neither resembled a swanky, modern business hotel nor did it come across as a palace-turned-hotel (which is quite common in the state of Rajasthan). ITC Rajputana seemed to have a character of its own. With the main building’s exterior made out of red bricks, you are ushered into a world of heritage unique to Jaipur. We learnt that this property was designed and built in line with the architectural style typically found in old Rajput fortresses.
As we walked into the lavishly decorated lobby, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful marble staircase in the centre stealing all the limelight! Every corner of the lobby had hand-picked items of decor that lent the space a modern touch, without losing the essence of Rajasthan’s heritage. If you can tell from the pictures, grand is the word!
While I was busy getting engrossed in the pretty lights that adorned the ceilings, the check-in formalities were getting done in parallel. While that was happening, a little birdie told me that we had been upgraded to occupy one of the Rajputana Royale rooms at the hotel! Now, what can I say? I could definitely get used to these upgrades! 😉
Tired from the long drive of 5 hours from Delhi, we were really looking forward to getting to our room. As we stepped in, I could see what they meant when they classified the room as Rajputana Royale. Compact, cosy yet spacious, the room looked vibrant and delightful! You know how there are certain spaces that immediately make you feel happy? This room was one of those. The warm lighting, the ethnic decor items, the plush furniture, all lent the room a beautiful vibe!
My favourite corner of the room was the red couch next to the large glass windows, looking out into the garden. During our stay, I must have sat here with my cup of tea at least 3-4 times, just to relax and soak in the beautiful surroundings.
Equipped with all modern amenities, the room really made us feel at home. And what better than a hotel room that manages to do that? 🙂
The attached bathroom was also something I fell in love with! Brightly lit, spacious and luxurious, it was a visual and sensual treat to use this space. The shower and toilets were in separate cubicles which was super convenient, while the bathtub was strategically placed towards the bed, separated just by a glass pane. 😉
Food & Drinks
The ITC chain of hotels is widely known for their restaurants and the top-notch food they dish out consistently. ITC Rajputana was no different! The hotel houses 3 restaurants (Jal Mahal, Peshawri and Pavilion) and 2 bars (Sheesh Mahal and Jharokha). Needless to say, all of them are a class apart.
While Jal Mahal specialises in elaborate buffet meals, Peshawri and Pavilion have their own a la carte menus. Both the in-house bars too were beautifully set up and truly personify luxury dining.
Our days started with the elaborate breakfast buffet at Jal Mahal on both mornings and it was nothing short of exquisite! The food gets laid out by 6.30 am and is a massive spread of Indian, American and European cuisines. Whether you prefer the humble Indian idly and dosa or you fancy a traditional English breakfast, you will find it all here. The food is served fresh and tastes delicious! A good breakfast is key to fueling you up for the rest of the day and the chefs at ITC sure know how to do that in the most royal manner possible.
We also dined at the gorgeous Pavilion restaurant twice during our stay and I have to say, they served some of the most delicious Rajasthani dishes we’ve ever had! Be it their signature Laal Maas or the succulent Lamb curries, the food at Pavilion takes your Rajputana experience several notches higher. The space was also beautifully decorated in warm hues of blue, orange and purple. But it’s not just the food and decor that made it memorable for us. We were served by some of the most gracious people we have met during our hotel stays so far! It is them who made a whole lot of difference and made us go back to the restaurant the second time.
All that food aside, how could we have left ITC Rajputana without having a taste of their posh Sheesh Mahal bar? The huge set up ornate with crystals and chandeliers, complements its name perfectly, which literally translates to a ‘Palace of Glass/Mirrors’. I have to admit I was floored just by looking at the beautifully decorated bar, even before we could get down to having a drink!
The bar was adorned with plush couches and rich upholstery, adding to its regal look and vibe. The place is perfect for spending a romantic evening and relaxing with your partner after a long day of sightseeing.
On our last morning at ITC Rajputana, just before we left, we finally got a chance to explore Jharokha. It is a beautifully done outdoor bar, located by the poolside, furnished with couches perfect for chilling after a morning swim. Order one of the cocktails from their extensive menu, and you’re all set for a relaxed afternoon.
If you are ever planning a trip to Jaipur, we highly recommend you check out ITC Rajputana. It is not only perfectly located for sightseeing in the city, but the staff truly make your stay special with their warmth and hospitality. Even if you are in no mood for touristy stuff, ITC Rajputana makes for a great choice for a laid back staycation too. However it is that you like your vacations to be, ITC Rajputana will cater to all your needs. We were so well taken care of at this hotel, I can safely say that the ITC chain of hotels has a loyal customer in us from now on!