Former royal residences, these historic hotels offer you a chance to walk in the footsteps of kings and queens and live their life of extravagance. Languish in these architectural masterpieces that offer palatial, gilded rooms decorated with stunning art, priceless antiques, grand furniture, striking chandeliers, and all the possible modern amenities you’d need. Each of these grand residences has a tale to tell, full of pomp, pageantry, and spectacle. Step into one of these to experience luxury in its true sense!
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
This former hunting lodge is hands down one of the most opulent and beautiful hotels in the country. It stands on a 47-acre plot dotted with lush gardens, antiques, fountains, and gorgeous peacocks. The gilded luxury hotel is an architectural masterpiece that was once the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Step in through its doors and you will be transported to another time and place when extravagance was the order of the day.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
An extremely romantic destination hotel that draws visitors from the world over, this white marble palace floating on the blue waters of Lake Pichola makes for a surreal picture. It was completed in 1746, and was commissioned by the royal Mewar dynasty as a summer palace to escape the heat of the plains. The hotel has an enviable 360-degree view of Udaipur, with the majestic Aravalis on one side. The hotel’s 66 luxury rooms and 17 grand suites are decorated with rich textures, colours, and textiles that denote its royal heritage. There’s also a unique spa boat experience for looking to pamper themselves like royalty.
Samode Palace, Jaipur
Nestled in the foothills of the Pink City, this palace has witnessed over 475 years of history. It’s a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, which combines the nest of what Indian and Mughal styles have to offer. The hotel showcases an interesting blend of Rajasthani opulence with modern luxury. This is witnessed through its opulent furnishings, silver armchairs, intricately carved couches, crystal chandeliers, and artefacts that exist side by side with modern comforts like spa, swimming pool and business centres. Then there’s the breath-taking Sheesh Mahal with its colourful murals and mirror-tiled walls where you can indulge in your fairy-tale fantasy.
Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur
Located in the heart of the bustling Pink City, this is one of the oldest palaces in Jaipur. It is a picturesque oasis built by HH Sawai Jai Singh II as a garden retreat for his beloved wife Chandra Kanwar Ranawat Ji. The palace was beautifully restored to reflect the royal grandeur of the past with palatial rooms that feature vibrant, rich interiors enhanced with custom-made wallpapers that showcase the area’s traditional motifs. There are 14 rooms that vary in size, but all echo a warmth that give you the sense of being a guest of the royal family.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
This is the erstwhile residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, once considered to be the richest man in the world. Built in 1894, the palace is spread over 32 acres on a hill, 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, giving visitors a spectacular view of the city. Glistening like a white jewel on the hill, the palace is built entirely of Italian marble. With its Venetian chandeliers, invaluable pieces of art, grand marble staircases, exquisite collection of crystals, rare artefacts, Japanese gardens, and marble staircases, the palace is grand celebration of excess and opulence.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
This sandstone palace is a picturesque blend of western and Indian influences. It is still home to the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family, which makes it the sixth largest private residence in the world. It is situated atop Chittal Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, which gives it an enviable view of the Blue City, the grand Mehrangarh Fort and the endless sand dunes of the desert state. Contrary to what one might expect, the hotel is surrounded by 26 acres of verdant gardens that are home to peacocks and a subterranean zodiac pool. Completed in 1943, the palace is a relatively new construction, and its suites showcase the art deco style of the time.
Udaivilas Palace, Udaipur
While it is nestled on the banks of the scenic Lake Pichola, the hotel is also located on 200-year-old royal hunting grounds. It is spread across 50 acres, with its own wildlife sanctuary. Rooms like the Kohinoor Suite have their own private courtyard, garden, and swimming pool. There are various bespoke dining venues that are great for romantic meal, with the majestic Aravali hills in the backdrop.
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
Another gorgeous example of Rajasthani heritage, Jai Mahal is surrounded on all sides by lush 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Mughal-style gardens. Also done in the Indo Saracenic architectural style, the palace was built in 1745, but has all the modern-day comforts you’ll need, along with a life-size chessboard! This makes it a popular spot of grand Indian wedding celebrations as the palace lawns can accommodate up to 2,500 people.
Fernhills Royal Palace, Ooty
This idyllic summer palace of the maharajas of Mysore was built in 1844. It is located amidst 50 acres of verdant gardens and untouched dense forests; the heritage hotel has stunning views of tea plantations and valleys. Brilliant chandeliers, gilded mirrors, priceless Burmese teak furniture, and fully functional fireplaces in all rooms, make this an elegant, luxurious escape from the modern world.
Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur
Often voted one of the best heritage hotels in the world, Raj Palace is a jewel nestled north of the city wall. Its atmospheric interiors feature vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, antique furniture, gold-leaf decorated rooms, and stunning pieces from the Royal Family’s museum collection. This charmingly restored hotel pays homage to Jaipur’s glorious past in the best way possible.
the old-world charm, making the stay there a fascinating experience.
Udaipur, a popular destination for royal hotels in the city, houses another remarkable architectural marvel, the Devi Garh Heritage hotel. A palace built in the 18th century, Devi Garh is located on a stunning hilltop and has been intricately carved into a house of luxury.
This is an all-suite luxury hotel with the best of facilities and consists of 39 grand suites with each of them being designed intricately. Every suite reflects the perfect blend of traditional aesthetics with contemporary mannerisms.
The whole palace hotel has a neat carpet of marble flooring with a 12-feet tall tower made blocks of uncut marble. The Devi Garh palace hotel is spread across a massive 1200 sq ft, with an enchanting swimming pool that has black marble flooring.