The largest private palace in India, built in the '20s by the Maharaja of Jodhpur to provide employment, is now a sensational hotel. With an extraordinary art deco, interior and a monumental list of features including marble squash courts and a vast underground indoor swimming pool, this building, larger than the White House represents the greatest collection of superlatives imaginable in India.
With the decision to turn this extraordinary private palace into a hotel, the family very wisely chose to dedicate only one wing to house guestrooms, thereby maintaining the splendid magnificence of this monumental building.
Positioned on top of Chittar Hill which is at the peak of Jodhpur, the palace offers an array of impressive views, including the beautiful Blue City and impressive sand dunes.
If the price is not a concern then the art deco apartment that once belonged to the Maharani, with its enormous bathroom in rare marble and its custom-made art deco furniture, would count as one of the most memorable guestrooms anywhere in the world.
Restaurant Risala offers a mix of Meditteranean and Indian fusion cuisine inspired by royal recipes.
The bar is a splendid throwback to colonial times. Guests can sit on the marble steps of the rear terrace that lead to lawns where the royal families of India would once have played croquet.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Rajasthan - India
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