A Charming Getaway in Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur
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Built in the 18th century, Royal Heritage Haveli was a hunting lodge frequented by the Royal family. The guests at this lodge were the who’s who of those times. It has since been converted into a boutique hotel owned by Maharaj Jai Singh of Jaipur. This boutique hotel in Jaipur is run by his niece Angelique and her husband Pradip. The place is renowned for the personal touch that comes from the family being actively involved in every aspect of running the hotel.
The quaint hotel has only 14 suites and an apartment. This makes this boutique hotel just right for those looking for a quiet and tranquil stay away from the noise and crowds of the old town. While the charming boutique hotel is ideal for families, it would also be a great option for an extended family travelling together as they could book several rooms or even the whole resort.
Tucked away from the hustle bustle of the city, the hotel doesn’t loom larger than life at first look. After all, it was a hunting lodge and not a palace. But once you step inside, the ambience of traditional settings and comfort envelops you. A laid back and understated feel abounds giving it an instantly homely vibe. As there are only 15 rooms, there is always ample staff waiting on you. A family run enterprise, its charm grows on you.
The bathrooms are decorated with traditional touches but come with all modern day amenities
The rooms, have all been decorated differently, beautifully and luxuriously. In fact, as I entered my room, it seemed to break away from the surroundings. With the traditional interiors, the suite transported me into a bygone era. The rooms come with a lot of personal touches given by Angelique, who has lent a unique personality to each room. The furniture, fabrics and furnishings are all luxurious with traditional decor in the form of tiles, murals, frescoes etc. Our room had a lovely adjoining living room. The bathroom was huge and beautifully done with blue tiles and hand painted frescoes.
I especially liked the cosy small corners outside some of the rooms, with painted metal chairs, to enjoy your morning coffee or evening wine.
Dining & Wining
Kick off the day regally with a wonderful breakfast that is served in one of the many verandas. Apart from the usual fare of cereals, yogurt, juices, cheese and breads, they also serve Dosa, Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs made to order. We had Rawa Idlis (served with sambar and coconut chutney) which were soft and good. I also had the stuffed Paranthas which were served with plain yogurt, lemon pickle and chilli pickle. While the paranthas were amazing, the pickles too deserve a special mention. Finish off your breakfast with a Masala Chai.
Royal Heritage Haveli offers a wonderful dining experience even besides the breakfast. Whether you choose to dine alfresco under the old Kigelia tree, or in the dining room, you will have plenty to look forward to. The service is quite good at the restaurant and worthy of a special mention. Several of grandmother’s old recipes are still being used in the restaurant kitchen – no wonder the food tastes home-made and amazing! The restaurant, Kigelia Court is mostly frequented by hotel guests. During peak-season, it is quite packed and makes for a grand dining experience under the big Kigelia. The Bar, Mehrab is open to walk-ins and has a medley of spirits and cocktails. Read a full dining and bar review here.
Spa & Wellness
The property also boasts of a marble and sandstone pool and a spa complete with Lapis Lazuli inlay doors. They offer Ayurvedic and Swedish massages that help you unwind and relax.
All in all, the biggest USP of Royal Heritage Haveli is the personal attention and family interaction with all guests. According to them, they want to make it feel homely for the guests and extend to them the hospitality of the royal days. As they put it, “We want to give our guests the comforts of a 5-star, but make them feel like they are coming home”.
Royal Heritage Haveli: Khatipura Tiraya, Khatipura Road, Khatipura, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302012, India P: + 91 141 408 2121
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