Being a Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel I expected much more from this haveli.
At some point I felt that Heritage was synonym for old and dark, this was especially so in the restaurant.
The room was comfortable but not as nice as those depicted in the website.
The bathroom was good and I appreciate the care about the environment, however, bath products were placed in refillable ceramic pots - very picturesque but I cannot rate how hygienic this is with a cork lid. Tea selection for the coffee and tea making facilities was good.
One of the positive aspects was flying kites from the terrace. Wonderful sunsets, though chilly, it was a nice terrace and the opportunity to fly the kites like the Indian tradition was a plus.
The staff was very friendly.
If I could, I would rate it 3.5. It all depends on your expectations.
Our experience here was simply outstanding in every respect. We were warmly greeted and shown to our room and had been given a double room upgrade. We were in a very large suite on the second floor with a large sitting area, large sleeping area and large bathroom. It was spotlessly clean and thoughtfully decorated - everything was luxurious.
All of the facilities were outstanding. The courtyard, which is just after you enter the hotel, is spacious and well laid out with thoughtful seating areas. There is an excellent pool, a very good dinning room and we were able to have sundowners on the rooftop to watch the sunset and the kite flying which seems to be a local past time. The grounds are large and beautifully kept.
The food is very good. Breakfast was extensive and the lunch options offer a good choice. We did not eat in the hotel in the evenings because the excursion we had booked meant we did not have space in our itinerary.
There is no real need for an alarm clock or wake up call as the 5 am call to prayer is very effective. The hotel does provide ear plugs but we did not find it a problem. We used it as a 'pre-alarm' which meant we were able to start our day early to make the most of this wonderful city.
The hotel is a heritage building that was a former Palace. That probably accounts for the 'rabbit warren' of corridors that lead you round the hotel. This was not an issue as it was interesting looking for the art work that decorates the building. It is in the old city with a local market just to the side of the impressive gates.
We were in India for 25 days and we stayed here for three nights. This is one of my favourite hotels of this trip. The service was friendly and exceptionally good - words cannot do it justice. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.
A fabulous oasis of peace and calm. The room was beautiful and staff very helpful. The pool area and gardens are well kept and the Spa treatment was excellent. The restaurant is very good, offering a large range of different cuisines - everything we had was excellent. It is based in the Muslim quarter so the 5am call to prayer woke us each morning. We were startled by the security guard firing his rifle into the air from the roof around 8am as well most mornings!
Jaipur was our last stop on a far too brief two week holiday to India.
We had stayed at some fabulous places but the Samode Haveli was definitely my favourite hotel in India.
We arrived and were ushered up the grand stairs to a beautiful room where we were served champagne while our rooms were organised.
We had lovely large suites with separate living areas.
After a quick visit to our rooms we headed straight up to the rooftop bar (which is open from 6-7.30pm).
From the rooftop we had the most incredible view of Jaipur, complete with a beautiful sunset, Holi fires burning in the streets and drinks!
It was there we met the lovely Kaku who attempted to teach us how to fly kites (we weren't very good) and also showed us the telescope where we got a close up of the full moon.
We stayed for 3 wonderful nights and dined in the hotel restaurant for two of them - the eggplant masala was incredible!
While we were there we enjoyed time by the beautiful pool and also had a session in the gym which has a great view looking down on the pool area.
The Samode Haveli is a beautiful hotel but what makes it extra special is the amazing team who make you feel incredibly welcome and absolutely nothing is ever an issue. We can't wait to go back and stay again and also visit the Samode Safari Lodge where Kaku has promised to find us some tigers to see!
Interesting hotel in the heart of Jaipur. The modern area has been cleverly added to the old palace. Access to the pool and restaurant is down a narrow staircase but as there were ramps round the pool I assume there is another access. We were greeted with sparkling wine and taken to a beautiful deluxe suite near both pool and restaurant. Sadly, the service and food did not live up to the rest of the hotel. Waiters had to be sort at the pool bar. On two occasions they brought the wrong wine and seemed to expect we wouldn’t notice. Drinks were more expensive than in the top hotels in Delhi. Menu choice at both the pool and restaurant was limited if, like us, you don’t like Indian food. There was little western food and what there was tended to be vegetarian and/or was expensive for what it was. The restaurant was too brightly lit and lacked atmosphere. Fortunately it was just sufficiently warm enough to eat outside and several other couples opted for this. After 9 there is only one bar available and it got little use. On the plus side they have a roof bar open in the early evening with lovely views of Jaipur and we were able to take advantage of this to see the Holi fires lit at sunset. However, once again service was not good, and choice of drinks limited. Access is via a narrow staircase not suitable for those with mobility issues. But if that is you don’t worry as drinks are better value round the pool. The pool, however, was unusably cold and the hot tub tepid.