Inside the Most Instagrammable Hotel in Jaipur
In this day and age, it’s no secret that visual appeal can make or break even the most luxurious property. So it’s an incredible treat when you come across a hotel that offers extraordinary service, fascinating history, and a breathtaking dose of design the way Jaipur’s Sujan Rajmahal Palace does.
Built over 250 years ago, this property served as the palace for His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur, before becoming a fully-functioning boutique hotel in 2015.
As interior designer Adil Ahmad describes it, “For me, Rajmahal Palace epitomizes the power and sensibility of a ruling family that actively contributed and participated in the layered history of India. It is an extraordinary ‘home’ set in an extraordinary city that is a living museum without boundaries, embracing one and all, a celebration of a vibrant diversity. The painstakingly restored palace, a sparkling gem, embodies that ethos of Jaipur and its royal family, its glittering past and is now entering its gilded future."
So how does this translate into a stay at Rajmahal? For starters, thanks to its pale pink facade, lush gardens, and vintage Thunderbird car parked outside, this iconic palace is an Instagram goldmine before you even set your feet through its gilded doors. In keeping with its royal past, expect a pink-turbaned attendant to usher you inside a lavish lobby lined with fuschia and gold wallpaper, antique art, low-hanging chandeliers, and plush mismatched seating fit for even the most discerning Maharani (Hindu princess).
Meanwhile, in each of the fourteen guest rooms you’ll find something completely unique. Take for example the Jackie Kennedy suite, where the former First Lady stayed while visiting Jaipur’s royal family in the 1960s. Inside this feminine jewel-box guests can sleep among teal and pink carnation wallpaper in honor of Mrs. Kennedy’s favorite flowers, as well as discover black-and-white photos of Jackie during her time in the Pink City. The result is a luxe but cozy space that makes you feel as if you just happen to be a guest of the royal family.
One of the most noteworthy ways Ahmad achieved his vision of bringing Rajmahal’s past and future together is through the meticulously custom-designed wallpaper you’ll find throughout the palace. Apart from being absolutely delightful to look at, the wallpaper tells the stories of Jaipur’s rulers, legacies, and the collective history of the city, from a tribute to the nearby City Palace in the upstairs hallway to motifs of Jaipur’s colorful striped flag found on the back terrace.
The color doesn’t end there, though. Inside the mirrored hot pink 51 Shades of Pink dining room guests can enjoy breakfast. While at the Tiffany blue Polo Bar, there’s plenty of silver memorabilia recounting His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II’s glory on the polo field. For the best views of the art deco architecture, palace lawns, and pale pink swimming pool, you’ll want to find a spot in the hotel’s Colonnade, where during the late afternoon freshly baked goodies (including the royal family’s favorites) are served. Trust us, a stay here is royally delightful.