A magnificent palace with a commanding view of the 'Blue City', this Art Deco palace is still home to the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Currently the sixth largest private residence in the world, but is now divided into the Maharaja's private residence, a beautiful museum and a luxury palace hotel. It is set in 26 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens on the summit of Chittar Hill. Built in the 1930s, the style combines Art Deco and Eastern influences. The grandeur of the style and ambiance are evident from the moment you arrive in the reception area with the cupola a staggering 105 feet above you. Try tea overlooking the lawns at Pillars or a drink in the Trophy bar. The palace hotel has 22 rooms and 42 suites most with garden views as follows: 22 Palace Rooms, 24 Historical Suites, 10 Royal Suites, 6 Grand Royal Suites, 1 Maharaja Suite and 1 Maharani Suite. There are non-smoking and smoking room options. There is a health club, tennis and squash courts, billiards room, the Jiva Grande spa and a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Three restaurants: Risala, Sunset Pavilion and Pillars (multi cuisine). 24 hour in-room dining is also available. Wi-fi is complementary and available in all rooms. The small family museum located in a wing of the palace is charming and worth a visit.
Umaid Bhawan Palace has been named the best hotel in the world according to TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels 2016.
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