About: Located in the pink city Japiur, ITC Rajputana is a luxury collection hotel located at a distance of 15 kilometres from the airport, with approximately 218 lavish rooms & suites. The red brick walls and the traditional ‘haveli’ style architecture paired with modern amenities inside, is a perfect blend of both worlds on the first go. We decided to welcome the year 2020 by visiting Jaipur on a road trip with family/family friends & opting for a stay at this property. Also, paid big bucks to attend their mandatory (for hotel guests) New Year’s celebration which I will be talking about later in the review. Check out day-wise Insta stories & the complete photo gallery of our visit here.
Check-In: On arrival, the entrance of the hotel had a big enough car arrival area just like any other luxury hotel, where we were warmly welcomed by the hotel staff. Post the regular security check, we went up to the reception area which opened up to a huge lobby with beautiful mirror work, antique placements, glass light hangings & vibrant colored seating. The interior again was a great play of traditional and modern fusion. Even though the hotel was quite occupied, the check-in process was quite smooth, post which we were welcomed with a garland of fragrant jasmine flowers.
Dining: Since we arrived at lunch, we straight headed for a meal at the Jaipur Pavilion which was covered by glass walls on two sides for an open view to the lobby and the pool area outside. We ordered traditional Indian ‘Dal, sabzi & roti’ as well as some Italian delicacies such as the Mac n Cheese and some spaghetti pasta. All the food was timely served with subtle and delicious flavors as you would expect from a luxury dining place.
Our dinner meal at the famous ‘Peshawri’ restaurant was one to remember. Since the restaurant has only a small seating area and everybody looked to dine in there, there was a waiting of almost an hour (Details of how we spent this time later in the post). With tan tables, mud colored ceramics, copper glasses and cherry white checked aprons, the restaurant looked very welcoming to someone who had been waiting to eat North Indian Food. The special black ‘Dal’/lentil here was especially delicious and as they said it had been cooked for hours before being served to the guests and it truly tasted like much work has been put into it. The breads & desserts (rasmalai, kulfi & gulab jamun) were perfectly complimenting the main dishes. On the sides we were served complimentary ‘Papad’, chutneys & salad.
We spent the hour of waiting for our table at Peshawari by visiting the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ which had intricated glass work detailing and great use of lighting. The food served there (dimsum & nachos) was delicious and up to the mark. However, the overall vibe to my surprise had pretty dull & tense vibes. There wasn’t good music, staff seemed tense due to some altercation with a rude guest in my opinion. Unfortunately, they couldn’t well prepare a simple lemon iced tea. I knew exactly what was wrong with the dish and I did request them to prepare it that way but still it took 2-3 returns until I got one decent Iced Tea. This particular area requires some attention by the otherwise great hospitality.
The breakfast buffet in the morning was very well managed even though it was after a big New Year’s party at night. The hotel staff was available all around, fetched us freshly made cappuccinos and ‘dosas’. What a delightful warm breakfast on a cold January morning!
New Year’s Event: As you would expect from the ITC group, the decorations, food stalls, liquor station, live band were all well in place and perfect for a New Year Celebration. The food was absolutely delicious and a delight in the cold winter evening. I loved the Thai Green Curry which was prepared on order by the hotel Chef. The dessert station was elaborate with loads of options of Indian sweets as well as western patisserie. The only drawback for me personally was, that the celebration was organized out in the open and it was too cold on 31St December to enjoy in the low temperature outside. Even though later in the night everybody warmed up with dancing, drinks etc, in the beginning it felt rather uninviting because of the weather. There was also an inner covered space allotted to the celebration for dance with a DJ in place where I did spend the majority of the time. Nonetheless, the people in our group who weren’t as cold, they thoroughly enjoyed the outside setup and the live band music at the poolside.
Rooms, Courtyard & Amenities: The outside haveli style architecture had water streams running alongside with huge open areas that we enjoyed watching during our evening walk. The hotel also has a spa which I didn’t have the time this time to experience. Post the evening walk we went to the recreational room to play some pool & table tennis. The place was well managed and equipped if you were in a mood to play some games. There was also a small bazaar setup near the recreational room selling local handicrafts of artisan and henna artists which I am sure would appeal very well to a foreign audience looking to know the culture of the city.
Overall Stay: From the majority of ups and a few downsides, the overall stay was actually very enjoyable with friends and family. The in-room services, courtesy of staff was all well in place for most of the time and made sure we had a luxe stay. Hopefully, with a few improvements the Sheesh Mahal experience will be better too. I sure will be back to eat the food at ‘Peshawri’ whenever I visit the Pink city next. I recommend this for a leisurely business hotel style stay for your holiday in Jaipur. Since most of the tourist places and markets are nearby, the location of the hotel is quite suitable for tourists too.
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