Summer Palace of the Bissau Royalty in Jaipur
An old world charm in a palace built for royalty with some of the family members still staying there. The room we stayed in was called the Mughal Chamber and it was in the main palace and not the building outside the palace like some of the other rooms were located. It had a few old artefacts like fighting armour and spears besides ancient furniture. The Bhuvaneshwari Restaurant and Madira Bar are in the centre of the palace just beyond the reception and lounge area which are full of old leopard trophies, old pictures, painted walls and ceilings besides a lovely fireplace which was not in use since it was really hot in the summer time when we visited. Pictures and paintings of the royal family including some of the English Royals like Queen Elisabeth II and Prince Charles were also displayed on the walls.
The walls and ceilings are painted all over and even though they are restored paintings and not the originals they are still worth seeing for the style of painting in those times.
The swimming pool is small but cute. They also arrange a Jaipur city night ride in an antique Willys convertible car for a princely sum of Rs.4600.
There was no telephone in the room and no calling bell either!!! The restaurant had some nice dishes but when we were there they did not have any non-vegetarian dishes available but they still got what we wanted from another local restaurant. That was very nice of them to do so.
Get a suite room for better facilities even though it may be more expensive.
Directions: Near the old city walls area.
Atmospheric Rooms, Beautiful Garden
This hotel, set in a wonderful garden has immense appeal. Built in 1919, it has been tastefully re-furbished.
Each room has a different theme.We stayed in one called "Banswara Chamber".Other than the fact that, like most Indian Hotels, the beautifully arched doorways are very low, we could not have stayed in a more comfortable hotel in Jaipur. My husband, who is a tall man, bumped his head almost daily- men never learn, do they.
Our bed was beautifully carved out of dark wood and a good size. The floors are patterned marble.Bathroom was large, clean, tiled and with a good working shower and tub .Lots of storage space in the cupboards- and a safe for valuables. There was also a television.
The staff were very efficient and helpful. No problems with check-in , and we requested and got a late check-out.
The private balcony outside our room was a good place to sit, and we had our early morning coffee there.
The management arranged onward transport for us, in the form of a reliable old Ambassador car, and a very charming driver.
Unique Quality: Bissau Palace Hotel is very atmospheric- there is a beautifully furnished lounge, with antique weaponry, hand painted walls, and portraits dating back to the 17th Century.
The wood-panelled library has walls lined with leather covered books, royal portraits, and silverware. Old world Rajasthani splendour is evident in every room.
We loved the courtyards and gardens. Gardens have white wrought-iron furniture, and we had breakfast there every morning. Teas and snacks are also served outdoors. The serenity of this garden (which shuts out all the hustle and bustle of street life) is really welcome after the chaos that happens outside. The garden is surrounded by a very high wall, and is completely private. Peacocks strut their stuff, and the "Palace Cat" befriends anyone who looks his way.
There is a pool, which is very popular with guests.
We frequented the dining room , called "Bhuwaneshwari"- of which I shall write in the restuarant tip
Directions: Located just outside the walled city-It is just 10 minutes walk from the City Palace and fifteen minutes walk from Hawa Mahal. 1kmsfrom Bus Stand, 2kms. from the Railway Station and 15kms. from the Airport.
Outside Chand Pol Gate
Heritage hotel in Jaipur
Heritage hotel with lots of character in Jaipur. Around 10 mins from the centre by taxi. Friendly staff. Swimming pool. Clean and basic rooms, most with hand-painted interiors. Internet available for 30 rupees per 30 minutes. Beautiful heritage bar area/ reception rooms and dining room. Gift and bookshop on site.
Unique Quality: Beautifully painted areas, nice pool area, lots of character.
Directions: See photo link below for location map.
charming and authentic palace hotel.
We had a great time at this charming and authentic palace hotel. The pool and pool area were clean and well kept. The staff was friendly and professional. The buffet dinner on the roof was great value and very enjoyable with good food and live traditional music.
Just don’t go for a massage in the tiny massage parlour or you may be eaten alive by mozzies!
Overall a great stay in a great place.
Unique Quality: The wall paintings in the restaurant and common areas are fantastic!
Refuge from Street Chaos
Bissau Palace gets a lot of negative ratings because of construction, which is now over, and because of dank and undesireable street that is just outside the garden gates. The lobby and rooms however are authentically appointed with antiques and collectibles from the Rajput era. The price is right for this place, and overall, it's in a good location in the city. This is not a resort hotel. Just outside, the street is unpaved and raw sewage drains down the middle. We stayed quite near Ramadan, and found beggars waiting for the traditional feast given free after the sun sets. We also saw a boy running with a spare tire, and a woman milking a cow in the middle of the street. All this though disappears as soon as one steps foot through the gates and into the garden area. Walls separate the resting tourist from the chaos outside.
The bissau palace is not really a palace but more of a stately home for a rich tradesperson. It is thouroughly ornate - not always in very good taste, but the rooms are great - I had a 4 poster bed and marble bath and my dad was in the octagonal room in the middle of the garden. There is also a swimming pool and most of the rooms have balconies. The garden is a good plac eto relax with tea under the frangipani trees!
Unique Quality: As a backpacker you don't usually want to spend a lot of money on accomodation. The Bissau Palace was definately the most expensive place we stayed in India, but a little bit of luxury doesn't hurt anyone!
Please note that although it is more expensive than most backpacker accomodation it is definately one of the cheapest "palace hotels" in northern India.
Directions: Get a taxi or rickshaw
Bissau Palace stands in the...
Bissau Palace stands in the old city of Jaipur. You'll love this hotel. It's has a large garden in which colonial style seats are placed. You can drink tea here or have a tuna sandwhich. The hotel itself is a palace. A Maharadja used to live here.
25-30 dollars a night
Unique Quality: The palace has beautiful rooms and a swimming pool. There also is a laundry- and roomservice here. These are very good!
Directions: Jaipur, Hotel Bissau Palace, O/S Chanpole, 302016 Rajasthan. Tel: 0091 141 304391/371. Fax: 0091 141 304628.
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- Hotel Bissau Palace Jaipur
Address: Outside Chandpole, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302016, India
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Amenities at Bissau Palace
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Free High Speed Internet
- Bar / Lounge
- Airport Transportation
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