Samode Haveli

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Gangapole, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302002, India

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Satisfaction Excellent
Excellent
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118
Average
7%
27
Poor
2%
10
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9

Value Score Poor Value

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    Felt Like Royalty

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    Our hotel, the 200 year old Samode Haveli is located within the walled “old city” and has a great history. It was built as the Samode Royal family’s suburban manor house. Only about 20 of the rooms have been converted for guests, and the hotel had great little nooks and verandahs and a wonderful pool. The current dining room was the original dining room and is beautifully hand painted from floor to ceiling. The entrance to the hotel was an elephant ramp that was constructed in the 1940’s for a wedding. There was an open courtyard for breakfast with lotus flowers in small pools and plants all around. There were stairs and narrow hallways and rooms and rooms and rooms! It must have been spectacular as a residence.

    We had booked the Sheesh Mahal suite (mirror palace) for 2 nights but since we were coming in a day early the room wasn’t available. We stayed in a “regular” room which was really very nice and had it’s own verandah and sitting area. We settled in, had some dinner, watched a little TV and went to sleep.

    The next morning we had a nice breakfast in the courtyard and went out sightseeing. When we went back to the hotel in the afternoon, they had moved our luggage into our suite. It was spectacular. There was a bedroom area, 2 sitting areas, and a bathroom that we joked was bigger than our apartment. The pictures taken don’t begin to show how exquisite the hand painted walls, ceilings, marble columns, and of course the mirrors all around really are. We later came to find out that this suite was originally the king’s bedroom and we certainly felt like royalty staying there. Sleeping that night in a big, soft bed with the most wonderful pillows was heaven.

    Overall, we had a great stay. We loved our suite, the food was good - both the breakfast and dinner in the dining room, the staff were very helpful (booked a car and guide for us), and the whole atmosphere was so beautiful and peaceful.

    Would definitely recommend staying here!

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    Only one of the 1001 Nights

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    It was nice to be one of the Maharaja's guests. At least, it seemed to it.

    It was not only a night in one more hotel, it was a reel entering the feelings and sensations on one of 1001 nights. The dinner in the gardens was the cherry atop the cake. Perfect stay.

    Unique Quality: It's unique

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Oasis in Jaipur

by TripAdvisor Member larklaw

Samode Haveli creates a very relaxing environment in a city that is less so. Being inside the hotel you have tons of privacy from other guest-rooms are large and quiet. Yes-the decor is not the expected "hip hotels" decor-but this is india- they have a ways to go to compete with NYC boutiques-and really -this was better being in a 200 year old former palace with character. The long, narrow corridors to your room are fun and hotel is very spacious and clean.
The pool is the crowning jewel- sitting on the huge covered beds drinking and eating all day - very nice- pool is really pretty. We had no issues with service-very polite and helpful. Ganesh -the pool bartender is very funny.
Dinner was also very good and reasonably priced. Yes, there is an adorable child who dances-and maybe it is past his/her bedtime but life in India is pretty hard on most children-and hopefully he/she is well fed and loved.
It is important to like your hotel- you do not just go wandering around the city to sightsee on your own. Hotels are very pricey in India but Samode Haveli was really cheap ( $91 US dollars-all inclusive with breakfast). Food was very good. We stayed at the Oberoi/Agra and although it was very luxe-it is not unique or have history as Samode Haveli does.

Wonderful Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member curryking

This such a beautiful building & the restaurant is stunning. This was my favourite hotel on my recent trip - 4 were deluxe & the Samode Haveli is standard but is is visually beautiful therefore far superior. My room was very comfortable, yes I was woken each morning by the call to prayer but I'd rather that than slamming hotel doors or traffic noise. I would certainly stay again & at the Samode Palace which is again beautiful although the rooms are very ordinary ( you can upgrade to luxury or royal suites)

Great atmosphere

by TripAdvisor Member RGFSavannah

We stayed in the Samode Haveli with other friends prior to attending a wedding at the Samode Palace. We were delighted with our rooms and the overall ambience and service. Other friends, who had been in Jaipur longer, chose to eat dinner there in the courtyard with us as they indicated the food, etc. was superior to what they had experienced in other places. We had no problems with water and considered this a plus particularly after we learned from our guide that Jaipur residents have access to water usually one hour per day. Hotels must be accommodated, we guess. Although we did not have time to lounge around, the swimming pool is a beautiful setting. Visits to the Amer Fort, City Palace and Observatory are a must...and it is the place to shop.

Intimate Heritage Luxury

by TripAdvisor Member RoamingNomad

A very special spot which gets booked far ahead. If you don't make it to stay then drop in for lunch or dinner. A bit smaller & less flashy than many of the hertiage hotels in the area. But gets my vote for personal service & exquisite, peaceful ambience.

You have to be staying to use the amazing pool but I think you can book an ayurvedic massage as a visitor. A bit expensive (as these places tend to be for massage) but excellent and authentic Southern style. The dining hall is just fabulous -- beautiful matte frescos (no glitz!) & delicious food. I went for the exceptional Mewari non-veg thali in the evening and a great contemporary salad meal for lunch. One needs a sanctuary in a chaotic town like Jaipur and Samode Haveli is as good as it gets.

Note that you'll get much better prices on transport (eg. for a 1 hour drive out to their sister hotel Samode Palace for lunch: recommended) from outside the hotel. Same old story!

A little disappointing

by TripAdvisor Member Helen4travelling

This hotel had a lot to live up to. Fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor and an inclusion in the Hip Hotels of the World book. While it was lovely, we don’t think it quite lived up to that.

We had booked into a Deluxe Suite and while it was a nicely appointed and spacious room, it wasn’t exquisitely decorated and there was no mosaic in sight (as per photos on their website).

We found the service to be ok. Efficient, yet lacking the grace and friendliness of other hotels.

Just before we arrived in Jaipur we had be stricken with the dreaded Delhi Belly, so while staying at the hotel we wanted to eat very simply. This meant choosing from the continental side of the menu, which was a disappointment. This didn’t matter too much though as we didn’t want to eat a lot, but if we had stayed longer we would have been keen to try the Indian food. The ambiance at dinner is lovely, as it is served in a light courtyard with musicians playing. On both nights though there was a father and son music and dance act. The boy was only 7 years old, and although very cute, we felt it a little inappropriate that he was being used as entertainment, so late every evening.

The best thing about this hotel is definitely the pool. It is a tranquil oasis only occasionally interrupted by a stray duck or tortoise, and has three double-bed pavilions which provide shade.

When I booked this hotel in March, it was rated as no 1 of hotels in Jaipur on TripAdvisor. Since then it has slipped to no 9, which sums up how we felt.

Journal: Donna & Sandy in Jaipur

by Donna_in_India

"Pushkar to Jaipur & the Samode Haveli"

PREVIOUS STOP: PUSHKAR

To continue... Since we weren’t really on any fixed schedule to leave Pushkar we took our time having breakfast and packing. We found out that the trains and buses were packed so we decided to take a taxi to Jaipur. We finally left at 12:45 and since the town had been closed off to most traffic made our way around detours that took 45 minutes instead of about 15. So it was 1:30 before we got out of Pushkar. The drive was a little hectic. That particular stretch of road – Ajmer to Jaipur - is one of the most dangerous roads in India. It is a main truck route and along with buses packed with so many people that they are sitting on top of the bus as well as inside, there were camels, motorcycles and cars all jamming the road. Sure enough that same day there was a deadly accident between a jeep and truck. The fact that our driver was a little young and unsure of his driving didn’t help, but after only making one short stop for chai, we reached Jaipur by 4:45.

We were able to get a better view of Jaipur this day and although it is known as the “Pink City” (because at one time the buildings were painted pink), it was crowded, dirty and very dusty, and not really pink! Our hotel, the 200 year old Samode Haveli is located within the walled “old city” and has a great history. It was built as the Samode Royal family’s suburban manor house. Only about 20 of the rooms have been converted for guests, and the hotel had great little nooks and verandahs and a wonderful pool. The current dining room was the original dining room and is beautifully hand painted from floor to ceiling. The entrance to the hotel was an elephant ramp that was constructed in the 1940’s for a wedding. There was an open courtyard for breakfast with lotus flowers in small pools and plants all around. There were stairs and narrow hallways and rooms and rooms and rooms! It must have been spectacular as a residence.
We had booked the Sheesh Mahal suite (mirror palace) for 2 nights but since we were coming in a day early the room wasn’t available. We stayed in a “regular” room which was really very nice and had it’s own verandah and sitting area. We settled in, had some dinner, watched a little TV and went to sleep.

"Amber Fort"

After breakfast the next day we got a taxi to go sightseeing. (We ended up keeping the same driver for our entire stay in Jaipur.) We went to get a (live) guide for the city and our first stop was Amber (pronounced Amer) fort. A steep ramp led to the entrance, to which you could walk up or take an elephant ride up. There is some controversy about the treatment of those elephants so we walked up to the fort. It was more a palace then a fort with a huge courtyard, small temple with gorgeous silver doors, various residence areas including that of the maharaja, and mosaics, hand paintings, marble columns, sculptures, and some great doors. There were long views of the surrounding watchtowers and lake. There was room for the king, queen, and the king’s 300 concubines. (Yeah, yeah, I know what you guys are thinking, but give me a break! You can barely handle one of us!)

After we left Amber fort, we passed the Water Palace. It was only reachable by boat but is no longer open for visitors. We then stopped (based on the “recommendation” of the guide) at a place where Persian rugs are made and sold. It was interesting to see the rug making procedure and fortunately we were able to escape the hard sales tactics without a rug!

"Cenotaphs, Jantar Mantar, & the City Palace"

Our next stop was the Cenotaphs of Royal Gatore. It was the cremation grounds of and contained the monuments erected for the dead maharajas of Jaipur – from the first (& founder) to the last. It was a peaceful place (obviously) just outside the old city’s walls and we took a turn at posing in meditation outside of one of the monuments.

Next it was onto the Jantar Mantar Observatory. There were 13 different instruments for calculating the movement of celestial bodies each with a different purpose including measuring the positions of the stars and calculating time. There were several sundials and a cluster of 12 yellow instruments known as the Rashi Yantras. Each rashi represents one of the 12 zodiac signs. We checked out ours – Cancer (the crab) – and stopped for a photo in front. Most of the sculptures were so interesting – with great lines and curves and I enjoyed photographing them.

A very short walk from the Observatory brought us to the City Palace. We went to the arms & weapons museum, and the arts and textiles museum (which had fabulous clothing displayed). From within the grounds we saw the Royal Family’s current “residence” but were not allowed entrance.

"The Sheesh Mahal"

After having a late lunch we stopped at some shops (camera supplies, cell phone problems) and then went to the train station to book our tickets for our next leg of the trip. We went back to the hotel where they had moved our luggage into our suite. It was spectacular. There was a bedroom area, 2 sitting areas, and a bathroom that we joked was bigger then our apartment. The pictures taken don’t begin to show how exquisite the hand painted walls, ceilings, marble columns, and of course the mirrors all around really are. We later came to find out that this suite was originally the king’s bedroom and we certainly felt like royalty staying there. Sleeping that night in a big, soft bed with the most wonderful pillows was heaven (especially after freezing in the desert!). Amazingly, the suite cost less then a "normal" hotel room in the U.S.

"Jaigarh Fort & Nahargarh (Tiger Fort)"

The next day we were back on the move again. It was an interesting day for me. As we were leaving the suite, I cracked my head on the top of doorframe (concrete I think). Later on my sandal would break to being unwearable, and finally I stepped – quite literally – in sh*t wearing another pair of sandals and my toes were quite covered.

Our first stop was Jaigarh fort. More interesting architecture and views of the city. This fort served as a treasury and many people are convinced that there is still some of the royal treasure there. (We didn’t find any!) The fort had water reservoirs, residential areas, even a puppet theater. There is also the world’s largest wheeled cannon, Jaya Vana. I photographed a sweet pigeon “couple” in the barrel of the cannon. On the way out there was a great shop where we made some purchases including a gorgeous silk bedspread and a hand painted bedspread (hopefully for our new place!).

Next stop was Nahargarh (also known as Tiger Fort). After 52 turns in the road within 2 kms, we reached the fort. You could see the whole city of Jaipur from the top of the fort. I especially loved the windows and doors and shadows there. What was unique about this fort was that it housed the Maharaja Ram Sing and his 9 wives. Each wife had her own room – all being the exact same – and linked by a maze of corridors.

"Galta (Monkey Temple)"

After stopping for a late lunch (of course) we went to Galta – locally known as Monkey Temple. At sunset (around 5p.m.) hundreds of monkeys converge on the temple. Our driver brought loaves of bread to feed them and we bought peanuts at the gate. There were monkeys all around eating bananas, bread, and peanuts. Of course they were adorable, especially the babies. Obviously they had no fear of humans but these monkeys were the most gentle we have encountered. The temple itself is perched between the cliff faces of a rocky valley. We climbed up to the temple passing worshippers bathing in the water along the way. There was a garden of flowers and monkeys, monkeys, monkeys! It was somewhere at the top while I was feeding the monkeys that I broke my sandal. After making our way back down to the car we headed back to the hotel. We dropped off our purchases and took a rick to the market. We didn’t do much shopping there – it was pretty dirty. It was then that I stepped in sh*t, so we took a bicycle rickshaw back to the hotel.

That night we packed our suitcases, had room service for dinner, took a luxurious bath and just relaxed. Sadly we would be leaving our palace the next morning.

NEXT STOP: RANTHAMBORE

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Jaipur hotels

by fotobug33

Hello Everyone,

I will be going to India later this year and one of the cities I will be visiting is Jaipur. My travel agent has book me for SAMODE HAVELI and also another day at ALSISAR HAVELI, has anyone stayed at either one of these hotels? If so, how would you rate them overall?
I know nothing really about this city, it was the only one my travel agent added to "my list" .... I love "culture, villages, PEOPLE, elephants, nature.. not really into old buildings (smile) would I be able to find this kind of thing in Jaipur? Thank you in advance!!

Fotobug33

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by fotobug33

Hello Raj,

Thank you so much for your help and kindness. That is so nice of you!!

Have a nice day!
Erika

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by vickycharan

hi samod palace is a nice historical place u can stay there it is not very expencive ..u can see amer fourt ..and ofcource elephant village ..(haathi gaon)
elephant r only in aamer (name of the place )actuly samod is around 35 kilometer from jaipur so y dont u stay at jaipur ..it is safe and cheep ....

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by travelhub

Dear Hi,
Samode Haveli is in the old city.Its is a nice hotel but you can also try Mandawa Haveli it is also a nice hotel much closer to old city.
If you need any kind of help from my side you are most welcome as i have been working as tourist guide since last seven years and i have been to almost all the places in india and hotels. If you want to write to me you can contact me at my personel email id kedar1verma@yahoo.com
Thanks with best regards
Kedar

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Address: Gangapole, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302002, India