Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
At a Glance
Central location just 10-minutes from the City Palace, perfect to explore by foot
This hotel has bags of heritage character and is not too big
The hotel is unique and charming but and not really in the same league service-wise as the international chains
As Samode Haveli is the best centrally located option and is well known it is popular and does get very busy during peak times - book early to avoid disappointment
Has a large swimming pool which is very unusual for such a centrally located hotel but perfect for cooling down if temperatures are warm
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Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more colour to the landscape.
October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.
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Tucked away in the heart of the old part of Jaipur, Samode Haveli is a majestic 150-year old mansion oozing charm and character. Samode Haveli is ideal for those looking for an intimate, heritage and boutique retreat in a great location.
Samode Haveli is a 150-year-old merchant’s house located within the old walled city of Jaipur. Originally built by Rawal Sheo Singh, a Prime Minister in the royal court, the house and gardens have been intimately restored and offer a charming yet rustic stay in Jaipur.
The hotel has 50 rooms each of them different, ranging from elegantly furnished suites to uncomplicated double rooms. Rooms boast mosaics and painted arches and are decorated with old hunting photographs, family portraits, and other historic artefacts giving you a glimpse of what royal life was like. Amenities include a well-stocked minibar, coffee and tea makers and satellite TV. The en-suite bathrooms offer a range of organic toiletries.
There is a charming dining room, which serves traditional Indian food. There are also a number of courtyards leading to stunning gardens, which contain a swimming pool surrounded by large Thai-style day beds.
Relax and unwind in the hotel's spa offering traditional Ayurvedic treatments, a steam room and a gym.
The hotel is very peaceful and it is difficult to believe that from this sanctuary you can stroll out into the bustling city streets of Jaipur, which, as the capital of Rajasthan, is laden with stunning palaces, forts, temples and gardens. The hotel will be happy to arrange sightseeing tours to explore these architectural gems and of course we can arrange full sightseeing for you too whilst you are in Jaipur with one of our excellent guides.
Samode Haveli offers 39 rooms and suites. In keeping with the charming and unique style of the hotel, each room is slightly different in style. The Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors) suite has a gorgeous interior with its curved arches, florid hand-painted murals and glistening mirror work which reflect incoming sunlight creating an astonishing effect.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Samode Haveli. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel except for babysitting, which can be organised upon request.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, gym, massage room and steam room.
The historic city of Jaipur offers visitors some fantastic shopping with its many bustling bazaars filled with traditional arts and crafts, jewellery, fabrics, miniature paintings and furniture. The hotel will be happy to arrange tailor-made sightseeing trips and tours in and around the city to explore palaces, temples and other stunning architectural gems of a bygone era.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
The Samode Haveli boasts a lot of character and charm. Old photographs and antiques fill the property making it feel very homely. Each of the bedrooms here are unique and the baths in the bathroom are extremely luxurious. Despite the fact that it's located in the heart of Jaipur, it still feels very peaceful here with lots of beautiful garden to explore. The swimming pool here is also vast and is a great place to cool off in.
Clare Monro (Staff)
I loved Samode Haveli because, if you aren't going to stay in a palace in Jaipur, go for a merchant's house! With the rooms all unique and on different levels, it gives you a very good sense of place. I loved the courtyard with the covered but outdoor sitting room, the pool and its cabanas and the fact that the property is inside Jaipur's city walls.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
The Samode Haveli has the charm of the ages. The entrance is the old staggered ramp that would have been used for horse and rider to enter without having to dismount. The rooms are all different, each one with is own personality and qualities. For me this hotel summed up in one what it means to be staying in a heritage property with Jaipur brought to life all around you. I was also amazed how relaxing it was within the hotel walls, compared to the craziness that is the capital of Rajasthan outside. It is ideally located for those people who are keen to get into the thick of life within the walls of the pink city. It is important to note, however, that this hotel will not appeal to everyone as it falls under heritage not luxury.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
A charming heritage property with lots of character, Samode Haveli makes you feel like youre stepping back in time to Imperial India with touches of the British occupancy coupled with classic Indian architecture, the blend here makes for a homely stay, without fuss, yet lovely hospitality.
Emma Neale (Staff)
This hotel amazed me in that it is so calm and peaceful despite its central location in Jaipur. What I also liked about the hotel is its authenticity - it is a great example of a merchants city house and maintains many original features, frescos, wall paintings and even furnishings despite having been converted to a well established hotel. It is however, definitely a property which exemplifies faded grandeur - the charm of this can be a real pull for some guests, but for others something which can disappoint. In this respect the hotel is certainly not for everyone as the property is unique and charming rather than top-notch luxury.
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Location & directions
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Samode Haveli is located on Gangapole road, in the heart of the walled city of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan in North India. Jaipur is well-connected to most of the major cities of India by road, rail or air.
How to get there
Delhi Indira Gandhi (9-hour direct flight) is the nearest international airport. Jaipur Sanganer (1-hour domestic flight from Delhi) is the closest airport to Samode Haveli and is 10km, a 20-minute drive away.
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