Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace, JodhpurRatings: Heritage
Address: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur,
Rajasthan -342 006.
Airport: 3 km., Railway Station: 5 km., Bus Station: 3 km.
The palace is situated above the city of Jodhpur , perched on a hilltop facing the majestic Meherangarh Fort.It was commissioned as a drought relief measure designed and executed by Lancaster and Lodge , a British firm of architects. Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.
Designed by renowned Edwardian architect Henry Lanchester, the palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105-foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.
Accommodation at Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur:
Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace offers a choice of 94 rooms and suites.
Maharani Suite -The Maharani Suite, originally designed for and graced by Umaid Singhs' Maharani, is aptly dominated by a Norblin mural of the Goddess Kali etched on shining black glass. All in pink, black, chrome and mirror, the suite includes spacious private drawing and dining rooms with an attached kitchenette, a large balcony with a spectacular view of the palace gardens and the Mehrangarh Fort, a dressing room with a wardrobe, and a bath carved out of a single piece of pink Italian marble designed by Norblin.
Maharaja Suite -The Maharaja Suite, once Maharaja Umaid Singh's own suite just across the crystal fountain courtyard, exudes an earthy and masculine ambience. It bears murals of leopards from Africa, tigers and horses, and even of the famed Jodhpur sport, pig-sticking by Norblin that are magnificently complemented by flaming torch lamps in chrome, plush Ruhlmann sofas in faux leopard skin and a delightful secret bar in the drawing room.
Regal Suites -The hotels Regal Suites, designed in Art Deco style, were once reserved for visiting royalty. Each suite is different, with subtle underlying themes of a favourite colour or princely passion.
Deluxe Rooms -Embellished with Art Deco interiors and equipped with modern conveniences, these rooms meet the expectations of the modern traveller even as they offer a glimpse into a privileged bygone lifestyle.
Amenities & Services at Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur:
24 Hrs. Room Service, Conference Facilities, Exclusive boutiques and shopping complex, Barber shop, Courier service, Front Desk, Free Newspaper, Parking, Bar, Banquet, Restaurant, Safe Deposit Box, Luggage Storage, Swimming Pool, Billards, Fitness Center, Spa, Tennis Court , Doctor on Call, Laundry, Travel Desk Service, Dry Cleaning, Post, Baby Sitting, Currency Exchange, Newsstand, Wake up Service, Private Museum, Village Safaris.
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