Umaid Bahwan Palace
Historical suites and even an in-hotel cinema make this a very special hotel, even compared to the grand hotels of the region. Famously the site of Liz Hurley’s wedding to Arun Nayar, you’re surrounded by period furniture, original artworks and gallant, turbaned staff. Best of all, the views of the fort are stunning.
Set on 26 acres of lush gardens, this elegant hotel lies 4.5 miles (7 km) from Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station and 6 miles (10 km) from Mandore Garden.
The regal rooms and suites feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi and minibars. Art Deco or neoclassical-style suites add living rooms and colorful artwork. Some provide balconies, massage rooms or dining rooms with kitchenettes.
There’s a restaurant serving Continental fare, as well as an open-air cafe. Other amenities include a BBQ eatery and a cozy bar, plus indoor and outdoor pools. A spa offers Ayurvedic treatments and yoga.
A different color scheme here means that this city is known as ‘The Blue City’. A huge metropolis, it’s best to head for the historic parts, winding medieval streets that conceal markets and cafes. The main attractions are Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace, the latter containing one of the region’s best museums.