The Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur has been ranked among the top ten best heritage hotels list. The list, drawn by Travel Weekly, places Rambagh Palace, Jaipur at number six in the top ten best heritage hotels in the world. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur finds itself alongside Kenya’s Treetop Lodge where Queen Elizabeth delivered the news about the passing away of her father King George VI in 1952. Jim Corbett famously wrote in the hotel’s log book: “For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into the tree as a princess and climbed down as a queen.” Also named in the list, is Florida’s Don CeSar that has counted among its guests, the American president Franklin D Roosevelt and author F Scott Fitzgerald among many others. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur may be sixth in the list of the Best Heritage Hotels list in the world but it is also the only one from India to make it to the list.
The history of Rambagh Palace is long as it is fascinating. What you see as a sprawling palace today was originally a garden house for the wet nurse of the prince. Eventually, the building evolved into a hunting lodge and then became one of the houses of the Maharaja of Jaipur in the 20th century. When India won its independence, Rambagh Palace became the Government House and by 1957, the palace was converted into a hotel, its doors thrown open to anyone with the wherewithal to afford a room or a suite.
According to Cox & Kings, the Rambagh Palace Hotel is one of the best-selling properties among its high-end clients. The palace houses 78 suites and luxury rooms that have been restored at a great cost. The hand-carved marble latticework, the ornate cenotaphs and the sandstone balustrades along with the sprawling Mughal Gadens and the palace ballroom with its elaborate crystal chandeliers that is now a restaurant are just some of the things that make one’s stay at the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur so special. This isn’t the first time that Rambagh Palace has been named in an international best hotels list. It was named the best hotel in the world at the Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Awards back in 2009.
The top ten hotels in Travel Weekly’s best heritage hotels in the world, in a descending order, include: Omni Shoreham Hotel (US) at number one followed by Treetops Lodge (Kenya), The Don CeSar (US), Hotel de Rome (Germany), Parador de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Taj Rambagh Palace (India), Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Canada), Raffles Hotel (Singapore), Inkaterra La Casona (Peru) and Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu (France).