A stay at Jaipur City Palace lets you live like royalty
When travelling, feeling like royalty is a crucial component in enjoying a first-rate stay – and that’s exactly what’s in store for guests at Airbnb’s latest addition.
The booking app now counts an official royal palace amongst its collection of holiday rental properties, courtesy of Jaipur’s Royal Family.
From 23 November, His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh is opening the ornate doors of Jaipur City Palace to Airbnb users.
Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within one of the private sections of a royal palace that, until now, has been used for the royals and their special guests.
Situated in the heart of Jaipur – also know as the Pink City, and capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan – the City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings. It has hosted a variety of famous faces during its 300-year history, including Prince Charles and Oprah Winfrey.
The Gudliya Suite is as opulent as you’d expect from an Indian royal palace, with a four-poster bed and decorative mosaic ceiling. The suite also features a luxurious marble bathroom and a private indoor swimming pool.
Stays include a breakfast and dinner at the gourmet traditional Rajasthani restaurant, Baradari. Guests can also experience authentic Rajasthani cuisine on the terrace overlooking the beautiful surrounding Aravalli hills and forts, or else take afternoon tea in the company of peacocks who live in the palace’s lush gardens.
Guests will also have their own private butler, on hand to arrange curated city trips such as shopping tours and guided walks through Jaipur’s museums.
Jaipur City Palace also houses a world renowned museum with a unique collection of the dresses, ornaments, paintings and weapons of Kachwaha rulers as well as two jars which are the world’s largest silver objects, according to Guinness World Records.
Guests will be hosted by 21-year-old Maharaja Padmanabh Singh. The thoroughly modern Maharaja succeeded his grandfather in 2011. It was his idea to place the property on Airbnb following his own experiences travelling.
The Maharaja is also using the opportunity to support a local charity. Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women in rural areas by helping them earn a living and improve their living conditions.
Stays at Jaipur City Palace are usually priced at $8,000 USD (£6,180 approx) a night. Until the end of the year, select nights are available at a special inaugural price of $1,000 USD (£773 approx). All booking proceeds will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation. For more information , visit airbnb.com/CityPalaceJaipur.