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ITC RAJPUTANA, JAIPUR

I knew this haveli-style luxury hotel was special from the moment I walked in… and I don't say this too often! Let's take a look back at this fabulous experience.

 

The sheer magnificence of the hotel enveloped me as the car drove in and the attentive staff took my luggage. And then, what I would later describe as the high point of my stay, was the welcome ceremony. In most luxury hotels, guests are welcomed with a garland and tikka but at ITC Rajputana trumpets heralded my arrival following which I was taken into the hotel under a canopy, and welcomed with a tikka and chunni. I was speechless and spellbound by their sheer effort to craft memories. Once inside, I felt a sense of grandeur, history and character; each nook is an Instagram dream — the feel is global luxury yet it's reminiscent of the local art and culture.

 

Check-in was swift and I was escorted to my suite, which was furnished keeping traditional aesthetics in mind. On the table was a fruit platter, gourmet cheese and crackers, local delicacies, cookies, cupcakes — and a framed photograph of me!! The team had taken it from social media and framed it, to make me feel at home here. I was touched. In a nod to business travellers, there's wi-fi, multiple power points, notepads and CFL lamp on an executive desk. I was thrilled to spot a handwritten welcome note by the general manager! His effort to make a guest feel welcome didn't go unnoticed. Artwork spanning a wall, pool view and a heavenly cloud-like Sweet Sleeper Bed best describes my suite with a large bathroom furnished with Fiama amenities, closet and tub. I was going to like it here.

 

Thoughts of reclining in a deck chair with a bestseller lured me to the stunning poolside, the sounds of water almost lulling me to sleep. I was glad it was quiet here; I wanted to bring back the calmness that had been lost somewhere in my busy lifestyle. And it did work. Perhaps because the poolside is for guests and it can be accessed only with a room key! Another thoughtful gesture towards guests. Adjacent to the pool is a flight of stairs down to Kaya Kalp, where I had booked the signature therapy. So, after changing into a robe and slippers, I met the team to discuss the ninety-minute massage [click here for the spa review]. The complex also has sauna, steam and gym, so I planned to wake up early the following morning to workout and pamper myself!

 

At 7 p.m., I showered, changed and lounged by the poolside with a martini and photo-bombed the folk dance for in-house guests. It was quiet and relaxing, and after an hour, my friend joined me and we made our way to 'Peshawri' for the legendary tandoor cuisine. The service was attentive, courteous and it's a rare culinary experience where dishes are prepared once the chef receives the order so it's fresh and flavourful. [Click here for my review of dining at Peshawri]. I was back in my suite at midnight and fell asleep the moment my head hit the soft pillows. Now, I'm the last person to rise early for breakfast. You're either a breakfast person or not — and I'm one who treasures sleeping in. But I made an effort to wake up at 6 a.m. to workout and treat myself to breakfast. Simply sumptuous… and then, alas, it was time to check out.

 

THE VERDICT

 

If I had to summarise my stay at this luxury hotel in one word, it would be: Service! When the excellent standards of a brand like ITC Hotels meets the hospitality culture of Rajasthan, the service reaches new heights! The location is an asset considering Jaipur is a spread-out city! My last thoughts? ITC Rajputana is at the forefront of luxury hotel accommodation in Jaipur, well suited for a business or leisure trip. Services and amenities, upscale restaurants, luxurious bar and guests-only areas — the vibe is discreet luxury. My review would be incomplete if I didn't mention the cornerstone of ITC Hotels is Responsible Luxury: luxury without compromising the earth and sustainability without compromising luxury. For instance, ITC Rajputana uses less energy than USGBC national average for large size luxury hotels! And 'caringly sourced, mindfully prepared' snacks underscore a wellbeing philosophy. Is it a wonder I'm already planning my next visit?

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
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