Located on the outskirts of the Pink City lies an oasis of luxury – the Fairmont Jaipur – the hospitality brand’s first property in India, infused with the region’s rich and storied heritage. The hotel gracefully combines the glories of the past with modern-day comforts. Every aspect of the property, right from the architecture, layout, and decor to the warm hospitality, has been inspired by the aesthetic and lifestyle of the Mughals and the Rajputs.
The magnificent facade rises tall at this royal abode as the ancient gates of the hotel open to welcome guests in a ritual-steeped tradition – tika, the showering of rose petals, and the escorted amble along the chaar bagh (or quadrilateral garden, usually formed by two stretches of water channels and/or paved walkways) where parrots and peacocks revel amidst the gentle melody of the Santoor being played in the lobby.
The Mughal fondness for beauty and refinement is on full display at the Fairmont Jaipur in the form of intricate frescos in hues of blue, gold, and red that adorn the walls of the hotel. These masterpieces were meticulously crafted by local artisans and craftsmen. Warm low lighting throughout the hotel lends a welcoming feel, as treasures like vintage Shekhawati furniture, carved silver antiques, the large velvet pankha in the lobby, and the rich upholstery make you feel like you’ve been transported into a past known for its dynastic glory.
The main building, a seven-storey tower containing the original rambling sets of rooms of the men’s quarters known as the mardana, crowned by multiple cupolas and flanked at the corners by octagonal towers, creates a castle-like roofscape. The adjacent lobby was once the diwan-i-aam or durbar hall, a lavishly decorated area where formal and informal meetings were held. This space features large arched windows, flanked by solid stone columns, and offers the perfect setting for evening tea, with views of the terrace and formal palace gardens.
Guest rooms at the hotel are bespoke spaces that exude classic heritage influences with four-poster beds, camel bone inlaid furniture, walk-in bathrooms with the distinctive Pink City stone bath tubs, Mughal-style low seating day beds, and discreet arched windows with a view of the Aravalli Hills. Understated yet opulent, the beauty of the rooms, however, lies in intimate details such as the parrot, the mascot of the Fairmont Jaipur, perched right next to the bed in every room, adding a touch of playful romance to the chambers.
The Fairmont Gold Floor is the pinnacle of luxury – a service extended only to a select few. It is the brand’s exclusive ‘hotel within a hotel’ featuring access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge with personalised services such as an intimate area that serves afternoon tea, evening canapés and a wide choice of beverages. The lounge service also extends to the very private terrace where you can indulge in light snacks over conversations set against the magnificent vistas of the Aravallis.
Taking a cue from the culinary traditions of the great dynasties, the hotel offers guests a range of dining experiences that are unique and memorable. Zoya, the all-day dining restaurant, boasts a world cuisine menu with a dedicated section of Rajasthani fare highlighting heritage dishes from royal households. The restaurant has five distinct dining areas ranging from the luxury tent with hues of blue and silver in the main dining area, to the lily pond dining space, an outdoor setting highlighted by the romance of dining under the stars. Serving an unrivalled selection of authentic, high quality teas, Fairmont Jaipur’s lobby lounge Anjum offers a local twist on the long-standing tradition of afternoon teas. This informal lounge is host to connoisseurs of hot and cold beverages and is a hub of activity in the hotel. At the Regency style library bar, Aza, guests can sample an impressive selection of wines and malt whisky with old-world oak display cabinets and bespoke cocktails. This bar is a private and intimate space to enjoy the classics in the company of fine aged spirits. With a mix of high and lounge seating, the Cigar Diwan is a classic smoking room that offers some of the best Cubans.
The imposing darwazas brought in from Jaisalmer Fort stand guard to the exclusive 60,000-square-foot convention grounds. This space combines the plush splendour of the past with state-of-the-art technology to bring you one of the region’s most envied facilities. The Grand Ballroom along with seven additional meeting rooms equipped with audio-visual facilities such as web-casting, Internet connectivity, and video conferencing make it a powerful game changer in the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions/events (MICE)scenario. The area is also one of the most preferred spots for weddings.
If you are a fitness or adventure freak, you can work out in the fully equipped gym and spa, and also take part in a wide range of activities and outings the hotel offers its guests, including hot-air ballooning, mountaineering, elephant rides, picnics, strolls through nearby villages, and guided city tours. Guests can also explore the ancient art of falconry with hands-on lessons from a trained falconer.
So if you’re looking to spend a luxurious weekend away, or still better, celebrate your special day amidst traditional grandeur, Fairmont Jaipur would be the perfect pick! - Niharika