Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel in Jaipur, India

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of Pearl Palace Heritage in Jaipur, India.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – Modern, yet regal, with unique rooms, but currently lacking some facilities.

This multi award-winning boutique hotel is very different. It’s new and thus not a proper ‘heritage’ or ‘palace’ hotel (despite the name), but is no less refined or captivating. And rooms are immensely attractive, individually named, and decorated according to different Indian themes. The brightly-tiled bathrooms are a standout, and most rooms feature sizeable balconies overlooking the quiet suburban street. Adding to the allure are the stairwells lined with old photos, hand-painted walls and ceilings, and almost Byzantine-style corridors. Some of the facilities expected are absent, however, but the management plans to add a gym, spa, pool, and proper restaurant in the future.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – The Location

  • Address: 54 Gopal Bari, Lane 2, just off Ajmer Road, in the inner part of the city.
  • Area: Along a quiet suburban street of upper-class housing, with nothing much of interest nearby. About 200m from a major thoroughfare, Ajmer Road, which has some facilities.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (12km, 34-minute drive), take a pre-paid taxi or walk outside for an auto-rickshaw. The train terminal (1.5km, 6-minute drive), main bus station (2km, 12-minute drive), and metro station (350m, 5-minute walk) are also close by.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: The regal setting and high prices appeal mostly to older guests.
  • Views: Most rooms face the front street which is quiet, and with 5 levels and no other high-rises nearby, views are extensive.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected – or provided – at this sort of inner-city boutique-style hotel in Jaipur.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)141 237 5242
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pearlpalaceheritage.com

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there is no pool. The management plans to build one soon.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: None. The management also has plans to build both within the existing building in the immediate future.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Small indoor café area sporting a vivid décor. Serves breakfast and limited menus at lunch and dinner. Not really a restaurant and a bit stuffy, so guests are urged by hotel staff to visit the rooftop restaurant in the sister hotel (see below).
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available from 7 am to 11 pm, but menu is limited until there’s a proper restaurant on-site.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: No room categories. All rooms are unique and individually named.
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking on the premises.
  • Best Room: Impossible to say, with so many elegant choices. The best rooms are probably higher up, offering superior views.
  • For Families: Rooms are too compact to fit in an extra single bed. The Viceroy Premium Room can accommodate 4 people.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Nothing within walking distance of interest to guests, but the nearby streets are comparatively quiet, clean, and safe.
  • Public Transport: The Jaipur Metro is of limited use to tourists – at least until the 2 new stations in the Old City are completed in about 2021. The nearest station, Jaipur Junction, is only 350m away (5-minute walk), and is attached to the train terminal.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) are poorly-marked and almost impossible to find without help from the hotel reception, and useless in the Old City anyway. Otherwise, Uber and Ola work effectively. However, just about anywhere, including the airport, is accessible by abundant auto-rickshaws. Some are electric and feature 2 small benches.

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Nothing within the immediate area, so guests are urged by hotel staff to visit the restaurant at the sister Pearl Palace Hotel nearby, for which a free shuttle service is also available. This restaurant, and 2 others directly opposite (listed below), offer rooftop settings with vast views, intimate lighting, competitive prices, and live music on most nights. All are open from about 7 am to 11 pm.

  • The Peacock Rooftop Restaurant – In the Pearl Palace Hotel. Remarkably extensive menu also features pizza, pasta, salad, and Chinese. Can get overcrowded at times, affecting service. Bookings recommended. 6-minute walk (500mm).
  • Chitrakatha – Quiet and laidback. More tempting selection of Indian cuisine than the other 2. 6-minute walk (500m).
  • Kalyan Rooftop Restaurant – The cheapest and least crowded, with TV sports and comfortable furniture. Also, a lovely restaurant inside with a delightful wooden Rajasthani design. 6-minute walk (500m).

Shops

  • No shops along the suburban streets nearby, but some on Ajmer Road about 200m away. Otherwise, head to the Old City (see below).

Attractions

  • A frenetic maze of shops, markets, traffic, and more traffic, the Old City is both fascinating and frustrating to wander about. In the center, the City Palace (open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm) is a marvelous example of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, and is packed with courtyards, gardens, and museums. The nearest entrance to the Old City, Chandpole Gate, is 2.5km (12-minute drive) from the hotel, while the City Palace is about 4km (13-minute drive) away.
  • Jantar Mantar – UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the world’s largest stone sundial and 18 other instruments. 1 of 5 astronomical observatories built in north India in the 18th-century by Maharaj Sawaii Jai Singh II. Right opposite the City Palace. 14-minute drive (4.4km).
  • Hawa Mahal – This 18th-century sandstone summer palace features 953 windows which let in cool breezes during the summer, and allowed the Royalty to view the streets below without being seen. Visit early morning to watch the sun’s rays filter through the latticework. 14-minute drive (4.7km).
  • Amber Palace – UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as Amer Fort among locals, featuring 4 must-see courtyards (Shila Devi Temple, public audience hall, private audience hall, and Mirror Palace), and sound and light shows in the evening. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. 30-minute drive (13km).
  • Nahargarh Fort – Historic defense fort overlooking Jaipur. Houses the Jaipur Wax Museum by the entrance, and features a second, updated Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). 45-minute drive (19km).

Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel – The Hotel

The newly-built hotel resembles a historic palace.

Even though it’s very similar in many ways to other historic palace-style hotels in Jaipur, this majestic hotel was only built a few years ago.

The hand-painted walls and ceilings and the craftsmanship all across the hotel is fascinating.

Walls and ceilings are hand-painted, and guests can spend hours admiring the craftsmanship all over the hotel.

The stairwells too feature lots of old photos.

Even the stairwells are crammed with old photos, adding enormously to the appeal.

Guests can enjoy breakfast and pre-ordered meals in a special dining area.

As of 2019, there was no dedicated restaurant on-site. Guests can enjoy breakfast in this modest but brightly-decorated area, and other meals can be pre-ordered and eaten there, too.

The dining area is decorated with carvings and paintings.

Guests can admire the decorations while waiting for food and drinks at the in-house café area.

The corridors leading to the rooms are exraordinary.

Extraordinary corridors – different on each floor – lead to an assortment of rooms.

Each room comes with a unique Indian theme and decor.

Every room is individually decorated with separate themes from across India.

The colorful rooms are individually named.

Each room is independently named and vividly decorated.

The bathrooms are also very attractive.

Even the bathrooms are quite striking.

The Varanasi-themed room is different and very bright.

The room with a décor based on Varanasi is a little lurid and completely different to any other room in the hotel.

The mural over the bed in the Varanasi-themed room is hand made.

The wall above the bed In the Varanasi-themed room is molded by hand to resemble the sacred river city.

All the bathrooms in the hotel are unique as well.

Remarkably, not only is every room unique, but so is each bathroom in the hotel.

Some rooms are smaller and/or brash.

Some rooms are a little smaller and more ostentatious than others.

Guests are encouraged to dine at The Peacock Rooftop Restaurant nearby.

Until a restaurant is built on-site, guests are encouraged to dine at The Peacock Rooftop Restaurant at the sister Pearl Palace Hotel, 650m away.

The Peacock has some romantic corners.

Sections of The Peacock Rooftop Restaurant are very romantic.

The Peacock hosts live music every night.

Live music is usually held each evening at The Peacock.

The Chitrakatha hotel has a delightful rooftop cafe.

On the other side of the road from The Peacock, the Chitrakatha is quieter and more laidback.

Hotel Kalyan next door has a rooftop cafe and another indoors.

Also directly opposite The Peacock is another classy rooftop restaurant at Hotel Kalyan. Thus, there are 3 similar restaurants only meters apart to choose from.

The Old City's walls are about 2.5km away.

The walls of the Old City are about 2.5km from the Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel.

The vibrant Old City is vast and chaotic.

The Old City is fascinating and crowded, and could take days to explore fully.

The Old City vegetable market is open till all the produce is sold.

The vegetable market in the Old City closes when all the produce has been sold.

Jaipur features electric auto-rickshaws.

Unlike many cities in India, some auto-rickshaws in Jaipur are electric and feature small bench seats.

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