Located in the heart of a relaxed residential neighborhood, one of Jaipur's best-value hotels was built just half a century ago by a noble member of the Shekhawat's Shahpura clan (Shahpura is 65km/40 miles from Jaipur). It's still a family-run affair, managed with a great deal more flair and charm than many of its more historically positioned competitors. The aristocratic owner has dressed the place in what might be termed "haveli style," with decor that runs from framed black-and-white family photographs to elaborate chandeliers to detailed frescoes. To emphasize the family's military heritage, there are antique shields, spears, arrowheads, and daggers throughout. Accommodations are very comfortable, with marble floors, antique furniture, block-print curtains, and beds covered with smart white linen. The cheaper deluxe rooms are more boxy, but if you can book no. 206, you'll have a spacious bathroom, large bed, and a window overlooking the pool. Of the decently priced suites, no. 306 has a balcony overlooking the pool. Rooms are tastefully, colorfully decorated and, remarkably, are spruced up (with new throws and fabrics) every 3 months or so. Soak up the sun on one of the loungers around the pool, or find comfort (and order drinks) in pretty lounges around the hotel; besides choices from the well-stocked bar, there's excellent fresh watermelon juice.
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- Recommended 2010