While already over two centuries and a half in age, the Jai Mahal of Jaipur is still in remarkably good condition. Most of the credit for this goes to the Taj Hotels Group, which is one of the biggest hotel chains in the country. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces acquired the Jai Mahal some time ago and immediately set out on a major project of restoration that transformed the then-slightly-battered palace into one of great opulence once again, ready to serve as the lodgings of the new royalty of today: the wealthy. This makes the palace a perfect choice if you are thinking of travelling to Jaipur and splurging to assure your own comfort and enjoyment.
It must be mentioned first that Jai Mahal is very often confused with another palace in the area: Jal Mahal. The latter is perhaps the more easily-recognised palace by photos, because it makes for quite an unforgettable picture, being right in the middle of a lake. The Jai on Jacob Road, however, is the better-preserved option, and is also the equal of the other palace in beauty once you come to see all that it has to offer.
Jai Palace is certainly not short of amenities, for one thing. The Taj Group has definitely gone all out in its pursuit of luxury here, providing, among other things, a pool heated by solar power, approximately 18 acres of exquisitely sculpted gardens in the classical Mughal style, clean and purified water, a shopping arcade, doctor on call, boardrooms and event venues, and basically everything else one would expect to find in a top-of-the-line hotel. From golf to tennis, you can also indulge in your favourite sports using the hotel’s facilities and courts, and there are even more than a few restaurants, bars, and lounges in the grounds from which to choose if you wish to dine without straying too far from your hotel room. From the Cinnamon restaurant with its Punjab-Mughal cuisine to Giardino with its classical Italian flavours, there shall be something sure to tickle your taste buds. And as if that were not enough, the hotel even provides services such as laundry, secretarial services, a doctor on call, and even an astrologer on call.
This is clearly a place for those with wherewithal, so Jai Mahal might not exactly be ideal for travellers on a budget. If you have money though, this is a worthwhile option. There are a hundred rooms here, with 10 Deluxe rooms, 84 Luxury rooms, and 6 suites. You will be getting premium treatment from the people running the establishment. Beyond that, you also get to experience something of how the old nobility of Jaipur used to live, as you shall be living in one of their palaces. You get to walk on precious marble flooring every day of your stay, sleep on golden silk sheets, and enjoy the Mughal and Rajput architecture all around you. One can hardly complain of such a lodging, all things considered, which is why the Jai Mahal might be a fine selection for those willing to pay more to get more.