Where to stay in Jaipur, India
What do you say when a luxury hotel invites you to the Pink City and gives you the opportunity of meeting one of your favourite authors? Yes, of course!
That's exactly what happened a month ago. I was invited to attend one of the top literature festivals in the sub-continent, the 10th edition of the wildly popular Jaipur Literature Fest (JLF). Amongst the many speakers and panelists at JLF was the Indian-American author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, who has written bestsellers such as The Palace of Illusions, Oleander Girl, and Mistress of Spices, to name a few.
I got a chance to interview her at an intimate soiree organised by Le Meridien Jaipur on the penultimate night of JLF. We talked about many things but mainly about her upcoming book, Under The Sorrow Tree, which will be a retelling of the Ramayana from Sita's perspective. The interview was published this weekend in The Hindu Sunday Magazine's new Literary Review feature. You can read it online here.
And now, a bit about Le Meridien Jaipur who kindly hosted my stay.Location
Le Meridien Jaipur is located outside the bustle of the city, about 23km from Jaipur Railway Station and 27km from the airport. It's on the Jaipur-Amer Road, further down the road from Amer (Amber) Fort. It can take anywhere from 45-60 minutes to get to the city centre from the hotel.
The hotel is located on a sprawling property and is built like a Rajasthani palace - a beautiful sandstone building (with terracotta balconies and carved archways), topped with domes and chhatris (canopied pavilions). There's a lovely garden (where I saw a peacocks strutting about) and a large swimming pool. Adjacent to the property are the Amer Lawns, an open-air banquet space where the hotel hosted the Writers' Ball that marked the end of JLF 2017. More about this under the Dining section.
I had a spacious Superior Room on the 2nd floor of the hotel. At 35 sq.mt. it was one of the larger hotel rooms I have stayed at. The king size bed was super comfy and there was a selection of pillows for added comfort. The bathroom was huge with a separate bathtub. There was a large armchair in a muted gold colour to sink into, where I spent my evenings reading. The hotel had placed a welcome treat in the room, which had more fruit than chocolate, thankfully! The best feature of my room was the balcony that overlooked the garden and the pool. There was a work desk as well as a flat screen TV.
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So, if you're looking for a relaxing stay in Jaipur, check out Le Meridien Jaipur. I absolutely loved its understated luxury and warm hospitality.
My experience was courtesy Le Meridien Jaipur, views my own.