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Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty


India has been a home to numerous Royal forts, Havelis, and Palaces. Many of them are now converted into luxurious hotels, which offers an excellent blend of vintage charm and modern amenities. They are the hotels which actually sets the definition of luxury. A sizable number of these heritage hotels were from Rajasthan but surprisingly, smaller states like Uttarakhand and Sikkim have also managed to keep the heritage properties in good shape. The list of heritage hotels could go endless, so here are the some of the heritage hotels of India that are truly luxurious!

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1. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. A part of this massive building has been converted into a heritage hotel and is managed by Taj group of hotels since 1972. The palace continues to be the home of Jodhpur’s royalty and currently, it is world’s sixth-largest private residence. A section of this royal hotel has been converted into a museum and is open for guests.

Set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens, this magnificent hotel in Jodhpur offers you 64 grand rooms and suites which have a beautiful royal decor with well- equipped modern facilities. The hotel also houses a squash court and panelled recreation room.

2. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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Taj Lake Palace was restored as a palace hotel in 1963. Formerly owned by Maharana Jagat Singh II. Located in the most romantic city of India, There could be no other place more romantic than Taj Lake Palace which is situated amidst Lake Pichola. The white marble structure floating over water looks magnificent at night. Every guest is treated with royal hospitality and etiquettes. Right from welcoming the guests with a rose petal shower to the royal dining, everything in Taj Lake Palace becomes an unforgettable memory.

Designed with a royal class for every mood and period, each of the 66 rooms and 17 suites at Taj Lake Palace offers a spellbinding view.

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3. Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Reflection of the finest Rajput traditions, Taj Rambagh Palace was built in 1835. And the mansion was named after Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. In 2009, Taj Rambagh Palace was awarded the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveller.

This heritage Taj hotel offers you 33 grand suites and 45 rooms adorned with classy looks and equipped with all modern amenities. the hotel ensures a class-apart experience to each of its guests.

4. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty-3 Considered as an iconic landmark of Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Palace opened in 1903. It is the flagship hotel of Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and it overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. this hotel is a perfect mixture of elegance, rich history and modern facilities.

The hotel offers a whopping amount of 550 rooms and suites in the main palace and the tower wing. Exceptionally famous for its dining experience, the hotel offers 10 of the city’s most regarded restaurants and bars famous for cuisines from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. The hotel also offers 11 newly refurbished halls and venues, ideal for occasions ranging from formal meetings to elaborate weddings.

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5. Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

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One of the most prominent hotels of the Group of Oberoi hotels and resorts, Oberoi grand represents the heart and soul of the Bengali capital. Situated in the heart of the city, the elegant building was constructed in the British era. It was bought by Mohan Singh Oberoi in 1939. The Oberoi Grand has constantly been one the most top rated hotels in India. It offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites with Collonaded verandahs and balconies. The hotel offers a luxury dining experience with its award-winning Thai restaurant, an all day dining space and its colonial-style bar. The Oberoi spa offers a variety of eastern, western and signature Oberoi treatments.

6. Chapslee, Shimla

Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty-5 The beautiful mansion is a summer residence of the late Raja Charanjit Singh of Kapurthala. It turned into a hotel in 1976. Constructed way back in 1835, Chapslee is known for its elegant architecture, warm hospitality and its picturesque location. The hotel is embellished with the baroque furniture, Mughal ceramics, Afghan carpets and Gobelin tapestries. This hotel ensures an experience of British royalty. A library, a card room, tennis court and a croquet lawn are some of the contemporary facilities here. The property boasts of breathtaking surroundings. Also, the Anglo-Indian cuisine of the British Raj is also served with gracious hospitality, which is a characteristic of British times.

7. The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi

Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty-6 Known to be India’s best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015. Built with the colonial elegance in 1931. The Imperial flaunts its victorian charm and world-class hospitality. It has served guest for more than 80 years now.

The Imperial features 235 guestroom and 43 suites. The hotel owns 6 restaurants each has an interesting tale to tell about its origin or inspiration. It has 2 bars which have the most extensive wine list in the city and 1 bakery. A spa centre, conference rooms and a royal ballroom are also the highlights of the hotel.

8. Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok

Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty-7 Reflecting the Sikkim hospitality, the Netuk House belonged to Gellong Netuk Lama, an executive counsellor to the then Chogyal (Monarch). It was built in the late 1950’s. Decades have gone by since Netuk House first opened it’s doors to the guests, the house has been transformed into a luxurious home stay, still one can enjoy and feel the warmth of the tradition and culture that remains unchanged. Furnished with traditional Sikkimese furniture and the ceilings painted in the traditional Sikkimese artwork, makes it culturally beautiful.

9. The Naini Retreat, Nainital

Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty-8 Belonged to the Maharaja of Pilibhit, this old colonial building is refurbished as a luxury resort offering all modern day luxuries. Located at an altitude of 2000 metres, The Naini Retreat offers absolutely uninterrupted views of Naini lake. The building embodies an old-world charm.

The royally furnished bedrooms, the best luxury rooms and suites in Nainital, that exude new age grandeur and hospitality. The hotel has three in-house restaurants and bar namely, Gurney’s House, Stellar Bar and Garden’s Café n Jim’s Grill. Naini Retreat is also the perfect place to optimise one’s well-being as the hotel offers a spa and wellness centre that has highly trained therapists.

10. Fortune The Savoy, Mussoorie

Best Heritage Hotels In India To Experience Royalty-9 Situated amidst the beautiful Garhwal Himalayan ranges, this hotel was built by an Irish barrister named Cecil D. Lincoln in 1902. With a regal history of more than 100 years, this hotel offers a historic feel and an enchanting view of the mountains. It is located on the mall road, known as the heart of Mussoorie.

The hotel offers 50 rooms and suites. Each room is a blend of the British architecture and modern amenities.The Grand Dining Room and the Nostradamus-The Writer’s Bar offer a gourmet experience one will never forget. The hotel also offers a health centre, well-equipped gymnasium and wellness centre.

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