It’s not often you find as many rave reviews for a budget hotel as the Pearl Palace has received and its nearly always booked out in advance. Some consider this to be the best hotel in Jaipur. A good sign we thought and we were lucky enough to snag the last room for the nights we were in Jaipur.
When we made our booking we noted the hotel offered a pickup service from train station and although we provided our train arrival time, there was no confirmation, so we were unsure if anyone was actually going to be there. In true Indian fashion we were mobbed at the train station by guys offering a taxi to our destination. Thankfully the hotel tuk tuk driver arrived and we saved from the madness outside the station.
The eclectic Pearl Palace hotel is located in a quiet neighbourhood and is recognisable as soon as you enter the street. Lush plantings and a pink façade, it’s by far the most bizarre looking hotel we have checked it to so far.
Check in went smoothly although it was hard to crack a smile out of the manager checking us in. Our room was tucked away in the corner on the ground floor away from the reception area and restaurant. It was on the pokier side and only a very small window allowed any natural light in, but it was entirely comfortable for a short term stay. The décor caught our attention with a mix of patterns, colours and texture nothing really gelled together but the overall look somehow worked. It also did a good job of hiding some of the bland and unattractive furniture! All the rooms and the hallways are decorated differently, some more over the top than others but all with the same eclectic Indian vibe.
Wi-Fi was an additional charge with codes given either by the hour or a 24hr login. A few computers were available in the communal lounge / library area, which was by far the most eccentric room of the hotel.
On the rooftop is the well-known Peacock restaurant which serves up a delicious spread of North Indian cuisine. This place is constantly bustling with people from breakfast through to dinner sometimes even hard to get a table if there are large groups staying. The atmosphere relaxed but lively with everyone enjoying the food, the open setting and company. But don’t worry, there is full room service if you prefer to eat in the peace and privacy of your room.
The Pearl Palace is only a short tuk tuk ride away from all the action and there are plenty of drivers loitering around ready to take you sight-seeing. It’s defiantly worth hiring a driver to take you around for a few hours or a full day to all the major attractions of Jaipur.
Our train out of Jaipur wasn’t until 11pm and fortunately the hotel was happy to keep our luggage stored, while we spent the day around town. They were also more than happy for us to hang out in the lounge and restaurant until we left for the station, which was ideal for Jack.
Stay at the Pearl Palace if you are after something a little different. Don’t come if you are looking for a luxury hotel, because it’s not that. It’s eccentric, has a worldly/traveller feel and serves up some good food. Our thoughts is that it is an ideal hotel to stay in while travelling India.
Pearl Palace Hotel
Lane No. 2
54 Ajmer Rd
Gopalbari, Jaipur, Rajasthan
+91 141 237 5242