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“Nice hotel in beautiful gardens”
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Samode Bagh
Ranked #11 of 410 Speciality Lodging in Jaipur
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
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“Nice hotel in beautiful gardens”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Bungalows dressed as tents make this a very pleasant place to spend a couple of nights. Buffet food very good and staff very attentive. The gardens and grounds are spectacular. The local village is a must to visit, Ashok at the shop outside the hotel may offer you a tour. The town of Samode is worth a visit. What is a must if you can arrange it is to visit the Samode Palace Hotel, once the palace of the Maharajah and now a beautiful hotel. Just about worth a reported £220 per night.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We didn't know quite what to expect, our luggage was dropped off at entrance 3 and we were taken on round to the main entrance. The surroundings as usual in India was not too impressive so we were apprehensive. We went through an archway and suddenly flower petals were showering down on us and music was playing and we were transported to an absolute oasis. The gardens are beautiful the main building and other areas are stunning. Our 'tent' was set around a beautiful garden. The food was delicious and staff very courteous. I would like to have stayed here longer to relax by the pool. We also had some local dancers to entertain us. A wonderful place.

Room Tip: We had room 36 which was lovely
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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wales
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

A really lovely place. The setting is lovely, It was really relaxing. Food good, service excellent. It a little bit of heaven. Only stayed a night, but could of strayed for much longer. Village close by, the people where really friendly and welcoming.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

There is vibrations you can experience by entering this property. A great & comfortable stay at Tent yet get badshashi feel is what Samode Baugh is all about. If you want a real transformation of your Organization or team.you must attempt 1 meeting over there

Room Tip: A Serene stay
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

The place is amazingly quaint and quiet. The luxury feel is fairly high – as is only expected since the royals at some point were using this in time. The rooms were absolutely neat and clean. Aircon very effective (albeit – didn't quite need it in the December evenings).
The food was ok; could have been better. Was surprised by the fact that they could provide waffles, unfortunately not with ‘melted’ butter, which was quite a dampener in the winters. But, we had only breakfast here, and did not have lunch or dinner, so to that extent the opinion is coloured.
The feel of the place is very relaxed. You can play pool/carom etc and since its open air, it's a different feel.
Since we checked in late night and checked out early morn, dindt get enough opportunity to evaluate the service/ housekeeping.
Not too far from the hotel (walkable, albeit not necessarily walking, distance) from the hotel is a small trek through rocky terrain (about 20-25 mins max to get to the top). It takes you to a hilltop which gives you a panaromic 360 deg view of the village. It is worth a try!! Especially if you can make it here for a sunrise view. Awesome!! See attached fotos.
The pricing could have been a little more affordable. Even after discounting for the fact that this place is fairly preferred by foreign tourists.
The overall experience was very nice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The Samode Bagh resort is situated some distance from Jaipur and could be somewhat difficult to find and harder to get to on bumpy narrow rural roads once you leave the main routes. So you will probably need a skilled and knowledgeable driver familiar with the various highways and byways. When you get there, you will find that the resort provides a rustic, lovely, and charming getaway for a weekend of relaxation or for a ceremonial occasion such as a wedding. You're certainly not roughing it at the Samode Bagh, but don't expect luxury in the accommodations.

The beautifully landscaped grounds include a large garden area surrounded on all sides by individual cabanas or “tents” (actually small tented bungalows) that serve as roomy guest quarters, along with a large dining hall. A pool table and equipment are available at the gazebo in the middle of the garden. Just outside the main garden area and up a stairway is an outdoor swimming pool and a theatrical room where traditional Indian music and dance numbers are performed on occasion for hotel guests, wedding party members, and assorted celebrators. Don't miss it if there is a performance during your stay.

The guest quarters are cozy but somewhat austere -- in keeping with the "rustic getaway" idea, you will not be troubled by such modern conveniences as television or Internet. But you will get an in-room safe (with a metal key), a landline phone, air conditioning, and an old-fashioned radiator for heat in the winter. The bathroom is equipped with aging but functional plumbing, although it takes quite a while to generate warm water in the shower or sink, and the water never gets hotter than lukewarm. Otherwise, the shower, sink, and flush toilet all work fine. The bedroom features a desk, comfortable beds, good lighting (and an indispensable flashlight if the power fails, which happens intermittently at that remote location). There is no clock in the room, but you can get a wake-up call if requested.

A buffet breakfast is available in the dining hall with limited but adequate choices. Be sure to visit the nearby Samode Village for the magnificent, historic 15th century Samode Palace, where you can tour the fascinating interior and enjoy an excellent multi-course dinner.

All in all, the Samode Bagh resort offers quiet relaxation in a historic locale reasonably close to Jaipur but far both geographically and physically from the hustle, bustle, and organized chaos of 20th century urban India. If you're looking for a refreshing change of scene and tempo and don't mind some inconvenience in travel and the absence of a few luxury amenities, give it a try. It may or may not be your cup of tea, but it certainly will be different.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Noida, India
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

I went with my family(2 Adults+1 Kid) to Samode Bagh in August 2010. I was a little skeptical of the whole trip as it was rainy season in the North but the rain actually took the stay to another level. The approach road to the Bagh is a little wobbly and you get the feeling that this might be a lost case. But noooo. This resort is the perfect way to get way from the madness of NCR life.

You are welcomed to the resort like a King and led to your luxury, sorry, ultra luxury tent. It is neither small nor very big, just the right size. It has Air-conditioning and heating, a dressing area, a small portico/verandah which can comfortably seat two people and some wall cabinets.
The verandah makes for a splendid view if you are there in the rains having chai and pakodas. :-)

The rest of the Bagh is huge - It has a swimming pool too and a garden area where there are deers and peacocks roaming around. The resort arranges Jeep Safaris and trips to Samode Palace which I took. Samode palace is good too but staying in Samode Bagh gives you a different feel. The Bagh has internet too.

The only downside of the resort is that you don't have room service. Not much of an issue as the kitchen/dining area is in the middle of the tents and just a 100 meter walk. Maybe lesser. The service is really really good and food is delicious. A lot of choice in the buffet.

Must visit if you want to be treated like royalty!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Samode Bagh
Address: Village Fatehpura Bansa | Gangapole, Jaipur 302002, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur District > Jaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 410 Speciality Lodging in Jaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Samode Bagh 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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