India’s Pink City is a fairytale come to life; whimsical palaces, a fanciful observatory and rows upon rows of buildings in a dusty pink hue. It’s a busy city – like most in India – but a fun one for families to explore. But where are the best places to stay if travelling with kids? We round up the best family-friendly hotels in Jaipur to help make your visit to the Pink City truly memorable.
One of the few heritage hotels located within the walls of the old city, this 180-year-old palace has been beautifully and sensitively restored and now operates as a luxury family-friendly hotel. Much of the original mansion remains, from the elephant ramp at the entrance, once used by royal bridegrooms, to the spectacular Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
For kids, this is a great choice. The building itself is a wonderful place to explore with narrow passageways, seemingly secret staircases, bubbling fountains and lush gardens. There’s a lovely swimming pool, plus small wading pool, and even a small playground. Samode Haveli is located in the heart of the walled city of Jaipur. Samode Haveli is located 17 km from the Jaipur International Airport and 6km from Jaipur Railway Station.
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Hotel Diggi Palace
Something of a Jaipur institution is this delightful hotel that is the setting for some of the city’s most celebrated cultural events, including the hugely popular Jaipur Literature Festival. The hotel is a 200-year-old ancestral haveli located close to the old walled city. There are 70 rooms housed within several two-storey buildings, separated by sun-filled courtyards and lovely gardens.
Children of all ages are warmly welcomed at Diggi Palace making this a very family-friendly choice. The setting is ideal, set well back from the main road and with a huge garden offering plenty of space to roam. One of the best reasons to come here is to celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours that marks the beginning of spring. Diggi Palace organises its own celebrations when the garden is transformed into a riot of colour.
Hotel Diggi Palace is located near the old walled city in Jaipur. The Jaipur International Airport is 13km away and Jaipur Railway Station is 6km away. Check current rates and reviews on TripAdvisor.
Mosaics Guesthouse, nr Jaipur
This family-friendly guesthouse on the outskirts of Amber is an absolute joy. Owned and managed by a charming mosaic artist from France, the four-bedroom guesthouse combines a European sensibility with Indian colour and flair. The four bedrooms occupy the first floor and open onto a terrace where all meals are served. There’s also a roof terrace with unobstructed views over Amber Fort.
Mosaics’ is best suited to families with big kids and teens; there’s not a lot of space to run around and the steep stairs and small terraces may not be suitable for toddlers. That said, it’s such a welcoming place that families have stayed here with kids of all ages. Plus, you’re in the countryside here, well away from the busy roads and with plenty of room to rumble outside.
Mosaics Guesthouse is located in Amber, Rajasthan, 25km from Jaipur Airport (40min – 1 hour by car) and 14km from Jaipur’s main railway station. Check current rates and reviews on TripAdvisor
This 1950s family mansion is today a convivial family-friendly hotel that’s excellent value for money. It’s run by the equally charming Mahendra and Lily Singh who take great pride in their hotel. The 12 bedrooms open onto verandas overlooking either the swimming pool or the gardens at the front of the property. Cane chairs and tables line the balconies and there’s also a cosy hanging basket chair.
Located away from the hullabaloo of the old town, Jas Vilas is a welcome retreat for families after a busy day sightseeing. There are no special facilities for kids but the swimming pool and gardens should keep them occupied for an hour or two! Jas Vilas is located east of the old city and main sights of Jaipur. Jaipur International Airport is 14km away and the hotel is 1.5km from Jaipur’s main railway station. Check current rates and reviews on TripAdvisor
Royal Heritage Haveli
In a city choc-a-bloc with heritage hotels it can be hard to muster up enthusiasm for yet another one. And yet this place, the Royal Heritage Haveli, is superb and proves that done right, haveli chic can be cool. The hotel sits within a 200-year-old haveli that started life as a shooting lodge. It’s a charming place to stay and its owners are equally lovely; Pradip and Angelique are committed to offering their guests a memorable experience rather than just another night in another hotel.
While the design sensibilities may be lost on your offspring they’ll definitely appreciate some of the other things the hotel has to offer; the swimming pool, Cartoon Network, Simba the friendly German Shepherd and a seemingly unending supply of sweet treats. Plus the staff are wonderful with kids.
Royal Heritage Haveli is roughly half-an-hour from Jaipur’s old town. The Jaipur International Airport is 16km away and Jaipur Junction Railway Station is just 5km from the hotel. Check current rates and reviews on TripAdvisor
Owned by the extremely affable Colonel and wife Nalini is this charming family-friendly guesthouse that offers excellent budget accommodation. Twelve simple rooms are set over three floors of an 80-year-old former home with breezy verandas and sit-outs overlooking the pretty shady garden. The Colonel can help arrange trustworthy taxi and auto rickshaw drivers for exploring as well as organise horse safaris and trips to watch elephant polo.
Little kids will enjoy the generous garden; playing hide and seek in the bushes, chasing the resident peacocks and chickens, and searching for the two old tortoises that lie camouflaged in the undergrowth. Big kids will love having the run of the place and the guesthouse’s convivial nature means that there is always an interesting collection of people staying, including other families.
Shahar Palace is located near the old city in Jaipur. Jaipur International Airport is 13km away and Jaipur Railway Station is just 5km away. Check current rates and reviews on TripAdvisor.
Patan Mahal, nr Jaipur
This is the perfect place to stay if you’re driving from Delhi to Jaipur. Located above the city of Patan in a picturesque valley of the Aravali range, this heritage property offers 19 individually decorated bedrooms. Each one is different and each with its own secret or story; one room holds a surprise trapdoor and another a private staircase leading into a palace turret. We particularly liked Room 305 with its beautiful balcony and bath with stunning views of the 13th century fort. The hotel also holds an octagonal-shaped turquoise swimming pool (perfect for sunny afternoons) and an organic garden.
Patan Mahal is a wonderful destination for big kids and teens that enjoy adventure; the highlight is trekking to the 13th century fort. The hotel can organise trips to the ancient village of Patan where you can watch lac bangles being made and potters hard at work as well as tours of the hotel’s organic vegetable garden.
Patan Mahal is located above the city of Patan on the Delhi – Jaipur road. It’s approximately 200km from Delhi and roughly 140km from Jaipur. Check current rates and reviews on TripAdvisor.
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