Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur has been named as the Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in their annual Travellers’ Choice Awards. It is the first time that an Indian hotel has been named best in the world. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur also ranked high on the lists of Top 25 Hotels in Asia and India.
Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace, the last of India’s great palaces, was also one of the largest royal residences in the world when it opened its gilded doors in 1943. Designed by the well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, Umaid Bhawan Palace is perhaps one of the largest and best-preserved showcases of the Art Deco style, built entirely in golden yellow sandstone.
This splendid palace has a private museum, its own post office and an elegant wood-panelled library. The palace also offers recreational facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a billiards room, four tennis courts, two unique marble-floored squash courts and fifteen acres of gardens. Guests can stroll through the private museum, dine in the candlelit palace grounds or put their skills to the test on the marbled squash courts. Venturing out beyond the palace gates, visitors have the option to explore the city in a vintage car drive accompanied by their royal butler or go further afield to dine under the starry night sky in the Thar Desert.
Celebrating this proud moment, Mr. Vincent Ramos, General Manager, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said, “We are extremely proud to have been recognised as the best hotel in the world. Rajasthan’s rich regal history is a completely unique experience for traveller’s world over and we are proud to work with the royal families including those of His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh as custodians of these exceptional landmarks of our heritage. My colleagues and I value each and every guest’s comments and endeavour to provide impeccable experiences with warmth and sincerity that the Taj is known for.”
Eight other iconic Taj hotels were recognised as among the best in the world and in the region.
Mr. Chinmai Sharma, Chief Revenue Officer, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said “We are delighted that the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur has been acknowledged as the Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor travellers. This is a special honour as Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur is also the first Indian hotel to be a part of this coveted category. Some of our other iconic hotels have also been recognised among the top hotels in the world. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces have represented the nobility of Indian hospitality for over a century and we remain grateful to our guests and our associates for this recognition.”