IN PICS | Holiday like royalty: check into a real palace for R95k a night

17 January 2020 - 09:15
By Sanet Oberholzer
The lavish interiors of Jaipur's City Palace, which was built in 1727.
Image: Airbnb The lavish interiors of Jaipur's City Palace, which was built in 1727.

Travellers looking to live like royalty are now able to check into the nearly 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur, which is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

The Gudliya Suite, a private section of the palace previously used by the royal family and their guests — including Prince Charles and former US first lady Jackie Kennedy — can now be booked via Airbnb.

This listing makes Jaipur’s Royal Highness, the 21-year-old Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, the first king to become an Airbnb host.

Featuring a single bedroom, the Gudliya Suite accommodates a maximum of two guests per night.
Image: Airbnb Featuring a single bedroom, the Gudliya Suite accommodates a maximum of two guests per night.
Bright colours feature prominently in the decor of the Gudliya Suite.
Image: Airbnb Bright colours feature prominently in the decor of the Gudliya Suite.
You'll naturally have access to a personal butler when you check in to the Gudliya Suite.
Image: Airbnb You'll naturally have access to a personal butler when you check in to the Gudliya Suite.

The exquisite suite, which accommodates a maximum of two guests, includes a private lounge, bathroom and indoor swimming pool.

Guests will also have access to a personal butler and a member of the royal staff who will cater to any requests and assist in planning curated experiences around the city.

You can expect to pay about R94k a night for the pleasure, once you've added occupancy and service fees to the cost of the suite. (All proceeds go to the non-profit Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.)

The interiors of Jaipur's City Palace feature intricate carvings and ornate chandeliers.
Image: Airbnb The interiors of Jaipur's City Palace feature intricate carvings and ornate chandeliers.

So far there are two glowing reviews of the palace on Airbnb.

The first satisfied guest described the property as being “jaw-droppingly beautiful”, adding “the suite in which I stayed had everything I expected and more”.

The other said “it was indeed a royal stay ... an experience I will never forget”.

Famed for its pink buildings, Jaipur was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2019. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is close to major tourist attractions.