You can rent a suite in an actual royal palace on Airbnb

Nov 12 2019, 8:10 pm

Get the genuine royal treatment for your next trip by staying at a 300-year-old palace recently listed on Airbnb.

Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh has made Airbnb history through being the first royal host. He listed the Gudliya Suite in the City Palace of Jaipur, India, on the famous short-term rental site.

The palace was constructed in 1727 and is typically occupied by the Jaipur royal family, and the now-bookable suite is located in one of the palace’s private sections.

The structure, a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, possess palace buildings from multiple eras, some dating back to the 19th century.

The one-bedroom suite — available as of November 23 — hosts its own kitchen, lounge, and bathroom as well as a private indoor swimming pool.

No big deal. It’s completely casual. At a price of $10,599 a night, it’s a total steal.


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The move to make the suite available on the popular booking site will, according to a press statement issued by Airbnb, support the rural women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF).

Padmanabh Singh is quoted in the statement as saying: “I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travellers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others.”


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The palace has hosted famous guests, including Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana. It is located directly in the city centre and is one of the most iconic spots in Jaipur.

Should the guest have any questions or concerns, a member of the royal staff will respond promptly from the first inquiry until the end of the visit. At the palace itself, guests may enjoy the luxury of having their own personal butler as well as a member of the royal staff to cater to their every request to ensure as comfortable a stay as possible.

If you aren’t able to swing the nightly fee, visitors can still experience the palace and all its splendours through private tours or through paying the 700 Rupee ($12.90 CDN) entrance fee. It is open between the hours of 9:30 and 5 pm.

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