Christian Stan, at 18 Nov. 19, in City Hotels, Hot right now, News

Airbnb has taken its luxury listings to a new level, introducing their first royal property in Jaipur, India. The Jaipur royal family has listed a room in their stunningly ornate 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur on Airbnb for $7,983 per night.

The residence was built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the royal founder of the city of Jaipur, and still houses the city’s royal family today. Distinguished guests of the palace have included Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Jackie Kennedy.

Beginning November 23, the private quarters of the palace, previously open only to royals and their special guests, will be open to Airbnb bookers. The luxurious Gudliya Suite includes the usual trappings — lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom — as well as a private, indoor swimming pool and personal butler.
Maharaja Padmanabh Singh, the 21-year-old monarch of Jaipur, will play host. Though India is now a democratic republic, the royal family still holds prominence in the region’s rich history and traditions.
Those staying there will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions.

Authentic Rajasthani meals can be enjoyed on a terrace offering an amazing view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace, and peaceful afternoon tea can be had in the company of the resident peacocks who live in the palace’s lush gardens.

Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, the City Palace exemplifies the best of 18th century Rajput architecture with and other architectural influences of later periods.

Airbnb says proceeds from the suite’s bookings will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit working to develop and empower underprivileged communities in Rajasthan.


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