Salman, the hotel representative, was waiting for us at the arrival area. Smartly dressed in his suit, he patiently holds up the placard high for all to see. He wanted to make sure his guests don’t miss him. After brief introductions, he took charge of our luggage and called the vehicle to ferry us to the hotel, the Crowne Plaza Jaipur.
Crowne Plaza is striving to be the crowning glory in Jaipur, in its own category. Some 30 minutes and 20KM later we are at the triangular hotel, short in height but sprawling and quite modern looking. This was in the industrial district and quite close to a large convention centre.
ROOMS: Soon we were guided to our rooms at the fourth floor, the top most. When the door opened to let us in we were absolutely thrilled to see our suite. There are 218 rooms divided majorly into three types of rooms in Crowne Plaza, based on the size and amenities in the room. It starts with the basic type, the Superior Room of about 40SqM with option of twin bed or a double bed. Then the King Deluxe with several options and finally the highest, the Business Suite, where we were.
Imagine, we were welcomed by a shoe?? Fortunately it was not the kind that’s thrown at politicians but a chocolate shaped shoe filled with more chocolates accompanied with a lot of fruits on the table.
There were enough power outlets in the rooms to take care of all our devices. The walls were adorned with beautiful modern paintings giving it a feel of an office. The large windows overlooked the pool.
There was a TV in each room, which meant no more fights for the remote control. 🙂
The bedroom was well appointed and floor was covered with wall to wall colourful and contemporary looking carpet. The single painting I felt was probably a bit too small for the room but it seemed to go with the rest of the décor.
The spacious bathroom was split into three parts which gave reasonable privacy to us. Among the other things that I liked most was the anti-skid mats in the shower are and near the bath door.
DINING: We were spoilt for choices when it came to food. In the ground level the multi-cuisine restaurant called Sirocco which dished out amazing fare, each tastier than the one before. There were a lot of fusion food as well. Since we had planned to go out after lunch we just had a small four course meal! The portions were just right that would not make us feel heavy. Apart from the pleasures of the tasty nourishments, what bowled us over was the fact that we were served on gold plated FÜRSTENBERG’s Moon Collection Dinnerware, hand crafted to perfection.
Sirocco also doubled up as the breakfast buffet in the mornings.
The authentic Chinese restaurant, the House of Han, was not left behind in the gastronomic experience. The skilled sous-chef manning the Mongolian Griddle quickly created magic on his grill while we salivated shamelessly during dinner! True to the Chinese traditions there was the bottomless green tea in a teapot with a long spout. There were Soups, fired rice, Sautéed Vegetables, Calamari, Salmon and the list goes on! And of course, warm mulled wine to keep up with the season.
It was also the Christmas Eve that day and at the stroke of midnight a birthday cake floated out to us to celebrate Vasu’s birthday! What a pleasant surprise we had!
The next day, the Christmas dinner was outdoors at the aptly called Aire. There were heaters and woollen shawls to keep us warm in an exceptionally cold evening. This time the menu was a mix of Arabic, South East Asian and Continental and of course free flow of Mulled wine.
During breakfast, the following day, Chef Vikash Prasad, explained how his experience of seeing his mom cook at home in a small town and then travelling around India and the world helped him to shape his style which was now a rave in the hotel. I remember how he described that a tomato soup was the turning point of his career! He spoke at length about his journey around variety of dishes. It deserves a separate post.
WELLNESS: The big infinity pool and the large gym is great for those inclined to using them. In fact if you have dined well, which in Rajasthan means double the normal, then you might as well use these facilities.
The adequate Spa franchised by Sohum, was quite relaxing at the end of a hot day in the pink city. It offered steam, massage, Sauna and hydro therapy too. There were several treatment options (three page full) and also many massage rooms, we selected Aroma Therapy for Nisha and Swedish oil for Vasu and enjoyed the most relaxing massage. At the end of it we just wanted to hit the bed.
SERVICE: The plume on the Crowne (pun intended), was the personalized services. Within a few minutes they knew exactly what we wanted and mystical forces (well trained staff) made sure everything we need was available within minutes. The breakfast menu was way too elaborate, still I saw a few guests demanding like chocolate shake, iced tea with this, without that and so on. And lo! Their orders were fulfilled with a great smile. I am sure if you could discuss in advance, personalized menus could be created too.
GENERAL: Ashwani Goela, the genial General Manager explained the importance of training for his staff and stressed on utmost perfection of services. He mentioned that this was a Green Hotel and how some of the water was recycled, reducing the need for water from external sources. It also had solar panels taking advantage of Jaipur’s bright sun and the design was such that the passageway presented its front while the windows were inward facing for most rooms. The idea was to keep the room cool by not having direct sunlight on the windows for most of the day. He also mentioned that this hotel had been designed keeping in view guest needing special access like ramps etc, including the parking. There are also two specially designed rooms near the elevator to cater to their needs.
There are several meeting rooms and banquet halls. The largest can hold over 1000 people. We liked the Small Square outside which could also be used for small parties. The design of these areas were such that there were little disruptions to the Hotel’s guest areas during events.
Crowne Plaza, as a brand is a high end business hotel and likewise located in the industrial area and near the large Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre. What we noticed was that there was a lot of families around and the children could find their own space in the hotel. There was also a wedding going on. It was the hotel’s way of making sure all were welcome.
I tried hard to find fault. 🙂 Only thing which I could find was the distance from the city but I am sure that too will soon go away, the way city is growing in all directions.
PS: We were invited by Crowne Plaza, Jaipur. However, opinions are ours as always and are based on our own personal experience.
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Seems like a great Hotel to stay.
Yes Mithun. It certainly is one of the top hotels in Jaipur.
Grand and gorgeous, good to know about the services, accommodation and foods.
Yes, true. Thanks for stopping by Jyotirmoy.
Whoa! That’s a super luxury place to stay.
Loved the chocolate shoe welcome. 🙂
My friends are going there next month. Will them about the hotel.
Absolutely. and about the shoe, unfortunately we could not finish it at all. 🙂
The crockery is just beautiful! I also love the pictures of food. I agree about the Rajasthani hospitality as I have personally experienced it once in Jaisalmer.
The porcelain was definitely a highlight of the hotel. Yes. I guess we put on several kilos in those days. 🙂 🙂
Room looks very cozy, loved the colors used for decorating, would be a good choice to stay here while in Jaipur! Food looks so delicious.. 🙂
The rooms are quite comfortable and of course the food too is good. Thanks for stopping by.
Staying here was a great experience.
I agree. We definitely enjoyed staying here.
yes true very good experience to stay here
What a fabulous place!
Yes Fiona, I agree . You must experience it to believe it. Thanks for coming.
The place attracts for sure. Very meticulously explained with all fine details. The flow of the post is awesome and I could relate with all what you explained. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Will make it a point to be here when I travel.
It seems like you had a great time at the Crowne Plaza! Food seems delicious and the hotel in general had a lot to offer. How could you say no to a infinity pool anyway? 🙂 haha!
A lovely hotel with luxurious furnishings and some fantastic looking restaurants.
I am very impressed by the variety of food at this hotel. I especially like the way that you describe the Chinese cuisine. With all that great food, it’s a good thing that there’s a gym too.
To be honest, it kind of reminds of a Las Vegas Strip hotel with that carpeting. It also looks like it could be anywhere. I stay at a lot of brands that have hotels around the world, like InterContinental or Mandarin Oriental and what I like it that they incorporate local culture into the designs.
I do like the chocolate shoe though.
Intercontinental is one of the best international chains, we often stay in their hotels. Haven’t tried the one in Jaipur.
Yes, it is defintely in the list of tops.
beautiful place 🙂
Yes it is and so is the service to 🙂
When top notch service shows up in any resort or hotel.stay, it makes for a winter for everyone.
Thanks. It sure helps because generally you are in the hotel only for only a few hours.
Crown Plaza is a good chain. I remember availing it in Venice.
I am not surprised. There are more than 400 hotels in crowne plaza brand, around the world
Crowning jewel indeed. This looks amazing! Thanks for the tour. 🙂
Thanks, you liked it. 🙂
WE love absolutely fabulous hotels with awesome service.
Thanks. We really enjoyed our stay there.
That is such a gorgeous hotel! You sold me with the chocolate shoe too!
Yes. The high heel was definitely a high point. 😉
I would like to stay in this hotel and dine there too
🙂 Good Luck!
Thanks! It sure does.
Looks like a great place to stay!! 🙂
It sure is a very nice place to stay, away from the bustle.
What an incredible looking hotel. The rooms and amenities seem to match the brand name as usual. It was the food and the artistry that was clearly used to present it t you that had me interested. Loved the crockery used, how absolutely luxurious ! Great to get some involvment with the chef as well.
There is one close to our place in the US…never stayed with them yet though!
Great experience for you.
Wow what an experience. They had it at the welcome. Looks very nice and glam.
cool floor and swimming pool 😉
Hey, looks like an awesome place to stay! The suite you took is just amazing and the chocolate shoe is tremendously funny! I will consider it if I ever drop by there 😉
I love the Crowne Plaza as a brand, so would certainly stay here in Jaipur. It looks like they have all bases covered … including the multiple powerpoints in the room! This is a small thing, but it’s so important to me when booking a room … small things make for a big experience afterall!
It’s interesting that Crowne Plaza in Europe doesn’t tend to be as good as in Asia. I stayed at the Crown Plaza Kochi and it was just like this one. Totally amazing, from the room to the fantastic buffet dinner and breakfast. I love it!
That was a weird and beautiful welcome! Loved the shoe chocolate! Loved your food photos too. I suck at taking food photos. hahaha Thanks for sharing your experience.
I have been to Jaipur twice and stayed mostly with home-stays. I think I am going to try this hotel, the next time I visit Jaipur 🙂