Narendra Bhawan Palace Hotel
January 03, 2019
I have stayed at many hotels and each one is good in some or the other aspect, some were luxurious, some had great food, some had a memorable view, some had great hospitality, some had beautiful decor but Narendra Bhawan is an exception. It was one stay that made its mark in each aspect, it ticked off each item on our list, marked beyond our expectation and isn't that what you look for in a hotel, a place which you may never forget.
Narendra Bhawan was the official residence of Late Maharaja of Bikaner Narendra Singh, however he did had a palace called Lakshmi Niwas I believe he chose to live here instead. The hotel that stands now isn't exactly what it was earlier, the residence was a single story Haveli which was extended to built further into a hotel, the grand central courtyard called Diwali chowk was once the terrace of Narendra Bhawan.
It will not be justified if we don't talk about the fact that the character of this hotel is not on the outside but on the inside. It was the residence of choice for the Last Maharaja of Bikaner and he is considered to be the muse and inspiration of the hotel, perhaps an ode to his personality, his travels and his memories. Designed by immensly talented Ayush Kasliwal and it's evident in his use of bold colors like Yellow and Red that he was inspired by Narendra Singhji and the colors used in the Haveli previously. The intensity of the color, use of all the curios, quirky tinkets, old photographs, books and the art gives the Hotel an eccentric yet chic & cool vibe. As a matter of fact I'd say that it's somewhat like a gallery of an art collector who has curated innumerable artists and designers. From the draperies by Ekaya Banaras, the stunning Red Piano with calligraphy from Kriti Monga, paintings from M F Hussain and so much more, this place is a dream come true for a design and art lover.
As you enter the hotel you are greeted with the sound of the bugle and you enter the gorgeous Al fresco "Gaushala" dont worry there are no cows but a beautiful quite place to enjoy your coffee and conversations. There is no evident Reception to the hotel and you are instead you are greeted by the resident dog "Nala" who is very friendly and photogenic, you can sit at the lobby relax and take it easy while the staff takes care of check in process themselves and you will find your self in your room while taking a tour of the property.
The rooftop has a very Mediterranean vibe and a pool with a view, there is a Gorgeous Spa and a fully equipped Gym at the property. So all you need to do is start you day at the gym or perhaps at the SPA and end it by the pool or at the Al fresco dining "Gaushala".
The restaurant and the food at Narendra Bhawan are equally amazing, the restaurant called "Pearls & Chiffon" has Victorian inspired decor with the most gorgeous wallpaper ever, its a multi cuisine restaurant and almost everything is superb but the crowd favorites were Risotto and the traditional Rajashthani Thali. It also has an adjoining bakery to fulfill your sweetest dreams.
Having said that honestly we went there expecting a Royal Palace embalmed in traditions but we experienced was something uniquely eccentric and beautifully memorable. The sand stone exterior covered in floral vines, jaali clad jharokhas, opulent rooms, eclectic lobbies and courtyards, delicious food and exceptional service.
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