Pearl Palace Heritage is highly adorned – the lobby hand painted in a floral pattern , the walls of the stairwells covered in historical photos against a brilliant red background, and the wide hallways paneled with carved stone elephants and Hindi gods. Although it may be over-the-top for some it’s a least fun.
Rooms are equally ornamented in various themes. Ours had a certain disco flair with blue mood lighting, a paisley covered ceiling and textured mirrored wall covering resembling large fish scales.
The bathroom of this suite was larger than many hotel rooms and prettily done in blue and green decorative tiles.
Whatever you think of the decoration, at about $50 a night for a suite it’s a bargain to have a spacious, clean and quiet room. Note however that at the time of writing, the end of October 2012, they are in the process of building a new restaurant and the hotel can be noisy during the day. Rooms are equipped with a computer and internet access. Wifi, however, is spotty as is the hot water. Let the water run for a very long time and you might get lucky.
Pearl Palace, the original and sister hotel to the Pearl Palace Heritage, is ranked #1 on Trip Advisor and a tranquil oasis and a much needed break from the bustling chaos of the Pink City. It’s an easy 7 minute walk between the two hotel s through a quiet upper middle class neighborhood, with the restaurant for the two hotels located on the rooftop terrace of the Pearl Palace (see below). While you can walk to the old city from the hotel it’s a long walk along busy unpleasant streets. Tuk-tuks are always waiting outside the Pearl Palace eager to take you wherever you want to go and even more eager to sell you full day excursions. Like in the rest of India be careful what you bargain for.
Peacock Restaurant on the roof top of the Pearl Palace in good weather is a delightful place to escape the maddening horn blowing of the dusty streets. The quirky wrought iron table and chairs are generously spaced on a comfortable patio surround by potted plants.
The extensive menu offers a wide selection of typical western, Chinese and Indian food, quite good and bargain priced. The restaurant gets busy in the evening, so come early or be prepared to wait a little. Also note that service is on the slow side.
Puri Channa, spicy chickpeas fresh hot light fried bread.