Orchard Palace Gondal, India

“This antique-filled heritage hotel, in the beautiful town of Gondal, was once the guest annexe of Huzoor Palace. Magnificent, fascinating and unique.”

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“This 19th-century, ruby-red palace in enchanting Gondal was built for friends of the royal family. Staying here, you feel as if you, too, are personal guests of the maharaja. Now a seven-room heritage hotel, Orchard Palace (named after the property’s lime, chikoo and mango groves) is as grand inside as it is out. Two magnificent drawing rooms are stuffed with family portraits and treasures from all over the world – ornate mirrors, rich-hued rugs, animal sculptures, a butterfly collection, wildlife drawings, zebra skins and even a stuffed leopard. The suites are also fit for royalty: original paintings, quirky vases and lamps, velvet chaise-longues and polished furniture. You can even stay in the maharajas’ old rail saloon in the garden, which has its own drawing room and dining room. Cheery staff members, dressed in smart uniforms and military hats, serve you the same food as the royal family at a banquet table surrounded by antique Chinaware, clocks and candelabra. Menu highlights include the cheese soufflé, fried okra, stuffed baby aubergine from the organic vegetable garden, fragrant saffron rice and, of course, the decadent dark chocolate mousse.”

Written by  Laura Griffith-Jones

What's Nearby

Facilities

Air conditioning
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Outdoor dining
Satellite / Cable TV
Restaurant
Garden
Over 80 peacocks and hens roam freely

Activities

Learning
Other Activities
Ayurveda treatments available
Local markets
Textiles and handicrafts
Birdwatching
Great walks
Sights nearby
Wildlife Area
Umbada Veedi grassland is close by and good for spotting Nilgai antelope, jackal jungle cat and migratory birds

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7 rooms from $93 per night

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Recommended for

Romantic Break
Honeymoons

Activities

Learning
Other Activities
Ayurveda treatments available
Local markets
Textiles and handicrafts
Birdwatching
Great walks
Sights nearby
Wildlife Area
Umbada Veedi grassland is close by and good for spotting Nilgai antelope, jackal jungle cat and migratory birds

Other highlights

Romantic
Owner managed
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Colonial
Outstanding location
Restaurant
Historic
Antiques
Furnished with 1930s and 40s art deco antiques and handicrafts
Quirky
Vintage car collection of late Maharaja Bhagwat Sinhij
Traditional

Hotel size

7 rooms
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