The grand Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel in Jodhpur, India, has won the prestigious title of the best hotel in the world.
And it turns out all you need to do to nab yourself a five-star rating is to treat your guests like royalty – literally.
With milk baths and peacocks at breakfast, the intricate 347-room building was built between 1928 and 1943 for the Maharaja of Jodhpur Umaid Singh, who is the grandfather of the current Maharaja (prince).
It has been home to the royal family ever since, but now the majority of the lavish palace has been converted into a hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and marbled-squash courts.
The hotel, which is part of the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has 64 bedrooms and suites including one with a private spa and the average price for a night’s stay is around £511.
But if you do want to splash out you won’t be disappointed, as the hotel has came out on top on the customer review website.
Out of 843 reviews, 768 were in the “excellent” category, with customers raving about everything from the service and the architecture to the excellent food.
The palace, which has a giant 105ft high dome, was built to provide employment to local people at a time when the area was hit by famine and drought.
And now the Umaid Bhawan Palace has been awarded the traveler’s choice award for 2015 from TripAdvisor.
A recent guest from the UK, said: “The most beautiful hotel, views across the stunningly and colourful landscaped gardens to the city of Jodhpur with its blue painted houses, the canon salute in the distance at 6pm, atmospheric beyond words.
“An absolute must of you can.”
While another wrote: “Great hospitality, great place. The view was wonderful, the rooms spacious and the hotel stuff really helpful and kind.
“The hotel is in a idyllic location and the sunset is just breathtaking. Recommend it.”
However, not everyone loved the historic hotel and ten out of 839 ratings of the hotel on TripAdvisor described it as “Terrible.”
“It is a Great Palace with beautiful grounds, a great room and nothing more than that. The people are awful,” said a reviewer from Cleveland Ohio who visited in 2012.
“You will not find a friendly face except at the royal welcome and that is it.”
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