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Originally built by wealthy merchants or nobility as a testimony to their status, Haveli – derived from Arabic hawali, meaning “partition” or “private space” – is a traditional Indian mansion with inner courtyards. The Indian state of Rajasthan is famous for historic havelis and this two-century-old regal residence is the townhouse of the royal family of Samode. Except one side which is still occupied by their descendants, the SAMODE HAVELI has now been converted in a luxury hotel.
The house is set in history with fabulous frescoes and murals. From antique artefacts in the main hall to vintage furniture in the suites, Samode Haveli is decorated with regal elements reminiscent of the past heritage. Samode Haveli, was never really meant to be a hotel, that’s why each one of the 39 rooms differs in shape and design. Clean exteriors always juxtapose incredibly intricate interiors. The highlight of the property is the majestic Sheesh Mahal suite – sheesh as mirror, and Mahal after the craftsman who painstakingly created it. Every inch of these opulent room is covered with mirrors, a ‘work of wonders’ made in authentic Rajasthani art.