Airbnb Rolls out The Royal Treatment
The popular accommodation site has added a palace to its portfolio.
Airbnb has become so popular that even the royals are taking part.
The Jaipur Royal Family will become the first royal hosts on Airbnb, putting up their 200-year old City Palace of Jaipur, India, on the ever-popular short-stay accommodation site from the 23 of November.
Before you get too excited, it’s not the whole palace – the royal family still need somewhere to stay – however the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will be offered to the public, with His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh becoming the first royal host for Airbnb.
Of course, it has played host before, with a number of high-profile guests like Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Jackie Kennedy to name a few, all staying with the Jaipur Royals.
Built in 1727, the palace shines with 18th-century Rajput architecture, think ornate chambers, gilded wall decorations and crystal chandeliers. The suite in question includes its own lounge, kitchen, bathroom and private indoor swimming pool and while it gives guests an opportunity to wave down to the commoners as if they were royal, the real treat is being hosted by 21-year old Maharajah Padmanabh Singh.
“I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travellers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others.” stated His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh.
Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a non-profit supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan.
For the remainder of 2019, the Gudliya Suite, priced at US$8000 (roughly A$11,600) per night, will be available to book on select nights at an inaugural offer of A$1457 per night, with Airbnb paying the balance amount as a contribution to the foundation.
From January 1 2020, the Suite will be available for guests to book at the full A$11,600 rate.