Located in the center of Aravali Mountains 45k (27m) north of Jaipur, the Samode Palace is one of India's truly great palace hotels. In the 17th & 18th centuries, Samode Palace was a little more than a fortified stronghold. Samode Palace expanded rapidly in the 19th century, under eminent statesman Rawal Berisal. In the 19th century Berisal’s descendant, Rawal Sheo Singh (also Prime Minister of Jaipur) the extravagantly florid Darbar Hall and gallery ad the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) was built. Samode Palace was transformed into one the country's premium palace hotels in 1987 and has been awarded Best Heritage Hotel in the country 5 years running. Hotel facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, a well stocked bar, open air swimming pool, outdoor wading pool for children, fitness centre, sauna, steam rooms, Kerala Ayurvedic massage, lawn tennis, croquet or badminton, puppet and cultural show every evening in the main courtyard, laundry service, gift shop, currency exchange counter, doctor on call, room service, golf at Jaipur golf course and camel, horse and jeep safaris. All 43 luxuriously appointed rooms (3 Royal Suites, 15 Deluxe suites and 25 Deluxe Rooms) are equipped with air-conditioning, heating, mini bar, television, and telephone.