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World's Best Hotels 2013

World's Best Hotels: Umaid Bhawan Palace

Courtesy of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

No. 14 Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India

Score: 95.33

It took 15 years to construct this 347-room hotel, designed by renowned Edwardian architect, Henry Lanchester. Guests can browse through antiques from Jodhpur's royal past (105-foot cupola; Silver Ghost Rolls Royce) while sipping flutes of bubbly as part of the daily Champagne Museum Walk. Standard Palace rooms feature Art Deco furnishings and a private bar, while suites are flourished with chrome flaming torches and Ruhlmann sofas.

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