Most of what I have to say about our stay here during the 1st - 2nd week in March is very positive. We found all the staff very friendly and helpful and the hotel was clean and generally well maintained.
Our room was at the back of the hotel and there was little to see from the balcony but that didn't matter to us as we didn't go to India to spend much time in our room and when we did, we were usually asleep. However, we did have half a dozen peacocks come past while out on the balcony one day which was rather nice to see.
Our bed was comfortable enough.
We particularly liked the rooftop restaurant as we thought the food there was very good. We only ate the Indian food and never tried any of the chinese items or pizza on the menu.
When we found ourselves at the hotel at lunchtime we would order a veg thali, which was several small bowls of different curry, rice, salad and 4 chapati + 1 sweet. One was enough for the two of us and very good value. We are not vegetarian but found that we didn't miss the meat as the dishes were so tasty.
There was an hour or two of entertainment each evening in the form of some traditional Indian musicians/singers and two lady dancers at the rooftop restaurant.
This was the same every evening but we didn't notice much after the first couple of evenings as we were so busy eating with, and talking to other travellers that we met.
We met some wonderful people at the hotel from all over the world with great tales to tell of their Indian experiences.
There's a little gift shop at the hotel which had very reasonable prices and handy for those last minute purchases.
The dining room inside the hotel where the buffet style breakfast is served is very comfortable. I would have liked my review to have been 100% positive but unfortunately I found the breakfast to be a bit of a disappointment.
My husband was fine as he was happy with the cooked to order omelettes. However, that's not my kind of breakfast. Breakfast was limited unless you liked hot curried items (or omelettes).
My breakfast therefore consisted of brown toast and butter with some banana. I would have liked to seen a better quality Indian tea on offer rather than tetley teabags.
Overall though, this was a great place to stay. It's not really very far away from the main attractions and its easy to get about with all the tuc tucs, taxis and rickshaws touting for your business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to one of the best run Jaipur hotels. Umaid Bhawan Jaipur is a modern heritage hotel with a budget hotel tariff providing world class Rajasthani style accommodation. Our hotel is highly recommended by Lonely Planet, Let's go, Foot print travel guides on Jaipur Hotels and Jaipur Budget Hotels.Run by a family of Rathores, Hotels Jaipur - Umaid Bhawan is one of the finest hotels in Jaipur. Built in traditional style, there are beautifully carved balconies, attractive courtyards, open terraces, lovely garden and comfortable rooms with antique furnishings. Umaid Bhawan offers unique exotic traditional Rajasthani ambience found only in some of the Hotels in Jaipur.Ranked as one of the best run budget hotels in Jaipur by the Lonely Planet international travel guide book, Umaid Bhawan offers guests a pleasant and comfortable home away from home with traditional Rajput hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umaid Bhawan Heritage Hotel
- Umaid Bhawan Heritage Jaipur
- Umaid Bhawan Palace
- Hotel Umaid Bhawan