Umaid Mahal Hotel, Jaipur
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Umaid Mahal Hotel
Clean, Friendly Hotelfrom yemiteliyadu
It is a sister property of Umaid Bhawan. Both are old "havelis", restored by the family with a lot of attention to detail -- old photos, brass overlays, pottery, paintings, ...
The bedroom and bathroom were clean and had a good amount of room to move around. Every room has a balcony. The neighborhood noises die down at night.
The dining room serves a hearty breakfast and provides good room service. They are building a restaurant downstairs.
The brothers who run the place are friendly and willing to help with sight-seeing arrangements.
They even have internet browsing service (by the half-hour).
In town, take the City tour (City Palace and Amer Fort) and check out the view of the city from Nahargarh fort. Chowkidani is a great evening dinner and entertainment stop. Catch the Rajasthani dinner at LMB.
If you must shop, Johari bazaar is one spot (bargain away).
Gorgeous -- Could easily charge triple the price!!!from devoful
Best Bathroom of all our hotelsfrom Nickknock
Beautiful accomodations but indifferent servicefrom mrwbs
Beautiful building with horrible staff..from MandAChi
As far as service goes.... forget about it. Book a room here expecting to be treated like a nuisance. We arrived a bit late in the evening, and the reception staff was literally like..."we were waiting for you. We want to go to bed." Wow, thanks fro the warm welcome. The small restaurant had the WORST staff ever. Any time we'd ask for anything, the waiter would roll his eyes, and sigh. Really the worst service I've seen in a long time..
That said, the hotel is a good deal. I'd be livid about the service if the room was $100 or more, but for 60 bucks it was clean, safe, nicely decorated, and comfy enough. Also located in a good area as far as I could tell.
So, I would recommend this hotel, and would likely stay there again, but you should go into it with the notion that you are getting 60 dollars a night worth of service. If you are used to The Taj, Oberoi, or Intercon level of service, then maybe go somewhere else. If you could care less about being pampered, stay here for a cool experiance.
A home away from home!from Puja81
The hotel was decorated very nicely from the outside and inside. The room was very comfortable and nicely decorated. The staff did a very good job of cleaning up our room on a daily basis. This place did not feel like a hotel, it felt more like a home away from home.
I would definitely come back and stay here again.
Newly renovated castle...and great price!from SFBayAreaPrincess
Remember--this is not a 5 star hotel![-]
Very clean, wonderful hot water shower. Bring plenty of 50 Rs bills for tips! The owner/mgr of Umaid Mahal runs a very tight ship here. We experienced friendly staff and honest prices when we checked in. The owner of the hotel arranges for some of the local residents to come to the hotel and offer their services for the guests to enjoy. Such as: camel rides, dancers, puppet shows. YOU MUST SEE THE PUPPET SHOW--it is hysterical!
They have a small restaurant with good food, but you can also take a short walk or a 2 min autorickshaw ride to Umaid Bhavan Hotel (owned by the same folks) and eat at the terrace restaurant. Both hotels are located in a largely residential area so it is in a fairly quiet location. The renovation of the hotel (including all the wall paintings) made this a really cute place to stay and is a fair value for the price.
I always had to ask for towels. I think that the people working in housekeeping wanted tips! :o(
Noisy and not very organizedfrom BoundaryPlace
Drawbacks: First, it is incredibly noisy. The marble floors and halls are beautiful, but voices and other sounds really echoed through the four-story central hallway. Although there is a fair bit of street noise, about which not much can be done, much of the disturbance seemed internally generated and could have been easily addressed, e.g., staff members shouting at each other from one floor to another at 5:00 a.m.; reception phone ringing endlessly late at night, over and over, with no one answering and no mute. Second, the management was very poor. The dining room staff milled about, taking meal orders several times, getting things wrong, and arguing with each other, with no one in charge, leading to episodes of sitting around waiting for a cup of coffee with no one in sight for up to 20 minutes at a time. Third, although fresh towels were provided each day, they had a definite scent of eau-du-smoker that was quite off-putting.
Be aware that they don't accept credit cards.
Also, although they promise at the time of booking to collect you at the bus station or airport, this actually means that you must telephone once you arrive, which isn't very realistic for foreign tourists with luggage. We got off the bus from Delhi and were immediately so tightly boxed in by aggressive taxi touts that our chances of finding the suggested phone box, dragging our bags there, and then waiting for 20 minutes for a ride were close to zero. Given that the daily arrival times of the major bus and flight routes are well-established, and that the Umaid Mahal appears to have more than enough staff members who don't seem to have quite enough to do, meeting guests would not be a completely unreasonable service to provide.
Value for moneyfrom Indochine-TA
Breakfast in the restaurant on the ground floor was part of the package. Although we were 2 adults and 2 young children in the room, the package includes breakfast for 2 only.
The building is beautifully decorated on the outside. The owners are hospitable and friendly, and went out of their way to ensure a smooth stay. The staff could do with some additional training as requests were attended to a little slowly (eg our request for additional pillows) despite there seeming to be many employees around. And the restaurant staff were a little slow as well. We could not order coffee/tea in the room before 7am as the kitchens only open then.
We paid about USD60 for a night and had no major complaints. Would I go back if I were on this budget? Yes.
beautiful hotel, good location, modest pricefrom gourmet2go
Top Local Tips for Jaipur
Hire a guide and driver to see Jaipur! Ask for a driver and a guide that speaks your language to enjoy your trip. Always ask for an A/C car so the driver can filter out the "dust" and "pollution" while on your journey. There are so many castles and forts to visit that you'll want to stay for 2 or 3 days.
City Palace Do not miss the City Palace, and plan to be there around lunch as there's a nice little cafe in a beautiful courtyard at the Palace (Palace Cafe.) Cheap, decent food and Rajastahni dancers.
Jaipur toursit highlights In town, take the City tour (City Palace and Amber Fort) and check out the view of the city from Nahargarh fort. Chowkidani is a great evening dinner and entertainment stop. Catch the Rajasthani dinner at LMB. If you must shop, Johari bazaar is one spot (bargain away).
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- Address: 20 Bihari Marg - Jaipur - 302016 - India
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