Reading the various reviews of this hotel, we had fairly high expectations and the hotel didn't let us down. We had booked a suite for three days, changed our itinerary to arrive a day earlier and the management accommodated us immediately, despite it being the peak tourist season. Having read many of the earlier reviews advising visitors to try for poolside rooms, we wanted one too. But they were all taken and the only suite was on the ground floor facing the road. The traffic noise wasn't too intrusive once the windows were shut. Further, one could just step out of the suite and on to the lawn, or the swing, to cosy up with a book or for a cup of tea anytime of the day. Jaipur was much warmer than Delhi, so the heater in the room nearly cooked us :-D till we reset the temperature a bit lower.
The restaurant is pretty decent, with buffet and a la carte selections. But we had come looking for authentic Rajasthani fare (but that's in a different review), so didn't dine here often. The poolside sitouts were pretty nice. Would have loved a dip, but for the temperature outside. Now for the suite itself...for about USD120 a night, the place is a steal. Our suite was very spacious, airy and had a lot of natural light. The suite was done up with a period theme and the furniture's also been chosen tastefully. Awesome bathroom with a full length tub. If you're planning to stay in the room for any length of time, there's a 32" Flatscreen and oodles of channels on Cable. The staff was very responsive and attentive to our requirements.
Little issues faced, the parking out front can only accommodate two cars. So if there are already two parked there, you need to take your car out to the back, which is a short ride away. Again, since we only had to do this once, we didn't have a problem with this. But had we had to do this time and again, we'd have probably hated it. Second, the water is heated by a solar water heater. By the time the third person entered the shower, the water was more tepid that hot. It went from hot to warm to lukewarm to brrrrr-get-out-of-the-shower-quick rather too fast for my comfort. The brochure and map they keep in the reception really came in handy.
You would be well advised to hire a Govt approved guide for sightseeing. At INR550 (USD10) for an 8-hour duration, the guide really augments the experience. We had a car, so the guide was instrumental in helping us find good places to eat, parking slots at all the spots and local news and tidbits...To conclude, a great stay at a very reasonably cost. Will I stay here again? HELL YES!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Meghniwas is small twenty four rooms Boutique Hotel in Jaipur Rajasthan. It is a family owned & managedHotel run by Colonel Fateh Singh & his wife Mrs Indu F Singh.Meghniwas is an ancestral family home converted into a Hotel. It is built on a 2500 sq yd plot with a pool & extensive gardens. Our USP is personalized services,Warm, friendly , relaxing , clean & unpretentious atmosphere with a feeling of home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meghniwas Hotel Jaipur