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Diggi Palace
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Road | C-Scheme, Jaipur 302004, India   |  
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Ranked #41 of 306 Hotels in Jaipur
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“The Diggi Palace not the Diggi dump”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was a palace and when you enter this beautiful estate with the flamingoes wandering around the garden you are truly transported out of the hustle and bustle of Jaipur into a wonderful garden. The rooms are spacious and clean and the resteraunt is good. A really nice place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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22 hotel reviews
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hotel was amazing & we would definitely go back. It is set in large grounds, where you can sit in peace & enjoy a drink or meal. The rooms are clean & simple. The staff are all very friendly. It has retained the old Indian essence & is not far from the main old area of Jaipur.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is a heritage mansion converted into a hotel. It is in a quiet lane just off a busy main road. We chose it for its open spaces after going through the reviews here on TA.

A neat driveway past the dilapidated entrance gateway led to a beautifully maintained main building and a spacious complex replete with lawns, courtyards within intriguing courtyards and several peafowl.

Booking was on the phone followed by email confirmation. The hotels manager said they did not offer discounts in this season so we ended up paying the full rack rate. Later on we learnt that the tour group guests get a discounted rate. Most of the hotels clientele are foreigners and many are repeat guests or so we were told.

Guest rooms are spread out over the property. The concierge who accompanied us to our room was extremely courteous. Ours was on the first floor of a ground plus one structure which had three guest rooms with a common terrace running through and sit-outs overlooking the main lawns. Bird filled trees and flowering shrubs extended into the balcony area giving a lovely natural effect. It was nice to hear bird song and peacocks shrieking away.

Our room was meant to be a Suite though it did not look like one, nor was it particularly large. The bed was fitted into a narrow niche to give an impression of open space in front! Nonetheless it was cheerful with plenty of windows to give natural light, and aesthetically furnished with antique style pieces. Overall very pleasing. The bathroom was huge and nicely done with ample hot water throughout the day.

We were hungry by the time we reached, so after a short walk we arrived for dinner at the restaurant looking forward to a tasty Rajasthani meal. The exceptionally courteous head waiter candidly told us that in all probability we would not be satisfied as their Indian food was intentionally bland for the European palate. He suggested we have the outdoor buffet instead which at least would give us a good variety for the same money! This gets lost in translation but what he said in Hindi was effectively: "At least something you will like"!!!

So that is how we ended up at the dinner buffet and touristy cultural show which is on every night. The foreign tourist groups at the next tables were enjoying it. For Indians, these shows are not really exciting, strictly okay for a one time experience if at all. To be fair, the puppet show was really well done. The two young dancers were very amateur but made up with their charming smiles and cheerful countenance. They urged the foreigners to come and dance with them. Some did. Conspicuously no one invited the few Indian guests to join in the fun.

Dinner was expectedly bland! Tasteless is an apt description though the Indian dessert was rather good.

A peacock said Good Morning when we opened our door early the next day. Imagine that! Someone from the staff was shooting at the monkeys in the trees above. Some of those monkeys were rather cute but I expect they would be a problem had they entered the rooms.

The two large lawns within the hotel premises were perfect for our morning and evening walks with cute little squirrels to keep us company. Feeders and baths are strategically placed all over the property, attracting a good variety of bird species including parakeets and peacocks. The owners have several dogs as well, and we had to keep a watch to avoid dog droppings in the lawns. This ought to be cleaned up immediately.

We noticed on all the days we were there, that the owner and his wife were conspicuously friendly with the foreign guests. They did not attempt to make conversation with us or with the other Indian family though the owner's nephew who was supervising most aspects of the hotel, did make it a point to greet us albeit perfunctorily compared to the chatty way he interacted with the Europeans. Strangely, while my husband was helping himself to the dinner buffet the first night, the nephew asked him whether he was a guest at the hotel. Perhaps he thought we were tour guides on a free stay. I found that somewhat insulting. It was blatantly obvious that the hotel owners value their European guests more.


A buffet breakfast is part of the room rate. This too caters primarily to the foreign palate. The hot item for Indian vegetarians was just some unhealthy deep fried fritters. They had deep fried cutlets another day. Only when I asked, was I told that they could make a paratha if I wanted but it would take some time. The chef made me an Indian style omelette instead with generous dollops of onions and green chillies. A good selection of fine teas catered again to the foreign palate. We hoped that the coffee would also be good but it turned out to be worse than muddy water. Surprising because Europeans are particular about their coffee. The waiter kindly brought us some specially made strong Indian tea though. We ordered the paratha the next morning but it was nondescript, so reverted to the omelette again. The restaurant staff made up for the food with their courteous service.

Housekeeping was lackadaisical though again the staff were very courteous. I noticed that the room was not cleaned thoroughly, the floor was dusty as though it had not been mopped and the soap that had accumulated in the shower area had also not been cleaned. Laundry service was very poor considering the high rates. My husbands pleated trousers were ironed flat and my top was still crumpled! We were also asked to bring the laundry clothes down to reception instead of someone coming to collect it from our room. Hardly commensurate with the steep rates.

The hotel is in a convenient location for sight seeing and shopping. It is walking distance from the main bazaars of the walled city though it is not a pleasant walk due to the overpowering stench from the pavements. Autos and cycle rickshaws are easily available outside the hotel gate or one can phone for a call taxi.

Overall it was a relaxing and pleasant stay; a different experience to live in a haveli. The spacious lawns, the peacocks, the squirrels, the staff, all very nice indeed.

Would I stay there again? The food department needs drastic improvement and the covert discrimination between Indian and foreign patrons left a lot to be desired. On the other hand, the extremely pleasing surroundings and the peacocks and other creatures almost made up for that.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This beautiful home aristocratic (haveli) offers a relaxing atmosphere in a beautiful green lawn decorated with a harmonious where you can admired by parrots, peacocks and other birds.The rooms are small and simple.Food menu is good with an excellent selection of wines from across the world. The Continental choices could do with a little more effort from the kitchens

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hongkong
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Has the potential to be really good..but misses out due to really average delivery in terms of service and comfort. The garden is beautiful but the rooms are not pleasing enough. Food is average too... again they do have a good space, but the food is insipid and definitely not worth the price charged. The place is well known because of the literary festival that is held here every year.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Recently stumbled upon this "Jaipur Gem". A grand old "haveli" converted into a wonderful hotel with warm and gracious hosts. If you like laid-back, old world charm - this is it! The palace grounds have beautiful trees & peacocks are often seen strutting around or calling out from the tree tops. In addition, the food was some of the best we've had in Jaipur. To complete the list - the location is good & room rates are reasonable.
Do check this option if you plan to visit Jaipur.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The gardens here offer a haven away from the heat and roar of central Jaipur. After a morning of intense impressions, this is the place to come for a cool drink and an excellent lunch served in the shade of a garden terrace. Peacocks too. Restored, you'll be ready to tackle another afternoon of excitement!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Road | C-Scheme, Jaipur 302004, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Business Hotel in Jaipur
#44 Romantic Hotel in Jaipur
#54 Family Hotel in Jaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Diggi Palace 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Diggi Palace is an oasis in the heart of Rajasthan's famous Pink City of Jaipur. Surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this converted haveli built in the 1860s is a haven of peace and tranquility located 5 minutes from the bustling Old Walled City of Jaipur.Owned by the Thakurs of Diggi who occupy the main house to this date, Diggi Palace offers visitors a unique taste of Royal Rajasthani Hospitality combined with facilities which include a Multi-Cuisine Restaurant, Royal Gala Dinners, Internet Access, Money Exchange,Swimming Pool, Ayurvedic Massage, Excursions, Jeep / Camel Safaris, Horse-Riding & Yoga. Its 70 rooms, each with its own unique character, range from cottages facing the lawns to luxurious AC doubles with en suite bathrooms set around courtyards & gardens."...drove in through an arched gate into a short driveway...large leafy garden...polite porters...family property of the diggi thakurs...happy feel about it...bright yellow and blue painted walls...pleasant lighting...courtyard where a couple of pre-dinner hours were happily spent...cheerful rooms, clean functional, frills-free bathrooms...quite enough space to spread about...hungry from wandering around, we tucked gratefully into soup, parathas, tikkas, biryani and raita...breakfast...in the charming terracewith bougainvillea draped over our shoulders...fortified ourselves with crepes and coffee...a world away from the chaos...this place breeds cultish loyalty...high number of returnee guests...some stay for long periods of time...great option for a stay in a heritage setting in Jaipur..." ... more   less 
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