Umahid mahal is an heritage style (ie not original haveli) hotel hidden in the bini park area. Lonely planet says this area of town is quieter than the old city and albeit I cannot disagree it is worth noting that the area provides limited facilities for tourists, indeed we were glad the hotel's restaurant served very good food as we could not find much else around it.
Having said that, the road where umaid mahal is located is a small road off the main one and is indeed pretty quiet. At the end of the road is an ayurveda centre (kerala ayurveda kendra), which provides very professional oil based massages, definitely a good way to end your day.
The hotel building is in excellent conditions, I was impressed by the decorations on the ceiling of our room (I cannot imagine any builder in the uk that could get to that level of precision) and also the bathroom was incredibly modern - albeit not entirely a western style bathroom - with marble on the floor and walls and a shower cabin (although I didn't particularly like the fixed shower on the wall!). Hot water is provided both for the shower and the sink and I was gladly surprised to find a functioning and powerful hair dryer.
Only negative note, our room was on the ground floor, with view on the bike parking of the hotel staff, which around 10/11 pm would boast into an half hour end-of-day chat. Nothing to complain about really as we were usually up anyway.
Other thing worth noting, the hotel does have a small swimming pool which you can also see in their photos, however it's on the lower ground, surrounded by buildings so I would not have high hopes of spending an afternoon chilling out in the sun.
A note for who wants to hire a car+driver. For our trip to rajasthan we decided to rent a car+driver as the train times didn't work well for us. I did a bit of research and eventually decided for Gajraj Travels (email@example.com): it had been the most responsive to my requests and the price was reasonable at ca 30k INR for 9 days, including all parking and petrol charges.
The driver that picked us up from the airport was indeed very good, albeit his English was basic he was very knowledgeable about the towns we were visiting and he always seemed to know where our next hotel would be, no matter how small a guest house we has picked.
Unfortunately he had to leave us after only a few days because of family issues, and found for us a replacement. Then the entertainment began! The new guy had no idea not only how to navigate within the towns we were visiting, but also how to go from one to the other, and he really messed up when he started asking us for money for petrol etc. In a way it was all just funny until the last day he tried to get us to pay him for the trip when the agency had been very clear we should wait for one of their representatives. I do not blame this on the agency, I suspect they were informed of the change of driver once it had happened and they couldn't do much, they were very supportive throughout the trip though, and I would still recommend them for how they handled the situation - and for how good the 1st driver was!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to a unique experience in Jaipur Umaid Mahal - one of the most classic Jaipur Hotels welcomes you to the world of traditional Rajasthani hospitality in this pink city Jaipur. Forget your worries in this beautiful and comfortable mini castle whose warm hospitality and splendor will linger in your minds forever.Umaid Mahal is built as heritage style Jaipur hotel with some of the most exclusive interiors and ambience in Jaipur city.Being a world popular tourism destination, Jaipur always has a longing to serve its national and international guests up to the mark with perfection. To solve this purpose, our hotel in Jaipur is always prepared for welcoming guests with warmth, love and care for their convenience. Though the hotels in Jaipur are built with historical and ethnic touch, there are available all sorts of advanced facilities for the tourists so that they do not feel any sort of difficulty in here. We welcome you to Jaipur, we welcome you our small paradise.This Jaipur budget hotel is run by the members of the erstwhile family of Borundra (near Jodhpur) under the able and experienced guidance of Wing Commander B.S. Rathore (retd.) and his charming wife Aarti Rathore ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umaid Mahal Jaipur
- Umaid Mahal Hotel Jaipur