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“A 'Royal' stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Barwara Kothi
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Jacob Road | Civil Lines, Jaipur 302006, India   |  
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Ranked #18 of 305 Hotels in Jaipur
St. Albans, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“A 'Royal' stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had travelled across India from the far North West with a variety of stops on the way, a hectic journey. We were looking for a stay in Jaipur that would revitalise us as well as inform.
Depali's welcome at Barwara Kothi was reassuring. The lovingly cared for garden creates an excellent surrounding and our room, accessed through the garden, was spacious and furnished to a high standard. The small veranda a good place to relax. The house was very clean, tastefully and interestingly decorated in line with it's history.
During our travels the transport we had experienced had at time been challenging, the transport recommended by the Barwara Kothi was trouble free.
For our 2 night stay we ate in. Food is pre-ordered and ready on time. We were very satisfied with the standard of food and the service.
we would certainly use this 'Home Stay' again for it's ambiance, proximity to central Jaipur and price.

Room Tip: The room ground floor at the back and accessed through the garden very peaceful.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This place was charming. Not for those wanting 5 star but in my opinion much nicer. Run by the beautiful and helpful Deepali and her mother-in-law. Comfy rooms with very comfortable beds, very clean and tastefully decorated. Reasonably priced near the city and with good recommendations for driver, eating out and where to shop. We ate in one evening and the food was delicious. Would want a room at the back of the building next time as the road does get noisy at around 6 am. But I thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Having travelled to more than 40 countries in all continents except Antartica, I can say this is one of the most extraordinary, interesting and satisfying hotels I have ever stayed in. I recommend it very strongly to anyone going to Jaipur. I picked it on the basis of TripAdvisor reviews because we were trying to find a smallish hotel with character and a personal touch. But what we found went far beyond our expectations. First, as the other reviews point out the facilities are excellent for this sort of boutique hotel or guesthouse. The service is excellent. The breakfast and dinner are excellent. Mrs. Singh, who is in charge, gives it her own touch of class. But it was really the ambiance and history of the house that made it so extraordinary to us, and stimulated our interest in Jaipur and its place in the history of modern India. The hotel guide indicated that this house was built by the Raja of Barwara in the 1940s and it was where he had "lavish parties" and brought up his four children, one of which if I remember right still owns the hotel. The hotel is furnished very tastefully in a style which is not overdone but fits with this history. But most interesting of all, the house is full of family mementos and the walls covered not only with photos of the Barwara family but also of the Maharaja of Jaipur's family. We learned that the Raja and Maharaja played polo together and were close friends. We were particularly interested in a couple of sets of these photos: one showed the antique car collection of the current owner, and we were greatly amused to see that it included a 1956 Chevrolet which was the most common car of our childhood in the U.S. The notion that this car was now considered an antique by such an ancient Indian family seemed ironic indeed. The other set of photos that made us curious contained pictures of one beautiful woman from youth to old age. This turned out to be the late Maharani of Jaipur. So then when we went to the fort at Jaipur and looked through the gift shop we were very interested to find an autobiography of this woman, who lived a life which is beyond most people's imagination. She grew up in a palace with 500 servants, went to England regularly through much of her life, hobnobbed with the British royal family (her husband played polo with Prince Philip), went to Spain where her husband was India's ambassador while back home she hosted not only Queen Elizabeth but also Jacqueline Kennedy as first lady, then ran successfully for the Indian parliament, ran afoul of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and was sent to jail during the Emergency of the 1970s and then returned to a quieter existence. All in all her life is an absorbing account of the transition from India in the time of the British Raj with its princely states to the trials and sucesses of independent India as the world's largest democracy. So you see how much more you can learn about a locality and its personalities if you stay in a hotel with history and character than if you stay in one of the international class hotels which look and feel pretty much the same from city to city and country to country.

Room Tip: Not sure what the other rooms were like. Ours was everything we could want.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Hong Kong, China
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

I have to say it is quaint, comfortable and they really look after you as a host does their guest in their home. Location is great as it is around 5 to 10 minutes drive to the main city. It is near a busy junction but with reviewers who have commented about noise, you will find this everywhere in india. The home experience and the great service outweighs any cons.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The hotel I was booked to stay in did not recognise my reservation and I was left scrambling last minute, luckily (VERY luckily) I was able to stay at Barwara Kothi. I was a blessing in disguise for sure. The most important aspect of any room to me is cleanliness and this place was spotless, from the bathrooms to the lobby. The staff were so kind that it did indeed feel like a home. They were always smiling and helpful. I would recommend this place to anyone and return if ever in Jaipur again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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New Delhi, India
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I was extremely lucky to find a room here at the last minute during the time the Jaipur Literary Festival. I was travelling on work, and wanted a safe place to stay alone as a solo female traveller. And Barara Kothi is like home away from home! The rooms are spotless, the bathrooms are spick and span with all the amenities you require. The meals are delicious, and its like eating at home. The host is extremely friendly, and the garden is lovely! I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jaipur, India
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a unique experience of staying in a homely setting with the ambience reminding you of the lifestyle of the royal families. The place is very clean be it the rooms, the toilet, the dining hall or the garden. The staff is ever smiling and helpful and Ms Deepali Singh takes a personal interest in ensuring that her guests are comfortable.

The flipsides: It is in a very exclusive area of Jaipur so you might have to walk for more than km to buy even a toothbrush as there are no shops around. There is no provision for lunch and the spread of food in the breakfast and dinner can improve.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor have sunlight
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Barwara Kothi

Address: 5 Jacob Road | Civil Lines, Jaipur 302006, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 305 Hotels in Jaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barwara Kothi 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ours is a heritage homestay located close to the city centre. It is a colonial mansion built in the 1940s with green lawns surrounding the building. It is ideal for guests who are looking for a place with clean, beautiful rooms(some have attached balconies to lounge and read) and home cooked food. The rooms have marble flooring and a few have large french windows to usher in the sunlight and a view of the lawns. ... more   less 
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