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Which hotel would be the best for us in Jan. 2014...

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Which hotel would be the best for us in Jan. 2014...

I think that I have narrowed down our hotel choices to either Umaid Mahal or Dera Rawatsar. They are both similar in price and include breakfast.

This is our first time to India and want to stay in a good location for seeing the sites (we will have a private driver) and will only have 2 nights. Our plan is to spend half a day with the elephants on the afternoon of the only full day that we have in Jaipur. So, the rest of the sightseeing will have to be done rather quickly. I also want to do a little shopping if possible.

I can up our budget if you all think that it is really worth it... Trident, ITC, Tree of Life, etc.

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Umaid Bhawan is a fine hotel but if you will increase your budget then you can go for Jai Mahal Palace.

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among Umaid mahal and Dera Rawatsar my opinion will be Dera rawatsar, Trident is second choice if you go for higher category

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Dera Rawatsar is 100 times better then Umaid Mahal.

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6. Re: Which hotel would be the best for us in Jan. 2014...

Try Megh Niwas or Jas vilas a little higher on price but value for money. Or else Umaid Mahal but not Umaid bhawan.

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7. Re: Which hotel would be the best for us in Jan. 2014...

Agree with Udaipur magic, I would also recommend Dera rawatsar and for second choice I would suggest Hotel Trident.

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8. Re: Which hotel would be the best for us in Jan. 2014...

You will try sahapura house or up range Trident is best location.

Derarawatsar is good but.not in good aria. Also very busy because jaipur intl bus stand very close and jaipur metro work block much roads.

Choices is your.

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Hi-

ITC, Trident and Tree of Life are nice hotels. You can choose one of these.

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10. Re: Which hotel would be the best for us in Jan. 2014...

In Jaipur there are the following types of hotels:

The super-luxury league - Rambagh Palace (located in the city), Oberoi Raj Vilas (located on the Agra-Bikaner NH 11 highway outside the city), Samode Palace (located in Samode Village) - of these only Rambagh is conveniently located for sightseeing. Samode Palace is 1.5hrs out of Jaipur, and Oberoi about 45 mins. Rambagh and Samode are authentic heritage hotels. Samode Palace is less expensive than the other two on account of location.

The luxury league - Jai Mahal Palace, Tree of Life, Fairmont, Sheraton Rajputana, Meridien, Trident Jaipur, Royal Heritage Haveli, Samode Haveli etc. Of these some are close to the walled city, some are near Amer, some are in between the walled city and Amer. Look up the location before you book. Any trip to Jaipur includes both Amer and the walled city, so it's ok to be based near either of these. If you want to spend your evenings in the bazaars, the city hotels are better. Jai Mahal Palace, Royal Heritage Haveli, Samode Haveli are authentic historical places. The others are of modern construction but the architecture and layout and furnishings usually show Rajasthani influences. There is a wide range of prices among these. In my experience, Trident and Sheraton Rajputana offer good prices, but maybe Meridien too. I find Samode Haveli not enough value for money. Tree of Life is a useful option for families with children due to its villa-style accommodation with multiple bedrooms.

The premium league - these include some modern hotels like Four Points Sheraton, Lemon Tree as well as some traditional havelis like Naila Bagh, Alsisar Haveli, Shahpura House, Mandawa Haveli etc. Of these, for the money you spend, there are more creature comforts in the modern hotels. The havelis are often family run and cannot offer the same mod-cons, but they make up for it with beautiful architecture and atmosphere. You have to be ready for slightly quixotic plumbing, some faded upholstery etc. Each haveli has its own pluses and minuses. Some have maintained their traditional structure including gardens, some have "upgraded" often with haphazard structural extensions without aesthetic merit. Some have owners who stay in the premises and these are really the best choice as they have that personal touch and old world hospitality and grace which are so rare in our modern times.

The midrange league - these include smaller or slightly lesser priced traditional havelis as well as modern constructions which are made to look like havelis, and also some homestays/ B&Bs. Both Dera Rawatsar as well as Umaid Mahal are in this category. The strong plus point of most offerings in this category is the price, combined with very acceptable levels of cleanliness and aesthetics of design. Some B&Bs like Jas Vilas which originally started out in this league have now upgraded their facilities and priced themselves on par or slightly below the premium ones. But there are many options in this league, and they are well-listed in the B&Bs section of Tripadvisor. Pay attention to the small details in the reviews; especially location, food, whether there is a good manager or the owner, because this makes all the difference. Be ready to deal with some outdated fixtures and slow family-style service.

The budget league - the B&Bs section as well as the hotels section of tripadvisor has a good listing of these. Go by the reviews and if you combine that with listings on Lonely Planet you'll be off to a decent start. Look for good location so that you can get local transport like cycle-rickshaws and three wheel autos easily. Don't expect too much; but Jaipur has some good options for budget travellers.

The backpacker hostel league - Go to indiamike and ask.

Edited: 30 September 2013, 03:13
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