We took a Pichola Suite at this hotel and were on the ground floor looking directly on to the lake. It was lovely to have a day bed in the window on which one could contemplate the view, and the ante-room for our luggage was great. The bathroom was very large and well equipped and, if one remembered to turn on the geyser in time, the shower was hot.
The hotel has just been renovated and it shows. However, one could see the paint already starting to peel - upkeep in these places must be demanding.
We also got a lot of noise given the hard surfaces and proximity of reception - we were woken early on both mornings we were there by people coming and going first thing in the morning. We paid 7000 per night (including the taxes) and our accommodation did NOT come with breakfast, which seemed mean given the cost. On our first day we were directed to a table at the back of the restaurant away from the view and several other groups of guests (men, interestingly) who arrived after us were served before us. On the 2nd morning we went to the Edelweiss Cafe instead and got a better and cheaper breakfast.
The restaurant for dinner - with its famous rooftop setting - was good, but not great, and quite expensive with drinks. It wasn't a patch on the service, atmosphere and quality of Ambrai over the water at Ahmet Haveil: I absolutely recommend dinner there.
Jagat Niwas also had rules about which stairs to take when one left dinner - we went to take the closest stairs and were told we had to go down different stairs. There were not a lot of people around and no apparent reason for this.
Overall the staff were friendly and obliging, but there seemed to be a lot of rules at this hotel - no guests in the rooms, etc etc - the list is in the room when you arrive. However, strangely, there was no tourist or hotel information provided in the rooms - we had to go to reception to get the wireless password, for example. Just doesn't set the right tone for a visit that is meant to be about pleasure and relaxation.
Overall, therefore, while our room itself was a one-off and very special, the rest of what this hotel had to offer was just OK, and I didn't find this a truly comfortable or welcoming place.
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- Also Known As:
- Jagat Niwas Palace Udaipur
- Hotel Jagat Niwas Palace