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Mountain Ridge
Ranked #45 of 294 Udaipur B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 August 2013

This was by far our most memorable vacation, thanks to the amazing hotel staff. The staff at this hotel really try hard to accommodate your every request and the service is generally excellent. If you want something, just ask. They rarely say no to any request. Even the housekeeping are warm and friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

As two 22 year old backpackers, we were initially blown away by just how beautiful this place is, the landscape, the surrounding farms, the interior of the place itself. After spending time in hostels and bog standard homestays, this was a beautiful one nights rest where I could relax and read my book, and my girlfriend could paint her nails, have a bath, and feel clean doing it!

I do have a couple of things I want to clear up though, this place is NOT for backpackers, unless you have money to splash, this place is very expensive, we could have stayed for 20 days in the place were staying in Udaipur for the bill we paid here after just one night.

Also, we were in touch with the owner, Piers, via email and he made us aware that the pool was not full due to dry spells in Rajasthan, I was pretty gutted about this but Piers told me that there was a 'Secret waterfall nearby that has a plunge pool, a little piece of heaven' which I was more than happy with, though when I then asked him where it was, he told me it would cost around 1600 rupees for a taxi to take us there and give us a couple of hours swimming. To be honest I thought this was ludicrous, as Piers hadn't offered any sort of discount for the fact of the pool not being full, though because me and my girlfriend had been so excited about Mountain Ridge, we went anyway. Once we arrived we asked the tuk tuk driver who had picked us up about the 'secret waterfall' and he simply said that it would probably have dried up, and that lots of people are usually there anyway, so again this was gutting and we never got to swim as we had wished!

Overall the place is stunning, but for the money you pay, you would expect at least the food to be reasonably priced, but it was 410 rupees a head and very confusing as to what you are going to be given as there isn't particularly a 'food menu'. Another bone to pick would be that you are promised A/C in the rooms, but it isn't A/C, its an air cooler, which if anyone has had a room with one of these they will know it is impossible to sleep with it on, as it sounds like a plane taking off. I must admit the A/C thing really did annoy me, as for the price you are paying (and also because Piers insisted me the rooms had air conditioning), I really did expect to walk in and have an A/C room, that's lying Piers!

Maybe if we went to Mountain Ridge in High Season we would have gotten to get to know the Nepalese family that I had read about, and maybe Piers would have taken us to the Secret Waterfall himself but it just seemed as though we had a very fragmented experience at Mountain Ridge as to what it COULD have been, which is a shame, especially considering there was no give on the price with it being low season.

I would definitely recommend Mountain Ridge for the quality and cleanliness of the place, and if nothing else, for the beautiful sunset and sunrise views, and also the Nepalese couple who were there for us were very friendly, but it just wasn't what we were expecting. A definite no-no for backpackers.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kentishguy, Owner at Mountain Ridge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2013

This is a piece taken from my website, describing one of the rooms. 'the temperature of the room, thanks to cavity walling is very moderate - cool in the summer and arm in the winter, but an air cooler is fitted if additional cooling is required." Nowhere do I state or even imply that we use air-conditioners. Air conditioners are not at all eco-friendly and further more they provide a pretty good route to sore throats and colds, so we never have and never will use them. Regarding the waterfall, you asked the wrong person. Had you mentioned it to Raju, who was looking after you, you would have got the proper response. I'm really sorry you missed it, as NOBODY ever goes there, apart from us and a few tribal kids, and it NEVER dries up. As you also mentioned, it is secret, so whatever the rickshaw was referring to, was not this waterfall! He wouldn't even know it. Regarding the Rs.1600 or so that it would cost to get there, well I can promise you that we do not extract so much as a rupee in commission. Prices are what they are, and you 'gets what you pays for'. If a taxi driver was to take passengers into the depths of the countryside for several hours, he would have to wait around, so of course it costs fuel, vehicle and his time.

About the meals, we serve table d'hote. I know very well that one can still get very cheap food in some places in India.. I can also enjoy a kachuri or a samosa at a roadside dhaba for maybe Rs.15 and sometimes I enjoy that. Having said this, we are not into that type of market. Mountain Ridge has only five rooms and is expensive to upkeep. Bearing that in mind, we cannot afford to offer budget anything, and therefore we prefer the more upmarket but excellent quality approach, so our food is the very best, and we use olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other ingredients that cost hugely more than the basic.

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Stayed here in February this year and really enjoyed it. The staff were really friendly, accommodating and offered good advice. The rooms were clean and well equipped. The hotel is based about 3 miles from station, but tip-only buggy taxis run day and night, and it's a lovely walk to the town . There is a great restaurant 2 mins walk from the hotel, and a good place for breakfast 5 mins walk away.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2013


Mtn Ridge is very unique and not for everyone.
We wanted to love it, and in many ways deeply appreciated what it offered: quiet at nite, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets,safety and security, delicious breakfast and dinner. This home is so beautifully designed structurally that it would fit right in to the woods of Vermont or the beach at Malibu.
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We regretted not being closer to the lake, since this is the essence of Udaipur. Also, apart from Amrit, no one else in the house speaks English and it does feel odd and isolating for them to 'host' guests with whom they can't communicate..... Piers the owner refers to this as a home stay, but on tripadvisor We thought it was more of an inn. Our mistake. We don't care for home stays or B&B's in which a family reside; there is that strange felling of having intruded upon their domestic routines. The fixed breakfast and dinner times are constraining.
And while floors, kitchen, and bed linens are immaculate, the furniture cushions, bookshelves and knickknacks are heavily coated with dust and wooden built-in cabinets are rotting from the inside out.... House feels like its decaying from neglect at this point, and they are planning to sell it and open another one in Nepal.
Oh, and the worst feature of all is the mattress: hard as a board! No springiness whatsoever. No foam or cushion------ feels like a blanket wrapped around a board.....
This might be the right choice for you if:
- you're traveling with small children, or
- you seek a rural experience in India
But if you're really interested in Udaipur, than stay in town.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kentishguy, Owner at Mountain Ridge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2013

I truly don't get it. NOWHERE do we claim that Mountain Ridge offers a lake view. We don't make any false claims at all, and if prospective guests would only do their homework properly, they would see that our website is pretty much devoid of lake shots and our other reviews never mention lakes either. Neither can one see a lake view on any of the photos previous guests have posted.

There are numerous hotels that DO overlook the lakes so why deliberately select one that doesn't, only to whine about it later?

About the mattresses, just about everyone has a different preference to a mattress; varying from orthopaedic to a feather nest! We have a variety of mattresses (all high quality) and Amrit who does indeed have an excellent command of English, would have ensured you received the mattress of your choice had you merely said something to him.

About dust, well there had just been the mother ands father of a dust storm blowing, so it does take a little while to get around to tackling the dust on the picture frames and light fittings, but ultimately I couldn't even begin to understand why you booked Mountain Ridge in the first place. It states clearly that it is a homestay, yet you go on to say that you don't like homestays as you feel as if you are intruding on a family! Even so, you booked it. THEN you go on to say that it felt more like an inn.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE research properly (and if something isn't to your taste, have the courtesy to speak up) rather than giving a damning review to people who are not to blame for your failure in pinpointing where you like to stay.

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Reviewed 30 March 2013

After staying in Udaipur for 2 nights my boyfriend and I switched to MountainRidge for a little rest and relaxation. We were a little nervous reading some of the reviews ahead of time because it seemed as if all hell broke loose if the owner wasn't there himself. Don't listen to these reviews, it was managed perfectly. The family is amazing, they were so kind to us from the moment we walked in. The house itself is stunning, we had the room on the main floor and it was amazing, comfy bed and beautiful views. We ate all of our meals here and they were so delicious, you can taste how fresh the food is. We also went on one of the day hikes through the surrounding countryside and it was a great experience. The couple who joined us on the hike wanted a little more out of it by climbing some of the hills to take in the views and the guide was very accommodating. He took us up there no problem. Would definitely recommend staying here, it was fantastic!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

We were looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle and Mountain Ridge was perfect. Piers' family was most welcoming and made us feel at home and relaxed right away. The meals were delicious, well prepared and served with a watchful eye in case we needed anything else.
The rooms were clean and very comfy. Each guest room has a very helpful folder of information.
When we left the family showed a sweet gesture by all walking out to the car and seeing us off.
They also took very good care of our trusty driver. It is out of town so it is feaseable for only those with transportation.

Room Tip: All rooms looked like good choices.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Kentishguy, Owner at Mountain Ridge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2013

Thanks for your kindly comments. We really DO try hard to ensure we provide our guests with the best of everything, and it's gratifying to receive a review that alludes to that.

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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We have visited Mountain Ridge with our small kids and were admired by comfort and cleanness of the room (they seem more cosy then the pictures on the site for me) and attitude to the guest. The food is delicious (additional thanks for the salad with vinegar and paneer masala! ) We planed to spend there 4 nights and stayed for 10 nights. It is very good place for yoga and tracking. We spent 2 month in India but my kids decided to come back when grow up just in Mountain Ridge )) Many thanks to Piers and Amrit for hospitality.

Room Tip: All rooms have a good view.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Sisarma Village, Udaipur 313031, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur District > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #45 of 294 B&Bs / Inns in Udaipur
Price Range: £49 - £551 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your first impressions of Mountain Ridge will probably be the space, peace, quiet and the breathtaking panoramic views. After a short acquaintance, you will feel that Mountain Ridge is just like home. There is nowhere quite like it for perfect relaxation, and though the city is merely a few minutes' away, Mountain Ridge is in another world...Mountain Ridge occupies the top of a high rocky bluff, just outside the ancient village of Sisarma. On the eastern side is a mountain that separates Sisarma from Lake Pichola and to the south our land is bordered by protected forestry land. To the west are the beautiful hills and valleys of the majestic Arawalli Range; with remote, scattered tribal settlements that are there waiting to be explored. To the north, rises Bansdara Mountain, topped by the formidable Monsoon Palace. The City of Udaipur is only a few minutes' away, so you are not far from the shops and landmarks, but the short distance from the city to Mountain Ridge makes all the difference in the world as far as the tranquility is concerned. The sounds of horns, brakes, loudspeakers and other noise pollution seem a million miles away. Mountain Ridge enjoys balmy days of fresh air and peace, and delightful velvety nights of gentle breezes and only the sound of crickets. There is so much you can do - swimming, trekking, going on a village safari, bird watching, mountain walking, having a massage or just sitting & relaxing with your favorite book with a soothing sounds of nature. Our cook takes a pride in preparing and serving mouth-watering Indian and International cuisine, and the rest of the staff are ever ready to ensure you have a pleasant and comfortable stay. Altogether your stay at Mountain Ridge will recharge you and provide you with happy memories of a rarely seen facet of India. ... more   less 
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