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“The owner made it” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Devi Niketan Heritage Hotel

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Devi Niketan Heritage Hotel
Ranked #56 of 376 Hotels in Jaipur
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The owner made it”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

The Devi was sold to us by our Travel Agent Monkfoot as a beautiful hotel with amazing lush gardens. I was terribly disappointed. Saying this, the staff were amazing, the owner phoned to thank us for being his guests and apologizing that he could not be there. There are interesting photos and all in all we had a pleasant stay.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Admiral Madhvendra Singh - former Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy who runs the hotel with his wife - is extremely nice and helpful. Devi Niketan is in the modern neighborhood "C-scheme", not right at the old "pink" city but not far by auto-rickshaw (the admiral or his staff can help you hail one if it's a new experience for you). And while near busy Sardar Patel road, the hotel, a converted part of the Singh family residence - part of the "heritage hotel" trend in India - is set far back so that you're very much away from the fray. This was our first heritage hotel and it was interesting to browse the family-historic mementos and photos around the site. And good restaurants are nearby - we enjoyed Four Seasons, about a 15 minute walk. There is even a beer garden in the area, "The Rock" (though we didn't make it there). Admiral Singh can also recommend one of the popular homemade ice cream places. See http://www.zomato.com/jaipur/c-scheme-restaurants for area restaurant listings, menus and reviews.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Venice, Ca
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141 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

We had two nights at another hotel in the same price range and it was a difference between night and day. Devi Niketan was spacious but seemed very dated. They provided scary refilled bottles of water I would never touch. It was tidy and clean but needs an update. Location is great in that we could actually walk to a few places like Anokhi Cafe/Store, and it was a short rickshaw to attractions.
When we first checked in, the front desk staff took forever with scanning our passports/inputting our information, and we didn't feel comfortable leaving them with him while we went sightseeing. The place felt deserted in general and lacking life. We are an active couple in our mid 30's, and I know some people would appreciate this hotel for its age and history. It missed the mark for us.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Toronto, Canada
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83 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

This boutique hotel is the ancestral home of Admiral Madhvendra Singh (Rtrd) of the Indian Navy.

Admiral Singh has converted the home to a nineteen room boutique hotel while he lives next door in a new "modern" house. As a result and also because Admiral Singh is the owner-operator he is always available to the guests and makes sure everything is "ship shape". The rooms are priced competitively.

Admiral Singh greets everyone by first name at breakfast (included in the price) which runs from 7.30 am to 9.30 am. Breakfast consisted of serial, toast, jams, eggs as well as an Indian staple. The optional dinner was a well prepared rice and curry meal.

My room on the ground floor overlooked the swimming pool in the large backyard. As Jaipur was under a very cold spell during the third week of January 2014, the Admiral warned that it was too cold even for Canadians like me to use the swimming pool !!!!

On one side of the large well maintained front law is a basketball court for anyone inclined to shoot a few hoops!

Admiral Singh sent me detailed directions on how to hire a taxi and what I should expect to pay from the airport to his hotel. The Admiral also gave me lots of advice about places I should visit while I was in Jaipur and restaurants I could have supper at.

The staff could communicate in fairly good English. They were always willing to arrange a taxi for longer journeys or summon a "Tuk Tuk" for shorter ones.

Free internet was available in the public areas.

Laundry handed in the morning was washed, ironed/folded and returned by evening.

I have already recommended this boutique hotel and will stay there again when I return to Jaipur in 2015.

Room Tip: This is a boutique hotel so all the rooms are great. Some have four-poster beds!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CrazyCanuck2011
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

I stayed in this hotel from 22nd to 24 December 2013. The hotel is very centrally located and all the basic facilities like ATMs, restaurants, movie houses, malls, ice cream parlors are very much within a radius of walk-able distance of .5 km.

The rooms were good, clean and neat. Owing to cold, the rooms are also equipped with heaters, which keeps the room comprehensively warm, The staff was very helpful and the owner of the hotel Admiral Madhvendraji was also very courteous and very helpful. He comes down in person every morning on the b/fast table to greet the families staying in the hotel and knowing about their experiences. He guided us about the entire Jaipur city which really helped me in touring. The courtyard and the backyard of the hotel is also very spacious with a swimming pool in the backyard.

As a point of suggestion, though the breakfast I had for these 3 days was good, I would like the management to explore some more varieties in the areas of breakfast like inclusion South Indians foods as well.

But Overall it was a very good experience!!

Room Tip: Really worth experiencing
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank PratikTheWanderer
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

No regrets about staying here. We stayed two nights (in order to give us a whole day in Jaipur).

The Admiral is on site and takes a personal interest in the property. The fact that he is ex-Navy reflects in the running of the establishment (as I can appreciate as my father is ex-Navy as well).

The rooms are big and comfortable, food very good (we had dinner here as well). The no-tipping policy takes the pressure of guests (instead, you can tip one lump sum at the end and this is shared among all the staff).

It was winter so we didn't get to use the pool, but the grounds are big and very peaceful.

Room Tip: We used the deluxe room on the main floor just off the dining room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rohan L
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Visakhapatnam, India
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

Stayed at Devi Niketan with family (03 members) in end Dec 13. The place has a great ambiance and rooms are spacious. 24-hrs hot water in bathroom and electric tea kettle in room to make tea/ coffee. Room heater provided by staff at no extra charge view prevailing cold weather. Staff very courteous. Place very clean. Breakfast is buffet and had a mixture of Indian and Western dishes - poha, puri-bhaji, wheat flakes, fruit, fruit juice, milk etc. Enjoyed our stay.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Devi Niketan Heritage Hotel

Property: Devi Niketan Heritage Hotel
Address: Sardar Patel Road | Near Chomu House Circle, 'C' - Scheme, Jaipur 302001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur District > Jaipur
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Jaipur
#25 Romantic Hotel in Jaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Devi Niketan is a family owned and operated Heritage Hotel in central Jaipur which was inaugurated on April 2008. It stands on a big plot with large, lush green lawns in front and rear of the building, a large parking area and a swimming pool. A double storied heritage house, it is part of the 140 acre estate of the former ruling family of Chomu. Adjacent to Devi Niketan is "Govind Niwas", the residence of Admiral Madhvendra Singh and his wife Kumu, who own and run "Devi Niketan". Govind Niwas too stands on a big plot with plenty of greenery. Taken together the two properties stand on a two acre estate which gives a feeling of space and tranquility - even though it is surrounded by a bustling city. It is in a "Happening" neighbourhood with plenty of eating places, Ayurvedic massage parlours, shopping malls with food courts and movie theaters, banks & ATMs, gyms - all within one kilometer.While we do not have an a la Carte Restaurant, a Buffet Breakfast is available and Dinner is served if ordered. ... more   less 
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