We wanted a change from our Taj bubble so booked dinner at this haveli in the Old Town. Our agent made the reservation for us. It was a wet and cool evening and walked around the property for some time trying to find staff. We would have appreciated more of a welcome and perhaps the offer of a small tour since we expressed an interest in the history. None was forthcoming.
We ate in the annexe of the dining room and the food itself was very tasty. We had a laal maas, a pea and cauliflower curry and some assorted Indian breads. The crème caramel dessert was a highlight. We felt better after our dinner and we were going to give a tip. But the card machine was taken away when the bill came up in rupees. We were told another machine was needed as the first was broken. This machine asked for the PIN but did not display any total. We later found that we had been charged in GB pounds at an unfavourable rate. We had not requested pounds and had in fact requested to pay in rupees only. This left us with a bad taste and meant that we did not leave the tip as planned. Please note that hotels, shops and restaurants cannot charge guests in foreign currency without their consent. Fellow travellers, look out for this throughout India as it was not a one- off.
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