After a somewhat disappointing experience in Udaipur, I really, really wanted the place I stayed at in Jaipur to stand out. Enter Rawla Mrignayani. For a budget traveler, this place is a steal - I payed around 1200rs/night and was given a choice of two rooms upon my arrival, both of which were large, airy, clean, and brightly decorated. Both rooms also featured cable TV (with English movie channels if watching TV while traveling is your thing), and came with towels, soap, and toilet paper (you don't always get these everywhere you stay in India). My late-night reception (train from Udaipur was delayed) was heart-warming (not going to ruin the surprise) and reassuring, and the staff was always friendly and never pushy. Breakfast is also good and cheap and is often ordered the night before, as the hotel lacks its own kitchen and orders out (not a problem for me).
In regards to location, Rawla Mrignayani is a bit off the beaten path in terms of the more touristy areas of Jaipur, and this can make it hard for rickshaw and taxi drivers to find (not an issue if you make sure you use the PRE-PAID taxi and autorickshaw booths at the train station/airport - tuk tuk should cost in between rs 150-200 depending on the time of day and traffic). And while it is a bit tucked away from M I Road where all the popular restaurants and nightlife spots are, Mrignayani's location still has some things to offer those who don't mind adventuring through Jaipur's crazy congested streets on foot to find great street food and all the other awesome edibles Rajasthan's capital has to offer. There is also a grocery store right down the street for snacks, and the hotel is located within a moderate walking distance to the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar.
The only real downside here is that you have to pay to use wifi in the courtyard, but at a relatively negligible fee. If you're one of those people who needs to be connected all the time, this place might not be for you as there are hardly any efficient nearby cyber cafes either. If connectivity isn't a concern though, this is the place to be. It's in a relatively quiet place considering how crazy most of Jaipur can be, and provides a heritage hotel feel for a fraction of the price that other places charge. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a 30 room heritage property (about inside the old city in one of the oldest havelis of Jaipur( near subhash chowk) . This 200 year old Haveli was buiolt by ‘Rao Kripa Ram’ of Chaksu, the then Prime minister of Jaipur State. The main markets, Hawamahal(Palace of Winds), City Palace, Govind devji temple and the Jantar Mantar Observatory are at walking distance and other historical places are in the vicinity.. Rawla Mrignayani Palace is nestled in the heart of the Pink city, with easy access to all the important sightseeing and shopping hubs of Jaipur. It has 30 well appointed and spacious rooms (15 air conditioned $ 15 air cooled)which have a traditional ambience with all modern comforts (fridge,T.V.with cable connection,bathtubs ,geysers,telephone,large parking area etc)and various accompanying terraces which offers a client beautiful scenic view of the surroundings.The ‘Chandani Restaurant’ on one of the terraces of Rawla Mrignayani is surrounded by the Nahargarh Hills on one side and the old city on the other sides. You get a stunning view of the Nahargarh Fort, the Ganesh Temple, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and various monuments of the Pink city from the Terrace.The guests are welcomed with a warm traditional ceremony(shower of rose petals , garlands,welcome drink “lassi” with kesar pista etc)to give them a feeling of the bygone era of maharajas. ... more less
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