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Narain Niwas Palace
Ranked #139 of 386 Hotels in Jaipur
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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“beautiful introduction to Rajastani hospitality”
Reviewed 7 November 2011

We stayed one night at this beautiful, clean hotel. It is a historical building with large portraits of the ancestors of the current owner displayed on its colourful walls. The en-suite bedroom was massive and opulent, with plenty of room for our family of four. The grounds were beautiful with a very inviting, warm swimming pool, visited by local monkeys in the morning, brilliant for the kids. The restaurant was smart and the meals delicious, the staff very helpful and friendly.
Unfortunately, the dated electrical system and noisy air-conditioning boxes will need modrnising to compete with the other haveli hotels in the area.
We were sorry to have to move on

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

I have been coming to Jaipur for 20 years and had wonderful experiences of Rajasthani hospitality - so I was appalled at this hotel - it is a stunning heritage property with large spacious rooms, attractive terraces and beautiful gardens and pool, but there is nowhere to sit at ease except an unwelcoming dull area outside the main restaurant. The upper terrace above should have been a lovely sitting area for the rooms up there - where we were located - but all the metal and upholstered chairs were covered in a thick layer of dust and indeed a grid pattern of dust was imprinted on my black trousers where I had sat down. The toilets behind reception - only public ones i found were filthy. The curtains in our room looked ancient and dirty, as were the floor mats , and my sheets on the first night were marked with what looked like old blood. There was bottled water (small) on the first night only - otherwise filtered water in an old fashioned plastic flask. In a hotel this dirty - i could not feel confident that the water filter was well enough maintained to be safe. I got a stomach upset (from food ?? from ice??) and on asking for water had to sign for it, the waiter approaching my bed for the signature! - as i had not taken breakfast and was ill surely water should be complementary - as in other hotels in the city - it should be complementary daily in a country where tap water is not safe - everyone has to drink. The food was OK but not good - but i got sick. Wifi should in this day and age be part of the service. The reservation staff and restaurant "manager" were indifferent and not at all welcoming. It has huge potential to be a very lovely place to stay with the little effort of cleaning and a few replaced textiles - all made in Jaipur and not expensive - and for the staff to understand that guests should be treated with the legendary Rajasthani indeed Rajput hospitality - that their experience should make them want to return - take a leaf out of the other properties and why people like me return year after year. This place is a disgrace to Rajput traditions and therefore a very expensive place to stay for no pleasure.

Room Tip: i am sorry the general state is such that i cannot recommend anything
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Bangalore, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2011

This is a heritage hotel located in center of a city. If you are in a mood to stay in that kind of environment, then it is a best choice for you but then do not expect any extraordinary facilities.

It lacks in terms of service also. Most of the people don't understand English and are very lazy to do any of your help.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Clitheroe
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

Not very friendly on arrival staff looked a bit shifty really, the hotel has a beautiful facade with lot of character on entrance, but like its room is faded and rather neglected.
Did not dine or wish to, and indeed breakfast was poor, rooms are large and quaint but not that well cleaned, had to use a bath towel for my bedside rug (not putting my feet on that floor).
Large pleasant garden with excellent swimming pool.
You can can walk out onto the street from here and buy a few bits.
Wifi is by purchase of expensive logon card, of which some are 'use once only', and others run out after '24hrs' of 1st login, no real explanation given at time of sale.
Whilst there the agent made contact and asked how the hotel was, we told him, he went to the hotel, and afterwards the change of staff attitude was a transformation to be seen to be believed. How staff can alter from being shifty, idle and unfriendly one day, to smiling, helpful and happy the next is a product I wish could package and export. Was it that simple??

Room Tip: I think some have had a make over so asked to see before getting bags delivered to allocated room.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

The high prices that you are paying for there is just making you cry, when you see the dirty bathroom, awful rooms, the service is so terrible, welcome in India, paying high prices for such neglected places...restaurant is just awful, hated that place...better to go back again and again to Thailand, Indonasia never never be disappointed

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2011

On arrival the hotel looked fantastic - very much the heritage hotel I was looking for - unfortunately this is somewhat of a facade, and a fading one at that.

The hotel rooms were a hodgepodge of some lovely suites and some rooms which had apparently been servants quarters in the past. Unfortunately, we had one of these garret rooms hich were not particularly comfortable.

There was no air-conditioning, no fridge, no kettle, very basic. There were various leaks in the plumbing and you had to switch on the water heater for some time prior to using the shower.

The peacocks were the worst aspect of the hotel, as they had a tendency to screech throughout the night, and being awakened like this in the early hours is not amusing.

The food in the hotel is actually really nice, and we ate there 2 nights running, which we rarely do. Only issue raised by other guests was the lack of wine options and the extremely high cost of wine; however this did not bother me.

There was also entertainment in the form of music dancing and fire breathing, which fascinated the children staying at the hotel.

Other guests at the hotel enjoyed their stay; however I did not.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

It is a quite a nice property but the rooms are not so good ..........not satisfactory as per price except for the suites they have...................
One thing i love was the nature in the Hotel they have peacock in lawn that is really amazing...
Hotel location is also very nice
Food is not too good

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Narain Niwas Palace
Address: Kanota Bagh, Jaipur 302004, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaipur District > Jaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#40 Spa Hotel in Jaipur
#48 Luxury Hotel in Jaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Narain Niwas Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
he Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, a Heritage Hotel, provides a good example of history amalgamating with modern times. Centrally located in Jaipur, the Pink City of India, the palace was built in the 19th century by General Amar Singh Ji, the then Thakur of Kanota. Designed in a fanciful version of The Anglo-Indian style popular in the Victorian Era, the palace now serves as a hotel. The Palace has all the modern amenities and a place where one can enjoy traditional Rajput Hospitality. Decorated with Rajput Flourishing, Rajasthani Furnishing and Traditional Jaipur painted wall decor in a typically bold colour palette; Narain Niwas was built in the 1928 by General Amar Singh, Thakur of Kanota, and Commander of the Jaipur State Force. ... more   less 
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