If this had been our first heritage hotel in India, it would have been what we expected: it was a glorious old building that had become a bit tatty, a bit dirty and the service a bit haphazard. The other places we stayed exceeded our pre-trip expectations, however, so we know that it can be done. Over the two nights we stayed here, this place did grow on us: it was a peaceful oasis in bustling Jodhpur.
The main building is grand and brightly painted but peeling. The dining room is lovely, though, and in good nick. We had the buffet dinner on the lawn our first night, so we could watch the entertainment. The food was okay to start with but quickly became stone cold. The puppet show was interesting, but the pounding beat of the accompanying drums made conversation impossible and the guy selling souvenir puppets pestered us for the rest of the evening. Then came the dancers, with more pounding drums. If the hotel makes the buffet and entertainment compulsory, they should pay the entertainers enough that they don't have to bother the guests for money. The next night we insisted on having dinner in the dining room, despite being told that this wasn't part of our package. It was a fabulous meal.
Our room was quite nice, high ceilings with fancy paintwork. It just didn't seem very clean, especially the towels, which were greyish and stained. As with most of the places we stayed, there were far more switches than lights, so there was the nightly game of "which switch", and some of the light fixtures were not working and/or hanging from the wall by a wire. Still, it wasn't a bad experience.
One thing that irritates for a hotel in this price range is having to pay for WIFI. There was a hokey system of paying by the hour or half-hour, which got you a little slip of paper with a password that gave you access only while you stayed near reception.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Narain Niwas Palace Jaipur