Thursday, February 20, 2014

Udaipur on a budget & fabulous? Yes!

View from the Jaiwana Haveli roof top restaurant of Lake Pichola at sunset

Nearby stores 

Great handicrafts next door

Drive a hard bargain 

View of the hotel from Lake Pichola

Read about my first and fabulous visit on a budget, thanks to Jaiwana Haveli, Udaipur:  Cheap & Cheerful  meets  great location with a nice buzz

We found this place by researching Tripadvisor  Ranked at #5, it’s the only non luxe hotel in the Top 5 in Udaipur. 

A basic and clean hotel quite lovely, a stroll away from the City Palace and by the banks of Lake Pichola.

Family run, with simple, clean and well kept rooms and modern, attached bathrooms.  Some of the corner rooms on the lower floors and the 3rd floor rooms have lake views.

I stayed in a corner room with a lake view.  The room cost Rs 2650 plus tax, without breakfast. The room had TV, AC and the bathroom had hot water (you need to put the water heater on). The bathroom had new, good fittings (rain shower!), the room was simply but aesthetically done. Good bedside reading lights. No dressing table or desk – but as one is out all the time is wasn’t missed.  The rooms looked freshly painted and were very clean.

The rooftop restaurant which has a wonderful lake view was buzzing not only with residents but other tourists too. The cuisine was Indian, Rajasthani and Western. Value prices. It was good to see both Indian and foreign tourists frequent the place. 

Good service with a smile. Harsh, whose family owns it, provided us with helpful tips. We used their airport pick up and drop service.

A word of caution – there is no lift so you need to use the stairs. Walking up to the restaurant on the 4th floor was good exercise, allowing us  to work off the delicious local cuisine we over-indulged in.

We booked it online, so it was very convenient.

I would recommend it to people visiting Udaipur. All that a tourist wants with good food too at great value pricing.

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