I have been staying at Narain Niwas Palace for over fifteen years. I return there twice a year. Every time I arrive I feel as if I am 'at home' in India. It's a truly rare and precious hotel, palatial but with an old-world air, and still owned and managed by the princely family that built it a century ago. They carefully protect the authentic style...while adding to the amenities, the garden, and the restaurants on the property.
My recent stay was particularly enjoyable. The longtime manager and his front desk staff are helpful and welcoming. There are no crowds, mostly people who return year after year.
The staff order taxis, provide special amenities and are helpful with requests and making a guest feel welcome.
The 10-acre garden offers a swimming pool and sunny places for relaxation.
In addition, in the garden is the chicest restaurant/bar in the city, Bar Palladio, with trendsetting interior decor and a choice of Italian cuisine.
Among other great pleasures of staying here are the peacocks that wander around the grounds, I'll never forget the first time I stayed there...and opened my windows in the morning to see two peacocks perched in a tree just nearby.
. UNESCO recently listed Jaipur officially as a world heritage site. Narain Niwas, with its own authentic history and tradition, is a historic treasure. It is my favorite hotel i Jaipur.
I was concerned having read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor, but having been shown to our first room, I asked if we could be moved to a room with more light and they were very helpful and moved us, to much better room.
The breakfast was ok.
The gardens and pool area were lovely and very relaxing, with chipmunks and peacocks wandering about.
Stopped here for 2 nights and had a very pleasant time. Very nice room, staff were very helpful and an enjoyable evenings entertainment in the outside restaurant. Its a heritage place so not a modern build but that is definitely part of its charm. We deliberately avoided the high rise new builds, can stay in those anywhere in the world, so weren't disappointed. Numerous peacocks wandering past the room door and joining us of an evening by a peaceful swimming pool area. Indulged in a treatment from the spa which was excellent and very good value.
The hotel is bang in the center of the hustle and bustle of Jaipur. Once you enter you’re in an oasis of quiet. The hotel is an old Haveli with additional rooms built out. The experience changes significantly based on which room you get. We were in the annexe near the pool and the room was nice, nothing great. The service of the staff however did stand out. They were warm and welcoming. At night they even provided all guests hotel water bottles to place in the bed. I must confess that I had the best quality sleep in a very long time. The bathrooms are a bit small and dingy, but not much that can be done there.
You must get a drink at Bar Palladio. That’s one of the iconic bars in Jaipur!
The rooms and pool were lovely, but the service in the outdoor dining area was very poor. They didn't even have cold beer, and the waiters were much more interested in the large groups than our small group of three. I was very disappointed, as I'd stayed here twice before and enjoyed it very much.