Hotel: Umaid Mahal Hotel
When we first got to the hotel, we were disappointed by its size. We were like, “so petite!” 🙄 Since we thought it’s a palace, we were expecting something grand, with multi-level-ceiling lobby, spacious courtyard, and green beautiful gardens. And we saw none of these… Later we learned that due to its size, Umaid Mahal Hotel cannot be called a palace, but a heritage castle or boutique hotel. In India, a mansion can be called a palace only if it has 50 rooms or more. And Umaid Mahal Hotel has only 32 rooms.
Because of the disappointment brought by the first impression, we were considering staying in this hotel for only a night and moving to another hotel for our second night in Jaipur. But after a very good dinner in the hotel and learning that there would be fresh fruits in its complimentary breakfast, we changed our mind and decided to stay there for both nights 😎
The dinner was great! Food was fresh and delicious, and the price was fair (you should try their tandoori roti, cucumber raita, and veggie fried rice, YUMMY 😀 ).
Actually Umaid Mahal is a pretty little castle with nicely decorated interior that goes into the details. For those who want a real palace experience with grand, luxurious setting, Umaid Mahal isn’t for you. Come to the end of it, it’s not even big enough to be qualified as a palace. But if what you are looking for is an Indian cultural heritage experience in a beautiful boutique hotel with a limited budget in hand, then I would recommend you Umaid Mahal.