Alsisar Haveli Hotel in Jaipur, India

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 9, 2019

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Review of Alsisar Haveli in Jaipur, India.

Alsisar Haveli – More like a large guesthouse than a small hotel, with historical elegance and regal charm.

Built for nobility in 1892, this heritage-style guesthouse offers a genuine imperial ambiance and setting without the price tag of a palace hotel. The design is typically Rajput, which is synonymous with Jaipur: terraced courtyards, overhanging balconies, niches packed with antique furniture, and arched entrances. The Alsisar also features rarities among rivals: spacious gardens, sizeable pool with plenty of room for lounging, genuine garden views, and single rooms. Rooms are in two wings. Those at the front are quite large but potentially noisier, while those facing a shady courtyard at the back are more modest but quieter.

Alsisar Haveli – The Location

  • Address: Halfway along Sansar Chandra Road in the inner city. There is no signpost in English or Hindi, but the arched entrance is unmistakable.
  • Area: Close to the Old City, but the road outside is dusty, noisy, and crowded, and there are almost no facilities of interest to tourists nearby.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (13km, 35-minute drive), take a pre-paid taxi or walk outside for an auto-rickshaw. The train terminal (2.2km, 10-minute drive), main bus station (550m, 7-minute walk), and nearest metro station (450m, 9-minute walk) are also close by.
  • Handy to: Old City.

Alsisar Haveli – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, but most seem to be older independent travelers.
  • Views: Far better than most guesthouses or hotels of this type. Rooms at the front on the ground level overlook the main courtyard, which can get noisy, while those on the upper floor provide views of the gardens. All the rooms at the back face a shady courtyard.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected – or provided – at this sort of historic inner-city hotel in Jaipur.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the hotel for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)141 236 8290
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: alsisar.com

Alsisar Haveli – Amenities

  • Pool: Unlike rivals, the pool is substantial. Sparkling blue and enhanced by the whitewashed structures alongside.
  • Spa: Space for a decent-sized spa. Far better range of treatments and therapies than other guesthouses or hotels.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • Other Facilities: Laundry. Money-changing. Travel desk. Boutique.

Alsisar Haveli – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The magnificent restaurant features chandeliers, mahogany tables, and traditionally-dressed waiters. The attached bar serves imported beers, wines, and spirits. Most guests prefer to sit in the courtyard or along the poolside terrace.
  • Breakfast: Not included, but can be paid for when booking or on the day.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 10 pm.

Alsisar Haveli – Rooms

  • Room Types: Single Rooms • Double Rooms • Deluxe Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Deluxe Rooms simply have more of everything: style, old-fashioned furniture, space, and historical vibe.
  • For Families: An extra single bed can be added to the Double and Deluxe Rooms.

Alsisar Haveli – Local Transport

  • Walking: Very little within walking distance of interest to tourists. The road outside is very crowded and noisy, with virtually no sidewalks.
  • Public Transport: The Jaipur Metro is of limited use to tourists – at least until the 2 new stations in the Old City are completed in about 2021. The nearest station to the guesthouse is Chandpole, about 450m away (6-minute walk).
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) are poorly-marked and almost impossible to find without help from the hotel reception, and useless in the Old City anyway. Otherwise, Uber and Ola work effectively. However, just about anywhere, including the airport, is accessible by abundant auto-rickshaws. Some are electric and feature 2 small benches.

Alsisar Haveli – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Unfortunately, not a great choice within walking distance.

  • Dera Mandawa – Lovely old guesthouse about 200m towards the Old City. Bit pricey and limited choice, but superb food in a family-home dining room or outdoor courtyard. 3-minute walk.
  • Hotel Mangal +91 (0)141 237 5126 – Dreary indoor setting but excellent vegetarian food at low prices. 300m, heading away from the Old City. 4-minute walk.
  • The Bella Italia – Rooftop setting, serving a more inviting selection than just pizza and pasta, e.g. crepes and Chinese. Open for breakfast. Virtually opposite Hotel Mangal. 4-minute walk (300m).
  • Chitra Cafeteria – In the Arya Niwas guesthouse, next to The Bella Italia. Big thalis (set meals in steel plates) are a specialty, enjoyed on the terrace or lawns. Vegetarian only. 4-minute walk (350m).

Shops

  • The street out front is packed with facilities of minimal interest to tourists, so head to the Old City (see below).

Attractions

  • A frenetic maze of shops, markets, traffic, and more traffic, the Old City is both fascinating and frustrating to wander about. In the center, the City Palace (open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm) is a marvelous example of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, and is packed with courtyards, gardens, and museums. The nearest entrance to the Old City, Chandpole Gate, is an easy 600m walk (7 minutes) northeast up the road. The City Palace (2.4km, 13 minutes) is better reached by auto-rickshaw.
  • Jantar Mantar – UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the world’s largest stone sundial and 18 other instruments. 1 of 5 astronomical observatories built in north India in the 18th-century by Maharaj Sawaii Jai Singh II. Right opposite the City Palace. 14-minute drive (2.5km).
  • Hawa Mahal – This 18th-century sandstone summer palace features 953 windows which let in cool breezes during the summer, and allowed the Royalty to view the streets below without being seen. Visit early morning to watch the sun’s rays filter through the latticework. 16-minute drive (3.3km).
  • Amber Palace – UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as Amer Fort among locals, featuring 4 must-see courtyards (Shila Devi Temple, public audience hall, private audience hall, and Mirror Palace), and sound and light shows in the evening. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. 35-minute drive (10km).
  • Nahargarh Fort – Historic defense fort overlooking Jaipur. Houses the Jaipur Wax Museum by the entrance, and features a second, updated Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). 50-minute drive (16km).

Alsisar Haveli – The Hotel

The hotel has a distinctive arched entrance in a busy area.

The hotel is along a dusty and noisy road full of transport and truck shops. The arched entrance doesn’t have any signs in English or Hindi, but is unmistakable.

The reception area sports a heritage-style decor.

The reception area sets the tone for this boutique-style heritage guesthouse.

The guest lounges feature lots of antique furniture.

The guest lounges are packed with antique furniture.

The hotel has a guesthouse-like design with only 2 levels.

The Alsisar is like a guesthouse, with only 2 levels and a setting more reminiscent of a home than a palace.

The hotel has spacious lawns and gardens.

Unlike many hotels of this kind in Jaipur, especially near the Old City, the Alsisar offers spacious lawns and gardens.

The restaurant and bar offer pool-side seating.

Tables and chairs from the restaurant/bar extend along a terrace beside the substantial pool.

The fairly large spa offers a decent selection of treatments.

The spa is sizeable and offers more than just massages.

The restaurant is exquisite and boasts a regal decor and charm.

The restaurant at the Alsisar is exquisite and features a regal décor.

The bar has a good selection of imported beers, wines, and spirits.

Attached to the hotel restaurant, the bar sells imported beers, wines, and spirits.

The hotel has a very appealing design consisting of arched entrances and ornamental balconies.

The overall design of the hotel is very appealing, with typically arched entrances, ornamental balconies, and pale-colored walls.

One of the Deluxe Rooms has a bright and semi-private porch.

One of the Deluxe Rooms features a particularly bright (but not that private) porch.

The rooms in the rear wing are quieter but less grand.

Most of the less expensive rooms are in a wing at the back. They are quieter but less grand inside.

Rooms come with a simple, likable decor.

Rooms feature an understated but likable decor.

Rooms feature prints of old India and Rajasthani nobility.

All walls are lined with prints of old India and Rajasthani nobility.

All rooms feature unique things like hat stands.

Even the lowest category rooms have living areas and unusual features like hat stands.

The neighborhood is not pleasant or interesting.

The general area along the road outside is not pleasant, and not even particularly interesting.

Camels are still common around the hotel area.

Camels are still a way of transporting goods – even just outside the hotel entrance.

The Old City's wall are about 600m away.

The hotel is only 600m from the walls of the Old City.

The vibrant and chaotic Old City is very vast.

The Old City is fascinating but very crowded, and could take days to explore fully.

The Old City markets feature several spice stalls.

Markets in the Old City are packed with stalls selling spices.

Jaipur features electric auto-rickshaws.

Unlike most cities in India, some auto-rickshaws in Jaipur are electric and feature 2 benches.

Dera Mandawa guesthouse nearby offers excellent meals.

Only 200m from the hotel, the Dera Mandawa guesthouse offers a limited but excellent choice of meals, which can be served in the dining room.

Hotel Mangal close by is renowned for its delicious thalis.

About 300m from the Alsisar, the restaurant in the Hotel Mangal serves delicious thalis.

The Bella Italia serves an impressive Italian menu.

Virtually opposite Hotel Mangal, The Bella Italia offers a more tempting menu than just pizza and pasta.

Chitra Cafeteria in the nearby Arya Niwas guesthouse is delightful.

Worth a short walk from the Alisisar is the delightful Chitra Cafeteria in the Arya Niwas guesthouse.

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