by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019
Atithi Guest House – Unfussy, family-run, friendly, and comfortable, and located within Jaipur’s finest area for facilities.
One of the first in Jaipur to welcome foreigners, the eco-friendly Atithi is still going strong decades later, although it’s undergoing some much-needed modernization in 2019. Nothing fancy, but rooms are more spacious than those costing several times more in a trendy heritage-style hotel. There’s still cable TV, air-con, and Wi-Fi, but the main attraction is the location, with more airline offices, money changers, and places to eat, drink, and shop nearby than almost all hotels in Jaipur. Also, the flower-packed rooftop terrace is a pleasant spot for fellow budget-minded travelers to meet.
Atithi Guest House – The Location
- Address: 1 Park House Scheme, just off M.I. Road. Easier to find (including for auto-rickshaw drivers) using these landmarks: it’s next to Hotel Aangan, and the turnoff along M.I. Road is opposite the All India Radio building.
- Area: Inner-city suburb, with far more places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance than almost any other hotel or guesthouse in Jaipur. Streets are safe and fairly clean, although less so along M.I. Road, about 150m from the guesthouse.
- How to Get There: From the airport (12km, 35-minute drive), take a pre-paid taxi or walk outside for an auto-rickshaw. The train terminal (1km, 13-minute walk), main bus station (550m, 7-minute walk), and nearest metro station (450m, 6-minute walk) are also close by.
Atithi Guest House – The Basics
- Guests: Caters very well for budget-minded independent travelers, some returning decades after visiting during the ‘80s or even earlier.
- Views: Better than some heritage-style hotels costing far more. All rooms face outwards, most towards the quiet backstreets. Those with balconies facing the front street are still quiet, while some on the ground floor overlook the tiny garden.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected – or provided – at this sort of inner-city guesthouse in Jaipur.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)141 237 8679
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: atithijaipur.com
Atithi Guest House – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
- Other Facilities: Guest lounge. Business services. Book exchange.
Atithi Guest House – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The all-day café is currently open only to guests, but this may change after renovations. In early 2019, it only provides Indian and western snacks and drinks. Beers can be ordered, best enjoyed on the rooftop terrace.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates.
- Room Service: None available, except for tea and coffee.
Atithi Guest House – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Large Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but OK anywhere else.
- Best Room: All rooms are pretty much the same. The better ones are those on the top floor. These are more distant from street noise and offer the sort of views boasted by 4-star hotels.
- For Families: Good value for budget-minded families. All rooms can fit in an extra single bed. Otherwise, book 2 adjoining rooms (but without connecting doors).
Atithi Guest House – Local Transport
- Walking: The backstreets are clean and safe enough for walking. Less pleasant is the major thoroughfare, M.I. Road, 150m away.
- 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 Sindhi Camp, 450m away (6-minute walk) and attached to the bus station.
- 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.
Atithi Guest House – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Far more choice than almost all guesthouses/hotels in Jaipur. Also, a few dingy bars and wine/beer shops around the backstreets.
- Signature Restaurant – In Hotel Aangan next door. Fashionable décor and tasty Indian food. 1-minute walk (30m).
- Hole in the Wall +91 86191 47200 – Well-named, it offers simple Indian and Western food at local prices in a miniscule building. About 40m from the guesthouse towards M.I. Road. 1-minute walk.
- Topaz Restaurant – In the grey-colored Natraj Hotel, on the corner, 100m away from M.I. Road. Better-than-average selection of vegetarian Indian, Chinese, and Italian food. Even some Mexican dishes. 1-minute walk.
- Pizza Hut – Why not for a change? Follow the signs at Ganpati Plaza, about 250m further along the road from Topaz Restaurant. 4-minute walk.
- Unlike most guesthouses/hotels in Jaipur, there are plenty of shops nearby. Most are around Motilal Atal Road, only 100m north from the guesthouse (away from M.I. Road). And most facilities are of use to tourists: e.g. travel agencies, airline offices, and moneychangers. 2-minute walk.
- 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 (1.8km, 8 minutes), and the City Palace (3.6km, 15 minutes) are best accessed 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. 15-minute drive (3.7km).
- 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 (4km).
- 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 (12km).
- 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 (18km).
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