by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019
Hotel Arya Niwas – Helpful, inexpensive, and lovingly renovated with tradition and charisma.
For those who can’t afford a genuine palace hotel, this former mansion fits the bill nicely: Mughal-inspired design, colonial-era vibe with wicker chairs on the lawn, and a regal lounge-cum-library. Rooms are perhaps not as swish as expected, but are certainly comfortable enough. Most rooms in the older wing have frosted windows facing a corridor/terrace; better are those facing a courtyard or with a balcony overlooking the street. Best of all are those in the newer wing with separate living areas and (almost) private balconies facing the lawn. Also, the travel office is worth using constantly for bookings and advice. The guesthouse is along a quiet suburban side street, but there’s little of interest nearby for tourists.
Hotel Arya Niwas – The Location
- Address: Just off Sansar Chandra Road. Behind the Ambar Tower office block, which is on the main road. The guesthouse is opposite the Vijay Niwas Hotel.
- Area: Along a quiet side-street in an inner-city suburb. Very little of interest in the area for tourists, but safe and fairly interesting. Main road 100m away is chaotic, however.
- How to Get There: From the airport (12km, 31-minute drive), take a pre-paid taxi or walk outside for an auto-rickshaw. The train terminal (2.2km, 8-minute drive), main bus station (650m, 8-minute walk), and nearest metro station (700m, 9-minute walk) are also close by.
- Handy to: Old City.
Hotel Arya Niwas – The Basics
- Guests: Most seem to be older Western couples who relish the ambience and relaxed setting.
- Views: Most inner-city hotels in Jaipur offer minimal views. Many rooms in this guesthouse face a corridor/terrace along which guests walk. A few face a courtyard and are quieter, while a couple of the room have balconies facing the quiet street. Even those in the newer wing aren’t that much better, except the few overlooking the lawn from their (almost) private balconies.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected – or provided – at this sort of inner-city guesthouse in Jaipur.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout up to a reasonable limit of 1GB per person per day. Then charged, but rates are still low.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)141 237 2456
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: aryaniwas.com
Hotel Arya Niwas – Amenities
- Pool & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
- Spa: No separate spa, but massages and other basic treatments can be arranged through the reception.
- Activities: Yoga and cooking classes. Special walking and cycling tours.
- Other Facilities: Business Center. Proper travel office (rather than just a man with a phone and desk). Same-day laundry. Lounge-cum-library. Money-changing. Souvenir shop.
Hotel Arya Niwas – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The Chitra Cafeteria is low-key, but instantly likeable. Big thalis (set meals in steel plates) are a specialty and can be enjoyed on the terrace or in the garden. Vegetarian meals only. And guests can arrange a great-value rate which includes 3 meals.
- Breakfast: Buffet breakfast is usually not included, but is very good value for a small extra charge.
- Room Service: Limited during restaurant hours – 7 am to 10 pm. Some snacks and hot drinks available overnight.
Hotel Arya Niwas – Rooms
- Room Types: Economy AC Single Rooms • Standard AC Single Rooms • Value AC Double Rooms • Superior AC Double Rooms • Executive Superior AC Double Rooms • Deluxe AC Double Rooms • Super Deluxe AC Double Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
- Best Room: The Superior Deluxe AC Double Rooms in the newer wing feature separate living areas and chairs on balconies facing the lawn.
- For Families: Some rooms can fit in an extra single bed.
Hotel Arya Niwas – Local Transport
- Walking: Almost nothing within walking distance of any use to tourists, but the area is interesting enough.
- 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, about 700m away (9-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.
Hotel Arya Niwas – What’s Nearby?
Given the number of hotels in the area, a surprisingly poor choice.
- The Bella Italia – Rooftop setting next to the guesthouse. Better selection than just pizza and pasta, with crepes and Chinese also available. Open for breakfast. 1-minute walk (30m).
- Trattoria – Almost identical to Bella Italia, also with plastic chairs on a rooftop. Wood-fired pizzas, but menu is more limited. About 150m further down the side-street. 2-minute walk.
- Alsisar Haveli – Gorgeous old guesthouse with a magnificent restaurant featuring chandeliers, mahogany tables, and traditionally-dressed waiters. Can also eat in the courtyard or along the poolside terrace. Bar attached. 300m towards the Old City. 3-minute walk.
- Hotel Mangal +91 (0)141 237 5126 – Dreary indoor setting but excellent vegetarian food at low prices. 350m walk, along the main road, just opposite the turnoff to the Arya Niwas. 4-minute walk.
- Dera Mandawa – Another lovely guesthouse, about 500m towards the Old City. Bit pricey and limited choice, but superb food in a family-home dining room or outdoor courtyard. 6-minute walk.
- No local restaurant serves alcohol. A Wine and Beer shop almost on the corner of the main road about 100m away, but anything brought into the guesthouse must be consumed in the room.
- Local shops far more useful to local residents than foreign tourists, except a couple of tailors opposite the guesthouse entrance.
- 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 850m northeast up the road (11-minute walk) northeast up the road. The City Palace (2.5km, 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. 13-minute drive (2.6km).
- 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 (11km).
- 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 (17km).
Hotel Arya Niwas – The Hotel
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