Madhuban Hotel in Jaipur, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019

Review of Hotel Madhuban in Jaipur, India.

Madhuban – Smaller, quieter, and more amiable than rivals, with a family-home charm.

Considerably more appealing than other heritage-style guesthouses in Jaipur, the Madhuban is more of a home (with the family living on-site) than a hotel. Niches and alcoves around the historical building are packed with royal heirlooms, and the spacious gardens and lawns are ideal for a drink or meal. The very comfortable rooms are loaded with antique furniture and offer more windows – and therefore, views and natural light – than most other guesthouses. Being so small, the service is exceptional, yet it’s modern enough for a pool. Located along a peaceful residential street, everything is within a short auto-rickshaw trip.

Madhuban – The Location

  • Address: D-237 Bihari Marg (road), Bani Park, an inner-city suburb. Look for the turnoff at the KP Motors showroom along Sawai Jai Singh Highway.
  • Area: Along a quiet suburban street of middle-class housing. About 150m from the main road, which has some limited facilities.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (14km, 40-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 (2km, 9-minute drive), and nearest metro station (2km, 9-minute drive) are also close by.

Madhuban – The Basics

  • Guests: Most are older independent travelers who enjoy the exquisite setting and genuine hospitality. Some stay longer than originally intended.
  • Views: Because the guesthouse is not overbuilt and is located in a spacious suburb, views of the streets and gardens are better than average.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected – or provided – at this sort of inner-city guesthouse in Jaipur.
  • Extras: Free pickup from the main bus station or train terminal. Often, performances of traditional music, dance, and puppets on the guesthouse lawns.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)141 220 0033
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: madhuban.net

Madhuban – Amenities

  • Pool: Perhaps surprisingly, there is a pool, and it’s nicely flanked by traditionally-designed walls.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • Other Facilities: Travel advice/bookings.

Madhuban – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The modest café is mainly for guests who continue to rave about the quality and service. All meals (and beers/spirits) can be served in the dining room, along the terrace, or on the lawn. Drinks can also be enjoyed on the shady rooftop.
  • Breakfast: Included for all guests and served on the lawn or terrace.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 8 pm.

Madhuban – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Super Deluxe Rooms • Suites • Royal Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Royal Suites feature even more pieces of beautiful furniture. One of the suites has a whirlpool.
  • For Families: Each room can fit in 1 extra single bed. Ask the helpful management about any other configurations as required.

Madhuban – Local Transport

  • Walking: Nothing much within walking distance of interest to guests, but the streets are comparatively quiet, clean, and safe. Less so along the main road, 150m away, where there are a few facilities.
  • 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, Sindhi Camp, is 2km away (9-minute drive), and is 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.

Madhuban – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The choice nearby is limited to other hotels.

  • Umaid Mahal – The opulent Taikhana Restaurant is in the basement, with an attached bar. The rooftop café is more appealing. Turn left from the guesthouse gates and continue across the main road. 2-minute walk (200m).
  • Shahpura House +91 (0)141 408 9100 – Stylish and airy café with a bar, facing the pool and lawn. About 100m past the Umaid Mahal. 3-minute walk.
  • Umaid Bhawan – Rooftop café with a divine terrace, traditional design, and broad views. Turn right from the guesthouse gates, then turn right again immediately. 3-minute walk (280m).

Otherwise, head along the main road (total 600m) to the chaotic Collectorate Circle roundabout. Nearby are several options.

  • Hotel Jaipur Ashok +91 (0)141 220 4491 – Decent restaurant in the uniquely-designed hotel, but the setting is a bit dreary. Facing the roundabout. 9-minute walk (750m).
  • Café Coffee Day – One in a countrywide chain of cheerful cafés serving drinks and light meals. In a colorful office block, 200m down M.I. Road from the roundabout. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Icekraft Jaipur Banipark – Finest in the region by a mile for western meals such as burgers, waffles, and tacos. Ground floor of Crystal Mall, past Café Coffee Day. 12-minute walk (1km).

Shops

  • Nowhere to spend money around the nearby streets, but some shops along the main road about 150m away. Otherwise, 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 about 2.5km (7-minute drive) from the guesthouse, while the City Palace is about 4km (17-minute drive). Both 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. 18-minute drive (4km).
  • 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. 20-minute drive (5km).
  • 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).

Madhuban – The Hotel

The guesthouse is located in a quiet residential suburb.

The guesthouse is on a quiet corner in a residential area of middle-class housing within the inner western suburbs.

The recently-renovated guesthouse is small and has a lot of old-style charm.

The guesthouse is smaller and more personable than most others, and has been magnificently renovated to retain its old-style charm.

Guest lounges are decorated with lots of family heirlooms and photos.

Heirlooms and photos in the guest lounges are reminders that the Madhuban is also part of a family home.

The entire guesthouse is decorated with fascinating old photos.

Guests often stop to admire the decorations and photos throughout the guesthouse.

The friendly design makes guests feel at home.

The overall design is similar to many guesthouses in Jaipur, but this one is particularly friendly, and guests always feel at home.

The rooftop offers seating and city views.

The rooftop has a sitting area where guests can admire the views and enjoy a drink.

Guests can enjoy their breakfast on the lawn.

Guests can eat breakfast on the lawn.

Every level has a terrace for guests to relax.

On most levels, there is at least 1 terraced area for guests to relax.

The swimming pool is large enough for the limited guests.

Squeezed into a limited space, the pool is still a decent size.

The small cafe serves breakfast and meals to the guests.

The modest café in the guesthouse serves breakfast and meals all day to guests, but is not really set up for public use.

Rooms have been loving decorated with ornate furnishings.

All rooms are lovingly decorated. They feature ornate furnishings that maintain the overall ambience of the guesthouse.

The rooms are quite spacious.

Considering the limited space throughout the guesthouse, rooms are pleasingly spacious.

Rooms come with old-fashioned furniture and contemporary art.

As well as old-fashioned furniture, there is also contemporary art on some walls.

The lowest category rooms are also attractively furnished.

Even the lowest category rooms are attractively furnished.

Some expensive suites come with private terraces.

Some of the larger and more expensive suites feature a porch that is virtually private.

Auto-rickshaws are required by guests as the neighborhood is very quiet.

The street outside is quiet but offers little of interest to guests, so auto-rickshaws will probably be used regularly.

The empty plots around the guesthouse help in getting better views.

The guesthouse is in a quiet suburban area, with empty blocks not affecting views.

Umaid Mahal hotel close by offers the basement Taikhana Restaurant and a rooftop cafe.

About 200m away is the opulent Taikhana Restaurant in the Umaid Mahal hotel, but its rooftop café is more appealing.

Shahpura House is next door to the Umaid Mahal.

Just past the Umaid Mahal is the bright and airy café at the Shahpura House hotel.

The Umaid Bhawan hotel also offers an elegant restaurant.

Another elegant restaurant within walking distance of Madhuban is at the lavish Umaid Bhawan hotel.

Hotel Jaipur Ashok's restaurant is one of several within walking distance of the guesthouse.

At the Collectorate Circle roundabout, approximately 600m from the guesthouse, are several restaurants, including 1 in the Hotel Jaipur Ashok.

Café Coffee Day serves light meals and drinks.

Only 200m from the roundabout, Café Coffee Day is a relaxed place for a drink and light meal.

Icekraft serves tasty western food at Crystal Mall.

The finest place to eat in the area, Icekraft serves tasty western food. In Crystal Mall, just past Café Coffee Day.

The Old City's walls are about 2.5km away.

The walls of the Old City are about 2.5km from the guesthouse.

The busy City Palace area is about 4km from the guesthouse.

The bustling area around the City Palace is about 4km from Madhuban.

The Old City has several fascinating markets.

The Old City is home to several fascinating markets.

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