by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 19, 2019
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).
- 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).
- 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).
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