Om Niwas Suite Hotel in Jaipur, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 20, 2019

Review of Om Niwas Suite Hotel in Jaipur, India.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – Suites with kitchens in a tranquil and charming guesthouse, but (like many) it’s a little isolated.

Ideal for small groups or families, the palatial-looking and eco-friendly Om Niwas offers a range of suites, all with separate living areas and decent-sized kitchens, and some with dining tables, too. A few feature tiny balconies which provide limited views (expected within the inner city), but all have plenty of windows offering more light than rival guesthouses. The overall vibe is welcoming, with an almost colonial-era charm, evidenced by the wicker chairs on the lawns and Mughal-inspired rooftop sitting area with an English-style garden. Like many newly renovated guesthouses, it’s in a quiet suburban street (a definite bonus), but almost nothing is within walking distance, so look forward to enjoying the auto-rickshaw rides.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – The Location

  • Address: E-23 Kaushalya Path, Durga Marg, Bani Park, in the inner-city. Look for the signed turnoff opposite the Military Hospital along Ram Mandir Road (all road signs in this area are in Hindi).
  • Area: Along a comparatively pleasant and peaceful street in a suburb of middle-class housing within the more upmarket Bani Park area, but nothing of interest within walking distance.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (13km, 32-minute drive), take a pre-paid taxi or walk outside for an auto-rickshaw. The train terminal (1.4km, 5-minute drive), main bus station (2.5km, 9-minute drive), and nearest metro station (1.8km, 7-minute drive) are also close by.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Mostly older western couples who enjoy the tranquil setting, but ideal for families as well.
  • Views: Unlike many guesthouses, suites have 2 sets of windows: 1 facing the corridor/terrace and the other overlooking the streets and buildings behind. A few rooms at the front overlook the small lawn and main street (which is quiet).
  • Kitchen: Unusually, all suites feature fairly large kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected – or provided – at this sort of inner-city guesthouse in Jaipur.
  • Wi-Fi: Included free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 (0)141 220 5352
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: aryaniwas.com

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
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Other Facilities: Travel advice/bookings. Same-day laundry.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The Amaltas Restaurant specializes in traditional (vegetarian) Rajasthani cuisine, but also serves European and Chinese food. Meals can be enjoyed in the basement area or on the rooftop. Delicious home-baked items such as cakes and bread, too. No bar on-site.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Limited service available from 7 am to 8 pm.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio Suites • Luxury Suites • Family Suites • Superior Luxury Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Some rooms in all categories allow smoking.
  • Best Room: Superior Luxury Suites feature separate living/dining areas, as well as kitchens, and balconies with garden views.
  • For Families: One of very few in Jaipur to offer suites for families. Each Family Suite is spacious, with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, and a separate living area, for up to 5 people.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Nothing much of interest around the streets just outside, but more pleasant for walking than most areas.
  • 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, Jaipur Junction, is 1.8km away (7-minute drive), and is attached to the train terminal.
  • 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.

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Nothing nearby, so go to Collectorate Circle, a roundabout with insane traffic about 1km away. (Best by auto-rickshaw.)

  • Hotel Jaipur Ashok +91 (0)141 220 4491 – Decent restaurant in the uniquely-designed hotel, but the setting is a bit dreary. 4-minute drive (1.2km).
  • Restaurant Cinnamon – In the Hamston Park Golden Manor hotel, next to the sister guesthouse, Tara Niwas. Classy Indian dinner buffets and a la carte all day. 250m down Shiv Marg road from the roundabout. 4-minute drive (1.2km).
  • Hitchki Bar & Kitchen – Dingy bar in a basement below the Hamston Park hotel (see above), but decent meals and cheap beer. 4-minute drive (1.2km).
  • Glocal Tadka – Basement-level vegetarian restaurant in Crystal Mall, 500m down M.I. Road from the roundabout. 4-minute drive (1.3km).
  • Icekraft Jaipur Banipark – Best in the area by a mile for western meals such as burgers, waffles, and tacos. Ground floor of Crystal Mall. 4-minute drive (1.3km).
  • 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. 5-minute drive (1.4km).

Shops

  • No shops within walking distance, so hop on an auto-rickshaw and head to M.I. Road, where there are a few modest options such as the Crystal Mall. 4-minute drive (1.3km).

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 3km (9-minute drive) from the guesthouse, while the City Palace is about 5km (18-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 (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. 19-minute drive (6km).
  • 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. 32-minute drive (13km).
  • Nahargarh Fort – Historic defense fort overlooking Jaipur. Houses the Jaipur Wax Museum by the entrance, and features a second, updated Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). 45-minute drive (19km).

Om Niwas Suite Hotel – The Hotel

The guesthouse is located in a quiet middle class housing suburb.

The guesthouse is along a quiet suburban street of middle-class housing and is isolated, so there are no facilities within walking distance.

The guesthouse has a small garden by the entrance.

Between the street and main building is a small but shady garden.

The guesthouse lobby is modest.

The lobby is modest, as expected of a boutique-style guesthouse.

Amaltas Restaurant on-site serves vegetarian meals from India, China, and Europe.

Within the Om Niwas, the Amaltas Restaurant provides a range of vegetarian meals from India, China, and Europe.

The restaurant's top floor seating is a better place to relax and enjoy a meal.

A better place to relax – and perhaps enjoy a meal – is the restaurant area on the top floor of the guesthouse.

The pleasant rooftop has Mughal-inspired features and lots of flowers.

The guesthouse rooftop is particularly pleasant, with Mughal-inspired features and plenty of flowers.

The guesthouse offers views of the backstreets.

Most views from the guesthouse are of the backstreets among this quieter part of Jaipur.

The spacious suites are decorated well.

Suites are spacious and well decorated, if a little understated in the standard versions.

Suites offer windows facing the back as well as the front.

Unlike most rival guesthouses, the suites offer windows to the back as well as facing the corridor/terrace.

Some suites come with tiny standing-room only balconies.

Some suites feature balconies that are barely standing-room only, so views are very limited, as expected of an inner-city guesthouse like this.

The higher floor suites are more spacious but views are blocked by trees.

Some suites on the higher floors are more spacious and the outlook from the windows is of trees rather than buildings.

The larger suites' living areas are well-furnished and have plenty of windows.

The separate living areas in the larger suites are pleasantly furnished. Plenty of windows offer light and a feeling of space.

All suites come with large kitchens.

Each suite features a kitchen – some quite substantial.

Some suites come with dining tables.

And some suites also provide dining tables.

The classy Restaurant Cinnamon serves an Indian menu.

In the Hamston Park Golden Manor hotel (next to the sister guesthouse, Tara Niwas), the stylish Restaurant Cinnamon serves Indian cuisine. The Hitchki Bar & Kitchen is in a dingy basement below.

Hotel Jaipur Ashok offers mostly Indian food about 1km from the guesthouse.

Another option for mostly Indian food is the restaurant in the uniquely-designed Hotel Jaipur Ashok, at the roundabout, just 1km from Om Niwas.

M.I. Road about 1km away has a few shopping options.

M.I. Road, which branches out from the Collectorate Circle roundabout 1km from the guesthouse, has a few shopping areas.

Café Coffee Day serves light meals and drinks.

Within the colorful building in the previous photo, Café Coffee Day serves drinks and light meals all day and late into the evening.

Crystal Mall is a modest shopping center within walking distance of the guesthouse.

Crystal Mall, the main – but still fairly modest – shopping center along this part of M.I. Road is about 1.2km from the guesthouse.

Glocal Tadka vegetarian restaurant is located in the Crystal Mall.

In the basement level of Crystal Mall is the Glocal Tadka vegetarian restaurant.

Icekraft serves tasty western food at Crystal Mall.

On the ground floor of Crystal Mall, Icekraft offers a range of tasty western food.

The Old City's walls are about 3km away.

The walls of the Old City are about 3km from the guesthouse.

The vast and chaotic Old City requires time to explore.

Allow plenty of time to fully explore the Old City.

The Old City markets are busy after dark.

The markets in the Old City are particularly vibrant after dusk.

Jaipur features electric auto-rickshaws.

Unlike most Indian cities, some auto-rickshaws in Jaipur are electric and offer 2 bench seats.

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