Budget stay in Udaipur – Udai Niwas
2017 ended on a good note with a last-minute travel hop to Udaipur. This beautiful city had been on my travel cards for eons. With a depleted travel journal for 2017, a vacation at the enchanting Udaipur was the perfect way to round up the year with a bang.
The city of lakes has a plethora of options to stay, with almost every other hotel claiming to offer a lake view just to lure in the naïve traveller. I was looking for a place which was not only centrally located but also convenient to wander out to nearby tourist attractions. This is where Udai Niwas fitted the template well.
Centrally located: Up in the old Udaipur, Hotel Udai Niwas is located up a small alleyway in a bustling neighbourhood lined with little restaurants and colorful shops. A mere 30 minute drive from the bus station and barely 30 metres from Lake Pichola, Udai Niwas is ideally situated near most of the hot spots in the city; not exaggerating but “Bagore ki Haveli” is an exact 60 second walk from the hotel. Going over to the other side of the lake and exploring the town a little further was fun to simply walk down.
Rooms: The delicate details and pretty colors cast a happy vibe as I stepped inside our room. I checked in to a Premium room on the top floor, with a clear view of the gateway of Gangaur ghat, the bustling neighbourhood and a panoramic view of Lake Pichola in the distance. The room itself was spacious and felt warm & homely especially during those cold winter days. With beautifully arched doors and windows, a white plush bed and artsy ornate, the room was creatively designed to integrate modern amenities with a traditional touch.
Food: Our stay was inclusive of a complimentary breakfast. The food was decent with a limited range of options on the menu. The terrace restaurant is apt to unwind at the end of a long day spent exploring the city. The bright and colourful lights from the lakeside hotels gleaming over the waters of the lake at night offer a serene view especially if you are enjoying a glass of wine over at the terrace. During the day, this restaurant transforms itself into a pinterest-y café of Greece with walls splashed in white with a pop of orange and turquoise.
Things to do around: Staying at Udai Niwas means you’ll be a stone’s throw away from all of the landmarks of the city. Just a short stroll from the hotel is City Palace and Jagdish temple, the must visit places when in Udaipur. During the evenings, people grab a seat along the steps of Gangaur Ghat waiting to get a magical glimpse of the sun set over the horizon of Lake Pichola. And, do try and walk around the places, you’ll enjoy them more 😊
Service: The staff was helpful, almost a human version of Google maps as they helped us with the directions and hidden gems since internet services were disrupted for almost a week due to ongoing political issues. Somehow, the old school way of finding places was way better than a fancy gizmo.
Experience: Udai Niwas is an apt hotel for families on a budget trip in Udaipur. It was a good experience as the hotel was convenient and in a prime location especially if you want to cover most of the places without renting a bike. The rooms were neat and staff courteous. I would recommend for a family stay or anyone looking to set camp on a budget.
I was invited as a guest, however, all above mentioned opinions and published pictures are my own and not influenced in any way whatsoever.