Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
This hotel, opposite the Sajjan Niwas Gardens, is more relaxed than many in this price category. Rooms are elegant rather than luxurious, and the family suite, with two levels and two bathrooms, is good value.
Hotel Om Tower
This worrying precursor to future Jaipur rises high above the city like a chunky space rocket that tragically crash-landed. Rooms are average at best, and the glitz-and-beige design may not be everyone's bag...
Ram Pratap Palace
This delightful hotel appeals for its peaceful location away from the tourist epicentre (it’s still within 10 minutes’ walking distance of the old city but feels a world away), its creature comforts (including a well-being spa) and friendly service...
Hotel Karni Bhawan
A remodelled colonial bungalow that feels eerily motel-like and is popular with groups. It is still good for families, thanks to the peaceful lawns, village-theme restaurant and large, though unshaded, pool...
The Raj Palace
This stunning palace is almost over-the-top-end, with an antique-crockery museum, an enormous crystal chandelier and a stellar list of royal guests...
Hotel Desert Winds
Next door to Harasar Haveli, this venture has spotless and spacious but rather bland rooms, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It’s run by a retired director of Rajasthan Tourism.
Vivanta By Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
This modern Taj Group hotel uses traditional flourishes to good effect. It is centred on a courtyard featuring a huge swimming pool, and the luxurious rooms can be had for hefty discounts when occupancy is low.
Jawahar Niwas Palace
Like a desert mirage, this forlorn beauty stands 1km west of the fort in a barren desert garden. Rooms are elegant and spacious with soaring ceilings and generous bathrooms. Those upstairs at the front have the best fort views...
Tiger Safari Resort
Some 4km from the train station, this is a better-value option where the helpful management is adept at organising safaris, and waking and feeding you for the morning safari...
This Alsisar hotel is a palace fit for a king, with impressively spacious rooms; a long, gold-inlaid dining area; and a monstrous courtyard that feels like an abandoned film set. Even management appears awestruck...
Hotel Hilltop Palace
It may not be oozing with an intimate charm. But with its well-appointed rooms and lofty perch on a hilltop, this modern hotel offers comfort from on high, affording fab views all around...
Taj Lake Palace
Location, location. Yes, much of the resplendence of the Lake Palace Hotel has to do with the sheer fact that it is seemingly floating on Pichola Lake...
Owned by the Shekhawat Rajput clan, this is a sumptuous option, although it lacks a family-run feel...
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
Udaivilas’ butter-sculpture domes are breathtaking. It’s a luxury boutique hotel that doesn’t spare the glitz and gold leaf. Suites also have their own pools, and there are two excellent and opulent restaurants.
The Blue House, Guest House
Certainly blue, this rambling old house has a variety of individually decorated rooms and some very steep stairs. Beware of competitors with similarly named hotels.
Fateh Prakash Palace
An early-20th-century stomping ground for Maharaja Fateh Singh, this is palatial and classy. The cheapest double rooms are not in the main palace wing, but all have an exquisite lake view.
This grandiose modern hotel is blissfully quiet and particularly good for families. It’s constructed from local sandstone, and the friezes around the hotel were sculpted by local artisans. There’s a superb pool (nonguests Rs200) and restaurant.
Nachana Haveli A Heritage Hotel
This 280-year-old sandstone haveli is a fascinating hotel. The raw sandstone rooms have arched stone ceilings, and the ambience of a medieval castle...
Jai Mahal Palace
Once the residence of Jaipur’s prime minister, this gracious 18th-century building is now a grand, luxurious hotel run by the Taj Group. It is set in 7 hectares of manicured Mughal gardens, which most of the swish, comfortable rooms overlook.
Jaisamand Island Resort
Jaisamand Island Resort is a modern stylish hotel in a wonderful, secluded location 20 minutes by boat across the lake. The pool has a brilliant setting but isn’t always full and there can be an air of neglect...
Hotel Harasar Haveli
Harasar is a popular budget (and midrange) choice, and a great place to meet other travellers. There are 33 rooms covering a huge range in prices...
The former residence of the maharaja, this beautiful palace is now a luxury hotel set in 19 hectares of serene gardens with sweeping views across immaculate lawns...