A beautiful boutique hotel nestled in old-world charm
During our visit, we had the pleasure of staying at the Dera Mandawa, which is conveniently located in the heart of all the action in Jaipur.
Established in circa 1885 by Thakur Jait Singh Ji of Mandawa, it was built for his stay when he came to attend the court of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Today it is a boutique heritage hotel run by his great-grandson, Thakur Durga Singh ji and the Mandawa family.
We were very fortunate to be staying in one of the grandest staterooms. It had very tall ceilings and a 2nd floor balcony that overlooked the sleeping area, which led to a small child’s room. It felt very exotic and we felt sad that we were only spending two nights here.
Beyond the magnificence of our room was a wonderful courtyard set out with tables for alfresco dining and some cosy and secluded areas to grab a few minutes of peace and quiet. Despite being in the centre of a very busy city the Dera Mandawa is an oasis of tranquillity.
As we had a busy schedule for our time in Jaipur and the fact it was winter we didn’t spend a lot of time hanging around the courtyard.
On the night we arrived, we decided to eat in the restaurant at the Dera Mandawa, which turned out to be an excellent decision. They had a number of set dishes but we decided to have the Thali which gave us the opportunity to sample some wonderful fare. The restaurant was small but perfectly formed and the service was excellent.
The breakfasts we equally good and we had the opportunity to meet the owner – a very proper Indian gentleman who was descended from Thakur Jait Singh Ji of Mandawa, the original owner of the building. He was so gracious and enjoyed the fact that we were British (despite us now being American Citizens) as he regaled us with stories of his famous ancestors and the time he spent in England being educated at a boarding school.
If you stay at the Dera Mandawa you will be treated to a warm welcome and super service. Should you manage to arrange to have one of the staterooms you will have a truly royal experience.