I stayed at Kurabar Kothi for two nights in January 2012. We very much enjoyed our stay and recommend it to other travelers, but there are a few points worth noting. First, on the positive side, Kurabar Kothi is a high on a hill overlooking Udaipur and has a great views from the rooftop restaurant and from the rooms with views. Also, the staff was delightful and the one co-owner I met was also very personable. The room I stayed in was spacious and well decorated.
Here are a few points to keep in mind to make your stay at Kurabar Kothi a good one:
1) There are three downstairs rooms that are very spacious and have great views. I recommend requesting one of those rooms (101, 102, 103).
2) Three other downstairs rooms are also spacious but have no views at all (rooms 104, 105, 106). If that’s ok with you, go ahead and take one of those rooms, but you should pay a lower price.
3) There also rooms upstairs. They are much smaller and I believe all but one have no window at all. Again, that may be fine for you, but don’t pay the same price you would for the large rooms with views.
4) The lights in our room were harsh white fluorescent lights which gave the room an unpleasant institutional look at night. That disappeared, of course, during the day when the sun was streaming in. I suggested to the co-owner that he invest in lamp coverings to make the lighting more attractive and he said he would do so – so hopefully this issue will go away soon.
5) Each bathroom as its own small hot water tank. The hot water was certainly hot enough, but don’t count on a long shower (or consecutive showers) unless you’re ok with the water getting cold at the end.
6) Hot and cold knobs for the sink in our bathroom were underneath the sink -- only the volume of water is controlled at the faucet. A bit odd, but not really a problem.
7) Noise proofing between downstairs rooms is less than perfect, which is something to think about if you’re a light sleeper.
8) Kurabar Kothi has been in business for only a little over a year and the taxi drivers at the airport did not know how to find it. Make sure you have their phone number and address with you when you arrive in Udaipur.
9) Kurabar Kothi is about a ten-minute autorickshaw ride (100 rupees) from the City Palace. So don’t stay there if you want to stay in the heart of the action near the City Palace. But we enjoyed being the peace and quiet of being a little further away and were fine with the short autorickshaw ride to get to and from the City Palace.
10) Food in the rooftop restaurant was good, but the portions were modest. Prices were reasonable.
All in all, Kurabar Kothi is a great place to stay if you want an attractive, clean, comfortable place to stay away from the hustle and bustle.
By the way, a taxi between the airport and Kurabar Kothi or other places in central Udaipur is 500 rupees in either direction, but, if getting a taxi from the airport, make sure you go to the prepaid taxi booth outside the airport terminal. If you go to the stand inside the terminal, you will pay almost double for a “luxury” cab.
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- Also Known As:
- Kurabar Kothi Udaipur, Rajasthan