As a relatively seasoned traveller, it is rare that I arrive at a hotel and am rendered speechless.
After pulling up in an auto-rickshaw to the fairly underwhelming entrance to Kankarwa Haveli, I was ushered through the lobby as if I was a regular and honoured guest, and led up to my room. The staircases can be a little steep and long, but the top-floor restaurant and rooms are very much worth the climb. Since my room voucher specified a single room with breakfast, I was pleasantly surprised to be shown into a large suite, with the bedroom having floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Pichola. The Haveli is on the water's edge so to have such a view to wake up to was amazing. The room itself was very comfortable, with A/C and fans, a large bathroom with plenty of hot water, and a sitting area with comfortable couch.
The restaurant is one of the most stunning I have seen - panoramic views over the lake (and for you James Bond fans, the Lake Palace hotel) - perfect for sunsets over the water. Oh, and the food was good too and very reasonably priced in comparison with some of the close-by eating places. Great thalis and a good selection of drinks. Breakfast was enormous (though western-style) and all in all was very good value. You could sit there for hours - never mind the other sights in Udaipur.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating, but special mention must be given to the owners who were always ready to help, with a smile on their face, even when faced with a demanding group of 20 requiring breakfast simultaneously... nothing was too much trouble.
I'm just waiting for my next visit to the Kankarwa Haveli - happy to work sweeping the floors, just to see that view again...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A heritage hotel in 180 years old haveli renovated in 1993 by Kankarwa family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kankarwa Haveli Udaipur, Rajasthan
- Kankarwa Haveli Hotel Udaipur