Family Hotel Review: Jas Vilas, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
This 1950s family mansion turned convivial family-friendly hotel has just 11 rooms set around a pretty bougainvillea-filled courtyard with a sparkling swimming pool.
Best For: Families looking for a great deal; kids of all ages
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
This 1950s family mansion is today a convivial family-friendly hotel run by the equally welcoming Mahendra and Lily Singh. Set around a romantic courtyard, the pretty three-storey hotel features delicate wall murals and oodles of pink bougainvillea tumbling over the balconies.
Lily takes great pride in the hotel and this is evident in the décor, particularly in the 12 bedrooms. Some rooms feature traditional Rajput mirror work, others Jaipur’s famous blue pottery. Antique furniture abounds and beds are covered in colourful embroidered quilts.
The rooms open onto verandas overlooking either the sparkling swimming pool or the gardens at the front of the property. Cane chairs and tables line the balconies and there’s also a cosy hanging basket chair, perfect for afternoon reading. All in all it’s homely, friendly and extremely good value for money.
Why The Kids Will Love It
Jas Vilas is an excellent family-friendly base from which to explore the colourful and often chaotic Pink City. Located away from the hullabaloo of the old town, it makes for a wonderful retreat at the end of busy days sightseeing.
Although there are no special facilities for kids there is a large garden at the front of the property and a blue-tiled central swimming pool. The large shaded verandas are ideal for reading or playing games and the terraced dining area near the pool is also a good spot to while away an hour or two.
It’s a popular spot for families; rambunctious toddlers and rowdy youngsters might find the ambience a little too quiet but mum and dad will no doubt welcome the silence after a day exploring the city.
There are 12 bedrooms positioned over three stories, 11 Standard and one Heritage. The rooms all follow the same blueprint, light-filled, spacious and with colourful camel or elephant printed bedspreads. The bathrooms are large and most feature double sinks and bathtubs (although the plugs are kept at reception!). The standard rooms have either double or twin beds.
At the back of the house, the Heritage Room is the quietest room in the property as well as being the largest. It features an indoor mini marble fountain and a footbath for reviving weary feet.
All rooms have Satellite TV
Best Rooms For Families: The rooms can all accommodate one extra bed or two mattresses for families with two younger children. There is one set of inter-connecting rooms, located on the first floor and plans to add another set in the near future.
The pool-facing rooms on the ground floor are a good option as they are close to the restaurant although parents with little kids should note that the pool is not fenced off.
Rooms at the front of the property open onto an enclosed garden. They also face the road and are therefore marginally nosier.
Families with two or more older children will have to take two rooms.
Meals are served either in the cosy ground floor dining room adjacent to the swimming pool or the outdoor terrace with European-style wrought iron chairs and tile-topped tables.
Breakfast is a continental buffet with cereals, toast, fruit and eggs cooked to order. An Indian breakfast is also available.
The kitchen is open from 7am to 10pm so meals are available throughout the day. There’s an Indian menu as well as a continental one. Dinner is an Indian buffet and an à la carte menu is also available.
For Kids: Although there is no dedicated kids’ menu, there are child-friendly dishes on offer. Pasta, sandwiches and other kiddie-friendly fare can be ordered throughout the day. The kitchen is open from 7am to 10pm and meals and snacks are available throughout the day.
Activities for Parents
Explore Jaipur with the experts on an audio tour of the city, which introduces you to beautiful temples, colourful markets as well as the Pink City’s famous landmarks.
Climb up the hill to Amber Fort, peer out the windows of the Hawa Mahal and oggle at the enormous solid silver urns in the City Palace.
Lose yourself in the colourful cacophony of the old city with its vibrant bazaars selling everything from semi-precious stones and ornate textiles to traditional puppets and leather shoes.
Relax on the hotel’s breezy veranda with a sundowner in hand.
Visit the legendary Gem Palace and splash some rupees on some traditional Indian designs or commission your own.
Activities for Kids
Enjoy the hotel’s blue-tiled swimming pool – but only when it’s warm enough as the water is not heated!
Hop in an auto-rickshaw and explore the narrow, crowded streets of the Pink City, keeping an eye out for camels and elephants on the way.
Explore the mind-boggling shapes and structures at the Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in the world.
Unleash your inner artist and design your own t-shirt at the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing.
Head into the old city and climb the steps of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) to peer through the miniature windows at life passing by on the streets below.
A/C, common rooms, cots, doctor on call, nearest hospital approx. 12 km away, 1 extra bed per room, inter-connecting rooms, laundry, pushchair-friendly, swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi.
At the time of writing, rates were as follows:
Rates from October 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015
Single occupancy INR 4440 + taxes (approx. US $70)
Double occupancy INR 5080 + taxes (approx. US $80)
Single occupancy INR 6240 + taxes (approx. US $100)
Double occupancy INR 6680 + taxes (approx. US $110)
Extra person INR 1200 + taxes (approx. US $20)
Breakfast is complimentary
Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
The best time to visit is between October and March. From late November through February the days are sunny with temperatures hovering around 27C during the day and 10C at night. The peak tourist season is from mid-December to the end of January and if you plan to visit over this period, make sure to book accommodation well in advance.
The weather warms up in March and between April and June temperatures range between 32C and 45C. The monsoon rains fall between July and September when things get hot and sticky.
Jaipur’s Elephant Festival is held on the eve of Holi, celebrated in March, and the Jaipur Literature Festival is held annually in January.
Location & Travel:
Jas Vilas is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Jas Vilas is 14km from Jaipur Airport (40min – 1 hour by car). There are regular daily flights in and out of Jaipur’s International Airport to numerous Indian cities. The nearest international airport is Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Jaipur’s main station is 1.5 km from Jas Vilas.
Jaipur is easily reached by rail from Delhi, Agra, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Contact The HotelFor more information or to make a booking enquiry, visit the hotel’s own website by following the link below:
Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Bring games and distractions for down time at the hotel with kids.
2) Allow yourself enough time to explore the Pink City properly. It’s a (wonderfully) chaotic place and you won’t want to cram your days, especially if travelling with children.
3) For ideas on what to do in Jaipur, see our City Guide.
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