28 Kothi

Civil Lines, Jaipur, India Book from Book from £46 per night

Boutique-beautiful guesthouse in a quiet part of town, radiating style and creativity
Hidden down an unassuming lane in Jaipur’s residential Civil Lines district, 28 Kothi brings a new level of luxury to the guesthouse experience. A joint venture between Siddharth Kasliwal (co-owner of Gem Palace, India’s most glamorous jewellery business) and Abhishek Honawar (eminent Bombay chef), it opened its doors in early 2016 to instant acclaim. It was envisaged as a place for Kasliwal’s clients to stay that would be “as extraordinary as the jewels they come to Jaipur for”, and is filled with stunning objets d’art and eye-catching commissions.

With just 5 stylish rooms, a lush garden, a peaceful library and a bijou spa, the atmosphere is particularly special; intimate and welcoming, and ideal for solo travellers as well as couples. Meals are made to order in Cafe Kothi using farm-fresh vegetarian ingredients - you'll breakfast on the terrace and dine under the stars at night. But most seductive of all is the peace here - it's a true urban oasis. You’re more likely to hear the resonant call of a peacock than the thrum of traffic, yet Jaipur’s ‘Pink City’ and its numerous attractions are just a tuk-tuk ride away.

Highs

  • Fantastic value
  • We loved the 5 airy rooms, with their bright tropical colours and potted palm trees
  • Sublime vegetarian food (quinoa biryani, orange rabdi and perfectly spiced Rajasthani thalis)
  • The Kothi Spa - treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage with all-natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas
  • Reading in the library, a little sanctuary with a miniature Indian mural and colour co-ordinated book collection

Lows

  • No pool to cool off in
  • The minimalist and clutter-free aesthetic doesn't allow for mod-cons - no TVs and no minibars except in the Suites
  • Welcomes families but there's nothing for them here
  • A strict payment policy

Best time to go

October to early April, when it's warm and dry, is the best time to visit. December, January and February can be cold in the mornings and evenings, though warm and sunny during the daytime. March and April are fairly hot. In May and June it gets humid and the heat can become intense and uncomfortable. The monsoon breaks in July and lasts until September. January sees the city play host to the Jaipur Literary Festival and bookworms from around the world descend.

Our top tips

For the best insider's guide, bring a copy of Fiona Caulfield's Love Jaipur, which is filled with local tips such as the splendid Saturday Hatwara flea market.

Fashionistas can create amazing souvenirs at the Anokhi Museum of Handprinting, where you can block-print your own shirt!

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 5
  • Breakfast + other meals on request
  • Welcome but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Sapphire

Rooms

Interiors lovers will lust after designer Nur Kaoukji’s flawless rooms. Her passion for the organic percolates its way throughout the entire property, from the miniature Indian mural in the library to the palm prints and bespoke Rajasthani furnishings in the bedrooms. Each of the 5 is decorated in the colour palette of the gemstone that bears its name, and ornate beds have mirrored headboards worthy of a Maharani.

The largest suite, Sapphire, has a floor all to itself and doors leading out onto a private terrace; perfect for couples who want complete privacy. Topaz also has a private terrace - a welcome extra for a standard room - whilst the other standard Spinel has a lovely cushioned window seat. Suite Moonstone is the only room with a bathtub (a fabulous, deep-soaking affair), and Peridot is a great-sized single room that's excellent value for long-stay guests or families with an older child.

Reliable WiFi, bathrobes and air con are welcome extras, and toiletries by KAMA Ayurveda are a fragrant treat, with old soup ladles for soap dishes.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Co-owned by Honawar Hospitality, you'd expect the food here to be first-class - and by all accounts, it is. With an emphasis on the freshest food of the best quality, Cafe Kothi serves up a farm-fresh vegetarian menu with an Indian bent, market produce dictating the daily-changing menus. On balmy evenings, dining under the stars is a real treat. We love the sound of a chickpea and vegetable Moroccan stew served with warm herbed couscous, or a spicy Rajasthani thali with gluten-free chapatis and chilled cucumber raita.

Come morning, a continental or Indian breakfast is served on the terrace - try the Rajasthani version with green split-pea pancakes and an exotic fruit salad. Teas are sourced from Goa (marigold, saffron, lemon green tea), coffee is roasted in Delhi, and the Bhuira strawberry preserve and bitter orange marmalade are handmade in a local village. Provenance is paramount here.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Kuldeepsingh

Activities

  • A UNESCO World Heritage site, Jantar Mantar is home to the world’s largest sundial and other curious astronomical instruments. Its unusual geometric shapes and shadow-play mean it’s great for photos
  • Visit Amer Fort at sunset for sublime views of the city below (11km from Jaipur)
  • In the heart of the Pink City, Johari Bazaar is an assault on the senses: kaleidoscopic, chaotic and brimming with unfamiliar sights and smells - a great place to try out your bargaining skills
  • Hidden in the hills outside Jaipur, GaltaJi, commonly known as the Monkey Temple, is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Hanuman - and home to thousands of monkeys!
  • Visit the elephant rehabilitation centre at Dera Amer, an utterly heartwarming trip
  • Back at the hotel, treat yourself to a massage or yoga class at the Kothi Spa or browse the library’s thoughtfully curated collection of books and independent magazines

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga

Kids

Although families are welcome, the property is very peaceful and pristine, with not much in the way of entertainment for little ones. It would suit a family travelling with 1-2 older children, though: Moonstone and Sapphire can both fit a baby cot or rollaway bed, and Peridot is a great-value single room. Note Moonstone is the only room with a bath.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
8/10
Food
6/10
Service
7/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Home away from home; in a bustling city like Jaipur it was good to have such a nice hotel away from the city noise and traffic, small but very nice garden to sit and relax. Staff were very helpful and provided good insights for things to do. Highly recommended.

10/10,

My brother and I spent 5 days at 28 Kothi. We really enjoyed the property. It's beautiful and full of spots for lounging after a long day. It's also a very photogenic place. The location is great for exploring Jaipur and the surrounding areas. The old pink city is easily accessible by taxi. The staff at the property were extremely nice and catered to our every need.

My suggestion for guests is to plan ahead and make sure you coordinate all your daily plans/needs with the staff first thing in the morning as the restaurant can be closed and 28 Kothi may not be able to accommodate you for dinner.

9/10,

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