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Friday, February 03, 2017

Ibis Jaipur: Comfortable Budget Hotel in Jaipur

Who doesn’t like Jaipur? With its famous palaces and forts, colorful people, lip smacking lassi, delicious food, vibrant bazaars and a low cost airport hub, Jaipur offers many enticing reasons to its visitors. I recently returned from a winter holiday to Rajasthan where I spent five amazing days in Jaipur. This trip to Jaipur was a visit after 19 long years and boy did I love every minute of it.

Colorful Mirror work on the rear walls of the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan

During this Jaipur holiday, I stayed at the Ibis Jaipur hotel property for 5 nights and this review is based on this recent experience of mine.

1) The hotel is located a bit away from the old city, which I liked as I wanted to be a bit away from the city hullaboo. It is located super close to the railway station, which comes in handy if you are commuting by train. It is also a minute away from the Civil Lines metro station. I used the metro a couple of times to commute from the railway station to the hotel and it was a breeze. But, as Jaipur is a fairly small city, the hotel is not too far away from any attraction.

2) Ibis Jaipur is very much like the rest of the Ibis properties worldwide. The rooms are small, but they have all the modern luxury and amenities – air conditioning, hot showers, safe box, satellite television, tea kettle, great bed and pillows. The rooms are alright for a couple, but if you have kids, then it might be too small for you. The good thing about the rooms are that they are fairly city noise proof. And they stay warm even during the harshest of winters, which is a special quality to have.

Beautiful portrait of the king on one of the walls of the city palace, Jaipur

3) The hotel has great internet connectivity, which works in every nook and corner of the hotel property. Since I work on the move, this is a must sought after feature.

4) If there is one area where the hotel can improve, it is their kitchen. Breakfast spread is good, but taste can definitely go up. Lunch and Dinner menu options are limited and that can improve too.

5) The hotel is located pretty close to a couple of shopping malls and movie theatres. This allows you to pack some activities into your late evenings when the old city area starts shutting down.

6) The hotel has a basic gym with some treadmills, cycles and cross trainers. It would be nice if they had a decent weight training section too.

Public gateways in old Jaipur, Rajasthan

7) None of the rooms have any sort of view. But, if you wish for a city view or of the metro trains, ask for the top floor.

8) Hotel staff are cordial and the front desk is pretty efficient. But, it would be great if they were more knowledgeable about the attractions in the city, the time it takes to commute and the likes.

Overall, Ibis Jaipur is a comfortable 3 star budget hotel in Jaipur that offers good value for money and a standard Accor group quality. It is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.



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