This attractive Heritage Hotel is a 17th century haveli, centred round a courtyard and set on the shore of Lake Pichola. It's a perfect place to base yourself in Udaipur, within walking distance of palaces, temples and shops, and makes a peaceful retreat when you want to escape bustling city life.
Guest rooms are arranged around the courtyard. The decor and furniture is traditional in style and many feature cushioned window seats. All have private bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Television and telephones add a modern touch.
The restaurant has views of the serene lake and the much-photographed Lake Palace, and the terrace is ideal for al fresco dining. Indian, Chinese and continental cuisines are served, providing plenty of choice. There's a bar for sociable drinks. The hotel has an ayurvedic centre where you can treat yourself to a therapeutic massage.
As well as the usual sightseeing options, staff can arrange guided tours, excursions further afield to locations such as the Monsoon Palace and Jain temples at Ranakpur, and activities including horse riding.
Open: Jagat Niwas is open all year. Location: Jagat Niwas is in the heart of the old city, facing Lake Pichola and beside the City Palace. It is 3 kilometres from the railway station and 25 kilometres from the airport.
Rooms: The hotel has 29 guest rooms in 5 different categories: standard, haveli and raj rooms and pichola suites. All have comfy beds, ceiling fans and large windows, TV, phone, period furniture and en-suite bathroom. Heritage and raj rooms and pichola suites face the lake and have window seats where you can admire the views.
Activities: The hotel is well located for sightseeing, shopping and taking boat trips on the lake. Staff at the travel desk can arrange a variety of additional excursions and activities on request.
Facilities: The restaurant is situated by the lake and has a cosy indoor area and a lovely terrace for outdoor dining. There is an ayurvedic centre specialising in massage. The hotel has internet access. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables in the restaurant and on the terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.
"Looks like an Escher print, beautiful terrace overlooking the Lake for breakfast and dinner. Room perfectly adequate but not great."