by 1970saskiak on
This is a very authentic and beautifully restored haveli in the old city of Ahmedabad, loaded with atmosphere, quite tranquil although in the middle of the old city, dont be discouraged by the old city, this is still a place where India is like it used to be, where you can wander around rather undisturbed as a white, rooms are very comfortable, very friendly and helpful staff, ask them for a pickup and you can reach the hotel very close by and the staff is there to help with your luggage, we had the king heritage suite, very beautiful!
by Sal M on
Deewanji Ni Haveli is seeped in history, though some of the vintage (Cabinets and cupboards particularly) is straight out of Pepperfry!
Though we had made the booking through an online portal, the hotel was not ready for us...their only and chief Chef was away, in his 'gaon,' so we had to make do with what the boys could cook up for breakfast, and fend for our own dinner. The street side sandwich cartmen made an extra buck that evening. On the day we were leaving the 'maharaj" arrived, and he proved well worth the wait.
The haveli is on the sight seeing map, so even as you put your feet up and take in a deep breath, you may find a guide or a tourist checking out the colour of your socks! Slightly disconcerting? Not really, if you are a people's person. Which I am....so each one of them is a story unfolding for me, I'm okay with them darting a curious look now and then!
We were told to eat breakfast inside the drawing room, because Tours with guides would be arriving. We chose though to enjoy the open 'aangan," though at a price. Large bands of tourists descended, and though they were fairly polite, we were forced to enjoy them with our corn flakes.
Breakfast is decent, though strictly portioned. One fresh juice, one bowl of corn flakes with one jug of milk, tea or coffee, and two eggs made to order with two toasts.
The challenge is getting to the property....You have to disembark from your vehicle at Manek Chowk, with bags and baggage, then negotiate the stretch to the hotel, dodging two wheelers, carts, pedestrians, parked scooters on both sides, some interesting sandwich carts and a few stray Autorickshaws, that drive both right and wrong side of the road. It reminded me of Mumbai's buzzing Bhendi Bazaar!
It's a right turn, and a walk down a less nightmarish gali....and there opposite the Mangal Das Haveli stands this heritage property.
Would I return: No.
What works: The Architecture
What doesn't: Its slightly claustrophobic on the first floor, as the giant lobbies, have no fans, and the air conditioning is off. (an appeal to the owner fell on deaf ears)
The most beautiful hotel in Ahmdevad
by Wm Matthew H on
I could not recommend staying here more. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I saw during my whole stay in India. This is a heritage home on a quiet street in the old city. Within mitutes you will be surrounded by the old markets and architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage city. I could have spent at least two weeks exploring the surroundings, and what could be better than staying in one of the buildings that has given Ahmedevad its incredible reputation. My only note is that there are very few rooms in the hotel, so book in advance and try to get a room on the top floor with a patio that overlooks the whole neighborhood. You will not regret staying here.
Hotel worth staying
by sushilsinghee on
I stayed in this hotel for 2 days. It is a beautiful hotel, very well maintained with clean and spacious rooms. The staff were very courteous and also allowed me early check in. The breakfast was also very good. The hotel is very near to the Manik chowk night food market famous for its street food which starts from 10 pm and runs till late in night.
The only downside is the location. It is practically inaccessible by car and autos are the only option. However, this is situated in only city and such problem in understandable.
Dont forget to see the basement floor of the hotel.. a unique place beautifully restored.
An opportunity to go back in time you do not want to miss!
by sachin_kamat on
This is an ancient haveli (dwelling/ mansion of the wealthy) built around a central courtyard. This one belonged to a Deewan (Minister) of Kutch & Bhuj. Among the many interesting features is an underground water tank with 70,000 litre capacity that stores harvested rain water, a huge reception hall where the Deewan held court (durbar)
Today, there are three retiring rooms, a artistes work area, a museum and a cafe
The present owner who has restored the place is promoting it as a community centre
Do make the time to visit it when you are in Ahmedabad next