Style & character
Built by a French architect for the late great Munnu Kasliwal, the founder of Gem Palace, 28 Kothi in its current, guest house avatar is two years old. It is a collaboration between Munnu’s son, Siddharth and a Mumbai-based hospitality firm. The Instagram-friendly interiors have been designed by Lebanese designer, Nur Kaoukji, who owns Ecru, the lifestyle firm, which does its production in Jaipur. The feel is minimalist for India, but maximalist for say, Japan. There are the obligatory yellow marigolds floating in water in the bronze uruli (container), but there are also amusing touches: parrots that are cut-out from metal adorn landings and walls, star-shaped marble trays hold candles, glass tables with golden corn-sheaf like trunks mimic real-life sheaves.
Magazines such as Suitcase, Racquet, Hole & Corner, are lined up on the hearth along with Vogue, Tatler, and Porter. Contemporary and traditional art line the walls.
Service & facilities
The resident manager and tiny staff make up in friendliness what the guest house lacks in facilities. The manager sits with guests in the living room to discuss sightseeing, dinner, and shopping options. The one-room Pahadi Local spa does basic massages. There is laundry service but that’s about it. Dinner and yoga lessons are to be pre-booked. That said, you stay at this property for its whimsical and rather wonderful design touches: a hooded cobra candle-stand, fish holding napkins, and antique ladles on the bathroom walls.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Each of the five rooms is named after a jewel. Choose Spinel if you like hot pink interiors. Moonstone is naturally white and has a lovely bathtub with salts: the only such room in the property. Topaz is the standard room. It comes with a queen bed, an attached balcony with lots of plants, and an en suite bathroom with a shower. Fragrant Kama toiletries are kept in the bathroom along with organic cotton towels. There is even a soap-menu. Guests choose from five fragrances: lemongrass, musk, rose, ylang ylang, and aqua. Soaps in that fragrance are kept in the room. The tiny Philips boombox that can be connected to an iPhone is a nice touch. There is no minibar, but quinoa and kale chips, ginger ale, and a few other healthy snacks and drinks are kept in the room. The cupboard is painted with a palm tree and inside is a safe and hairdryer. Indian elements are everywhere from the aluminum trunks to the cotton furnishings and colourful cushions.
Food & drink
There is no restaurant as such but the in-house kitchen serves dinner with advance notice. The menu is vegetarian, largely organic and quite superb. Dinners are served in the garden by candle-light. Guests can choose a three-course supper or an Indian thali– a round plate with an assortment of little dishes. Try the Rajasthani thali – it is flavoursome and gluten-free.
Value for money
Double rooms from €92 (£81) in low season (April through September); rising to €154 (£135) in high (October to March), including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Since all the rooms involve climbing stairs and there is no lift, it would be hard for physically challenged guests.
A baby cot is available as are toys and puzzles. Children are welcome but the guest house is not especially designed for them.
00 91 7665834022/28kothi.com