When we arrived I was totally against considering Bundi Vilas. First up, it's off the main strip, secondly, the hotel's name seems to be missing an "L", and thirdly, we had already checked out 5 other rather disappointing hotels (incl Bundi Haveli). However, the wife gently insisted that we "have a little look," and I am so glad she did. We had intended to stay 2 nights in Bundi, we ended up staying 5.
We both felt so completely "on holiday" at Bundi Vilas and, after travelling around India for 2 months, I can certify is not always the case.
Unique Quality: The Room
Our room was 300 years old, and it really felt like it belonged to an Indian Princess. The bathroom floor was white marble and the windows weren't windows at all, but fantastically intricate stonework; don't tell Arun, the Manager, but we spent hours dangling carrots and bananas through these "windows" feeding three little baby monkeys. And it was dead quiet, except for the occasionally crackly desert insect.
The bed was a proper mattress, draped in a feather bed set and clean, crisp sheets (and in India this is no small thing, I'm writing this review from the Classical Indian Double Bed i.e. two single beds wedged together)
Bundi Vilas is a family run business. Or rather it is the pride of a refined but warm Rajasthani family. Once you know this I think you can get a good idea for the service. For example my wife felt a little off colour one day, and we spoke in passing to Arun, the manager, about it. The next thing we know we are receiving a consultation from Arun's Uncle, a Doctor, and the total bill for this service was 2 rupees (less than 10 cents). The kindness didn't stop there as Arun's mother prepared special "tummy friendly" food.
You could drink a can of coke on the hotel's rooftop and it would be special. It is directly beneath the palace but above rest of the old city. However, the family make sure every meal is very special. Breakfast is the full deal consisting of toasts, cereals, conserves, eggs as you like them, juice, seasonal fruits and teas or coffees. The buffet dinners are also a fine treat under the floodlit palace.
Directions: It is up a little winding alley, about 80 metres past gates and under the palace. Look for signs on main street to point you in the right direction. It sounds confusing, but it is actually very easy to find.
Below Palace, Opp. Ayurvedic Hospital, Bundi
opp Moti Mahal Palace, Bheru darwaja, Balchand Para, Bundi
1 Civil Lines Ishwari Niwas Bundi -, Bundi