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Hotels Vs Homestays | Where To Stay In Jaipur?

Jaipur is one of the top tourist destinations in India attracting enormous travelers.The tourism infrastructure of hotels and accommodation is considerably evolved.Over the last few years, many modern hotels, home stays and Bed & Breakfast options have come up in Jaipur.There are a substantial number of hotels to cater to all kinds of budget and categories across the city.With such a plethora of choice, it becomes challenging for travelers to select stay options in Jaipur.This guide will help travelers to select places to stay in Jaipur.

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Hotels

Hotels are defacto choice for most travelers. The kind of services hotels offer cannot be matched by a guest houses or B&B. In Jaipur, one can find hotels for as low as Rs 800 and Rs 1.5-2 Lakh on the higher side.

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Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur

Why do travelers choose hotels over other options?

  • Hotels are spread all across the city. Customarily, people have preference for staying in certain areas due to work, shopping, choice of dining options, to name a few.
  • Hotels offer many facilities like restaurants, gym, business centers, laundry, travel arrangements, etc.
  • With chain hotels like Marriott, Hilton, Oberoi, Taj etc. parameters & benchmarks are already set; one needs not worry about room size and services offered.
  • Hotels are very proactive with complaints and often one can easily contact customer care to obtain resolution.
  • Hotels offer privacy as one can walk in or out anytime one chooses.

There is no denying there is an immense choice of hotels in Jaipur to suit all the parameters.

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Hotel Fairmont

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Guesthouses & Bed and Breakfast

While guesthouses have been in existence for many decades, there has been an enormous shift in outlook towards B&B and guesthouses. While previously, the guesthouses were choice of budget travelers, this is not the case anymore; one can find luxurious guest houses and home stays in Jaipur. These days people are seeking accommodation options akin to the residences.

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Entrance, Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Some people do not like the boring & unvaried look and feel of the hotels.Many upmarket B&B and guesthouses have come up in Jaipur.Many families have opted to throw open their residence to the travelers in the hope of meeting new people or making new connections. Some of these are senior couples whose children are settled in other cities; they are well past the working age and hence are looking for conversation and engagement with travelers. Therefore, for some of these hosts, money is not the first criterion while offering stay to travelers. Difference between guesthouses and B&B has blurred over the years. Many guesthouses do not provide food. B&B only offer bed and breakfast as the name suggests.

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A heritage Haveli hotel in Jaipur

Why do travelers choose guesthouse and B&b over hotels?

  • Personalisation. Since hotels cater to a large number of customers, the staff routinely doesn’t engage with travelers on a personal basis. Many travelers consider this as an important travel experience.
  • Surprise element- Since the standards are preset with hotels, there are no surprises when it comes to room, layout, and experience especially with the chain hotels. With B&B one gets to uncover many aspects only after reaching. Many travelers seek this surprise element.
  • Dislike for Industrialized look stay options- Many travelers prefer accommodation that are similar to the actual residences. B&B offers this.
  • Personalised tips and suggestion are an integral part of guesthouses and B&B.
  • Living with a family as a travel experience is what many travelers are seeking.
  • Experience of staying in a quiet residential areas.

These days finding a great B&B or guest house is not difficult with online portal offering details, pictures, and deals. While searching for accommodations on the portal, one can select guest houses and bed and breakfast only to find the options. One can even read ratings and reviews. In the old days, one had to rely on the recommendations of friends & family.

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Many new schemes have been launched by the Rajasthan state government for guesthouses. The primary motive is to benefit both the locals by way of increasing earning potential, and for unique experiences for travelers. This also allows travelers to stay in offbeat places since the hotel infrastructure doesn’t exist in such places.

What do you prefer? Do share your opinion.

48 thoughts on “Hotels Vs Homestays | Where To Stay In Jaipur?

  1. We stayed somewhere in between. We stayed in a Haveli that was a hotel, but not like a usual Hilton, but also not as personal as a B&B. For us it was perfect, like staying in a piece of history. We actually stayed in 3 havelis in Rajasthan and loved them all. Maggie

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    1. Haveli do offer a very distinct experience. It is a must do when in Rajasthan; certainly an authentic experience. There are a few Havelis that are either guest houses or B&B. I’m glad you did experience this during your trip, Maggie. 🙂

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  2. Whenever I am traveling in India, I try to stay in homestays if I can. First and foremost I go to meet and connect with other people and so Airbnbs have been a mainstay for me to the point that when I go to Delhi or Jaipur I always stay at the same places. If my stays are to be short (like my one night stays on my bike trip) I might just grab a hotel for the evening as they’re more predictable and flexible in the event that I might need to change plans.

    In fact, this approach is pretty much the same wherever I travel for pleasure.

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    1. Todd your travel style speaks a lot about how well-traveled you are. Meeting with locals enhances a travel experience and offers a different perspective about a place and people. I’m glad you have been doing that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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    1. Well said. Tourism industry is well developed in Rajasthan. Once a traveller told me only when one travels in the neighbouring states & visits monuments, it is evident how better Rajasthan is. I’m glad you have had a wide variety of stay experiences. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  3. A friend used to say ‘tourists stay in hotels, travellers stay in people’s homes’. I think I believe that. It is only through staying with local people that you can really experience a place and get the local knowledge and culture.

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    1. So very true. I also think there is a difference between a traveller and a tourist. Tourist wants to tick off places, traveller wants an experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. it’s wonderful to see what many other accommodations Jaipur is offering now. I stayed in two Haveli’s in Rajasthan and they were wonderful, affordable for my tight budget, like 1,100 Rupies back than other ways I stayed at places were mostly locals would spent their nights. I’m not a fan of fancy hotels, their are just not personal and authentic.

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    1. I’m glad you found something to your requirement and liking. I agree genuine experience is what one should seek. Jaipur offers a variety of accomodation since it is one of the leading tourist destination. I guess you visited the city just 3-4 years ago.

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  5. I for one prefer home stays when I travel for pleasure. I find it way more enriching than a hotel. Getting to know the local way of life is what I find alluring. Being the people person that I am, I find this so much more authentic.

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    1. It is not surprising, Neel. You are an explorer and traveller (not a tourist) which explains your choices. Indeed, a home stay is a unique experience unlike hotels who specialize in consisitency and uniformity.

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  6. Love this post, Arv. In the past hotels were the accommodation norm when you travelled. These days, guesthouses and B&Bs are equally as popular. Agree with your points there, especially the one on dislike for an industrialiased look stay options. Personally I like staying in hotels because of security. But in terms of ambience, I like living in accommodation that is more homey or a homey kind of feeling. For instance, I find many hotels commonly provide white bed sheets, monotone coloured curtains and lack of decor. With a guest house or B&B there’s often a more every day ambience and personality of the everyday locals shining through – making it feel like you are actually living there as opposed passing through on travels if you get what I mean.

    Hope you have been doing well over there, Arv.

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    1. Very well pointed out, Mabel. It is true that homestays have their own persona as compared to the hotel. I agree, security is a very big factor why many people stay in hotels. It is often assumed and taken for granted when it comes to hotels because of regulations and norms. One needs to be very careful aout choosing a homestay because of many reasons. This is a reason why many booking platforms often rate and review homestays just like hotels.
      All is well, Mabel. The pandemic situation is quite controlled at the moment. Hope you are doing well. Australia has seen series of lockdowns causing discontent among the locals.

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      1. Reviews and ratings, and credibility of online booking platforms, definitely help in deciding which homestay to pick. Also I find asking friends who have travelled on their recommendations on homestays.

        Good to hear all is well there with you, Arv. Yes, Australia has had many lockdowns now and many people are affected. Summer will be here soon and hopefully it will be a nice summer.

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      2. Recommendations are definitely one of the best options. First hand experience of someone known is preferred over anything else.
        I hope things get back to normal soon in Australia, Mabel. Have you been exploring in and around your city ? I’m not sure if the restrictions apply to local travel as well.

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      3. Talking to someone you tend to get a more realistic picture of what you may expect at your destination. I haven’t been going out much here at all since in lockdown we can only go out for a few reasons. Limiting going out to once a week to get groceries. Hopefully we will have a summer where things are better.

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      4. Sorry to know that you have to stay indoors for such a long time, Mable. I’m hoping things get back to normal, real soon. Take care.

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      5. I don’t mind staying indoors to be honest. It hasn’t been bad at all for me. But it would be nice to be able to go out whenever we can and go out for long walks. You take care too, Arv.

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  7. Jaipur is surely on my list and I would want to visit it soon. I know that the city is known for its havelis and palaces where one can enjoy the luxury and royalty. Even the guesthouses look amazing in the city and I will definitely think of staying in of them too when I am in Jaipur.

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  8. A good post looking at the accommodation options in Jaipur. We would normally seek out a hotel. But the shift towards B&Bs look like they would offer us some unique and luxurious options. And a great option to meet local people and get their insights into places to see.

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  9. I love staying at hotels. I enjoy the anonymity and solitude. Obviously, homestays and more intimate accommodations can be very charming, however, I need the possibility to just close my door behind me after a long day exploring – without appearing to be rude.

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    1. I agree most travellers value privacy and safety when traveling. Many travelers feel they are exhausted at the end of the day and have little energy to strike conversation or stick with the norms of the B&B. This is true for destinations like Paris, Rome, London, to name a few where one has to stand in line for hours to gain entry in monuments. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      1. I found, at least my first couple of times in India, that it was mentally exhausting to be there. Not that it was any noisier or busier than other cities but that so many of the stimuli were new that my mind had to process all that rather than tuning out the sound as I would here in my own city. I remember when I was in Varanasi the first time I would sometimes just go back to my room in the afternoon, put headphones in and listen to music to ground myself and restore my energy. After a few trips, though, that seems to have subsided and it all seems pretty normal.

        My experience with the Airbnb hosts I have stayed with there is that they’re quite considerate and perceptive to this, interacting when I’m up for it, and when I’m tired or “recharging” I’m left to be in my room. For me, especially as a solo traveller it’s better this way than in a hotel. Hotels feel so cold and impersonal and there’s never a chance to just have a chat with someone. Even having a host ask me how my day was at the end of the day makes a huge difference to me.

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      2. Todd, sensory overload is something that every traveller from western hemisphere experiences. Too many sights, smells, and noise does become overwhelming who is not from this part of the world. But once you have overcome this, a whole new world opens up, as you shared. Cities like Varanasi, Haridwar, Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkatta have so much to offer despite being so polluted and noisy.
        I’m glad to hear that you have had great experiences with B&B. It is these very experiences that add to great travel experiences. Hope you continue to meet with great hosts, Todd.

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  10. I’ve been talking to a friend about a possible trip to India next year (assuming we all can travel!) and this was in interesting discussion about the choices we have of where we crash. I’m still not sure which category is best for me, but I think I’ll start with the homestays/B&Bs, and then if I can’t find something interesting, go for a regular hotel. Perhaps a lot depends on the type of breakfast!

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  11. I can agree with the reasoning behind people choosing a Hotel vs. B&B or Guest House. Hotels are conveniently located and you know what to expect, especially with the big names that we all know. I personally prefer the character of a B&B or Guest House. It really is that exciting element of surprise of not knowing exactly what you’ll find until you get there. Plus, the ability to chat to a local is always invaluable.

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    1. Exactly. I’m glad you always choose experiences over convenience. Indeed, meeting with locals opens up a whole new sphere of conversation and experiences. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  12. I remember how a recommendation from my father’s friend was the source of our hotel booking during our first visit to Jaipur. The online hotel booking platforms were not in the scenario then. It was really a tough time then. Now it’s just a matter of few clicks and you get to select your desired stay, you don’t need to look for people for their recommendations.

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    1. Absolutely. Technology has made things simpler. However,on the flip side one needs to be careful of properties misleading people with pictures and fabricated reviews. Of course, the well travelled and intelligent people will be able to differentiate. Average Joe does get fooled. Even now many people prefer recommendations. Old school but it works mostly unless a lot of time has elapsed.

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  13. I am not a fan on huge hotels. I prefer smaller guesthouses or if I’m celebrating, a more boutique but small hotel. When I travelled India (seems like years ago now) I chose homestays. It was such a fabulous way to experience Indian culture and the families all wanted to feed me and I was very happy with that arrangement, lol.

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  14. My preference is always a property rental, as I like to pretend I’m a local rather than being in a touristy area in a hotel. However, when I can’t find anything I like my go-to is small boutique hotels. I like the intimacy and style of them. But when in doubt I do like the Fairmont chain and would choose that one from your list.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your stay preference. I agree small places and homes are definitely more charming. At the same time, one can’t go wrong with the chain hotels.

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  15. Great post and comparison of hotels to B&B’s Arv. I like both it depends on where I’m going and what I’ll be doing. I didn’t know there is a Fairmont hotel there, we have some in Canada too. Jaipur is beautiful! 😀

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    1. Choosing based on options is a good travel style, jennifer. It allows you to adapt. Yes, there is a Fairmont in Jaipur. At the moment, it is the only property the chain has in India. I uess the one in Banff is beautiful; at least that’s how it looks in pictures.

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      1. Yes options are definitely good when traveling. I’m pretty flexible so I can adapt to different scenarios. The Banff Springs Hotel is insanely gorgeous! I’ve been there in the summer but the best time to go is in winter because its like a fairytale with all the snow on this castle looking hotel. The one in Jaipur is really beautiful too, I will have to visit one day! I think Canada has 7 Fairmont hotels

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      2. Happy to know you like to adapt. 🙂
        Going by how you describe, I would love to visit Banff in winters when everything will be covered with snow. 7 hotels? That’s great. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jennifer.

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