Home away from home
on Sep 5, 2017
We had a very good stay at Snehdeep Guesthouse in Jaipur. Owner Manoj and his wife Smita were very friendly and helpful. Manoj's knowledge about Jaipur is excellent and he has been a very good host. We also did a very good cooking demo with Smita. A very pleasant stay.
Wonderful family-experience in Smita's kitchen
on Apr 18, 2017
We took a cooking class with Smita, learning how to make curry, chapati's, dal, vegetable pilau and paratha's ourselves. Before starting the class, her husband cordially welcomed us into their living room, leading to very interesting discussions about India. Smita is very good at what she does, cooking only with fresh ingredients and spices. The food was delicious, and we greatly enjoyed having dinner with her and her husband. Afterwards, her husband showed us some of the guest rooms in the house. The house is amazing- family owned for a long time, and very huge. The rooms looked very spacious, with authentic furniture, and a nice rooftop terrace. We would definately stay here if we came again!
Home away from home
on Apr 12, 2017
We stayed at Sneh Deep for 3 days in January and count our experience as one of the best we have had in a homestay. We were a family of 3, including a 4 yr old who is super active to say the least. Thoughout our stay, we felt like we never left home. The place is run by Manoj and Smita Kulshreshtha, both intellectually inspiring individuals and stalwarts of their fields. Manoj is a powerhouse on ornithology and ecology and comes from a lineage of scholars. He loves to share his knowledge about local ecology, history and people with his stimulating talks. We came to look forward to pre-dinner gathering in the cozy drawing room that is surrounded with precious historical artefacts and pictures. Guests from all parts of the world visit here and it was a pleasure to meet and talk (or at least attempt to talk) to people from mixed cultures in the small Indian home setting. It was like a mini world converging every evening for the most basic of human needs - conversation and food.
The rooms are clean, well ventilated and sparsely decorated. The furniture is mostly traditional and the staff is helpful. It's best to let your food preferences know in advance. Personally, I loved watching the House Sparrows at the many twining creepers in their garden, chirping every morning at our breakfast time. Overall, our stay at Sneh Deep reinforced our belief in old world values and charm of a homsestay. I would prefer it anyday over a cosmetic and artificial five star hotel.
on Mar 22, 2017
What a lovely place to stay in Jaipur, very close to the old city and bazaars. Welcoming
and charming hosts who really look after their guests. Each room is designed and decorated with local craftsmanship on show and the house is very well kept. The food
is delicious , cooked in the family kitchen and from the roof top seating area the view over the surrounding private homes and distant hills are exceptional. If you enjoy watching the bird life the private garden is a pleasure.
Amongst the worst places I have stayed at.
on Feb 21, 2017
1. Room really cold. Arctic winds blew freely through.
2. With respect to above, the window in the room would not close, lacking a pane. Thus the Arctic winds, which led to all of us catching colds and terrible tempers. Upon bringing this to the manager's notice, he was apologetic, yet the windows remained pane-less. The same cannot be said of the remnant of our stay, unfortunately. We would have felt angry, but we were too numbed by the cold to feel anything at all. Three days after reminding the manager of the window, a thermocol sheet was put up, because the alternative - putting up an actual pane - seemed impossible, apparently.
2. The water displayed bipolar tendencies. Glacial water flowed through the pipes. It is a surprise nobody was entombed in a block of ice while bathing. The hot water, on the rare occasions we got it, would run out within five minutes.
3. Bedsheets were unchanged for the whole duration of the stay, and were unchanged even when we checked in. One wonders about the many bodily fluids the sheets may have been subject to.
4. On the same note, the bathroom was never cleaned, nor were we supplied with fresh toiletries. The drains were so heavily clogged, we feared that the apocalypse was finally upon us.
5. The lights kept flickering at night, albeit being switched off. The fact that they were red in colour did not help our peace of mind, nor the decor.
6. The bathroom door wouldn't close. Then it wouldn't open. The main door also had a tendency to get stuck, requiring us to expend whatever little strength we possess on pulling it open.
7. We were five females living in one room. The bathroom vents opened directly into the corridor, and anyone could easily peer in. One doing so could then see the mirror, and the reflection of the girl bathing inside. It made all of us extremely insecure, since people kept crossing the corridor every now and then. We were then forced to put up towels across the vent as well as the mirror. This led to the bathroom becoming extremely stuffy, which then began stinking: the drain, apparently having had enough, decided to belch out all its contents. We sprayed half a deodorant can in the hopes that the bathroom would stop smelling, but it still stank to the high heavens. We then called the manager to inspect, who then very easily dismissed our claims, saying there is no smell whatsoever. Either he had a cold, or my deodorant was not in vain.
8. The double bed, while impressive and large at first sight, revealed itself to be a flimsy sponge contortion, posing great dangers to the unfortunate individual sleeping on the edge.
9. Management never prompt. Any complaint we made was attended to only after indifference and admittedly innovative and convenient excuses on the management's part; I couldn't have come up with such excuses as a child. Even when the work was done, it was shoddy at best.
10. Our rooms weren't cleaned, yet we'd come back to find a few things moved, clearly indicating that someone was in the room, for whatever purpose. We would have chalked it down to room service, but as mentioned, there was none.
While checking out, the manager was callous enough to say that nobody but us complained about the rooms, very clearly pointing fingers at us.
Overall, the stay at Sneh Deep was fraught with discomfort and a lot of compromise on our part, and it tarnished our experience of Jaipur considerably.