Poonam Haveli – A Haveli Style Hotel in the Old City of Udaipur

It was our second visit to the ‘City of Romance’ or the ‘City of Lakes’ as Udaipur the city in the Rajasthan state of India is popularly known. The city of Udaipur has a rich cultural heritage and the best way to experience this would be to stay in a haveli style hotel in the old city of Udaipur.

Poonam Haveli

Poonam Haveli is a marvelous haveli style hotel situated in the heart of the bustling old city of Udaipur. Fifteen years back the family home was converted into a hotel by the Mr.K. L. Soni father of the present owner. Mr.Soni was one of the best artists of Miniature Paintings in Udaipur of his times which is evident from the beautiful painting adorning the hotel walls and ceilings.

The Haveli today is managed by Hemant Soni and his wife Sonia who stay in the basement of the same building. The owners speak Hindi, English, French and German languages which would make it easy to accommodate foreigners and make them feel at home. With a total team of fifteen including three managers, the hotel provides with 24 hours of service.

Our flight landed in Udaipur early morning and we hired a taxi to our hotel. Initially, our plan was to drop our luggage at reception and do some sightseeing in and around the area as we would reach well before the check-in time. But the manager was kind enough to offer us an early check-in to freshened up before starting our sightseeing.

We are glad he did. As we had started in the wee hours of the morning to catch our early flight we were drowsy and exhausted. Our room on the first floor was spacious and minimalistically designed with a pleasant ambiance.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

In-room amenities included phone, television, free wifi access and a coffee table with chairs.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

The attached bathroom was spacious and clean with hot water facilities and basic toiletries.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

We freshened up and soon dozed off.


The Poonam Haveli offers 16 rooms which include 13 double, 2 triple bedrooms with attached bathroom. The Haveli also offers a large family room which has a double bed and the room opening into an alcove through arches housing 2 kids beds. As the family room wasn’t occupied the manager allowed us to have a peek into it.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

The lobby is lined with easy chairs and coffee tables for relaxed outdoor seating.


We woke up rejuvenated and decided to have an early lunch. We met the owner Sonia in the restaurant who was having lunch with her kids. Sonia and her husband are very amicable hosts who will ensure to make your stay comfortable and homely.

The top two floors of the hotel serve as a restaurant named ‘Bon appetit cafe and restaurant’. The lower floor is roofed terrace which has a kitchen and the upper floor is more of a secluded open terrace. None of the rooms have a view of the Lake Pichola but the restaurant makes for this with a commanding view of the Pichola Lake, Lake Palace and Jagmandir Island Palace and the old city with the backdrop of undulating Aravalli range.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

Above is the view of the old city at sunrise from the Restaurant and below is the Lake Palace in the Pichola Lake.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

This multi-cuisine restaurant serves Indian, Chinese, French and Italian cuisines. After some good rest, we were famished and devoured on some appetizing traditional Rajasthani dishes taking in the wonderful views of the old city.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur


Poonam Haveli is situated close to Lal ghat on the banks of serene Lake Pichola. Ghat is a promenade with stairs leading to the lake. The old city of Udaipur is surrounded by Lake Pichola hence providing proximity to several ghats on the shores of the lake where you can spend your evening watching the illuminated traditional buildings of the old city.

The area around the hotel is jam-packed with shops for souvenirs, handicrafts, and traditional Rajasthani stuff. This is a perfect location as all the major attractions are within a walkable distance. The City Palace of Udaipur perched on the hill on the shores of largest Lake of Udaipur Lake Pichola and is just around 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

We planned to spend the evening experiencing the heritage program at the Bagore ki Haveli which was just 5 min walk from the hotel. The owner offered to help arrange the ticket as the seats fill up very soon but as we had enough time we decided to get the tickets ourselves.

Back to the hotel, we decided to have dinner on the top floor under the open starry sky. The top floor had marble seatings illuminated with candle lights.

Poonam Haveli Hotel Udaipur

The views of the old city bathed in golden light and its reflection on the calm lake were mesmerizing. As the night got chiller the hotel staff offered us a warm quilt to cuddle up while we savored the delicious dinner taking in the views.

Next day morning we had our breakfast which is complimentary with the stay. Our plan was to do city sightseeing and visiting the city palace and other popular sites.  The hotel arranged for an auto at a reasonable price. The auto would show us around the city briefing about the attractions we visit which we believe is the best way to Udaipur sightseeing. We checked out, left our luggage at the reception and hopped onto the auto to explore the beautiful city.


The old city of Udaipur has narrow streets winding through the snuggled up buildings hence parking could be a problem. If you are visiting with your personal vehicle then request assistance from the hotel management for an availability of parking facilities.

Have you been to Udaipur and stayed in a haveli style hotel? We would love to hear your experiences.

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30 Comment

  1. I didn’t know what haveli style is! There’s actually an Indian restaurant just behind the corner and the name of the place is Haveli. It would be great to stay in a hotel with local touch.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Tiina 🙂 Havelis are actually naming for traditional family homes or mansions.

  2. Wow! Sixteen sumptous rooms reflecting the local culture! I would love to visit the City Palace and get lost in history!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Udaipur has rich history and culture you should definitely make a visit 🙂

  3. Elizabeth O. says: Reply

    I love that they have the traditional decor, and not the modern ones that hotels these days have. It gives you a feel of their culture! The hotel is beautiful and i won’t have second thoughts about staying here!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree staying in a hotel which reflects local culture and tradition is a different experience all together.

  4. What a beautiful hotel with gorgeous views of the city. I would love to wake up to that view every day!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Those views at the break of dawn were awe-inspiring!

  5. A nice stay especially the family room looks great …..the dinner under the stars seems to be great with such a beautifully lighted seating

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Mohit, the family room looks fabulous and the dinner under the stars was just awesome!

  6. Always nice to find unique independent abodes in a city that are well kept. What is the price range of the rooms at the place? I like how they have utilized the rooftop for their restaurant as it has beautiful views and would make for a perfect place to have dinner especially during the cooler winter months.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree the roof top has some of the amazing views. There tariff depends on type of rooms, you can check here (http://www.hotelpoonamhaveli.com/)

  7. Carrie says: Reply

    To be honest I had no idea what Haveli was. I love the family room in this hotel! Those beds tucked into the alcove would be so much fun for the kids. This looks like a great place to stay.

  8. Paula says: Reply

    Wow, such an amazing hotel! I love that they serve different types of food at the restaurant, that way there is something for everyone :), but… where is the Spanish food? hehe

  9. What gorgeous interiors that they have! I love the vibrant colors and themes.

  10. Kreete says: Reply

    What a view from the restaurant! I love these beds behind a wall/curtain, I would so want to sleep there and for some reason it would make me feel like a princess ha! It sounds like a great family hotel where to stay! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Bella says: Reply

    The style of this hotel is gorgeous, I love the colors that are incorporated in the decor.

  12. neha says: Reply

    Beautiful settings..the hotel seems to go perfectly with the essence of Udaipur. In historical cities like these, my first preference is hotels like these. They add a rustic charm to your stay..isn’t it?

  13. Shem says: Reply

    Udaipur has been a place on my list for ages now! The next time I’m in India I’ll definitely have to make it to check out this beautiful city and this gorgeous hotel! And I don’t think a stay there will be complete without watching the sunrise with that view of the old city!

  14. Those views would have been quite delightful! I can understanding how the night view would be so mesmorising. Lovley style hotel.

  15. What an informative and interesting post! It was great to learn about the family as well and made it that much more special. Awesome pix too!

  16. Wow! I love those rooms! I would totally feel like a princess staying there!

  17. Okay, the kids rooms are amazing. I know my kids would feel like they were in a palace. Especially with such a rich palate of colour. In fact, they would play in the room the whole time. I could go out for that view at night and the food. Which looks amazing!!!!!

  18. This hotel is really beautiful! It’s a different style then I used to. Just amazing place! <3

  19. Kristen says: Reply

    What a beautiful hotel with amazing views of the city!

  20. Sarah, Things Sarah Loves says: Reply

    This hotel looks amazing! I love the splashes of colour that have been added to each room – so pretty!

  21. Se manifique! Loved the photo journal and descriptions. i would loooove to visit there. such splendid views and the food looks heavenly

  22. Everything looks perfect, this is the new place i heard in your post. Thanks for suggesting us about new place to visit.

  23. Udaipur is one of our favourite cities as well! Want to go there every couple of months!

  24. I swear, every time read something about India, I cry a little. I’ve always wanted to go there.

    You have lovely photos and writing style.

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