28 Kothi is a boutique guesthouse in Jaipur. When I spied this unusual beauty on my Instagram Feed last week I felt a most visceral draw to the space. I hadn’t seen a guesthouse in a long time… you see a ‘guesthouse’ in India is a very specific type of establishment, it’s closer to a B&B than a hotel and has a very basic, clean and no-nonsense vibe that is welcoming but efficient. It’s run by a handful of staff that are more like hosts and has a very neighbourhood vibe.
Most small towns have one guesthouse – its a place where if you have extended family visiting but no room – you can overspill into the guesthouse – then in the evenings everyone gathers at the guesthouse to eat and hang out – even the family members who aren’t staying there!
This first picture of the dining room was (spotted via ThisisWeeny). The simple but beautiful campaign chairs, milky jade pendant lights, the three green parrots (!) and the lush green paintings against that utilitarian guesthouse blank canvas had me hooked!
On further research I discovered 28th Kothi is owned by The Gem Palace – a Jaipur base jewellery brand that has become synonymous with Indian luxury. The guesthouse was first conceived as a place where the brand’s clients and collaborators could stay when they came to the city but now is open to other visitors.
The understated but luxurious two storey guesthouse was built by French architect Georges Floret and interiors put together by Jaipur-based Lebanese designer Nur Kaoukji (creative director of lifestyle label Ecru). During your stay you can relax with yoga lessons, meditation or Ayurvedic massages. There’s even an in-house cafe, with a wholly organic vegetarian menu. Clearly not your average guesthouse!
28 Kothi Guesthouse
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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