Amet Haveli: Bridging Past and Present in Udaipur

Uncovering the timeless charm of Udaipur at this splendid heritage hotel, nestled beside the City Palace. Designer Noorein Kapoor has seamlessly blended past elegance with modern comforts at the 300-year-old Amet Haveli.

Built between 1734 and 1752 under Emperor Maharana Jagat Singh II, Amet Haveli—also known as Ambrai—is a historic gem nestled on Lake Pichola. Positioned between the City Palace and Taj Lake Palace, this nearly 300-year-old haveli boasts a storied past akin to its royal neighbors.
Once an imperial retreat with a garden palace designed by the architect of the Lake Palace and City Palace, this manor was transformed into a boutique heritage hotel in 1998 by Jaivardhan Singh and Aparna Jodha. 
Collaborating with interior designer Noorein Kapoor, they added their distinctive design flair, seamlessly blending heritage with modern style. Their effort also celebrated the contributions of local artisans and craftsmen who enriched its authenticity.
Inspired by the City Palace, Noorein Kapoor meticulously echoed its geometric motifs and intricate artwork. “The sunsets here are breathtaking,” she enthuses, reflecting on how dusk hues guided the palette—like Kota flooring in soft yellows and pinks for the restaurant patio and sunlit lime plaster indoors. “The colors blend seamlessly with the cityscape,” Kapoor adds, noting the captivating harmony.
Kapoor transformed an open courtyard into an indoor seating area with full-length doors, offering breathtaking lake views at sunset. She preserved the haveli’s heritage with a vibrant fresco by Rajasthani artist Bhupendra Singh Shekhawat and repurposed original features like pillars and chequerboard flooring for an outdoor bar, integrating historic charm with contemporary elegance.
Acknowledging the challenges of renovating a live restaurant amidst constant customer flow, Kapoor reflects on the unexpected benefits of Udaipur’s tranquil lakes and serene ambiance.

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