The Johri is the newest gem in Jaipur’s Old City

Located in Jaipur’s gemstone district, The Johri is a new boutique hotel from the team behind 28 Kothi. The refurbished 19th-century haveli exudes understated grandeur and promises visitors an experience that’s contemporary and yet steeped in Rajasthani heritage.

Just off the main road from Johri Bazaar, Jaipur’s bustling jewellery and gemstone market, is another unexpected gem. The Johri is the city’s newest boutique hotel, which promises quiet luxury while keeping you close to the local sights and sounds. “We want travellers, local and international, to experience and love Jaipur the way we do,” says Siddharth Kasliwal, whose family owned the now refurbished haveli that dates back to the 19th century. This is the second boutique hotel that Kasliwal has set up in the city in partnership with hospitality entrepreneur Abhishek Honawar—the two have previously collaborated on 28 Kothi at Civil Lines.

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A domed foyer decorated with six-pointed stars welcomes you to The Johri. (Photo: Courtesy The Johri)

The three-storey Lal Haveli, as it was previously known, took nine years to renovate. The result is an elegant space that strikes a delicate balance between understated grandeur, clean-lined, contemporary design, and traditional Rajasthani decor. A foyer with a domed ceiling painted with six-pointed stars welcomes you at the entrance, followed by a small courtyard dotted with bougainvillea and frangipani trees. Many elements of the original structure have been carefully preserved, including its original columns, corbels and multifoil arches.

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The inner atrium of the haveli, which is open to the sky. (Photo: Courtesy The Johri)

Each of the five suites at The Johri is distinctive in design and marked by a colour palette inspired by its name. Manik (meaning ruby) is in hues of pink; Neelam (sapphire) is in blue;  Sona (gold) has been done up in yellow; and Panna (emerald) is pale green. The rooftop Moti (pearl) suite comes with its own private verandah and views of the Old City and the early 18th-century Nahargarh Fort in the distance.

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While pastel shades provide a contemporary feel, antique furniture, custom textiles, and traditional paintings and handicrafts pay homage to Rajasthan’s rich heritage of art and culture. Standout pieces include a pair of chairs carved to resemble tigers, cane light fixtures, pichwai paintings, and hand-embroidered headboards.  “The revival of this legacy property captures the spirit and romanticism of an old-world Jaipur while also bringing to light the contemporary pulse of the city with bold colours, interesting patterns, and thoughtful amenities,” says designer Naina Shah.

Hand-painted murals showcasing Rajasthan’s wildlife, rich mustard upholstery and wicker furniture create a cosy, tropical vibe at the Pukhraj lounge—a ten-seater bar area—and The Johri’s ground-floor restaurant, both of which are also open to walk-ins. Helmed by chef Sonu Singh, formerly of the Four Seasons Mumbai, the restaurant employs organic, seasonal, farm-fresh produce to serve local and regional vegetarian specialties with a contemporary twist. There’s also an in-house Ayurvedic spa that will help you unwind from the cacophony of a day spent exploring the bazaar nearby. 

With its prime location and boutique services, The Johri allows the best of both worlds—easy access to the bustling city of Jaipur and a tranquil getaway.

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