12 Best Udaipur Budget Hotels & Hostels with Lake Views

View from Jagat Niwas, Udaipur.
••• View from Jagat Niwas, Udaipur. George Wright/Getty Images

Udaipur, thought by many (including myself) to be the most evocative and romantic city in India, doesn't require you to stay in a luxury palace hotel to enjoy its charms. There are plenty of inexpensive hotels to choose from, offering magical views of Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace Hotel (when it comes to really experiencing Udaipur, the view is important). You'll find many of them in the tangle of touristy streets around Lal Ghat, close to the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, and boat jetty. This is where the bulk of travelers hang out in Udaipur. Gangaur Ghat (where the famous Gangaur Festival takes place), next to Lal Ghat, also has its share of budget hotels. Directly across the water, Hanuman Ghat is much quieter and faces the City Palace. It has a chilled out backpacker vibe. Choose from these top Udaipur budget hotels and hostels, all with lake views and rooftop restaurants.

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    You'll easily fall in love with this rambling, immaculately whitewashed 17th century haveli (mansion), located right alongside Lake Pichola at Lal Ghat. The property is stunningly decorated with paintings, mirror work, and antique furniture. Its restaurant and terrace both have uninterrupted lake views, as do its many lake-fronting rooms. Staff are polite and efficient. The hotel also has the only bar that serves alcohol in the area. It's atmospheric and serene, with plenty of spots to sit and relax, and excellent service. Unfortunately, rates were recently increased but it's still great value.

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    A rooftop swimming pool with a view across Lake Pichola. Check. Housed in a restored 150 year old haveli, Udaigarh Royal Heritage Retreat also offers 19 colorful rooms with Rajasthani touches and tasty food made from organically grown local ingredients. The hotel is set a block back from the lake but its rooms that are higher up do have lake views. Plus, the view from the rooftop is mesmerizing! The only drawback is that hot water is only available at certain times in the morning and evening.

    • Rates: From 2,600 rupees per night, including breakfast.
    • Location: Lal Ghat.
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    Aashiya Haveli promotes itself as a traditional homestay and it receives excellent reviews. It's been in the Aashiya family for over 220 years. They commenced renovation works to convert it into a hotel in 2006. There are 12 deluxe and family rooms to choose from. Each is unique, with its own individual charm. All have white tiled western bathrooms and 24 hour hot water. Do note that only pure vegetarian food (no eggs) is served. There are also no phones or televisions in the rooms.

    • Rates: 2,000-2,500 rupees per night.
    • Location: Lal Ghat.
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    Mewar Haveli is a boutique hotel that's been newly built in the style of an old haveli. It has 12 elegant and brightly decorated rooms, and most of them overlook the lake (the corner rooms have a view of the Lake Palace hotel). Its two restaurants serve a range of vegetarian Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes. A big positive for some people is that this hotel has a lift, which most don't. The owner also goes out of his way to help guests. On the negative side, rooms tend to be small although comfortable.

    • Rates: From 1,850 rupees per night for a standard double room with air-conditioning.
    • Location: Lal Ghat.
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    Relatively new in Udaipur, Greco House gets its name from its Greek rooftop restaurant (which also serves other types of cuisine) and vibe. The property is a welcoming guesthouse with 10 rooms, and outstanding staff who make guests feel right at home. Rooms are variable in size (although bathrooms are on the smaller side and could do with improvement), clean, quiet, and attractive. A bonus: it's pet friendly.

    • Rates: 1,500 rupees per night.
    • Location: Lal Ghat.
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    Udaipur's best positioned backpacker hostel, Bunkyard is situated on the same road as Udaigarh in the Lal Ghat area. It's a really social and interactive hostel, where you're guaranteed to meet interesting travelers from around the world. The graffiti and murals on the walls, and tangle of untamed plants, add to the ambiance. Plenty of chill-out spaces, lake views, rooftop restaurant, barbecue, library, games, free chai at sunset, and cheerful kind staff all make it a winner! 

    • Rates: 399 rupees for a bed in a dorm room (female-only or mixed). 2,500 rupees for a private double room with a lake view.
    • Location: Lal Ghat.
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    Constructed out of stone in the 17th century, with a newer annex later added, family-run Lal Ghat Guest House directly borders Lake Pichola. It offers some of the best value lake view rooms in Udaipur. Not surprisingly, this inexpensive guesthouse is particularly popular with backpackers and solo travelers. It has 23 rooms, ranging from dorm rooms to luxury stone heritage rooms, plus lots of outdoor communal space. Note that hot water is only available until 10 a.m.

    • Rates: About 1,150 rupees per night for a standard double room with a fantastic view.
    • Location: Lal Ghat.
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    One of the top budget hotels at Gangaur Ghat, The Tiger is also tucked away down an unappealing alleyway, albeit fronting the lake, and isn't easy to find. It's worth doing so though! The property is an authentic heritage building that was completely renovated in 2015. The view from the rooftop restaurant and bar is a treat. There's a common room with pool table and books. The best rooms have lake views.

    • Rates: Expect to pay 1,500-2,000 per night for a standard double room. It's often possible to get a lake view room for around 3,000 rupees per night.
    • Location: Gangaur Ghat.
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    If you want superb lake views but don't want to pay too much for them, then family-run Jheel Guest House is the place to stay. Its new wing is located in a small haveli fronting the lake at Gangaur Ghat and is great value for money. The rooms are attractively painted and decorated, and there's also a very tasty vegetarian rooftop restaurant and coffee shop with real Italian coffee. Cooking classes are offered. However, don't expect room service.

    • Rates: Expect to pay 1,850 rupees for a lake facing room, and 2,850 rupees for a superior lake facing room with balcony. Cheap and plain rooms, costing 800 rupees per night, are also available in another wing (minus the views).
    • Location: Gangaur Ghat.
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    The Panorama Guest House is a groovy old style Rajput Haveli, with two pet tortoises that wander around the garden. It's managed by the delightful owners and their family. There are cooking lessons held daily, free Internet for guests, and also a small shop on the premises that sells various items that travelers may need.

    • Rates: From 700 rupees to 3,000 rupees a night. The costliest rooms on the upper levels have lake views and large private balconies.
    • Location: Hanuman Ghat.
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    Another recommended option for budget travelers in the Hanuman Ghat area, Dream Heaven has a quiet riverside location near the footbridge and lovely history behind it. The owner built it to fulfill his father's dream of having a place where people could come and safely stay. It began with only two rooms and has since expanded to offer 18 rooms. Half have huge balconies with magnificent views over Lake Pichola.

    • Rates: From 800 rupees to 2,700 rupees per night. It's well worth paying more for the bigger and better rooms on the top floors.
    • Location: Hanuman Ghat.
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    If you want to stay at a backpacker hostel at Hanuman Ghat, GoStops is the place! This fun hostel is well-managed and focuses on providing immersive experiences for its guests, including food tours and plenty of in-house activities. The beds in the dorm rooms have privacy curtains, and there's free chai available all day from the rooftop restaurant plus a communal kitchen to cook your own meals.

    • Rates: From 499 rupees for a bed in a dormitory to 2,000 rupees per night for a private double room.
    • Location: Hanuman Ghat.