Vivanna Culture Hotel is a refreshing break from the hundreds of other haveli and palace hotels mushrooming across Rajasthan and the rest of India. Most of these properties offer a similar experience of making the guest feel like royalty by mimicking a bygone, regal lifestyle. This hotel, however, allows its guests to live with a rich historical past while remaining firmly grounded in the present. For example, guests are encouraged to take a walk through the space in casual clothes with a glass of wine, or eat “Western” snacks while they lounge in the pool and gaze up at clear, star-sprinkled skies. Rather than the luxurious albeit alienating experience of most palace hotels, this property encourages you to absorb its history slowly and gently, as if through osmosis.
The 150-year old property is a heritage site but is also, above all, a place to unwind and relax. The intimate size of the space makes it ideal for a small wedding (three NRI weddings have been held here), a big birthday bash, or a celebratory family affair. The very pleasant attitude of the staff also contributes to the hotel’s family-feel. Many staff members explained that the small-scale, non-corporate feel of the property is what they like best about working at Vivaana. This feeling translates to the guests, and most find a place in the established kinship system quite easily. With this, the hotel can easily become a second home for many Delhiites, and a conveniently close one too.
 Haveli is the term used for a private mansion in India and Pakistan, usually one with historical and architectural significance.