Jodhpur is a city of culture and royalty; with a rich history going as far back as the 1500s. Jodhpur’s archaic architecture and traditional character are as unmistakable as they are inimitable. While staying here, you should find a hotel than wholly loves up to the magic of the city. Here are 10 of the best hotels to book in Jodhpur.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is an architectural masterpiece serving as a Jodhpuri landmark. The converted palatial hotel doubles as a museum and is preserved in golden sandstone from its original 1928 construction. Having recently achieved cult status as a luxury hotel, this palace boasts over 20 acres of lush gardens filled with jasmine-scented flora and a beautiful terrace lined with lit lanterns that halo the entire hotel. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the splendor of Rajasthan with an overnight stay.
RAAS is a beautiful, luxurious and spacious hotel tucked behind Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. It’s within walking distance to the world-famous fortress, as well as to the Main Square’s local shops. With a private access point to the Mehrangarh Fort and mesmerizing views of the entire city, RAAS boasts a sophisticated layout with a unique structural integrity that allows for the rooms to be spread out for privacy yet connected by communal amenities like gardens, terraces and restaurants.
The warmth and intimacy of Ajit Bhawan is apparent from the moment you walk through the massive old-stone doors. The tasteful, vibrant landscaping precedes the palatial hotel and fills the entrance with the heady, invigorating scent of jasmine and rose. The palm trees offer shade on the marbled floor terraces, and the pristine blue pool seems to reflect the cerulean of the sky. It’s like a tropical getaway infused with the flavor of Rajasthani ancestry, as seen in Ajit Bhawan’s regal architecture, intricate arches, exquisite hospitality and top-notch service.
Ratan Vilas – located near the quiet Bhaskar Circle – is a serene getaway tucked outside the heart of Jodhpur’s city center. It’s what the locals call a haveli, or a private mansion, because that’s what it looks like at first glance. There aren’t towering palm trees, the landscaping is humble, the architectural design and décor from olden times. This mansion-turned-hotel is the epitome of quaint; it’s somewhere you go to escape the noise of the city while you enjoy a cup of hot chai on the stone-inlay outdoor patio and terrace.
Vivanta by Taj manages Jodhpur’s premier Hari Mahal, a palatial structure of elegance and sophistication that carries the well-deserved reputation of Taj Hotels. The staff and service are extremely professional, offering you a complementary welcome drink upon check-in. It is just one of the many homely touches that you’ll find at Hari Mahal, including an inclusive Indian restaurant, an exquisitely blue pool, hammocks to nap in during lazy afternoons, and ample amenities to keep you satiated and well-rested during your stay.
Chandelao Garh is off the beaten path. Named after the village it is located in, it gives a quaint and relaxed vibe from the moment you drive up the lengthy brick-covered entrance. It is a repurposed ancestral mansion that pays attention to detail: the lawns are perfectly manicured, the trees trimmed each morning, the meals home-cooked under the supervision of the owner’s mother.
Ranbanka Palace takes pride in its hospitality and family-friendly atmosphere, offering spacious rooms that can comfortably fit four guests and nightly live entertainment. Ranbanka’s massive courtyard in the center of the four-walled fortress is home to a quiet pond and restaurant tables to seat you during meal time, as well as a beautiful pool and lush palm trees to offer shade from the Jodhpuri sun. You can also sign up for polo matches, spa treatments, and couple tours of the area through the hotel.
The Gateway Hotel is a gem located near Jaipur Highway, a busy and vivacious street filled with the intermingling chatter of tourists and locals. This lively atmosphere resonates at the hotel too, with enthusiastic and attentive staff members who want to make sure your stay as memorable as possible. The property is home to an authentic Rajasthani restaurant, a magnificent garden and a relaxing spa. It is also round the corner from Jodhpur Railway Station, making your excursions on India’s famous railways all the easier.
Indana Palace recently won the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, a well-deserved accolade given the incredibly luxurious ambiance and unmistakably regal architecture that greets you at first glance. There is an underground reflecting pool that flows the length of the entrance pathway, providing a serene background sound of running water as you meet the smiling faces of the welcome staff. Indana Palace offers stunning views overlooking Umaid Bhawan and the golden, sandy city all around.
Infused with culture and down-to-earth ambiance, Mandore Guest House is an inimitable hotel emphasizing courtesy, hospitality and service for its guests. Like a bed-and-breakfast that you are welcome to stay at for as long as you desire, Mandore Guest House offers a different but equally as charming view of Jodhpur. The cozy, intimate décor reminds you of olden times, when homes were built from the ground-up and by hand; the stones are laid unevenly and grouted with red clay, adding an earthy scent and homey atmosphere to your dessert-like Mandore surroundings. The hotel is set amongst lush gardens, reminiscent of the famous Mandore Garden which is just a stones throw away.