If you're going to go to Jodphur, stay here. After a rattling train journey we arrived at Johphur train station to be met by the calm and smiling Phil. He guided us through the crowd of taxi drivers and swept us away on a tuk tuk through the wide city streets to the maze of alleys in the old town. The noise and bustle ended at the door of Bristows - a door which led into a beautifully restored and cared for haveli. If you go to Jodphur, stay here. You're treated like a friend. Views from the roof of the Mehrangarh Fort perched high above with the rest of Jodphur spilling down the hill. Perfectly placed to explore the old city without encountering groups of visitors been herded around before they retreat to impersonal hotels outside of the city.
Cold, filtered drinking water always available - no worries about where all the plastic bottles go; coffee and tea appearing promptly whenever asked for; spacious, clean bathrooms; delicious breakfasts prepared by Ramu in the garden with a lawn! Phil's in-depth knowledge of Jodphur is priceless - places to eat, markets to visit, customs and history. When you walk through the old town he is greeted constantly by the locals - surely a good indication of warmth, respect and acceptance. We left to explore elsewhere but then returned, grateful for the cleanliness and comfort of Bristows. No where else we visited was equal to Bristows. It's a very special place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bristow's is a sensitively restored Haveli of modest size,in the heart of the old Blue City of Jodhpur. It provides a calm and peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. The house offers four suites, each with their own wet room, sitting room and a double and a single bedroom. There are many quiet corners to sit or read, and of course there is the beautiful secluded garden. All rates include breakfast, drinking water and tea and coffee throughout the day. Lunch and dinner are available at a modest extra cost,and we only offer the finest cuisine. Other services such as safaris, both village and desert, as well as camel /horse riding are available by arrangement. We also offer various massage and beauty treatments. ... more less