I thoroughly recommend Bristows. It is a very good place to stay. Pros: it is very beautiful indeed. The garden is lush and magical. You are right in the middle of the old town and yet you feel as if you are a million miles from the usual, wonderful, noisy chaos that is an Indian city. The house is full of antiques, beautiful textiles, and endless little nooks crannies and balconies where you can sit in or out of the sun. Also, you only have to ask and you will be brought a pot of tea (in a proper china pot!) or coffee. The staff cannot do enough for you. The breakfasts are very good, tea, coffee, toast, fruit and something cooked. Phil is a very quiet chap but he is always around and will do anything to help make your stay comfortable and interesting. He even got up at 4.30 am to walk us to the Chowk to meet the tuk tuk he had arranged to take us to the station, Cons,There are a couple. The bathrooms need a few tweaks; proper showers, bigger basins and somewhere to put ones bathroom paraphernalia would make for a more comfortable stay. There is, however, lashings of really hot water! Also, the beds have Indian mattresses which, whilst good for the back, can be rather hard on middle aged bones! European mattresses and pillows would make the stay more comfortable and therefore feel like better value. Lastly, there is a disparity in room to price value between the upstairs and downstairs rooms. It is hard to categorise Bristows, it is not really a homestay (a plus for me! I have stayed in many homestays and whilst they are a great experience it can be tiring living with a strange family!), it is definitely not a hotel (it is Phil's home), and it is frankly far too beautiful and exquisitely furnished ever to be a guest house. With the few tweaks mentioned it could be something quite unique - a kind of private hotel. Personally, I cannot wait to go back!
- 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. ... more less