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“Best night's sleep in Rajasthan!” 5 of 5 stars
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Bijolai Palace
Air Force Radar Road | Near Kaylana Lake, Jodhpur 342005, India (Formerly Water Habitat Retreat)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 91 Hotels in Jodhpur
Davis, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Best night's sleep in Rajasthan!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This hotel was an unusual treat. Attached to a former Maharajah's hunting lodge which now houses an NGO which teaches villagers to harvest rainwater in this arid landscape, the hotel is in a lovely, quiet setting about 10 miles from Jodhpur. Birds and wildlife all around. Beautiful grounds, good restaurant. Great staff. Very peaceful place to rest on your travels through Rajasthan.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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whr2013, Manager at Bijolai Palace, responded to this review, March 29, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Water Habitat Retreat, Jodhpur.......!!!!!

Thank you for sparing your valuable time to share your feedback.

I am pleased to note that our services and facilities were to your satisfaction. Your positive feedback about the hotel is deeply appreciated and have been communicated to all the members of our team.

We look forward to welcome you back at Water Habitat Retreat,Jodhpur to get us yet another opportunity to meet your expectations

Regards

Aaditya Ranga
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Vero Beach, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I stayed there only for one night. This retreat has no amenity’s like sun chairs or a bar.
The Rooms are old fashion with no TV and a very very Slow Wiffi.
The food was just basic Indian and there is no western food or similar on a very small menu.
The staff are very friendly but untrained locals. Don’t expect much from this place.
I payed $104 US and think this was total overpriced. I was fooled by the Pictures and description.
It is a 2 Star accommodation for US standards.
Next time I will stay again at the Indiana Hotel or Vivanta Hotel in Jodpur. There you can get the full 5 Star package for the same money.

P.K
Vero Beach FL.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

I stayed in this hotel in the month of Feb, hotel is sourrounded by mountain with its own lake in which they have good population of ducks, rooms are nice. We had 1 breakfast and dinner in this hotel. The food was delicious and service was excellent.
I Will definitel recommend this property if one want peaceful stay.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RAaditya, Manager at Bijolai Palace, responded to this review, May 26, 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Bijolai Palace, Jodhpur.......!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us regarding your recent stay at the Bjiolai Palace, Jodhpur.I am delighted to know that you have enjoyed yours stay with us,Your positive feedback about the hotel is deeply appreciated and have been communicated to all the members of our team.

We are pleased to note that your experience at Bijolai Palace was pleasant & memorable. We look forward to welcome you back to get another opportunity to meet your expectations.

Regards

Aaditya Ranga
Bijoali Palace, Jodhpur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

was attracted to this accomodation because of its linkage with the adjoining water conservation/harvesting NGO initiative. setting is very pleasant with glorious views of sunrise and sunsets from the terrace. Room was excellent - we had a 2 room apartment and the absence of TV is to be applauded! Staff were always helpful and courteous. Location is somewhat out of the way meaning its easier to take evening meals at the hotel - while the food was good, it wasnt great - certainly compared to most other places we stayed at during our 4 week trip around Rajasthan. But there are not many places where you can view a superb range of wildlife, including Nilgai (Blue) Bull, from the terrace while sipping an evening beer. A very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Horley, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The setting of this hotel is very peaceful, some distance out of town, down a quiet track in the hillside, next to an air force base and ashram. The only sound at night are barking dogs and during the day the onsite geese and chants of the nearby ashram. We stayed here for 2 nights and never saw any other guests ANYWHERE in the hotel but were assured by the management that they did have other guests staying. I very much doubt this as we were disturbed both nights (after we had gone to sleep) and asked at what time we would be going for breakfast! When we replied it depended at what time we woke, this was not accepted and the receptionist insisted on an exact time! We were the only guests at breakfast both mornings......We booked via Booking.com who advertise the rooms as furnished with a seating area; we looked at 4 rooms and found all only had a chair in the corner of the room, not exactly a seating area! The rooms were also advertised as having a minibar/TV and kettle. There are no minibars or TV's. Water is not provided for the kettle; you have to purchase this at a very inflated price from reception. When we enquired about the TV, we were told no guest rooms had a TV but there was a TV room. We asked to use this but were then told the TV was broke and the room therefore locked! We were given free wi fi in lieu of the TV which worked well enough in our room. The showers in the room were pitiful. As is common in India, you have to switch on a gizer to get any hot water. The gizer is so small there is approximately a bucket full which is nowhere near enough when you are trying to wash and condition long hair. The shower head in our room was damaged and so we had no option other than to fill the bucket provided in the shower with water from the tap and try to wash in this; a luxury experience? I think not. The bedding was ripped and when I asked for it to be replaced, it was, with similarly damaged items! The whole room although spacious was thick with dust and simply not up to par. The beds were not made nor the room serviced during our stay. The sad thing is that this is a beautifully restored palace which is run by a charity that is doing incredible work in educating the whole desert area of Rajasthan on how to collect and preserve and maintain water supplies in desert areas. It also only employs people from the local community to give them the opportunity to train in the tourist industry and have some chance of finding employment thereafter. We were took on a 'water tour' of the grounds and shown how the whole place is teaching by example on how to collect and use rainwater. The hotel is in place to fund the charities invaluable work but this area is not focused on at all. I booked this hotel expecting a 'luxury water retreat' with ideas of perhaps a spa or pool area. I couldn't even get a decent shower much less a 'luxury water retreat' experience. The staff tried to be helpful but as none of them spoke much English AT ALL, making any headway with the many problems proved tiresome and difficult. Unless a proper hotel management team is brought in to bring the place up to standard, this hotel would fair much better if it focused guests attentions on what it is and why it is there rather than trying to sell itself as a luxury hotel when at present it is woefully short of this expectation.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I visited Jodhpur in December and stayed at Water Habitat Retreat where I was able to spend quality time with my family. The green gardens were extremely soothing, it looked like an oasis in the desert. The check in was quick and the room was large and spacious, we had a room overlooking the garden which was very refreshing.

Our first reaction on entering the room was that there was no TV, initially we were a little disappointed, but who knew that this would become the high point of our stay. No TV in the room meant that we spent quality time together as a family, we spent time playing carrom, sitting on the terrace overlooking the lake. We spent one evening sitting under the tent by the lake side seeing ducks playing around in water, our children loved it.

The staff was extremely courteous, they even had our car washed without any charge. Breakfast menu was good and elaborate, however more variety in the ala carte menu would be good.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This hotel is set as part of a noble cause of water harvesting and a part of whatever you pay towards the room goes into these projects across Rajasthan.

So first the reasons to stay in this hotel

1. Money goes for a good cause
2. Just overlooking a man made lake
3. Has a good population of ducks and birds and is quite picturesque
4. Decent size rooms
5. The Bijoloi Palace which is the hotel premises is beautiful and has a well maintained maze of gardens out front

Having said that there are quite a number of shortcomings pertaining to this hotel which need to looked at.

1. The staff is not trained and are neither helpful nor very courteous
2. Basic amenities like first-aid kit and hot air blower/heater for cold season isn't available even on special request.
3. There is no Television in the room.
4. The hotel is very remotely situated with hardly any cellphone network and people coming at night can easily get lost
5. The quality of food is quite ordinary
6. They have no arrangement for eating or staying for taxi drivers who bring their guests to the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Air Force Radar Road | Near Kaylana Lake, Jodhpur 342005, India (Formerly Water Habitat Retreat)
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 91 Hotels in Jodhpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sprawling Summer Place built in the early 19th Century by Maharaja Tahkhat Singh of Jodhpur nestled between the Aravali Hills surrounded by lakes is an Oasis in the Desert. 70% of the Hotel income is given to Charity for providing Drinking Water to the poor desert communities and 100% of the water used in the Hotel is by collecting rainwater during the monsoons to preserve the water resources for drinking water needs of severely water distressed local communities. Nestled between the lush greenery and red stone of the Aravali hills minutes from the historic city of Jodhpur is the Water Habitat Retreat Hotel. The Hotel located on the grounds of the Former Bijolai Palace once served as the summer home of the royal Maharaja Takhat Singh. For those interested in supporting eco friendly environments, the hotel offers facilities that for years have derived its water resources from century old traditional water harvesting structures. The Water Habitat Retreat is committed to providing all its guests with warmth and elegance, old world charm, impeccable services and amenities reminiscent of a bygone era. ... more   less 
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