This is a difficult review. A great hotel with a wonderful view of the fort in Jodhpur from its base in the walled city. A beautiful spacious room plus private garden and top quality bathroom - all things we value. Good pair of restaurants with food comparable with the better hotels in India and charming very helpful staff. Exciting architecture combining very modern with the very old. All in all this ranks up with some of the best hotels we have experienced around the world. BUT as I write at 9.00pm the local Iman has entered the second hour of his arabic diatribe (I imagine understood by few of the Muslim community that comprise just 30% of the population of Jodhpur). The sound permeates our bedroom and was much worse in the outdoor restaurant as it booms across the city. It has ruined our evening meal for the second night running and we still have the 5.00am call to prayers to look forward to despite the earplugs thoughtfully supplied by the management. Why the city allows this minority group to be so invasive of the sound waves I do not understand. An unforgettable experience - for the wrong reasons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inside the Walled City of Jodhpur and under the imposing stare of Mehrangarh Fort, sits RAAS. The site was formerly the home of the aristocratic Thakur family, and the original 18th-century haveli has been carefully renovated to produce the four old buildings of the hotel. The three new buildings are modern and contemporary in their use of space and light, and yet are grounded in tradition. Jodhpur's red sandstone unites the new with the old, with modern designs in its latticing and carving adding a fresh dimension to the region's age-old stone carving industry. This seamless harmony between the old and the new, the modern and the traditional, extends to all aspects of RAAS. Almost all of the rooms have magnificent views of Mehrangarh Fort from both the private terraces and from the cast iron bathtubs, and those that don’t have their own private gardens and views over the old haveli and landscaped gardens of RAAS. The rooms are furnished with state of the art amenities: all rooms are air-conditioned with the latest eco friendly machines, and have overhead fans, hairdryers, safes, central heating, wi-fi, TV, telephones and en suite bathrooms. There are rooms with easy access for the handicapped and non-smoking rooms. RAAS boasts two fine dining restaurants, which offer both Indian and International cuisine: Darikhana is a beautiful terraced restaurant and the Baradari Café is inside the old pavilion and offers a relaxing location near the pool. There is also a luxury spa that offers a full range of treatments and a boutique shop. RAAS is the ideal place to soak up the rich local heritage of Jodhpur while at the same time indulging in opulent luxury and comfort. As soon as you drive through the old wooden gates in RAAS’s very own blue tuk-tuk, the majesty of Mehrangarh Fort will be tempered by your sense of relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raas Haveli Hotel Jodhpur