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“A great experience ruined”
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RAAS
Ranked #3 of 96 Hotels in Jodhpur
Certificate of Excellence
singapore
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41 reviews
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“A great experience ruined”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

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.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Fantastic location with a breath taking view of the fort. You can walk to the fort from here. The gardens and pool area make it difficult to leave. The rooms are very nice. The rooms at the back face a street which is noisy so going for a room in the front building might be better, though you might not get the same view of the fort.

The mosque next door is noisy but they supply earplaugs at night. It is a great place and worth staying and using the earplugs.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Pay attention now!
Raas is INSIDE the walls of the city, right under the breathtaking walls of the neck-craning cliff- top Mehrangarh citadel, in the midst of the ultra holy Blue City. So no pork or beef here!
The entrance to the hotel is spectacular, by day or night, as you pass from the welcome reception to the inner courtyards...at which point ...LOOK UP!
Whatever you have read in CN Traveler or Tatler...this beats your expectations by a mile. Yes, you can stay (as I have) in the wonderful Umaid, the Taj staffed, Maharajah-owned, fantasy palace, just two miles outside the city walls. In fact you definitely should! It's awesome.
But the Raas is up close and personal. It's noisy. When the city gets clanging (forget the nearby mosque...they give you earplugs for the 5.45 am event...and none of my team used them) you feel very much involved. Sit out on the roof top of the restaurant(s) and this is something very thrilling.
Yet it really is a haven of calm during the day... and very professional, sympathetic, relaxed, top of the range service.
We stayed only two nights, sadly. We did all the touristy things (do the zip wire at the Fort...amazing... really!). We should have stayed longer because there is much more that this very groovy hotel can help with, including guides, ideas, shopping...you name it.

Room Tip: Suites in the 'designer' block with balcony views facing the Fort
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

it's not meant to be a marketing speach for a hotel, but this hotel it's not only excellent, it's also an amacing peace of architecture and interior design. a beatiful work of sandstone. it's located in town center but in a quiet side road, only in 500m distance to the clock tower and the old market and with a spectacular view up to the fort. restaurant is excellent, for india and for international cuisine. service top. free and fast WiFi, also in the rooms.
there are some comments about the nearby (100m) mosque. yes, the muezzin makes his (very early) morning call, but with a nice and gentle voice, and after 2 minutes it's over. to me, it was not disturbing, it's rather adding some "spice" for real india.
would without any doubt book this hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2013

This hotel is all about delivering wow-ness. The property itself is more beautiful than the pictures show with the view of the fort at night outstanding. The rooms are impeccably clean and lovely and the service is the best I have ever experienced. The hotel staff were also very helpful in arranging dinner reservations and cars. I would definitely come back and I recommend that you do too. Five out of five doesn't do this hotel justice, it's that good.

Room Tip: Go for the rooms that have a view of the fort.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

My first experience at the Raas Haveli did not turn out to be sweet. I made lunch reservations at their restaurant through my hotel (Taj Vivanta) and arrived with my group of 5 only to find the restaurant full and the staff clueless about our booking. Once they realized their error, they tried to offer us a table outdoors- on a terrace blazing under the hot sun. Upon my refusal , they started to set up a table in a corner. We offered to step into their hotel shop until they were ready with a table. The service that followed was pathetic, with no one paying attention to our orders- in fact I had to get up and walk over to the steward to get his attention! Food was average and over-priced for the quality that was served. Although the property looked like the boutique hotel it positions itself as, its service and food are far from satisfactory. We left, disappointed that their focus seemed to be to please the foreign tourists at the expense of their own people. It definitely left us with a feeling that it would be a property we wouldn't return to in a hurry.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Stayed at the Raas for 2 nights - unquestionably a great location near the clock-tower/bazaar and the fort. Rooms were spotless, comfortable and homely; the team was OUTSTANDING in every respect. The restaurant menu was somewhat limited (on providing feedback, they advised they were reviewing in November and will increase variety) but a great oasis and to-die-for view of the fort.
The 2 issues were -
1. The stench of urine was overwhelming when we arrived at our room - save the long story and 3 complaints, avoid rooms 301/2/3/4, 311/2/3/4, 321/2/3/4 - all these rooms overlook the street with open sewer - we were advise there is no avoiding the stench "some days".
2. The hotel is a couple of hundred meters from the mosque - first call to prayer over the loudspeaker is at about 5.30am (ear-plugs are provided by the hotel, but of course not practical). Friday prayers are broadcast on the loudspeaker from about 12.30pm to 4.30pm - non-stop. You can put these sounds down to the 'India experience', or be annoyed by them - but at least be aware.
Other than these 2 issues, very well-located, maintained and staffed property.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms 301/2/3/4, 311/2/3/4, 321/2/3/4 - stench of urine from open sewer in the street below &q...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Property: RAAS
Address: Tunvar Ji Ka Jhalra | Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur 342001, India (Formerly Raas Haveli)
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur District > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Jodhpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — RAAS 4*
Number of rooms: 39
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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