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Bristows Haveli
Ranked #21 of 196 Jodhpur B&B and Inns
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Our family stayed here for two nights. Briefly, it was difficult.

Since there is no hotel sign and the streets/alleys extremely narrow and unnamed, our driver and we had a hard time locating the place. Stopping people along the way to ask didn't bring much help. When we did find it, our reception was odd. Phil, the owner, emphasized that this was not a "hotel," that if we wanted dinner (served around 9 pm) we needed to inform them several hours earlier so they could buy food at the market. Since we were starving, he led us to a restaurant through squalid, reeking streets and alleys where we struggled to avoid being hit by motorbikes and cars, walking at top speed, and chastised us for not knowing the way or following him quickly enough. We were just trying not to get killed.

This condescension continued throughout our stay. Peevish, he was.

Our area ( a tiny bedroom for our child, a connecting room, and our double bedroom, also tiny) had no door, just a hanging bamboo curtain. Not much privacy. Our double bed was more like 3/4, a little wider than a single, hard and saggy. The only light in the room was a tiny gooseneck desk lamp. It was unbelievably unpleasant. Thank god for ambien.

Breakfast was bread and juice, or tea.

When we left we asked for help with our luggage, since our driver could not drive to us and there was no place to park in this old area of the city. It was quite a trek through unmarked alleys, thick with turned up dirt, garbage piles, cows and cow manure. But Phil declined to help us, ask any of his employees to help us, or get someone from the neighborhood to help us.

Thanks for a memorable visit to Jodhpur, Phil. We hope you enjoy the city more than we did.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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georgebristow, Owner at Bristows Haveli, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2013

Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry you had trouble in finding us but the majority of our guests enjoy the fact that they are staying in a private house and not another Hotel. It is a heritage restoration project therefore the size of the rooms are as they were when the house was built 250 years ago.
We take great pride in our food and Pooja takes many hours preparing it from fresh local ingredients. We do not produce 'fast food' therefore dinner needs to be booked in advance.
We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay with us but we can do nothing about the narrow streets, cows and rubbish, it is all part of the world heritage experience that is Jodhpur.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We (4 women friends)stayed here for 3 nights and would have moved in if this would be possible. In the middle of the old town we found this lovely oasis. We chose to stay here because of reviews on Tripadvisor, and we were not disappointed! Phil, the owner and staff couldn't have been more welcoming. We also decided to have our evening meals at the Haveli, and what can I say...YAMMMM, freshly cooked food. All vegetarian. The breakfast was the best start to a day sight seeing or just chilling in the Haveli, my favorite place on top of the roof, looking up at the fort. Def. hope to come back to Jodhpur and stay here again. All rooms are lovely and very clean.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Mirjam18
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here for a week and had a great time. I was travelling with a friend and we had a room each in our own part of the Haveli which was great. The courtyard garden was a real bonus after the hustle and bustle just outside the door. The manager Phil, is a fountain of information both about things to see and do, the best places to shop and also about culture and traditions. Although it is a B and B if you order in advance Puja will cook supper. Her food is fabulous - ask to try the stuff potatoes.
Would definitely stay here again if I went back to Jodphur

Room Tip: The turquoise room upstairs has a balcony with a fabulous view of the fort
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Gubbins09
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We arrived in Jodhpur by train, met by Phil and it was magical to get out of the Tuktuk, walk up the lanes and then find the peace and civilisation of the Bristow Haveli. Phil was excellent at guiding us around the city and environs which meant that we really enjoyed ourselves and came to no harm despite being relatively old and not normally going out of the very routine tourist spots. He also was able to teach us how to be safe walking along the roads, found us an excellent guide for our walking tour and village safari. Advising how much to pay Tuktuk drivers and when to bargain.
We found the rooms delightful, clean and comfortable. Each morning at breakfast Phil would check what our plans for the day were and advise how to achieve the best from the day.
The food was good in the evening and we were able to invite friends also in Jodhpru to come to our Haveli for a meal. The roof terrace was so peaceful and evocative.
It was easy to access cheap and expensive restaurants close by - again guided by Phil.
I have no hesitation in recomending their welcome to India package.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Everitt12345
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is the perfect place to stay in Jodhpur for an authentic experience in the ancient city of Jodhpur. Look no further if you want great location, fantastical architecture, an endless supply of what's needed for a fuel up breakfast and the gentle and accommodating Mr. Phil. His heart and soul was put into a multi year restoration stone by stone. No backpackers, but an array of fellow like minded world travelers. you feel like a local in a matter of hours as you see the same friendly faces just outside the hotel gate as you go about your day in the magical thrilling bustling vibrant blue city of jodhpur. please do yourself a favor and go up to mengarah fort and don't skimp on the audio guide - it's one of the best guides i've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Room Tip: ask for the family suite in the back on the second floor
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Location: The Haveli is in a quite lane, right in the middle of the old city of Jodhpur, 15 minutes walk from the Mehrangadh Fort. When you arrive there for the first time, make sure you get picked up by someone from their staff at a place called "Manak Chowk". There are no name boards and hence finding the place by yourself will be a problem.

Ambience: The Haveli (which means a traditional Rajasthani house) is well maintained, clean, subtly furnished and not at all over the top. The beds are very comfortable, the rooms are small and the walls are of sand stone. The blue colour just enhances the charm of the open terrace. The terrace has a nice view of the fort and the garden has a lovely place to eat or lounge around.

Food: You can ask for coffee/tea at any time during the day, but nothing more will be served. The breakfast is quite "bare minimum" sorts - toast, tea/coffee and preserves. The dinner was tasty and simple but had a decent required variety of dishes.

Staff: The staff is neither friendly nor impolite. The slightly irritating part is no one even bothers to check once a day if the guests need anything. The owner/host (Phil Porter) is quite uncommunicative and needs to be found on the terrace for any questions you may have about directions, food etc. He didn't join the guests for any meal even once, didn't share any stories, or did not even indulge in any informal conversations. One would expect that in a small boutique sort of accommodation.

Walks around the Haveli: The old city is best explored on foot, by walking through the small lanes and discovering markets selling traditional indian perfumes (at-tar), shops making lacquer bangles, spices, brass vessels, rock salt, traditional wear etc. The clock tower market is not a place one would wish to spend too much time, but the lanes leading out of the market are quite nice and old-worldly.

Payment: It was weird that Phil insisted on cash payment. They also did not give us any proper receipt.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the first floor with a staircase that directly leads into the garden
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in December 2012, reserved 4 months in advance via email. This place was full during our stay and as we left as well.

There is no sign leading to Bristow's and even the Lonely Planet map is confusing. Best to keep Bristow's number ready and arrange pick up once in Manak Chowk, especially if arriving after dark. If you must find it on your own: from Manak Chowk, follow the signs to Pushp Guesthouse; at the time of our stay, take a small alley to the left before the 2nd Pushp guesthouse sign (refer to photo).

Once inside, the noise and madness of Jodphur melts away. The words "retreat" and "oasis" have been mentioned here about Bristow's, and we totally agree.

Check-in was a simple introduction to the room, grounds and Jodhpur given by owner/manager, Phil.

We were given the upstairs suite (R3500) which was more than enough space for 2 people. It had two separate bedrooms (one with double bed, another with single bed which was largely unused during our stay) with joining living room, further opening into an indigo-painted private terrace offering a lovely view of the gardens below and, towering above, mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Very nice spot for quiet sunsets! Our suite was appropriately and tastefully decorated, being charming yet simple at the same time - a sort of subdued refinement. It was very pleasant and always clean (spotless is the word). Room lights were minimal and it became rather dark in the evenings, a bit difficult for seeing but great for sleeping. Doorways are also low throughout the house so taller guests will need to mind their heads.

The double bed was just barely long enough for tall, 6 ft+ guests. Mattress was firm and the beddings comfy; we slept quite well here. The additional bedroom and common room chairs, sofa and terrace chairs were also cozy. There was ample closet space, and one of the built-in cabinets had a lock. The door was a simple bamboo screen which still felt private, as well as secure (live-staff were always in the premises). Rooms came with fast wifi access and plenty of electrical outlets for charging. The rooms were cleaned daily, and drinking water was also provided in the suite.

The bathroom was spacious and well-lit, with lots of shelf space for towels and toiletries. There was poor pressure from the shower but we didn't mind using the bucket, and we appreciated that hot water came fast and was reliable during our stay. The toilet had a strong flush; even other places we stayed in Rajasthan didn't consistently have this.

Room rates came with daily breakfast of toast, fruits, tea and coffee (the coffee was pretty good!) which was taken in the breakfast area and encouraged fellowship among guests. The dining area is rather small to accommodate all guests from the four suites at the same time, but there is another lounge area at the top floor. This is also a lovely place to relax during sunset for those staying in suites without a view of the Fort. Anyway during the day, staff are also available to make tea/coffee.

Obviously, we offer our strong recommendations for Bristow's. This haveli indeed grew on us and we really enjoyed our stay here. We felt the suite was more reflective of a refined home stay, a notably tranquil and very cozy "blue" stay in the Blue City. We'd love to stay here again the next time we pass through Jodphur!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 132 Sutharkhana Ki Gali | Manak Chowk, Jodhpur 342001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur District > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #21 of 196 B&Bs / Inns in Jodhpur
Price Range: $53 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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