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.
- 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