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“Heritage hotel at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ratan Vilas

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Ratan Vilas
Ranked #2 of 97 Hotels in Jodhpur
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Sydney, Australia
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“Heritage hotel at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

What a lovely stay we had here and really loved Jodhpur. We had a room on ground floor which was quite roomy, big bathroom and the court yard was set up each morning for breakfast and evenings for dinner. Just sitting on the front verandah with a cool drink was so welcoming, and the pool fabulous. Large, clean, but the pigeons know it also so dont encourage them. The building is in very good condition, was built in 1920 and you truely feel the hertiage atmosphere. Food was good, breakfast good choice, and we even got to watch the semi finals of the Rugby world cup in the owners TV room. How good is that !! Good beds also, would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2011

I can’t comment on the location as we were only there for one night and we didn’t really know where we were (we had a driver) but really we could not fault the hotel.

Pros: Lovely large room and bathroom, comfortable bed, friendly staff especially the manager, lovely pool (pity we did not have time to use it), common areas beautifully furnished and maintained, yummy and different buffet breakfast (mash potato balls – yum!), tv in room (with movie channel)

Cons: wifi only available in small location near restaurant (not in rooms)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

Only downside is that it's a bit far away from the sardar mkt area... Though perhaps not such a drawback since much more peaceful as quiet here. <10min tuk tuk ride away. Beautifully maintained with spacious and clean rooms, great staff. Live like a maharaja for a few days!

  • Stayed November 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

OK, this isn't the Ritz, it's not at the luxury end of the market. This is a great value middle market hotel that doesn't charge Ritz rates.
Bearing in mind the room rate, the staff couldn't be more helpful, the rooms are spotless, the food is good (we stuck to a la carte menu) and the pool is very inviting. Overall this a gem of a (small) hotel that benefits from attentive and passionate owners.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

We loved our stay at Ratan Vilas. The staff were very helpful. The rooms are very clean and nice. And when I had lost my mobile, the staff did all they could to help me find it. Will go back!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

Stayed at Ratan Villas for two nights in October and are quite amazed that it is ranked No 1 in Jodphur as this doesn't match our experience. Were we just unlucky?
We had a very small room containing an extra bed for our son which made it really cramped. After complaining we were later offered a corner room with a "little" more space but declined as it would have meant moving all our gear. The air con was noisy (but so many are in Indian hotels) and, while the bathroom was large, it looked in desperate need of re-decoration.
The breakfasts were awful and the evening meal we had there was only a little better- one meal was cold. The second night we ate at On The Rocks, a quite reasonable local restaurant.
Staff were helpful certainly, though one of the waiters had been trained at the "Lurch" school of waiting and seemed to hover quite a lot and never smiled.
The building itself is quite lovely and the pool is very good but, judging by the photos on Tripadvisor, everyone else had a much better room than we did. The free WiFi was a bonus as we were encountering problems with our tour at the time (and no, this hasn't jaundiced our opinion of the hotel).

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

Rattan Vilas is a mid size guest house / hotel in a heritage building in a quiet location back from the road. The room we had was an excellent size with a decent bathroom attached. As others have commented possibly a little dark but then we mainly used the room for sleeping! Comfortable other than one night during a power cut when the generator didn't kick in and it got a bit warm. Not a major issue though.

Very good service and my six year old was treated very well indeed by all the staff.

Nice grounds and pool with a lovely veranda to sit on for afternoon tea with the hotel dog!

Food wise - we found dinners very reasonable - nice food at a fair price. The tandoori was especially good - very tasty. Breakfasts I would agree with others that it could do with improvement though the coffee and toast were fine.

We'd happily stay here again, a very pleasant place for a few days stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Ratan Vilas
Address: Loco Shed Road | Near Bhaskar Circle, Jodhpur 342001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Jodhpur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Jodhpur
#4 Business Hotel in Jodhpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ratan Vilas 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ratan Vilas was built in 1920 as a private residence by Maharaj Ratan Singhji of Raoti, Jodhpur. The villa is being managed as a hotel since 2000 by Ratan Singhji’s great grandson, Brijraj Singh. The guest rooms and the common areas are well appointed and arranged with care. Ratan Vilas as a place to stay offers its guests an eternal old world charm seamlessly blending with the modern comforts and an authentic experience of the legendary Rajput hospitality. ... more   less 
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