Ratan Villas is one of the nicest places we've been in India. The hotel itself is beautiful, with courtyards, green and open space. Rooms are big, with lots of light, huge bed, well decorated, clean. bathroom is also good, with good shower and hot water running all the time (yes, this is not common in India). Swimming pool is large and I regret being sick at the time I was there and not being able to swim.
Their service is good, staff is courteous and good mood. Food at the restaurant is yummy, try gulab jamun with ice cream. They even have some local wine options. Breakfast is better than most places we've been in India, they have more options for non-Indians, like eggs and toast.
We've stayed there twice and everything was great, it's a nice place to be after a day in busy Jodhpur. The hotel is far from the city, so be prepared to pay for a cab or tuk tuk.
The only down of Ratan were the cabs they've asked us. They were expensive and with drivers who don't speak or speak really bad english. In one day we had an issue with one of them regarding the payment (basically asking more than we arranged) and we had to call the hotel to solve the issue. The manager was very helpful in this case, but I think they could improve their cabs' service. They also arranged a car to us to go to Jaisalmer and it was expensive - although they find a nice lady to share with us - but the car was in poor condition and the driver was in an even worst condition.
Also, their internet is not really good, but it's free.
All in all, I would highly recommend staying here for its comfort, atmosphere and courtesy.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ratan Vilas Jodhpur
- Ratan Vilas Hotel Jodhpur