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“Outstanding Experience!”
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Ratan Vilas
Ranked #2 of 95 Hotels in Jodhpur
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White Rock, Canada
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“Outstanding Experience!”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Ratan Vilas is a five star experience in all regards. We were greeted with smiles and service. The hotel staff was exceptional and the restaurant offered a good menu. The rooms around the inner courtyard were spacious, comfortable and clean. The architecture is colonial India and the grounds are beautifully maintained. Quiet areas to recharge are abundant in Ratan Vilas
I highly recommend this hotel. You will not be disappointed with your experience.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Next to the fort this is the best reason to visit Jodhpur. Ratan Vilas was one of the best hotel experiences that we had in India. The property is an oasis of peace, friendliness and good service. Our room was large and comfortable with a spacious bathroom and every amenity. The pool is a wonderful bonus after a hot and dusty day of exploration. There are many quiet areas in which to relax, read or visit with other guests. The one weak area is the restaurant. There is some disorganization here and the staff would benefit from a lesson or two in time management, keeping an eye on guests to anticipate their needs and making sure that not everyone disappears into the kitchen at the same time etc. But this was minor and the efficiency of the office staff and the ambience of the property more than balance this out.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Almost everything positive about this property has already been said. I can only echo those sentiments. Ratan Vilas excels in customer service. Brijraj and his staff are friendly, courteous, and do all they can to anticipate your needs. I unfortunately suffered a broken tooth at dinner one evening and wirhin 15 minutes had an appointment arranged with the owner's dentist the next morning.

Rooms are very comfortable, and tastefully decorated. Bathrooms have very modern fixtures. The entire property is extremely well maintained. Interior public areas are lovely and the garden and pool are are simply beautiful.

I found the food very good and really liked the use of fire kettles at dinner to take away the evening chill in the outdoor courtyard dining area...the kettles also added a romantic touch along with candles at each table.
Ratan Vilas really knows how to get it right and it won't break your budget either. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Brij Raj S, Owner at Ratan Vilas, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear Guests,
Greetings and Good Wishes!
I would like to thank you for staying with us and for taking out time for this wonderful feedback.
All of us at Ratan Vilas look forward to welcoming you again whenver you are in Jodhpur next.
Yours sincerely
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

The friendliness & cooperation begins even on phone when you call for booking the room. The reservation desk was very friendly giving all genuine responses with utmost patience & respect. The complimentary airport pick-up was also highlighted & the arrangement was very prompt. The check-in was quick and they treat you like King of Jodhpur. The hotel is very peaceful away from the city hustle bustle yet close to the airport (10 min drive). The rooms are comfortable, clean and well maintained.
Complimentary breakfast is a mix of western & Indian preparation, catering to both Indian & Foreign tourists. Preparation of food during lunch & dinner too is prepared in a very healthy manner and tasty too. There is free wi-fi facility & also a terminal with internet & print facility. Everything said & done, the highlight of this hotel is the staff who are polite, cooperative, caring and quick.
The check-out too was quick & without any hassles. All an all an experience which is memorable & would want to stay at the same place if you happen to visit the same place again.
Distances : 4 Kms from Airport, 3.5 Kms from Clock Tower (Old Market), 8 Kms from Mehrangarh Fort

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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, Owner at Ratan Vilas, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Dear Guests,
Greetings and Good Wishes!
Thank you so much such a comprehensive and a glowing review - Deeply appreciated.
We will be delighted to welcome you again at Ratan Vilas.
With kindest regards
Brijraj Singh
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Lovely, restful place without a bus in sight. It's quite a ways from the main attractions but most guests were on private tours and had cars. A short auto-rickshaw drive would get it done too. The rooms were very spacious, clean and well furnished. We ate there most nights and mostly the food was good, just one or two dishes were actually a bit boring!! Staff were friendly and efficient. Wifi is only in the courtyard, which is a bit inconvenient. Not enough to knock it down though.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Ratan Vilas, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
Dear Guests,
Greetings and Good Wishes
Thank you for staying with us and for the compliments.
We are all very happy to know that you had a satisfactory stay at Ratan Vilas.
If at all possible, may I request you to please write to me and let me know the reason you found some of the dishes boring?
I am sorry for the inconvenience caused by non availability of WIFI in the bed room.
I am exploring the possibility of WI FI in all the guest rooms, so hopefully you will have it in your room when you visit us again - We will be delighted to welcome you!
With Kindest regards
Brijraj Singh
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Ukraine
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stayed at "Ratan Vilas" (Jodhpur) during our trip to Rajasthan and Gujarat in October 2012. "Ratan Vilas" - is a great family hotel of very high class! The hotel is located in the heart of Jodhpur, but there is absolutely no noise of the city, as The building is located in a large garden. Hotel - an old Rajasthani mansion belonging to the family Singh. The hotel is small, but very cozy. Interior and exterior of the hotel is designed in an old Rajasthani style. All very nice. Lots of photos and artifacts create a unique atmosphere of antiquity. There are little quiet courtyards, great pool, beautiful lawns and gardens. The hotel has a restaurant with fine cuisine and excellent service.
Our room was very large, clean and comfortable. Beautiful interior rooms, great furniture, air conditioning, television. Very large and clean bathroom.
The hotel staff is well trained and very helpful.
I especially want to thank the owner of the hotel Mr. Brijraj Singh. Mr. Brijraj Singh gave us invaluable help in organizing our trip to Rajasthan and Gujarat. He helped organize the transport across the route of our trip - a good car at an affordable price. And also gave us a lot of useful tips. I sincerely wish Mr. Brijraj Singh and his family good health, happiness and prosperity!
I strongly recommend to my friends and to all travelers choose a hotel "Ratan Vilas" to live and stay in Jodhpur.
"Ratan Vilas" definitely the best hotel of our travels to many cities in India!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Ratan Vilas, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
Dear Guests,
Greetings and Good Wishes!
I don’t have enough words to thank you for your kindness.
All I can say is that we consider ourselves privileged to have guests like you.
It will mean a lot to all of us here at Ratan Vilas to welcome you again.
With warm regards
Brijraj
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Property: Ratan Vilas
Address: Loco Shed Road | Near Bhaskar Circle, Jodhpur 342001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur District > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Jodhpur
#2 Family 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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