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“Fine Place to Stay in Jodhpur”
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Ratan Vilas
Ranked #2 of 95 Hotels in Jodhpur
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
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“Fine Place to Stay in Jodhpur”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

I was here in mid December this year. Hotel is easy to locate. Staff is very attentive and responsive. Rooms are large. Great sitting areas all over the property. Ideal to get lost into a good book. The dining area opens out into a courtyard. Bonfires are set in large iron woks and keeps the outdoor dining area nice and warm in the winters.

I would like to make special mention of the staff's courtesy. I had to leave very early in the morning to my next destination. They cooked up a delicious breakfast at 6:30 in the morning although their breakfast buffet starts only at 7:30 in the morning.

Would definitely come back here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Located at the outskirts of the city (20 minutes drive from the Clock Tower) this old mansion is well managed. Staff is very helpful and kind. Efficient booking procedure and check in. Rooms are large with (rather hard) beds, good size bathroom with bath (and warm water), swimming pool (cold water) with nice beds and relaxation area, dinner (continental and Indian kitchen) is served in the romantic courtyard around a wood fire and the quality was good (they have Indian wine available for a reasonable price). Breakfast is served on the outside terrace, covered by a tent, in buffet form with brown bread, juice (not fresh), cereals, different hot Indian dishes and egg to order, fresh fruit. A minus was that there was no internet in the rooms and not a good working WIFI internet connection on the patio (a stand alone computer is however available). Conclusion: a comfortable place with a good quality/price balance (we paid 3750 IR including breakfast).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

The hotel, location, ambiance, staff, rooms, food, service and everything is excellent. All the rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The garden in front is beautiful. Swimming pool is a bonus. Breakfast was a little disappointment but everything else covers it up.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for one night, found it to be a very clean & nice.The staff was very courteous,prompt & provided right information.The breakfast was limited in choices but was very good especially those yummy parathas.I am truly impressed with this decent hotel at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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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.

Room Tip: We liked our upper rooms around the inner courtyard.
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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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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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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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