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Devi Bhawan
Ranked #6 of 99 Hotels in Jodhpur
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San Francisco, California
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“Loved it!!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Quite a find this - almost a world unto itself. And it's hard to believe this is in Jodhpur on the border of a desert. With lots of trees, a lotus pond (with a nice cushioned swing facing it), a fountain, lawns and a swimming pool - this place is beautiful & could well have been a retreat in rain heavy Coorg or a Rajput prince's garden retreat. It's very quiet (apart from the occasional aircraft sound from the nearby airport or a train toot from I don't know where) and peaceful. And there are small touches here and there as you explore the property, such as a small Ganesh statue placed under a tree with some flowers. It was a great feeling to be there.

Our room (No. 15) was large and done in ethnic Indian style. Period furniture - Old world Art Deco style large wooden sofas in camel leather, the large wooden bed (that creaked a lot), a beautiful wooden writing table and the like. Really nice and very tasteful!

The bathroom, also large, does not benefit so much from having these old world fixtures. The taps were a tad difficult to operate. The exhaust did not work. The shower head hit my head.

But everything was clean and cleaned everyday. They provide 2 small bottles of mineral water every day but there is no tea/coffee maker in the room.

Service was really good. The staff was attentive and always greeting with 'namastes', 'how was the day' etc. Room service also very good.

Restaurant: the food was good to average. Soups very mediocre. The chicken tikka we ordered on day 1 was chewy and inedible. Since we were eating out most of the time, didn't get to sample the lunch/dinner fare again - so don't know if that was a one off. The breakfast items were good - pick of the lot being the 'special sandwich'.

Internet: they have free WiFi which sometimes does not work from the rooms but only from the lounge, restaurant & other common areas. They have Internet at terminals for approx 1 rupee/min.

Value: at 3k a night, taxes included but not breakfast, this is a fantastic deal!

Miff: For an established place such as this, we were surprised when they tried to give us a 'kutcha' bill when we are checking out. Had to ask for the 'pukka' bill with the TIN number etc. Normally, establishments use 'kutcha bill' that is a bill that is 'off the records' & not traceable by the govt. for tax purposes when they do not plan to give taxes.

Stay: 26/Dec to 29/Dec 2012

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Devi Bhawan as the name suggest the place is blessed by the goddess. It's beautiful, relaxing and tranquility. Rooms are very much spacious, Food is simple and good, service at it's best. We had a great stay over here and enjoyed the place to the maximum. Again we have gone through the reviews from trip advisor and never disappointed with the experience. Always recommend for the travelers to visit this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I had read so many great reviews of this place that I thought it was going to be a highlight of my trip through Rajasthan. When we first arrived, the staff was very nice and I was indeed impressed with the beautiful garden and pool. I loved the little terrace outside of our room and the room seemed fairly clean. However, our opinion changed a bit after staying the night. The bed was incredibly squeaky and not very comfortable, I got various bug bites (including one that made my eye swell up), and when we woke up to take our showers, there was only enough hot water for one of us and the tub was covered in bugs.
There are many advantages to staying in this place and I think, with a few renovations and little bit more cleaning, this hotel would live up to all of the other reviews I read.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Raipur, India
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We stayed in Devi Bhawan in december 2012 during our honeymoon for 2 nights...
Devi bhawan is very calm, quiet, and very very beautiful property... lush gardens, many cozy places to just sit and watch greenery and my fav spot was a swing with bright pink cushion... I was in love with this place...
The rooms were quiet, clean, warm and cozy... All services were very upto mark and satisfactory.. Food was awesome... staff was courteous... and best part was I was searching for some contact for flying fox at Meherangarh Fort at was inquiring at reception for that.. Then the Owner of the property, Ms. Rambha saw me inquiring.. she herself came ahead and made the bookings arranged which was really sweet of her..
Devi Bhawan is absolutely among the best bargains that you can get in Jodhpur.. I was so much in love with this place and i'll def recommend this...

Room Tip: We got room no 12 but if given an option choose room no 11 or 14 as it has a private sitout infront...
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paratropper, General Manager at Devi Bhawan, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
dear madam/sir,
i would like to thank you for taking your valuable time and effort in sharing your feedback as it enable us to measure and improve our performance in our quest of providing you comfortable hospitality.we value you patronage and will look forward to welcome you again at devibhawan.
regards,
rakesh singh,
general manager
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Devi Bhawan is one of the nicest heritage properties I've had the pleasure of experiencing!!

Run very quietly yet efficiently(much like the owners) and gives you more than what you had bargained for. Its almost like nobody knows its there. So conveniently located(5 mins from the city airport-yet you never hear the planes,and 10 mins from the railway station)

The rooms are all very well appointed and you can have the simple yet functional 'standard' rooms (very few) or opt for the fabulous 'deluxe' rooms-which are far better and are in a huge garden where the focal point is the lovely yet discreet pool and on one end the sunken garden which is just below the part al fresco dining area.....some of the rooms are together and share a common courtyard or balcony-perfect for families or friends travelling together who want their privacy yet group fun time! There is a romantic seating area overlooking an old lily pond with bright red upholstery which stands out in the evergreen garden.

Food is good but can be improved,and the menu is limited but whatever they serve-is good!
The staff are what would bring me back the next time-lovely and always looking out for you!!
For the rates you would pay for a deluxe room here,its well worth any other address around!!

Oh,and did I mention that cars for sightseeing can be arranged by the versatile G.M! And here's the icing on the cake-an absolute professional Masseur can be arranged by the same ever helpful GM a day before's notice-do use him-delightful fellow with many stories of the bygone RAJ.

Highly recommended, to foreigners as well as Indians who would just love the old world rooms and service and would cherish being transported back in time!!

Room Tip: If you like privacy,take the rooms-16-21(far end of the property)-downstairs and upstairs are lovely...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Delhi
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

It's hard to know why some places have 'buzz' and others don't. In my book Devi Bhawan was one of the most charming places we stayed in on our trip through Rajasthan, but it isn't spoken about as one of the 'must-experience' hotels. Out deluxe rooms were palatial, beautifully furnished and the two rooms shared a lovely verandah. The surroundings were a balm to the eyes - lovely trees and shrubs, with little nooks in the garden that give you a sense of privacy. And in chaotic and unlovely Jodhpur, this is even more welcome than it is in other towns. What stops this place from competing with the hipper places (and keeps the price fantastically low) is probably the bathrooms that are not super-hip and the beds are not the kind of deep spring mattresses you find in the chain hotels. I was happy with my bed and bath but I can imagine fussy travellers being dissatisfied.

What I do suggest is improving the breakfast! Cornflakes, white bread, jam? Please! Everyone can do muesli and brown bread and a few interesting preserves, maybe tomatoes and fresh cheese, and a simple Indian dish like poha. Breakfast can be imaginative without breaking the bank.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Bourne End, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

The whole atmosphere of this (mainly) peaceful place is one of another age. I say mainly, because we stayed at the end of Diwali, and the firecrackers going off against the wall of our bathroom were deafening. That aside, we enjoyed our stay, helpful and friendly staff.
The food was ok, but nothing special. However, fine for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Devi Bhawan
Address: Ratanada Circle,Defance laboratory Road, | Ratanada Area, Jodhpur 342006, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur District > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Jodhpur
#4 Family Hotel in Jodhpur
#7 Romantic Hotel in Jodhpur
#7 Best Value Hotel in Jodhpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Devi Bhawan 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Devibhawan is family run heritage property with 24 well appointed a/c rooms with all modern amenities in each room,in house restaurant serves fresh home cooked food to guests staying here,also have swimming pool,all major cards accepted and travel desk for all your travel arrangements. ... more   less 
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