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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Devi Bhawan Jodhpur
- Devi Bhawan Hotel Jodhpur