Our stay here was wonderful in every way. The hotel has its various rooms spread around a large garden with old trees, fountains etc arranged such that every room has a balcony or a verandah overlooking the greenery. We stayed on the 1st floor, with a large family room that had its own large balcony. The room itself was very well furnished in authentic style. The bathroom was large too.
We had arrived very early morning (5am) by the night train from Jaipur, so on arrival we were asked to stay in the large drawing room for a while since they had no free rooms. The drawing room was done up very tastefully, with period furniture and photographs. We took the time to walk around the lush lawns and garden at dawn, with everyone else asleep. We got our room by the time we had finished breakfast, and it was worth the wait.
Food was quite good and we ended up having all breakfast and dinner here because it was convenient and tasty, and the garden location was really relaxing. We returned quite late one day and wondered if it was too late for dinner as the restaurant was closing but it was not a problem, the staff accommodated us patiently without rushing things.
The hotel is run by a smart young couple who are very friendly and helpful. This place totally deserves its listing in Alistair Sawday's 'Memorable places to stay' India edition - which is where we had come across it in the first place.
Only one minor and weird complaint - we found that in both our own bathroom and the communal one next to the drawing room, the ceramic toilet pan was not fixed to the floor properly, so it had a worrying tendency to rock like a table on an uneven floor - giving you the most unexpected shock as you reach for the loo roll :-)
The pool looked very clean, although we did not use it. And don't forget to ask for a look at the owner's restored 1940's Wilys Jeep in mint condition, which is in the private section of the garden.
- 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