After a hairy night train ride we arrived at Jodhpur airport at 5am in the morning, and our hotel manager met us in the berth of our train and took us straight to the hotel to make sure we were safe after we had contacted him to let him know we were a bit worried - already a level of service that astounded us! We arrived at the hotel and didn't have to check in, we were taken to a room to get a few hours sleep (until 10) and then we went and had a lovely breakfast out in the gardens before check in. Here we could begin to fully appreciate the beauty of the hotel. The gardens are stunning, with swing seats, water lily ponds, spreads of grass to run around on, beautiful flowerbeds and a fabulous pool where we spent many an hour swimming. It was so quiet, and it smelt of nature and incense. Every room opens onto some kind of private sitting area in the garden which was idyllic.
The service in the restaurant was with the best of intentions, although at breakfast each morning lots of items were forgotten, and cutlery not brought etc, but it was more endearing than annoying. We handed in our keys to get the room serviced each day, but were always perplexed by not being given many towels (one each, plus a hand towel) which was odd considering there was a swimming pool and most hotels provide a few hotels and automatically give you more if you ask (we were told we could not have more).
There was good free wifi connection and TVs in each room, which was a blessing when it rained for 3 days straight! There is a nice lounge to relax in, and you can get snacks from the restaurant throughout the day. We ate a couple of nights in the restaurant, where there was a good thali. I would suggest, however, that the hotel should really make the most of the setting, and perhaps expand the outside area of the restaurant onto the small grassy area by the lily pond, and adorn tables with tealights and flowers and really work on the quality of the food. I believe that this way they would attract people to eat here that are not guests at the hotel. It would be a simple and inexpensive thing to do and the night experience at the hotel would be wonderful.
We had a day trip with a driver and guide organised by the hotel, which was a really great experience!!
The room we were in was big, but very very dark, with poor lighting. Also, when it rained, the rain leaked through the walls of the room and there were very large damp patches on the walls. This does need sorting out and it meant we didn't want to spend much time in the room because it was damp and dark.
I would say that for the quality of the room the price of the hotel is a little high - we stayed in similar and better hotels with similarly nice settings for less money. It was also a little way out of town, so you had to organise means of transport in. However, the gardens and the effort the staff of the hotel put into making it a nice stay for us meant we weren't too worried. Perhaps the hotel should offer more towels and a slightly lower rate and then it would be perfect :)
- 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