Hotels in Jodhpur come in a range of styles and price-points. As experts in tailor-made tours of Rajasthan, we understand that the hotel can be just as important as the destination. Here, for your inspiration, we share our top 4 places to stay in Jodhpur:
To set the scene, Jodhpur is nestled on the fringes of the Thar Desert and affectionately referred to as Rajasthan’s ‘Blue City’, thanks to the sea of cobalt-washed houses scattered around its majestic fort. The city dates back to 1459 when Rao Jodha founded it and prospered thanks to its strategic location on the old caravan trade route through to Central Asia. Today, it is the second-largest city in the state of Rajasthan, and – alongside Jaipur and Udaipur – a highlight of any tour of the region.
1. RAAS (❤️ best for view, boutique, luxury)
Topping our list of favourite hotels in Jodhpur is RAAS; a charming, luxury boutique hotel in Jodhpur’s bustling old city. It’s the only luxury property to be based in the buzzing old part of town. So it’s perfect for those who like to be in the heart of the action: an afternoon exploring the vibrant, narrow lanes of Sadar Bazaar is just a short stroll away, and the buzz of the blue city is right on your doorstep (if you like the sound of that, check out our top 10 most colourful markets in Rajasthan). Nestled at the foot of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the best thing about RAAS is the spectacular view it affords. Arguably one of the best hotel views in all of Rajasthan, sitting out on your private terrace in a comfortable lounge chair overlooking the fort is a truly memorable experience. RAAS seamlessly blends the old with the new, fusing an 18th-century haveli with sophisticated modern-day design. Imagine red sandstone walls and Mughal-inspired arches, soft cream sofas and twinkling lanterns, chilled boutique vibes, a stunning swimming pool, and a serene spa. Rooms start from approximately (US)$340 per double, inclusive of breakfast and taxes. It’s difficult to choose a favourite category, but we do love the Luxury Room. A stay at RAAS pairs perfectly with our Rajasthan with Boutique hotels sample itinerary.
2. Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace (❤️ best for unashamed opulence, experiencing one of India’s legendary palace hotels)
Next up on our carefully-curated list of favourite hotels in Jodhpur is the grand Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace. It offers a truly unique and luxurious experience, ensuring the very finest in luxury, style and comfort. TripAdvisor named this magnificent Art Deco palace as its Best Hotel in the World in 2016. It was constructed in the 1930s and hence is often thought of as the last of Rajasthan’s grand palaces. Today, it’s still home to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and is currently one of the world’s most extensive private residencies. Sprawling over 26 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, the property is now divided into three parts; the Maharaja’s wing, a small museum, and a luxury hotel operated under the Taj group. We recommend a cup of tea overlooking the gardens (the Maharaja is often spotted walking his dog), or a G&T in the Trophy bar to imagine you’ve stepped back in time. Rooms start from approximately (US)$930 per double, inclusive of breakfast and taxes. Our favourite category is the Historical Suite, and a stay at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace pairs well with our Oberoi, Leela and Taj Luxury Rajasthan Tour.
3. Pal Haveli (❤️ best for heritage, view)
Pal Haveli is a charming heritage property nestled in the heart of Jodhpur’s old city. It dates back to the 19th century, where it served as the home of Thakur Umaid Karanji until the year 2000 when it was converted into a characterful hotel. The owners have carefully retained a number of original features, including teakwood furnishings, narrow stone staircases, and traditional handicrafts, which all together create a cheerful and authentic Rajasthani experience. Pal Haveli is not a luxury hotel, though its central location makes it ideal for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the heart of this colourful city. A fabulous view of the fort from the rooftop restaurant makes this an unforgettable place to stay. Rooms start from approximately (US)$77 per double, inclusive of breakfast and taxes. At Pal Haveli, we love the Heritage Suite.
4. Ratan Vilas (❤️ best for charming yet straightforward, heritage)
The delightful Ratan Vilas dates back to the 1920s when it was built by great polo player Maharaj Ratan Singhji. It was later converted into a charming heritage hotel by his grandson, Brijraj, and now offers visitors the quintessential colonial-India experience; from the friendly staff to delicious local cuisine, beautiful gardens, spacious rooms, and tableaux of old family trinkets and heirlooms scattered through the property. Being located on the quieter outskirts of Jodhpur’s main city centre yet still within easy access of the monuments makes it an ideal base for those who value peaceful surroundings. The swimming pool is a beautiful place to cool off in after a busy day of sightseeing. Rooms at Ratan Vilas start from approximately (US)$65 per double, inclusive of breakfast and taxes. Our favourite category at Ratan Vilas is the newly refurbished Courtyard Superior Room.
Any of these hotels in Jodhpur can be included in a private tour of Rajasthan with us. As experts in tailor-made tours of this particular region, we’re the ideal match to assist with your arrangements. We’ve visited or stayed at all the properties we’ve hand-picked for our guests so that you can be assured of a comfortable and memorable experience. Please get in touch if you’d like to begin planning your private tour of Rajasthan with us, or take a nosy at our sample itineraries for inspiration.0