10 Best Hotels in Jodhpur
The majestic blue city is a must see destination in the state of Rajasthan. But many hesitate to book a trip wondering about budget accommodations. However, there are a range of hotels and budget accommodations available in the city of Jodhpur, right at the heart of the action. The most bustling locations to stay in the city would be – the busy clock tower market, close to the fort.
It is always busy with energetic crowds of people looking to shop, eat or just roam around. The area is very popular among the tourists and is one of the most crowded places in the city. There are plenty of shops selling all kinds of unique things and a large selection of restaurants serving both local and continental cuisine.
The only downside to living here is that it can get too congested and with narrow lanes through the market, some hotels require you to walk a short distance to reach the place as cars would not fit the narrow lanes.
But if you would like a quieter, less touristy place in the old blue part of the Jodhpur city, then the Navchokiya neighborhood behind the fort is the right area for you. If you are still looking for more comfortable accommodations, then there are plenty of up-market hotels for you to be put up around the outskirts of the city.
Here we have compiled a list of suitable accommodations in Jodhpur, with respect to budget starting from the comfortable backpacker to high-end luxury stays:
1. Starting with the best – Umaid Bhawan, Luxury Palace Hotel
The unspoken symbol of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel is regarded as the most imposing of luxury hotels in the country. It took 15 years of hard labor, planning and artistry to build this mammoth structure of sandstone and marble. The construction of the palace began from 1929 and went on till 1944. The royal owners of the property i.e. the Jodhpur Royal Family still reside in a portion of the palace, which makes it the 6th largest private residence in the world.
The major portions of the property have been transformed into a luxury 5 Star hotel by the Taj group of hotels along with an in-house museum that showcases the rich 20th Century history of the royal family and several artworks.
There are more than 340 rooms in total at the palace, out of which 64 are designated as luxurious guest quarters in the hotel wing. Apart from lavishly designed rooms with state of the art amenities, guests also have access to several facilities like libraries, swimming pools, a grand ballroom, recreation rooms and much more.
The hotel houses two fine dining restaurants, a wellness spa and a beautifully decorated lounge bar. Guests can also take up guided heritage walks around the heritage palace hotel to learn about the history of the property and the city.
If you want to live the life of a king, then this is the best place to find yourself at Jodhpur. The prices are steep given that this is the most opulent as it gets with tariffs per night starting from around INR 22,500 per night for a double room at the low season between April to May, and climbing high at INR 67,500 for a night from the beginning of the tourist season that starts at October.
Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
2. A taste of heritage in luxurious style – Ajit Bhawan
Close to the majestic Unmaid Bhawan Palace Hotel, the Ajit Bhawan is a beautiful property of equal royal opulence that built by the younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The royal family still resides at the property, while for the most part of it is used as a large heritage hotel.
The hotel spans over the ground behind the actual palace. The hotel aims to offer its guest a, extravagant experience of the royal culture of Rajasthan with the dichotomous village style setting. One can find themselves enjoying a comfortable snooze at one of the unusual accommodation options at the property like the luxury tents or the thatched roofed cottages that are still functionally modern with all the necessary amenities.
Another interesting style of accommodation at the property are the infamous Ajit-style suites that are theme based. Apart from these, there are also luxurious presidential suites complete with two bedrooms, three baths, living room, private courtyard and a study room.
The tourist season offers the unique experience of witnessing local Rajasthani women, dressed in traditional attires, cooking most popular Rajasthani cuisine in traditional earthen pots at the open air restaurant at the property. This happens throughout the months of October to June.
The property also houses a spectacular bar lounge that has palanquins drawn on the ceilings and offers a wonderful ambiance unlike any other. The bar prides itself over its popular concoctions of martinis and the large selection of liquors.
Besides these, the hotel also offers a spa, a swimming pool, a gym, a vintage car collection which on payment of a sizable fee can be taken out for a spin. The tariff rates while high are lower than that of Umaid Bhawan with rates starting from INR 15,000 per night for a standard double room per night during the touristy months of October to April, and drops to INR 7,500 per night during the low summer months.
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Circuit House Road, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006, India
3. Heritage Boutique Hotel – RAAS
This is Jodhpur’s very first boutique hotel that opened in 2010 and aims to seamlessly fuse the modern with heritage Rajasthani architecture. The hotel is located at the interesting spot of the historic walled part of the city right below the fort, thus, lending further to its unique ambiance. The property is a mix of old and new with three buildings being newly constructed of the quintessential red sandstone material with traditional style and techniques and the other four being original ancient structures resurrected to their glory.
The property is a part of the JHD Urban Restoration Project, which is aimed at re-branding the ancient walled part of the city with grand real estate development and architectural restoration works. A good example of this is the step well square precinct.
The intimate boutique hotel with its peaceful ambiance, warm lighting and cozy feel with understated luxury has 39 rooms and suites. Apart from that there is also wellness spa, a swimming pool, a gem shop and two restaurants serving delicious cuisines. One of the restaurants is open air and has beautiful views of the fort. This is also popular for its organic-focused cuisine and hand ground spices from the chef’s garden. The rates for a standard double room can range up to INR 13,000 per night inclusive breakfast.
Tunwar ji ka Jhalra, Makrana Mohalla, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
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4. Ratan Vilas Heritage Hotel
Built in the 1920’s by the Maharaja Ratan Singhji of Raoti, Ratan Vilas is a heritage mansion open to guests to experience luxury living. The descendants of the king still reside at the property, part of which is an impeccably managed heritage hotel. A newly constructed wing has further expanded the spans of the hotel thereby adding to its charm with architecture that emotes the traditional old school style.
The hotel’s drawing room houses large life size old family portraits and other heritage artwork and one may even chance upon the friendly owner of the property. He would often be found chatting with the guests, filling them in about the history and old time stories of his family.
As the legend has it the Maharaja Ratan Singhji of Raoti was the most revered horseman and polo player during his time. The hotel also houses a large pool and a garden restaurant where guests can dine under the stars. There are 20 rooms in total available to the guests and one can expect to pay INR 5,000 per night during the high season for a standard double, this will come inclusive of breakfast.
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5. Pal Haveli, Heritage Hotel
This is an ideal place to stay for those with a slimmer budget but with similar aspirations. When you cannot afford the RAAS, but want to taste the Rajasthani heritage right from your bed this is the place to be. It was built by a noble local family Pal, in the year 1847 and is located at the happening location near the clock tower just like RAAS itself. The Pal Haveli has been revered among the haveli heritage hotels in Jodhpur and has been welcoming distinguished guests for more than a century now.
There are 21 cozy yet lavishly designed bedrooms at the property that come with period furniture and the warmth of a family home, thanks to the old family photos that adorn the wall. The Pal also houses a small museum that displays old school weaponry, palanquins, costumes and other royal memorabilia from the past. The restaurant in house is a special attraction among tourists as it has amazing views of the fort from the rooftop area. The restaurant is called Indique and serves a delicious menu as well to accompany the great view.
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Room rates start from INR 6,000 for a standard double during tourist season, but one can also find much cheaper options at their Haveli Inn Pal Guesthouse, which is the smaller property situated at a separate wing at the hotel.
Near Clock Tower, Pal Haveli, Ghantaghar, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
6. The Kothi Heritage Hotel with Home Stay Feels
This is the property of Bachraj Ji Singhvi who served as the commander in chief to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and was built in the year 1888. This haveli would serve as the family’s summer house back in the day, but now this is an intimate heritage hotel offering homestay like appeal.
Reconstructed and opened to the public as a heritage hotel, by his two great grandsons the Kothi has always had a personal feel. The two men started out the heritage hotel since 2009 and usually personally present to welcome the guests to the hotel. The place is also known for its impeccable hospitality with great attention to detail and high standard of service.
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The small property has 7 spacious rooms and is situated in a quaint residential area about 15 minutes away from the fort in the southwest direction. Beautifully furnished antiques decorate the property and maintain its old school charm. The rooftop restaurant serving authentic Rajasthani cuisines along with the low rates of accommodation yet high standard of service make it a great heritage hotel in Jodhpur suitable for guests with smaller budget but big appetite for fun.
Rates for a standard double room would be around INR 2,500 per night during the winter months. This comes inclusive of breakfast.
BACHRAJ JI KA BAGH, 9TH A PAL ROAD, BEHIND HDFC BANK, Sardarpura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
7. The Arch, boutique heritage home stay
The Arch boutique home stay opened to welcome guests on 2017 and immediately made its mark with great interiors and amazing service. Situated at a great location only 100 meters from RAAS, this place offers great views of the step well area and one can even enjoy views of people swimming at the well from its rooftop.
Tastefully refurbished heritage property with all the rustic elements intact yet a fusion of modern materials and amenities such as air conditioner and modern bedding make this place ideal for lovers of architecture and decor. There a total of 6 rooms available for accommodating guests and some even come with attached balconies.
The restaurant attached to the property serves a delectable vegetarian menu with authentic Rajasthani dishes that may be hard to come by elsewhere. Tariffs are around INR 3,000 per night for a double during the tourist months.
Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
8. Heritage guesthouse on a budget, King’s Retreat
This is a heritage property situated a few hundred meters from the fort a beautiful heritage guesthouse that is also light on your pockets. A few minutes of walk from the step well and the fort and you will reach King’s Retreat, an aptly named hotel for those on a budget.
While having been recently renovated the hotel still packs ample old worldly charm with vintage photographs of past kings, a courtyard outdoor with a sprawling fountain, friendly service and well appointed rooms with a rooftop restaurant that serves multi-cuisine dishes and cold beer at low prices with the charm of home cooked style meals called thalis. The rates are pegged at around INR 1,500 per night for a double room at the property.
Killi Khana, Naya Bass, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
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9. Backpackers abode – LG Guest House
This is the closest you can get to the fort at the lowest prices of accommodation available in Jodhpur. This is a family run guest house that sits right at the bottom of the fort. The guest house was built in 2017 so everything is sparkling new. But it does have the traditional Rajasthani charm despite the new construction.
Get a taste of home cooked style Indian meals at the rooftop restaurant with great fort views and enjoy a cozy snooze in the property’s bedrooms with colorful wall murals of traditional Rajput art. The hospitality is comparable to any 5 star accommodation and the room rates are as low as INR 400 for a dorm bed, which can go up to INR 1,100 for a private double room with a view.
Surya Colony, Naya Bass, Manak Chowk, Sodagaran Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
So, there you have it a list of places to stay in Jodhpur in a range of varying budgets! Simply pack your bags and head to the blue city on Jodhpur tour to witness charming old school hospitality fused with history and heritage for a memorable vacation.