We had gone to Jaisalmer and again stayed a night at Ratan Vilas . Though we tried hard not to compare the place with Suryagarh some of the differences were difficult to ignore
When we reached at 7 and got out there was no one around to receive us so after walking down we found the manager at the reception, who realized that guests have arrived ! The room this time was 101 a bigger one than last time .
The small things that experienced travelers note is whether anyone has really bothered to prepare the room There was a ash tray with ash the bathroom had a used soap on the sill toilet paper was in the flush .And the best part is that the flush was not working.Most flushes have two buttons ,to save water ,one for the urinal dispersion and the other for the major excreta .On ringing the manager he cooly said at least one is working ! On insisting he sent a person ,no names as noone wears any formal dress ,who said the same thing ! he repaired it on our insistence and it was again undone by morning
Hygiene is a issue completely lost on the Hotel staff .The blanket had a white sheet below it and was apparently not cleaned .We called for housekeeping who told as a “matter of fact” that blankets are not washed only a white sheet is placed below it .Better still the bedcover is never changed as they only have two .On insistence on a cover encasing the blanket ,the staff said it has not been made as yet ! We then insisted on another sheet that was placed on the blanket .The person merrily yanked off the bed cover and the pillows we did not need ,placed them on the floor and I suspect they will be back in two days in the same way carrying with it all the dust of the floor with it
The wi fi here is amazing ! I had to take my net book till the reception to operate it ! It does not even connect in the dining area .
A single bottle of mineral water is provided .Further bottles are charged .Medically unless you are Mahatama Gandhi surviving on 250 ml in a day is impossible .We know it as we are doctors .In fact 2-3 bottles is a normal requirement in a day .
The acoustics of the room are such that you do not require any morning alarm. We were tired and desirous of a good sleep .Probably because our room overlies the dining area we could hear the staff preparing the breakfast at 5.30 .I really cant believe how the hotel justifies the room where you can hear the staff while the merrily discuss their affairs ! I could not believe it when I heard the morning trains hoot twice at 6.00 and 7.00 after which I had to get up.
The staff is spoilt they perfunctorily ask and mouth niceties but perform little
The breakfast is predictably boring ,always porridge ,tomatoes ,potatoes … or was it our luck ?
Lastly the staircase upto the first floor has a last step which you can miss and fall ! And getting down also can be a unnerving experience .For kids there is absolutely nothing ! A fact that never concerns most hotels
The only plus point is that they do not charge for any reservations here ! In fact such was our first impression that we preferred to overstay a night at Suryagarh than to stay two nights here
I still cant understand what makes the Ratan Vilas special ! But it would be good if things get a more professional here
I suggest that if the present owners hand it over to a professional group and hike up the rates it will be a much better place to stay in !
- Also Known As:
- Ratan Vilas Hotel
- Ratan Vilas Jodhpur
- Ratan Vilas Hotel Jodhpur
- Ratan Vilas Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ratan Vilas was built in 1920 as a private residence by Maharaj Ratan Singhji of Raoti, Jodhpur. The villa is being managed as a hotel since 2000 by Ratan Singhji’s great grandson, Brijraj Singh. The guest rooms and the common areas are well appointed and arranged with care. Ratan Vilas as a place to stay offers its guests an eternal old world charm seamlessly blending with the modern comforts and an authentic experience of the legendary Rajput hospitality. ... more less
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