Given the price we were paying for a superior room (around £50) which was the cheapest of all the places we stayed during our 3 week trip around India, my expectations were a little lower than other places.
The Ratan Villas is certainly a heritage place and our room was decorated in traditional furniture with a bathroom which needed upgrading but, the water was hot and plentiful and the bed was surprisingly comfortable. Our “slim line” TV made me laugh as I’m sure it was slime line at some point in the last 30 years! The room was always clean and for 2 nights it was fine.
The gardens were nice, as was the pool area and the courtyard where you had dinner and breakfast was quite sweet. They had fire pits at night (much needed) and the 2 dinners we had there (vegetarian Indian) were tasty. The breakfasts on the other hand were dreadful. I managed a banana and the papaya (the only other fruit on offer) looked all squashed, the toast was that horrible sweet white sliced stuff and the jam would have glowed in the dark. It only takes some decent fresh bread and fruit to make a breakfast. On the plus side, there was cafetieres of fresh coffee on hand and the Hubby did venture into an omelette which he was very positive about.
The thing where it all went bottoms up was the service. The staff (all men) were friendly enough and despite them trying hard, it was quite clear they didn’t have a clue what was going on. You’d asked one person for something and then someone else would come over and ask the same question, there would be some discussion between them and then maybe you got what you asked for. At night they spent most of the time warming themselves around the fire pits. The staff were also all dressed in their own clothes (including anoraks) so you were never sure if they worked there or were just a friend visiting. Some sort of uniform would have spruced things up. Having said that, it was amusing.
As I said at the beginning, for what we paid the room was decent. This is no luxury place but it’s adequate for a few nights stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ratan Vilas Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Ratan Vilas Hotel Jodhpur