by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 28, 2019
RAAS Jodhpur – Uniquely spacious and modern, almost like a resort, yet within the Old City.
This hotel is extraordinary because it’s so large and so contemporary, even though it’s based around an 18th-century guesthouse along a narrow alley deep within the Old City. The RAAS tries (not always successfully) to mix the old with the new, but it does feature things unseen elsewhere in the area: lush gardens, choice of restaurants, substantial spa, guest lounges converted from stables, and a resort-like pool (the only one in Jodhpur heated for winter). All rooms are spacious, fashionable, and comfortable, and most provide direct views of the magnificent fort from private gardens or balconies. What’s more, it’s in a prime area of the Old City, with the finest selection of cafés, bars, and shops almost at the hotel gates.
RAAS Jodhpur – The Location
- Address: Sutharo Ka Bass Road, in an area called Makrana Mohalla, in the northern part of the Old City. Alongside the hotel entrance, Stepwell (known locally as Tunwarji ka Jhalra) is a very useful landmark. The RAAS is not signposted, but the entrance is unmistakable.
- Area: In a classier area of the Old City, but still fairly chaotic. The finest selection of cafés and shops in the Old City are within a 1-minute walk.
- How to Get There: About 6km (15-minute drive) from the airport. At the attractive (and low-key) terminal, there are pre-paid booths for taxis and auto-rickshaws, but note: taxis normally cannot enter the Old City, though they may be able to reach RAAS. The train terminal (2km, 8-minute drive) and main bus station (2.7km, 10-minute drive) are also easily accessible by auto-rickshaw.
- Handy to: Old City. Mehrangarh Fort.
RAAS Jodhpur – The Basics
- Guests: Caters for tour groups and business people, although independent travelers of all ages would feel at home, including families.
- Views: Standard rooms face the garden, but all others provide direct views of Mehrangarh Fort from private gardens on the ground floor or balconies elsewhere.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected (or provided) at a smallish inner-city hotel like this in Jodhpur.
- Kitchen: The Stepwell Suite features a kitchenette.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)291 263 6455
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: raasjodhpur.com
RAAS Jodhpur – Amenities
- Pool: Sizable and inviting, like those found at beach resorts. Temperature-controlled, so it’s usable any time of the year.
- Spa: Only hotel in the Old City with a proper spa. Gorgeous and relaxing setting, but not much offered except massages.
- Fitness Center: Perhaps not really expected, although there is a spa.
- Other Facilities: Boutiques. Guest lounges.
RAAS Jodhpur – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Baradari – Informal, open all day, and alongside the pool. Al fresco dining under white umbrellas or air-conditioned inside. Home-grown organic ingredients and some Thai dishes. • Darikhana – On an upper-level for superb fort views. Especially romantic at dinner when the fort is lit up.
- Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on the room and how it was booked.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
RAAS Jodhpur – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden Rooms • Luxury Rooms • Duplex Suites • Heritage Suites • Stepwell Suite (1 only)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas.
- Best Room: The 1-only Stepwell Suite is so delightful, but the outdoor seating area offers more views of Stepwell than the fort.
- For Families: The single Stepwell Suite features a second bedroom designed for children, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchenette. All other suites can convert the sofas into single beds, and the Duplex Suites can accommodate families of 4 without feeling cramped.
RAAS Jodhpur – Local Transport
- Walking: The Old City is fascinating to wander around, but there are no sidewalks, so pedestrians share the scarily narrow streets and alleys with maniacal motorcyclists and anarchic auto-rickshaw drivers. Watch out for huge piles of fresh cow dung.
- Public Transport: Nothing of use for tourists anywhere in Jodhpur.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: Taxis (unmetered) can be ordered at the reception for longer day-trips, but usually can’t enter the Old City – although they may be able to reach this hotel. Auto-rickshaws are best for going anywhere in Jodhpur, and can be found at the hotel gates. Taxis and auto-rickshaws can also be ordered through the Uber app.
RAAS Jodhpur – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
The hotel is alongside Stepwell, an ancient pond and square known locally as Tunwarji ka Jhalra (100m, 1-minute walk). These 3 places are clustered within metres:
- The Stepwell Café – Along the same lane as the Open House. More spacious seating and loftier views, but a little pricey. Owned by the RAAS hotel. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Jharokha 360 – Rooftop of the incongruous modern building. Broad views and classy Indian food. 1-minute walk (110m).
- Open House Cafe – Quaint, inviting, and directly overlooking Stepwell. For Indian, Chinese, and western meals. And beer available. 1-minute walk (110m).
- Also worth a short walk are these places in and around the historic Pal Haveli hotel. Head up the street (away from Stepwell) and turn sharp right at the junction. Total of 350m from the entrance to the RAAS. Next to Pal Haveli is the excellent Café Sheesh Mahal (coffee, sandwiches, and people-watching), and inside the Pal Haveli are Indique (Jodhpur’s premier rooftop setting) and 18th Century Bar (charming colonial-era vibe). 4-minute walk.
Shops & Markets
- Facing Stepwell are some surprisingly classy boutiques that could even be described as ‘chic’. Sardar Market, opposite the Pal Haveli hotel (see above), is clean, quiet, and hassle-free, so it’s fun to explore. Based around the iconic Clock Tower, the market is open all day every day. 4-minute walk (350m).
- Jaswant Thada – Also known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar, a marble marvel amidst lush, landscaped gardens and next to a serene lake. The intricate marble lattice screens as well as the city views are superb. Easily paired with a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort. 9 am to 5 pm. 10-minute drive (2.5km).
- The overwhelming attraction is the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort that dominates the Old City. The main entrance is about 3km by auto-rickshaw. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. 10-minute drive.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace – An architectural marvel; one part of the palace still serves as a Royal Family residence, the rest has been converted to the Taj Hotel and museum. Only the museum is open to the public, and it’s very popular for the vintage car and clock collections and vast gardens with peacocks. Great spot for a romantic meal. 10 am to 4.30 pm. 16-minute drive (6km).
- Mandore Garden – Historic garden, home to beautiful empty tombs of the Royal Family. The Hall of Heroes, temple of 330 Million Gods, and Government Museum are worth seeing. Visitors can also explore the Mandore Fort ruins or have a picnic on the grounds. Located just outside the city. 20-minute drive (7km).