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Only 65 years ago, Jodhpur, which was an early abode to the Rathore clan with a recent history of Marwar Kingdom and royal Rajputana livings, was included as a city in the state of Rajasthan. This city in west Rajasthan still smells profoundly of the kingdoms and king-size charm of the era gone. With its regalness, royal magnificence, and barren desert nearby, the city of Jodhpur attracts several tourists every year. However, sometimes overshadowed by its less-royal-more-modern sister city, Jaipur situated around 300km away, Jodhpur eyes travellers who want a distinct, raw, and rich cultural blast mixed with the hues of blue and all things luxury.
Deciding on a vacation place is easy. What seems tedious to most is “where to stay?” And with a city like Jodhpur, where you find yourself spoilt for choice with a melange of extravagant hotels, homestays, resorts, and more, to make things easier, we’ve cherry-picked a list of the 10 best hotels for luxury accommodation in Jodhpur with guaranteed gratifying imprints on your mind.
Let’s look at the list of the best 5-star hotels in Jodhpur: –
1. Rawla Narlai – A Luxury Heritage Hotel
One of the top-most heritage hotels in Jodhpur, Rawal Narlai, is a paradisiacal experience. Once a hunting-manor of the royal family of Jodhpur, has kept its doors open to the opulent hunters of bliss and tranquility. The hotel compromises 32 rooms, including the luxury heritage suites that showcase antique décor and artistic old-world charm blending perfectly with all amenities for a comfortable living.
The place has two eating areas- Jharokha Café, a Mughal and British architecture that serves various cuisines indoors, and J Bar, a rich Rajasthani-styled decorum, to get you high on spirits and cocktails with a rustic-chic ambience. The hotel also offers a stepwell dinner setup where you can enjoy a king-size meal in front of an epic candle-lit stepwell under the starry night while enjoying soulful music by local artisans. This one will keep you spoilt with its white-gloved hospitality, starting at INR 11,000* per night.
2. RAAS Jodhpur – A Boutique Hotel
It is known as Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel, which opened in 2010. RAAS is located at the perfect spot, at the foothill of the Mehrangarh fort across the walled area, offering the most spectacular night views of the pride castle in the city. The property compromises a blend of four old and three new structures showing a fusion of cultural and royal abode. With an intelligently designed 39 rooms, along with a central courtyard offering open space for dining, the sustainable and green eco system-equipped resort is the most desirable stay venue amongst luxury travellers. A standard double room is priced at INR 13,000* per night.
3. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Staying at a place like Umaid Bhawan Palace is the grandest affair, to say the least. It oozes luxury and panache from everywhere. No wonder it’s been accoladed as the third most beautiful, luxurious resort worldwide, the most famous hotel in Jodhpur, and entire India. Do we need to say more? Okay, here it is.
This heritage fort is mainly divided into three parts- the residence of the royal family, a museum showcasing the artefacts of the Jodhpur Royal Family, and a luxury Taj Hotel Palace. With over 340 rooms out of which 64 are luxuries guest quarters fusing modernity with imperial engineering, alongside two fine dining restaurants (indoor and outdoor), a lounge bar, and a wellness spa. The great gusto starts at INR 22,500* a night that goes up to INR 60,000* a night on peak season (October – March). Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is much more than a palace.
The famous Indian actor Priyanka Chopra hosted her grand wedding ceremony with Nick Jonas here in 2018.
4. Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
Everything by Taj showcases an exuberant luxury. Hari Mahal, a 5-star hotel in Jodhpur, is no different and poses a lavish grandeur in its architecture. With phenomenal 5-star services like an on-site gym, outdoor pool, spa services, and premium suites that are the largest in Jodhpur. Furthermore, how does it sound to experience a city tour in a vintage car and a dining experience in the middle of the Thar desert? Well, make yourself welcome to Taj Hari Mahal for an extravagant rendezvous in a Rajputana style. When it comes to value for your money, Taj never disappoints. No wonder this place sells out real quick when we’re talking INR 7800* per night per person.
5. Indana Palace Hotel, Jodhpur
It is luxury personified, with one of the best hotels to stay in Jodhpur. This charming portico-like is 10km away from Mehrangarh Fort, resonates with the heritage of Rajasthan and merges well with modern luxuries. Also chosen as the plush venue for a destination wedding in Jodhpur for a royal affair by most, the old-world charm of this palace truly stirs your sensory perceptions. With a winding corridor, an I-Bar, an exquisite restaurant with world-class cuisines, and 76 architectural hues of rooms, with the presidential suite the most striking amongst all, it will be a regal world for you in one palace at INR 6500* per night.
6. Ranbanka Palace – A classic Heritage Hotel
True to its locality, the Ranbanka Palace welcomes you with a regal facade. When an old tree trunk stands along the marble walkways, you can know you’re in for sophisticated yet outlandish architecture. The palace boasts an expansive courtyard for outside dining, and a vast green lawn adds to the outdoor delight. The nights leave an everlasting imprint on you with the palace’s amber and honey lighting hues until dawn. With minute souvenirs inside the premises and rooms reflecting the royalty and heritage, a staycation here will remain forever with you. The pricing starts at INR 5400* per night.
7. Bijolai Palace – A Inde Hotel
A perfect venue will be less to describe this palace besotted with love and care. Nestled amidst Aravalli hills and overlooking the Bijolai lake, it feels like a peaceful valley in contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. With just a drive away from Mehrangarh Fort, the venue is apt for a relishing staycation. It compromises 27 state-of-the-art air-conditioned rooms with Heritage suites amongst the chief attraction owing to its spaciousness and contemporary flair, including a marble bathroom. It also features a business centre offering high-speed internet, an in-house restaurant, and a terrace banquet, making it an affair of a lifetime. This palace is offering a price range of INR 4900* per night onwards, including breakfast.
8. The Arch Boutique Home Stay, Jodhpur
The thing about homestays is, they make you feel homely. But this boutique hotel, which is among the best budget hotels in Jodhpur, not only will make you feel at home but offers exquisite 5-star hotel services all along. Opened in 2017 and instantly marking a name for its architectural brilliance and rustic charm, the hotel speaks for its careful stance at refurbishing a heritage property. With six air-conditioned rooms with attached balconies, this place is the perfect staycation for lovers of fusion architecture with class décor and modernity. At INR 3000* per night, it’s a steal-deal when you choose a Jodhpur tour package.
9. Pallette – Camp Thar, Osian, Jodhpur
Osian is a small town, around 60 KM away from Jodhpur. It is a part of the Thar desert and hosts many desert hotels, resorts, and campsites. Camp Thar is one such resort that stands out from the rest. Build near dunes, this desert resort boasts of tents up-the-notch than usual swiss tents. These are more like a hotel with pleasant beddings, well-air-conditioned tents, and private washrooms. Along with the expanse of desert and activities outside, the hospitality inside has richness written all over it.
10. WelcomHotel by ITC Jodhpur
An 11-acre property at the edge of an expanse Thar desert is aptly said to be an oasis in the desert. Living luxury is one thing. To experience impeccable hospitality with jaw-dropping architecture is something out of this world. You can book a private silk-furnished villa with intelligently designed floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private pool outside and a well-manicured personal garden, and you wonder – Is privacy a dream-come-true?
One of the best hotels in Jodhpur for couples, the property offers many dining spots with an option to arrange an intimate private area in the middle of many candles glimmering for a perfect date night coming straight out of a movie setup. With a host of cuisines under the menu, from traditional to continental, this place will leave your senses filled with peace and pleasure. The hotel offers an all-inclusive couple stays at INR 14000* per night onwards besides other packages.
With the carefully selected list of the best hotels in Jodhpur, your staycation is sorted. We wish you the best in your lavish adventure.
If you liked this blog, we suggest you also read ‘places to visit in Jodhpur’ for a comprehensive journey to the royal abode that is Jodhpur.