By Dian Hasan | August 31, 2010
Some of Asia’s most historically impressive destinations (save Bali, Bangkok, Luang Prabang & Kyoto) have often lacked accommodation that matched the magic of the place. The choices were mostly limited by large and unimaginative chain hotels, or a coterie of humble abodes for the backpacking crowd. And nothing really in between – a stylish small and personal hotel that breathes and oozes the place. Personality was missing big time. Such condition afflicted Jodhpur, Rajasthan, one of India’s most alluring destinations!
As the Indian economy continues to forge ahead, minting a new monied crowd with a lifestyle appetite to explore the continent’s diverse offerings, tagging with it an international clientele that seeks the chic and hip. The right hotels are coming on stream. Raas Haveli is one such fine pedigree! The age of the Boutique Hotel has arrived!
Situated at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur’s Walled City. It is the only luxury hotel to be based in the old town, and the views directly up to the fort, which looms above you, are quite spectacular. It is situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, just a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower. One may simply wonder out into the surrounding maze of streets to explore the markets. The hotel comprises four charming 150-year old restored buildings in Jodhpur’s very own ‘rose-red’ sandstone.
This is combined with stylish, contemporary new buildings which have been designed by an acclaimed architect. In its entirety the Ras Haveli (as it was originally called) remains today the best preserved, largest and most complete urban noble residence perhaps in all Rajasthan. This exquisite little hotel is Jodhpur’s first eco friendly boutique hotel in the true sense of the term.
39 rooms and suites have been stunningly created out of old and new buildings, right at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort. Each has a balcony and all bar 4 rooms have views directly up to the Fort. Jodhpur’s first ‘boutique’ hotel, Raas will be a welcome addition to the Jodhpur portfolio. At the same time, it offers luxury, style and sophistication at a very reasonable rate. With its superb location, it boasts in part the exterior and the ambience of a haveli, yet has totally contemporary, state of the art interiors.
A lofty, imposing Jodhpur stone gate leads you into a spacious, rambling inner courtyard which is home to gardens and a stunning pool. A cosy, elegant terraced dining room is nearby; a lovely little spa occupies another haveli; the café and al fresco terrace line one side of the property. 35 rooms have views directly up to the fort.