Raas is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Boutique Hotels
Raas Jodhpur is a glorious little hotel designed to reflect the unique character of the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, combining modern blue and rose sandstone blocks within an ancient haveli. Brothers Nikhilendra and Dhananajaya Singh transformed what was once a family residence into Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel, comprising the four original 18th Century havelis plus three more buildings which they constructed. It is one of India’s coolest heritage conversions, maintaining the character of the old haveli while creating a fresh, stylish retreat for guests to truly relax. Another jaw-dropping hotel by Raas, complementing their incredible sister hotel, Raas Devigarh in Delwara.
The hotel is set within the atmospheric confines of Jodhpur's colourful walled city and situated right at the foot of the mighty 15th Century Meherangarh Fort. It is the only luxury hotel based in the old town and the views of the fort looming above are quite spectacular – wonderfully clear and detailed by day, and magnificently lit up at night. Strolling away from the excitement and hustle and bustle of the old town and walking under Raas' imposing gateway is like entering a blissfully peaceful, hidden oasis.
There is a lovely big turquoise swimming pool with curtained loungers, patchwork lawn-and-paving courtyard garden, a waterfall-backed reception and open-sided lounge alcoves. Handsome Rajput architecture is adorned with intricate architectural carvings and dramatic stone jaali (lattice). By day, these rose sandstone buildings are bathed in soft rays and, come dusk, the courtyard is delicately lit up with hundreds of little lights.
Raas Jodhpur’s 39 rooms offer sheer indulgence and world class luxury; almost all the rooms and suites have fort views, some have balconies and some have terraces. Interiors are sleek and understated, with bedrooms decked out with shiny black terrazzo floors, creamy white walls, splashes of Jodhpur blue and custom-made rosewood furniture.
The Luxury & Garden rooms are more contemporary and less heritage, with white fluffy duvets, clean sleek lines and modern furniture. The heritage suites, located around the inner courtyard gardens, are built in the old haveli building. The suites are a maze of low ceilings and interweaving rooms, making you feel as if you have gone back hundreds of years without having to sacrifice any creature comforts. The fort-facing duplex suite lets you enjoy views of the fort from your bed.
Raas Jodhpur also has a dedicated spa (with sauna and 3 massage rooms), a boutique shop and the shady Baradari fine dining restaurant, plus a second restaurant, Darikhana, which is also open to non-guests. A fleet of funky customised Tuk Tuks are on hand to ferry guests to and from Jodhpur’s monuments. Spend a morning zip lining around Mehrangarh Fort and an afternoon exploring the city's tempting baazars, accompanied by your private guide.
Complimentary Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel.
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