“Sleek and chic, a rose sandstone haveli which blends old with brand new, and has spectacular Jodhpur Fort views”
On our first visit, we stayed in a Luxury Room in one of the newer blocks, looking out across the Mughal-style garden courtyard to the Fort. Cool and contemporary, it had custom-made rosewood furniture, creamy-white walls and wouldn't look out of place in New York. Floor-to-ceiling windows slid open to the Fort-facing veranda, and folding jaali-pierced rose sandstone shutters slid across to veil the sun-bowl's glare - the top half can reveal the view, while the bottom half provides privacy.
On our second visit, we stayed in a ground-floor Garden Room. A simpler offering, these rooms lack fort views but have small gardens enclosed by high walls. For the best view of the Mehrangarh Fort, choose the Duplex Suites which are located in the one of the modern blocks.
But if it is historic gravitas you want, the Heritage Suites can’t be beaten. They’re enormous and reside in the original haveli, with separate living rooms and large verandas (though they lack fort views).
All beds are kingsize, firm and comfortable. In keeping with the metropolitan style, there are a flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, rosewood desks with beautiful stationery, white-cushioned sofas, and some rooms have a dressing alcove with a minibar.
Ensuite bathrooms are cream stone with separate baths and monsoon showers, plus complimentary Kama Ayurveda toiletries.
Evenings are a smart affair, with a choice of 2 on-site restaurants. It’s worth booking a table in advance for Baradari restaurant, as it was full during our visit. Here you’ll find a cool shady pavilion and open-air terrace serving global cuisine.
We ate alfresco on Darikhana restaurant’s beautiful terrace, with the fort lit up in the background. From the extensive pan-Indian menu we sampled akara chicken curry and lamb Biryana, with kofta to start. Though pricey for Jodhpur, it’s very romantic and you’re paying for the surroundings - a chorus of frogs serenaded us from the nearby pond.
During the day we enjoyed a light Caesar salad lunch from our sun lounger by the pool; perfect in the heat. If you want a night off, they have a parred down 24-hour room service menu.
Breakfast was highlight, and probably the best of our trip… There was a good mix of Indian and European dishes, so we went for eggs Benedict with grilled tomatoes, hash browns and some kind of Indian chicken sausage (don’t ask). They also have mounds of fresh fruit and rolled-over omelettes with spicy fried potato and tomatoes. The homemade jam with breads was very good, as were the fine leaf teas and fresh coffee.
Next door to the hotel, Raas also has a café overlooking the renovated (and seriously impressive) stepwell. If you’re here for a few days, it would make a lovely spot for an informal dinner, as during the evening the stepwell is candlelit.
There are some things that speak against Raas as a family-friendly hotel: it's been designed as an oasis of calm and that's what other guests are expecting, and there's a policy of having only 1 child per room. But there's plenty to love about it and its surroundings, from the pool to the blue tuk-tuk, narrow lanes, ancient fort and range of enticing activities.
Children (4-12 years)
The Garden Rooms can interconnect and have private outdoor space ideal for children to let of steam in. Luxury Room, Heritage Suites or Duplex Suites can accommodate 1 extra bed. All rooms have bathtubs.
Available on request.
Baby monitors are available, but they only work in selected areas.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Non-adventurous tastebuds will find something at the Baradari restaurant onsite, which serves global cuisine. You can order food all day, there are children's menus, early mealtimes and takeaway food too, plus plenty of other places to try nearby. You can borrow a blender or microwave for baby food if needed.
We feel the hotel is better for older kids as there are lots of steps, drops, unfenced pools and ponds. There's a shop for nappies, food and sundries half a mile away.