Our stay at this hotel was not our chosen option as we had tried invain to book the Taj Hari Mahal in the same city. We had actually stayed at the Hari Mahal for four nights prior to travell ing on to Jaiselmer and had wanted to stay for one night in Jodhpur on our return from Jaiselmer. As we had stayed in Umaid Bhawan some years back, we wanted to try other hotels in the area.
We arrived tired at the hotel having completed a five hours journey from Jaiselmer. The check in staff were courteous and efficient. We were offered cold drinks on arrival.
To our pleasant surprise, we were upgraded to a suite called the Jaipur suite. This was a luxuriously appointed suite with large windows and doors opening out to a balcony and the sprawling manicure gardens beneath. A gang from the local events team were setting up furniture and decorations for a wedding reception the following day. However, such was the sound proofing that we were never ever disturbed by their activities outside.
The bathroom in the suite was large and provided good quality toiletry. There were innumerable bottled water in the suite and to top it all, we were presented with a complimentary bottle of red wine sourced from Bangalore in India.
We ordered room service which arrived on time. The curry was finger licking good.
The hotel sits on acres of manicured lawn and as such is favoured by the locals for wedding receptions and other events.
We had our breakfast in the restaurant and the range of food served was satisfactory. It included both an array of Indian and continental fare.
The staff at the hotel were most attentive and courteous.
Arguably, it is the best of the three Taj properties in Jodhpur. This is mainly because of the hotel's architectural design and vast grounds within which it sits. On the other hand, the Umaid Bhawan is isolated and difficult to get out of if you were to decide upon having a meal outside the hotel for example. As for the Hari Mahal, it is a great hotel, but does not have the grounds which makes the Gateway such a tranquil place to stay.
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