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Juna Mahal Boutique Homestay
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Located in a narrow street, so narrow that even a tuk tuk( let alone a taxi cab) cannot access it, so be prepared to drag your luggage at the risk of stepping into the open sewers running alongside. The staff is untrained so much so that they just swept the room and left the rubbish outside in the narrow passage. Certainly not geriatric friendly with risers so high you are left huffing and puffing. There was no room service and without in-house telephones we had to shout out to the staff. There were no heaters in the room so the stone haveli felt cold and desolate. Though apparently the furniture looked antique it was covered with a thick layer of dust, making it look filthy. The made to order breakfast was average. The shower was good with hot water but the bathroom wasn't cleaned nor was the bath linen changed during our entire stay of 4 days. Best avoided unless you are a Westerner looking to reinforce the stereotypical image of India as a dirty, filthy country.

Room Tip: select rooms with windows facing the cityscape for fresh air and better ventilation.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

My friend and I booked Jodhpur Camel Safari through the guesthouse, and thank god we did.

Arriving from Jaipur before six am after an overnight bus trip sitting next to an unstoppable chatterbox determined to inform us of every aspect of his being, we were sleepless, bedraggled and preparing ourselves for hours sitting in a lobby waiting for our safari.

And then we arrived at Juna Mahal. Well-acquainted with blank concrete walls, tables as beds and perished rodents beneath our beds, even the intricate entrance door seemed incredible. Upon entry we were offered chai by a dutiful host, and were told there was a bed set up for us upstairs. We made our way in awe to our roost, giddy at the thought of some proper sleep before our safari. The next perk nearly caused us to burst - a hot shower, towel provided. Let's just say we went to sleep cleaner and more contented than we had in weeks. Waking up we basked in the beauty of Jodhpur, derobed of darkness.

Juna Mahal's flash of comfort amidst our budget backpacking was an unexpected nirvana, trudging in from a cold Jodhpur morning. Many thanks to Joshi, his family and staff for treating us so wonderfully!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

The mahal is very thoughtfully and tastefully decorated with everything you need, from hairdryer to teaset with snacks. Clean, decent sized rooms with heater and extra blankets provided. Warm, inviting atmosphere as soon as we came in the door and the jovial Mr Joshi offering hot chai ! He was very helpful and friendly, doing all he could to assist us. Like your favourite uncle. Wish you all the best Mr Joshi
David+Krishna, UK.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mahendra J, Owner at Juna Mahal Boutique Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014

Dear David & Krishna

Thank you for giving us chance to host you at JUNAMAHAL and for sharing your wonderful feedback. It is the encouraging feedback from patrons like you which keeps us motivated to strive for excellence in all aspects and we value it a lot. Thank you once again.
We always look forward to welcomes you again & again …..

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We only stayed here one night, but the hospitality from the owner and his wife was amazing. As soon as you enter their home, you have such a nice feeling about the place.
The rooms are immaculate. Really lovely decor inside, tv, heater... We had a private balcony?!
And the food was so yummy. Egg curry. A great way to try Indian home made food.
And the location is great, just off the noisy old fort rd, but still so close to it all.

Really pleased.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mahendra J, Owner at Juna Mahal Boutique Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for giving us chance to host you at JUNAMAHAL and for sharing your wonderful feedback.
thank you for stayed with and see you next time
regards Joshi and family

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Reviewed 17 December 2013

The Juna Mahal is an old middle-class house converted into a small authentic hotel (I wouldn't call it home stay). Each floor level is a room with its own bathroom. Our room was nicely decorated, the bathroom was small and clean but absolutely fine.

The rooftop offers seats and tables for breakfast and dining. Ordered dinner is freshly prepared and tastes great, breakfast could have been better.

The host and owner is a bit of a braggart. The rest of the staff is good but sometimes keeps you waiting without reason.

As for the location: You can walk from the hotel to the Fort and to the clock tower.
Yes, it's in the old city and you only get there by tukuk, yes, it's just off of one the of the main streets of the old bazaar, and yes it can get noisy - but so what? That's an experience and don't you come to India for getting a experience? Besides being centrally located gives you a great view from the rooftop to the Fort and to other houses and temples around you.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

It is located in the old city, and there is a lot of noisy especialy in the morning. I can not sleep well. It is not a good neigbhood.
The room was clean and has a good decor. The bathroom is a bit smal, but it was clean.
The owner was not friendly. The rest of the team was great.
The owner did not help us with information about How to get to the fort. When We asked him to book a car to us to go to jaipur the price was realy high and the car was an old car. I do not recomend this homestay.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Had a lovely stay in this boutique hotel. Come and stay here for a different experience of great architecture and good food on the rooftop. The bed is comfortable and toilets are clean. I had the best sleep here throughout my stay in India. Location is in the bazaar so you'll need a tuktuk to get in here but wouldn't cost much, you can walk here as well

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Mahendra J, Owner at Juna Mahal Boutique Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2013

thank you very much for come and stayed with us.
regards joshi family

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Address: Ada Bazar | Ada Bazar, Daga Street, Jodhpur 342001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jodhpur District > Jodhpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 158 Speciality Lodging in Jodhpur
Price Range: £22 - £48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Juna Mahal Boutique Homestay 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is 472 year old home (haveli) formally used by a brahmin family who served as a priest for the royal family temples. The homesay feature five boutique suites with indisval a/c and balcony converted from the home stay. All the suites decortaed with ancient sand stone carved and 6 to 11 windows OFFERING natural light brahmin family rooftop restaurant serving vegetarian food with relaxed atmosphere. Sand stone jaroka with beautiful carving. ... more   less 
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