This Haveli is right next to the Clock Tower market in the heart of Old Jodhpur. That's not necessarily a positive, because this area is chaotic. Avoiding being run over by motorbikes and Tuk-tuks requires absolute concentration and does get on your nerves after a while - motorbikes even charge through the narrow passages of the covered souk. The exhaust fumes were choking and the streets pretty grubby with rubbish and animal droppings. To have a chance to look at the architecture in this central part of the old city we had to leave the hotel at dawn and return 2 hours later (the market opens at 10am). The formerly nice old buildings have been allowed to deteriorate terribly. An exception to this is the Pal Haveli, formerly the family home. The rooms are blissfully quiet amid the mayhem of the neighbourhood - well, ours was anyway. Our room was a bit antiquated, but the common areas were very pleasant and charming. There was a nice central courtyard and some smaller ones. To get to our room, and the restaurant, we had to climb up some long and very steep flights of stairs (no lift) - this might be a problem for the less mobile. The restaurant was recommended by Lonely Planet and our travel agent but we found the food to be just OK, particularly the breakfast which gave little choice of dishes. There was no buffet, all was à la carte. Service was slow and a little disorganised, eg starters arriving at the same time as the main course. However, the view from the restaurant is stunning – an unobstructed vista of the Meherangarh Fort, which was illuminated in the evening. Incidentally, there is a nice walking path from the fort back down into the Old City, and therefore the hotel, which passes some nice old houses. Wi-Fi (free) only worked in the hotel lobby, not in our room.
Overall we liked the hotel because of its historical feel.
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- Also Known As:
- Pal Haveli Jodhpur
- Pal Haveli Hotel Jodhpur