I traveled to Ranbanka Palace, Jodhpur with along with my wife and parents for an extended weekend trip in March 2014.
We were traveling by our own vehicle and thus did not request a pickup/drop from the railway station/airport.
Ranbanka Palace is situated in the heart of Jodhpur city. Its location does it good as it stands very close to the magnificent Umed Bhavan palace hotel. It is probably only a few kilometers from the airport and railway station. Its location thus, is strategic.
One of the first thing that hits you when you enter the hotel and being the check in related formalities is that the staff is tremendously courteous in typical Rajasthani style.
The check in procedure was swift and we were allotted our rooms in less than 5 minutes. The concierge was so kind as to take all our luggage to the first floors where our rooms were located.
The club room allotted to my wife and I was very large and spacious with a large two seat sofa set, two nicely furnished chairs and a mid sized coffee table. The bed though not too big was reasonably comfortable. The only problem with the bed was that it had spring mattresses which resulted in a lot of jolts being felt my wife in the night as I twisted and turned during sleep. Each room was equipped with two split air conditioners each.
The downside was that even though my parents had opted for a club room, the room they were allotted right next to us was much smaller in size and felt a bit cramped at times. I don't know why the hotel did this. Also, one air conditioner in my parents' room was not working and the hotel made no effort to fix it.
The bathroom was large with a bath tub. The problem was that the shower area had no door or shower curtain. This led to spilling of water outside the shower cubicle which was an annoyance.
The room service was reasonably fast and efficient.
The breakfast spread in the hotel was elaborate and contained a decent selection of Indian food as well as an assortment of items found in continental breakfasts.
The evening buffet was very good in taste and the service was very prompt. I reiterate the fact here that the staff was very polite and courteous while dealing with us. When we ordered something that was not in the buffet, the ordered dish was made in very little time unlike the bad experiences I've had in most other hotels. This was a plus point.
Overall, our experience at the hotel was comfortable, relaxing and memorable. If you rule out the minor kinks in their armor, it is an experience that can be repeated on future trips to Jodhpur.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ranbanka, literally meaning the master of battles, was an honor conferred upon the courageous Rajput clan of Jodhpur - the Rathores. A part of the erstwhile palace was commissioned to be converted into a heritage hotel, aptly named Ranbanka Palace; offering guests the opportunity to enjoy one of Rajasthan's foremost royal experiences. With magnificent views of the Blue city, Ranbanka Palace retains and preserves the old world charm and glory of a bygone era. Its central location allows easy access to key leisure and business addresses in the city. The heritage hotel today houses a range of accommodation from deluxe pool and courtyard facing rooms to extravagant suites in the royal 'Heritage Wing' and luxurious 'Jodhana Wing'.Ranbanka Palace offers an array of cuisine and is famous for its elaborate Rajasthani flavors. From in-room dining to buffets, a la carte, private gatherings and theme dinners, Ranbanka Palace offers diversity in dining at: - the garden by the restaurant & poolside; The Pancharanga multi cuisine restaurant serving Indian, Continental,& Oriental dishes ; The Polo Bar, with an eclectic selection of Beverages housing an exhibit of the family's trophies won over generations and The Baithak, an exemplary Rajasthani lounge complete with Bajots & Gaddi Massons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ranbanka Palace Jodhpur
- Ranbanka Palace Hotel Jodhpur