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“A very unique place although the rooms could do with improvement.”
Review of Ravla Khempur

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Ravla Khempur
Ranked #6 of 285 Udaipur B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 December 2013

This was our 2nd trip to Rajasthan and this time we avoided the main cities and stayed in small hotels in smaller towns and villages.

As my wife had seen the film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” she jumped at the chance to stay one night in the actual hotel where scenes from the film were shot – the hotel still has the Best Exotic Marigold sign outside the main entrance

A haveli usually describes a private house in India, usually one with historical and architectural significance. Most are what you would describe a ‘Shabby Chic’ i.e. they appear aged, maybe a bit run down and there are signs of wear and tear – Ravla Khempur definitely fits in to this category although when talking to Nitin the manager he told us that they wanted to renovate/improve some of the rooms but the movie company (who are shooting a sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel during December 2013 and March 2014 specifically requested that the rooms remain untouched). We were also told that the movie company previously sprayed dirty water on the exterior walls to make the hotel look more run down in the original film.

Our bedroom and bathroom was definitely showing signs of wear and tear and the mattress on my wifes bed had a nasty lump in it.

However, Ravla Khempur has many redeeming features.
Firstly there is Nitin the manager is great. He personally took us on a very informative and interesting walk round the village with stops at a number of different homes and a visit to the local herbal doctor who explained his work. Nitin is the heart of the Ravla Khempur. As another reviewer pointed out “I think the hotel works because of the efforts of Nithin, his ideas and beliefs introducing guests to the village and encouraging the villagers to embrace the hotel guests, makes the visit truly unique. He has a gentle style and an easy way, that makes you feel you've made a friend”

Secondly the hotel has an old world charm with its wide open courtyard, rooms with beautifully coloured glass windows and old fashioned artifacts and a lovely balcony where you can watch the most sun set and then have dinner by candle light. Just before breakfast I watched green parrots flying around the balcony and one of the local men sweeping up the leaves from the small temple across the road.

This is a very unique place although the rooms could do with improvement.

Please note that the hotel is not open to guests between Mid December 2013 and the end of March 2014 as the filming for the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be taking place

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

This is a unique hotel that benefits from the excellence of its manager, Nitin.
He took us on a walk around the local village that proved to be one of the highlights of our trip. A fascinating glimpse of rural India that will stay with me for a long, long time.

There were rumours that he was due to be replaced so do check before you go. Nitin makes it a very special place.

Don't expect luxury, its a very old heritage building. But we will never forget our time here. We loved Ravla Khempur.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank wolfytom07
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

My stay at the Ravla Khempur was the highlight of a more than fabulous trip to India. The hotel, built in the 1600's was a photographers delight. The accommodation was simple and elegant. Although basic, the warmth of hospitality shown by the hotel manager, Nitin, and his staff, made me feel like I had come home. Special highlights were the walks through the small township, and being made so welcome by the locals, horse riding and being invited to sing with the women in the evening to celebrate an upcoming wedding....being awakened in the mornings to the sounds of worship from the ancient temple across the road. I highly recommend a stay at the Ravla Khempur.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Melinda2867
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

My wife and I had booked 2 nights here as one of the highlights of our trip to India, we read all of the great reviews posted here and were looking forwards to a couple of days of relaxation. When we arrived however we found no English speaking staff, and had to wake up someone to try and help us. A young man then made a call to his boss, and showed us to a room. The boss spoke to us on the young man's mobile phone, and said he would be here in 10 minutes. We were then just left alone. We had a look around the room and found it to be dirty, with geckos running around, and gecko droppings on the beds and pillows. We decided to take a look around the hotel and grounds, as at this point we were still excited to be here, and we hoped the manager would arrive soon. The rest of the hotel was also very dirty, the courtyards and garden were overgrown with weeds, and had litter scattered around, there was also a constant stream of what appeared to be sewage water running from the building, down the entrance path, and forming a large muddy puddle in the entrance archway. The interior, and particularly our room, had a strong smell of damp, the toilet water kept running constantly (maybe the cause of the stinky puddle outside? ) the toilet seat was also falling off.

The manager failed to appear, and all of the people (staff?) were sleeping or sitting/laying around. We decided it was time to give up and leave. We informed the young man who had shown us to our room that we were not staying, and he made some frantic calls to his boss, each time handing us the phone, the boss assured us he was 5 then 1 minutes away, but failed to show after another 20 minutes or so.
We wasted our money on this hotel, with a non refundable full payment online, and 2 expensive taxi rides.

The only good thing from this is a picture of my wife next to the Best exotic marigold hotel sign.

We did not expect luxury, we were aware of the building being old and worn, that was part of the charm, but we did expect some degree of cleanliness, and for there to be at least one member of staff expecting booked guests to arrive.

With so many staff sitting around, it would not be difficult or expensive to clean the place, pull up some weeds, and carry out basic maintenance.

All in all this was a hugely disappointing part of our trip.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Although we stayed at the Ravla Khempur back in February, I hadn't posted a review before as I understood that Nitin, the lessee, would be replaced in about March. As he was a major part in our enjoyment of the hotel, I thought I wouldn't do a review. However, I see from recent reviews that he's still there so here's my review.

Our experience was like many of the other reviewers. We visited to see the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel but were then captivated by the reality. After a blunder by Air India, we had to get to Khempur with a car and driver provided by them in Jodhpur. He had great difficulty finding Khempur but I think Udaipur drivers would know it or a transfer can be arranged by the hotel.

The outside of the hotel has seen better days and the rooms are fairly basic but full of character. The dancing horse was fascinating and the village tour was great, especially as my wife used to be a teacher. Dinner on the verandah was very enjoyable and the small falcon sitting on a branch right next to us at breakfast was also great.

Room Tip: They've all got lots of character.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank amp-qld
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Rawla Khempur is located at Mawli, about 50 km from Udaipur. Mawli is a village but its school has a 12th grade! The rustic atmosphere forms a great backdrop to the heritage hotel. it has an old world charm with its wide open courtyard, beautifully done up rooms with coloured glass windows and old fashioned artifacts. There are books to read and one can relax with a cold drink in the evenings and watch the moon shine down at night. Peacocks, parrots, pigeons and other birds, horses, cows and pigs, farms full of maize at this time, dirt roads and colourfully dressed women adorn the place. There is a quiet charm to the place and the manager, Nitin, who manages the hotel, is very helpful and courteous. We took trips in the car he arranged for us to travel to Nathdwara, Chittorgarh, Ranakpur and also to Mt. Abu. We did not visit Kumbalgarh but plan to do so next time we visit the place. it is just the right place for a writer like me to visit and stay at, for I am always looking for places that are quiet, charming and off the beaten track, and Rawla Khempur fits the bill.

Room Tip: Our room looked out to the temple and the driveway and was very spacious and comfortable.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

What an amazing experience this hotel turned out to be. It really is rural about an hour away from Udaipur, I wish we could have stayed longer. We made the very most of our stay thanks to Nithin the amiable hotel manager who is a great ambassador for the hotel, it's environment and the village of Khempur. The village is largely self sufficient with little mechanisation and a walk around led by Nithin was a real introduction to rural indian life. We soon gathered an entourage of happy faced children, keen to practise their English, and were invited in to some homes to meet families and in particular the Marwarni horses. Nithin and his staff couldn't have been more helpful, we had a delicious supper on the roof, by candlelight before settling down to watch the film 'the Most Exotic Marigold Hotel'. A visit through the village the next morning to the school was a joy, do go - and buy some paper and pens for the children at the little village shop on the way.
I think the hotel works because of the efforts of Nithin, his ideas and beliefs introducing guests to the village and encouraging the villagers to embrace the hotel guests, makes the visit truly unique. He has a gentle style and an easy way, that makes you feel you've made a friend; I really hope the venture is successful, it deserves to be.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Village & Post Khempur, Udaipur 313203, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur District > Udaipur
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 285 B&Bs / Inns in Udaipur
Price Range: £64 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Ravla Khempur 1*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Now reopened with Resaalaa Restaurant. Ravla Khempur used as The BestExotic Marigold Hotel,a british movie. The title ‘Ravla’ in Rajasthan refers to the home of a village chieftain”. In earlier days, the Ravla was the focal point of the entire village. Functions such as village welfare, collection of taxes, administration of law and order, and the initiation of festivals took place in the Ravla. Ravla Khempur exudes historical ambience and is graced with breathtaking surroundings. The lofty terraces, open courtyards, sprawling gardens, domes, arches and canopied balconies transport one back in time. Khempur village developed over the centuries to one side of the Ravla. It comprises a small, random and attractive cluster of typical rural dwellings and shops, and shaded squares where the villagers discuss the affairs of the world or share the local gossip. For the visitor, this is a side of India that has its own fascination; the cheerful welcome and natural hospitality of the village folk who ask nothing more than to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea. ... more   less 
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