Ranbanka Hotel, Jodhpur
Ranbanka Palace, Circuit House Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
After much research, my wife and I settled on Ranbanka Palace for our first visit to Jodhpur, and we're not disappointed. The hotel looks and feels as described in the photos and reviews. The hotel is centrally located, and all places of interest (airport, clock tower, market, Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, etc.) are 10-15 minutes away from the hotel. The staff at the reception desk was courteous and efficient. They also upgraded us to a higher room, which I'm guessing is a standard policy, but was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. The rooms are clean and tastefully furnished. We were particularly impressed with the bathroom, which had a bathtub and premium fittings. Food at the hotel, though a tad expensive, is good, as long as you stick to Mughlai/Indian. The Murgh Makhani we ordered the day we arrived was divine. Chinese cuisine is best avoided at the hotel. There are several other restaurants nearby where you can try Chinese, On the Rocks being one of them. The breakfast spread is satisfactory, but there's nothing that will set your tongues wagging. The two highlights of the hotel are the beautiful lawn and the swimming pool. The lawn has a stage, which hosts a live musical performance every night at the lawn, featuring local folk singers and a talented santoor player on alternate days. Both performances are enjoyable, and the musicians are more than happy to sing/play songs requested by the guests. However, this does get repetitive if you stay longer than 2 nights. You'll also find a pair of adorable turtles roaming about on the lawn. But they are shy and can be a bit hard to find :) The swimming pool is an absolute delight to be in and is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The pool also has a lovely gazebo overlooking it, where you can laze around all day. I suggest a cup of masala chai while you sit there with your favourite book. A word of appreciation for the staff at the hotel: the front desk staff are polite and helpful. They even gladly agreed to our numerous requests to click photos :) The waiters and housekeeping staff are also well trained and go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. It was my wife's birthday and I had requested for a cake and flowers to be delivered to our room at the stroke of midnight. Both requests were fulfilled on time and with a smile. All in all, Ranbanka Palace is a great place to stay at in Jodhpur. Prices are slightly on the higher side but are totally worth the warm hospitality and peaceful stay you will get in return. Jodhpur tips: 1. Taxis and autorickshaws are very expensive in Jodhpur (A 10 minute auto ride will cost you anywhere between 100 and 300 rupees). Public transport is virtually non-existent. So bargain hard or you'll end up spending a fortune on transport. 2. The Mehrangarh Fort is the best thing about Jodhpur. Keep aside a full day to visit the place. Entry to the fort is free, but you need a ticket (100 rupees) to enter the museum, which is well worth it. You can hire an audio guide (more like a Walkman with earphones) which has prerecorded instructions to guide you through the fort. This is especially useful for foreigners and those who are interested in knowing the history of the fort. Entry to the fort closes at 6pm and guards make sure all visitors in the fort exit by 7pm. Auto Rickshaws are hard to find late in the evening, so it's a good idea to book one in advance. 3. If you're an adventure sports lover, you can't miss the flying fox ziplining experience at the fort. It's simply mind-blowing, and for 1,800 rupees a person, it's a complete steal. Don't miss this for anything in the world. Even if you're not so adventurous, give this a try and you won't regret it. Be sure to book online in advance though. There are limited slots available, which fill very fast especially on weekends. I strongly recommend a slot between 5 and 6 to enjoy the mesmerising view of the old city and the beautiful fort at sunset. 4. Keep aside an entire evening for shopping in the old market near the clock tower. I strongly recommend Ganesh Handicrafts for their excellent range of handicrafts and shawls, at reasonable prices. After you're done shopping, head to Indique in the old city for a rooftop dinner with an exquisite view of the fort. Your trip will be incomplete without this. 5. If you have time (and money) to spare, book a camel safari in Osian. The rustic beauty of the rural landscape, along with the thrill of watching black bucks, peacocks and numerous other animals in their natural habitat, is unforgettable. If you stay overnight, you can enjoy a traditional meal and folk dance performance by a campfire. You can also go dune bashing in the desert. But these activities cost a pretty penny. We didn't go for the Bishnoi village tour but I hear that too is quite enjoyable. Hope you have a great stay in Jodhpur!
I visited Jodhpur in August'15 for business purpose where I found Ranbanka Hotel. The Hotel was located at very good location near Circuit House overlooking the beautiful Umaid Palace. Hotel also had a Mall and movie theatre adjacent to it. I booked the deluxe room in the hotel but when I reached to hotel they welcomed me very warmly in their traditional style " Khambha Khani" and they upgraded me in their Club room. Initially I booked the room for just one night but I liked hotel so much, that extended for two more nights!! Ranbanka is not a 5 Star property but no where less in providing 5 star services to its guest!!! Clean and beautiful. Breakfast was included in my package otherwise the food was little expensive, but tasty. They create lovely ambiance in the lawn outside the restaurant area every evening with candle light dinners, Bar & Barbeque. Also the local artists perform the folk music everyday. I also liked their swimming pool and club area. Hotel also offers few shops of souvenirs and handicrafts for which the city is famous. All the staff was very helpful and safe, they have taken well care of me being a lady that too alone in totally new city. I loved the way they use to tell me "Hukum". I truly enjoyed my stay in Hotel Ranbanka and appreciate the management of hotel for extending such a good hospitality. Worth staying!
Travelled to Jodhpur with the friends and stayed in this hotel. We simply loved it. Beautiful hotel, lovely garden, great food - choice of buffet or menu in evenings. Food was available with all varieties from different areas of the complex. Comfortable and spacious room, spacious wash room. Good view from windows. Staff of this hotel was excellent and very accommodating, helped us in every way. Nice swimming pool, good spread of breakfast. Good evening programs. Hygiene place, ideal location, value for money. Definitely going to visit again.
I wish I had a picture right here to share but unfortunately I don't have one right now. The hotel was better than what I had expected it to be. The hotel staff takes the cake with the wonderful hospitality they displayed. They were well trained and always ready to help. The food was good but I personally believe that there is always a scope for improvement, that does not mean that we did not enjoy what was offered. In addition to the restaurant of the hotel there were a few other places close by that offered excellent food. Due to certain constraints we had to visit Jodhpur in the month of May which is not an appropriate month to visit Jodhpur. It is too hot for sight seeing, but if sight seeing is not the objective and one wants to enjoy a relaxing and pleasant vacation then this hotel is excellent place to stay. The pool is not really one of the hotel's best features but is adequate for a dip in the evenings.
This review is about Hotel Ranbanka that is located very conveniently so near to the Mehrangarh Fort as well as Umaid Bhawan. It is partially hidden behind another adjacent building and hence one does not get an idea of the internal spaciousness from outside. In appearance, we are talking about the interior of course, it is majestic with Indo-saracenic architecture - the architecture that you would call Rajasthani-Mughal. Of course, it were the British who perfected that architecture but the majesty is increased by the fact that this style has all but disappeared from our country today. The decor of the hotel is exquisite and it is very spacious both in it's layout as well as the rooms and corridors. Garden lay out too is pleasant and soothing the swimming pool in band adjacent to the lawn in a corner of the compound. Hotel houses a Kashmiri artefacts shop as well as a Rajasthani miniature studio. The hotel management is modern, professional and pleasant. The bathroom ambiance and expanse has to be seen to believe. I do have a few complains. Cupboards and drawers were jammed and I had to use force to open these. Washbasin is so distant that from you that you are sure to get back pain. To flip channels on the television set you are given two remote controls and you have to figure out the order and the commands. I used the shortcut - asked the reception to send the technician. A part of the serving staff dons the traditional Rajasthani dress. This group, I discovered as a pleasant surprise, is also qualified one but unless the hotel figures out how to make it apparent the guests are likely to assume the worse - these are locals who do not know English. In my CPI scheme I only had a breakfast and in that department Ranbanka has to do a lot of catching up. Jodhpur hosts the Rajasthan High Court and this makes it the legal matters capital of that state and this is a fact that can not be ignored even in the settings where tourism is uppermost in one's mind. Legal dynamics, whether we like it or not, is a dismal facet of any society. In view of this it devolves upon Rajasthan government to salvage the tourism aspect - an aspect which is completely opposite to the legal face when it comes to joys of life. Having said that Jodhpur is an excellent tourist spot because of it's historical significance as the centre of Marwar and the Rathore clan. The attractions include the Mehrangarh Fort, the city divided into old and new as well as the so recent Umaid Palace. The timeless glory of old Rajput culture can only be appreciate when you enter into that environment. With Jaipur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer it makes a nice quarter of Rajputana grandeur and that puts Jodhpur in the league of first class destinations not only in Rajasthan but even in India and I am saying it with no hesitation that it is a world tourist destination. I do not mind when a western thinks of Maharajas while thinking of India - Maharajas were a reality of Indian life and their descendants are still around with us today. Some of them have turned their old properties into tourist lodges and that is for good.
Ranbanka Hotel is ranked #6 among the 544 hotels in Jodhpur with an average rating of 5.8 out of 7. It is one of the 83, 3-star in Jodhpur. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 98 photos, 304 text reviews and 2 video reviews and is rated top for its Location, Appearance and Destination. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 8,100 to Rs 9,000 per night. The hotel offer 79 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (37%) and Couple (29%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 34% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 20% have rated the ambience as magnificent.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of July, Aug and Sept for the best experience.
Ranbanka Hotel is located at Circuit House which is approximately 2 Kms from Jodhpur Junction railway station . Due to the close proximity, it is considered as one of the best stay option. Zenana Mahal (1 Km), Umed Gardens (1 Km), Umaid Mahal (1 Km), Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum (1 Km) and Raj Ranchhodji Temple (2 Kms) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool where you can take a quick dip or just relax your muscles after a long day of sightseeing.
Other amenities include Travel Assistance, Laundry Services, Doctor On Call, Restaurant and Room Service. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.
HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “The name Mehrangarh began to appear in chronicles and poems. Mehra is a Rajasthani word for the Sun and it is not at all unlikely that the Suryavanshi Rathores (Sun Dynasty) would name their first citadel in Read More