Rawla Narlai Rajasthan
At the core of a tiny traditional city popular with Hindu pilgrims. The resort can be found in the shadow of Elephant Hill, a huge granite monolith. It is well worth climbing the 700 steps to the very best to get a sunset panorama across lakes, parks and woods which were once a private hunting reserve for the Maharajahs of Jodhpur.
Style & personality
A rambling country home, beautifully renovated and preserved, it awakens romance. There are 32 rooms set around a series of courtyards bright with blossoms. A stunning pool is concealed into a sunken garden. Day beverages are served at the lamplit entry court at which you may also dine under the stars.
Service & amenities
Nothing is too much trouble for Gareema Gautam, the new general director that has spent a lot of her life in Europe. She’s enthusiastic about the region and frequently accompanies guests on hotel-organised trips to spot leopards, take tea from the lake, or even adhere to a royal hunting route to the hills. Staff recruited locally run city excursions and shorter walks. Riding may also be organized. Spa treatments are offered beside the pool.
Each is different and filled with surprises: finely painted arches decorating a mattress; first murals of a royal procession; a toilet that opens onto a small private patio with a view across the town. People who favor less personality and more room, ferocious air conditioning and a elevator, should opt for one of those ‘Luxury Grand’ rooms at the new wing.
Food & beverage
The restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani fare (curried goat, lamb and poultry, a fantastic assortment of vegetarian meals, and bread right from the clay oven) at a bright, airy dining area or on the patio. The Stepwell Dinner is excellent: four classes of local specialities served with a nicely lit by hundreds of oil lamps and accompanied by soulful devotional chants performed with a regional Jogi onto a tambura. It is well worth the50 price tag.
Breakfasts are good and freshly prepared: Bircher muesli, homemade cakes, porridge, fresh fruit and neighborhood yoghurt on the buffet table and tasty Masala omelettes, complete English Indian specialities ready on demand.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #80 in low season; increasing to #145 at large, such as breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There’s a lift to Luxury Grand Heritage Bathrooms however, the property isn’t acceptable for wheelchair users because there are measures in different regions.
No particular actions but kids are welcome.
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