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August 4, 2009updated Feb 07, 2013

Stylish Raas To Open In Jodhpur

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Raas JodhpurRaas JodhpurRaas JodhpurWhen it opens in December, Raas will be Jodhpur’s hippest, most luxurious, most exciting new hotel to open in years.

It lies at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur’s Walled City. It is the only luxury hotel to be based in the old town, and the views directly up to the fort, which looms above you, are quite spectacular. It is situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, just a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower. One may simply wonder out into the surrounding maze of streets to explore the markets. The hotel comprises four charismatic old (150 years), restored buildings in Jodhpur’s very own ‘rose-red’ sandstone. This is combined with stylish, contemporary new buildings which have been designed by an acclaimed architect. In its entirety the Ras Haveli (as it was originally called) remains today the best preserved, largest and most complete urban noble residence perhaps in all Rajasthan. This exquisite little hotel is Jodhpur’s first eco friendly boutique hotel in the true sense of the term.

39 rooms and suites have been stunningly created out of old and new buildings, right at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort. Each has a balcony and all bar 4 rooms have views directly up to the Fort. Jodhpur’s first ‘boutique’ hotel, Raas will be a welcome addition to the Jodhpur portfolio. At the same time, it offers luxury, style and sophistication at a very reasonable rate. With its superb location, it boasts in part the exterior and the ambience of a haveli, yet has totally contemporary, state of the art interiors.

A lofty, imposing Jodhpur stone gate leads you into a spacious, rambling inner courtyard which is home to gardens and a stunning pool. A cosy, elegant terraced dining room is nearby; a lovely little spa occupies another haveli; the café and al fresco terrace line one side of the property. 35 rooms have views directly up to the fort.

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