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If Jodhpur's already on your bucket list, go straight to our guru's list of recommended hotels. If you're not sure here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Jodhpur to enjoy them.

Jodhpur has been known by several names. Here are the literal ones:

  • 'The Blue City', because of the bright blue painted houses near the amazing Mehrangarh Fort, which seems to grow out of a rocky outcrop at the city's heart;
  • and 'The Sun City' , for the sunny weather this Thar Desert town basks in all year.

This city is beautiful, historic, thriving, colourful and, as many more people are discovering each year, fascinating.

Trade once drew people to this desert town. On the ancient silk route, Jodhpur is still the region's central market for camels, cotton and cattle. And trade is in this town's blood. It feels like you can buy anything and everything in the mass of shops and stalls which spread out from the Clock Tower in the centre of town.

The Mehrangarh Fort, with its epic stone walls and many palaces inside, and the 20th Century sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan are Jodhpur's two other main landmarks. This is due to their impressive scale and beauty, but they're by no means the only grand buildings worth closer inspection.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Jodhpur offers a wide range from unbelieveably good value guesthouses to Maharajah's Palaces turned luxury hotels. We cater for all budgets, but what none of our properties lack is the same attention to detail and ethos of great service.

Best Places to Stay in Jodhpur

For peace and quiet

It's not always easy to find a peaceful haven in this city of frenetic movement, but if you're looking for the best places to stay in Jodhpur to escape the crowds then try these:

  • Built as a hunting lodge in the Art Deco style of the 30s, the Sardar Samand Lake Palace is still a favoured summer retreat of the Royal Family. The lake it's built beside keeps it cool, but it also makes it one of the best places to stay in Jodhpur for birdwatchers.
  • Bal Samand Lake Palace and Garden is another favourite of today's Royal Family. This summer palace overlooks a lake and 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. And even if you stay in the rooms converted from the old stables you'll still feel like a Maharaja. As well as peace here you'll find every luxury. And a spa. And the chance to birdwatch, or ride up into the hills, or play golf.

Historic Places to Stay

In Jodhpur you're not limited to visiting cultural treasures during business hours. Many of the city's great palaces are now grand hotels and some of the best places to stay in Jodhpur.

  • Umaid Bhawan Palace - if it seems familiar it could be because it's the landmark mentioned at the top of the page. Yes, you CAN stay here, and it's definitely one of the best places to stay in Jodhpur. Built by the grandfather of the present Maharaja this wonderful building with its vast proportions is famous all over India. Set in 26 acres of lush gardens, everything here is elegant and luxurious, from the squash courts to the billiards room and yoga studio.
  • The Ajit Bhawan Palace belonged to the younger brother of the above, so you're still in good company. But with its variety of room options - including cottages, rooms and permanent tents, this is also ideal for families.
  • For something less grand try Pal Haveli. If you've not come across it before, a 'haveli' is basically a mansion, and probably one of architectural or historic significance. There are plenty of haveli options, but this one is one of the best places to stay in Jodhpur because its second restaurant is on a roof terrance from which you can see the whole city stretching out below. Priced from less than £50 a night, it is also perfect if you're on a budget.

Modern Jodhpur

If you love local colour and history, but prefer to stay somewhere a bit more modern, these are some of the best places to stay in Jodhpur for you.

  • If your lifestyle requires reliable internet, convenient locale and comfort then Vivanta, Taj Hari Mahal should tick the boxes. Clean and quiet efficiency in a modern hotel which has been designed in the same way as a traditional palace. Sounds perfect? Well, it's also close to the airport, markets and the old town; and its spa offers yoga sessions.
  • The Gateway is one of the best places to stay in Jodhpur for groups. Reasonably priced, this hotel is only 15mins from Jodhpur's centre. It has sprawling grounds and the largest swimming pool in town. The easy, 'hotel style' restaurant and facilities mean it's also a good spot for families.

Browse our list of the best places to stay in Jodhpur and start to plan your visit. Alternatively try all our recommendations in Rajasthan or Delhi or Jaipur.

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  • The Blue House

    Jodhpur (Nai Sarak)

    This Blue City family-run historical guesthouse would have European boutiques begging for the same charm, antique furnishings and intimate atmosphere. Charming, unique rooms with access to a rooftop restaurant. A prime spot for panoramic views of Jodhpur and the 15th Century Mehrangarh Fort.

    15 rooms from $18
    Local exploring  -  A fantastic part of the Blue City to base yourself for exploring the countless sights.
    Families  -  Welcomes all the family to stay, offering babysitting services with prior arrangement.
    Value chic  -  Stay in The Blue City, in The Blue House for the best price
    Great walks  -  The 26 acres of manicured gardens within the walls of the Umaid Bhawan Palace make a memorable backdrop for a leisurely stroll.
  • Singhvi’s Haveli

    Jodhpur (Ramdeo Ji ka chowk)

    A 560-year-old haveli in the midst of Jodhpur’s Old City. Set apart from most of the other guesthouses and hotels, and yet still a five-minute walk from the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Family-run and full of character. Individual and colourfully decorated rooms complete the stay.

    12 rooms from $19
    Value chic  -  A quintessentially Rajasthani stay for a great value price.
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the Old City.
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the Clock Tower and Palace
    Local markets  -  Mehrangarh Fort has to be seen to be believed.
  • The Kothi Heritage

    Jodhpur (Rajasthan,)

    Delightful, boutique property showcasing the best in Rajasthani interiors and Rajput hospitality. Colourful stained glass windows create a beautiful effect against its alabaster walls whilst antique furnishings complete the look. Mughals dishes are a feast and Ayurvedic massages a treat.

    12 rooms from $40
    Value chic  -  Traditional, colourful, Rajasthani decor at a great price
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • Inn Season


    Charming, idiosyncratic collection of rooms and suites in 1930s Art Deco style. Lovely pool, garden and verandahs for dining. Comfort and character in a peaceful residential neighbourhood. Great value for money. There is a delightful pool plus in room massages are available.

    10 rooms from $44
    Hideaway  -  A little flower filled haven complete with lovely pool, on the outskirts, yet within easy access of town.
    Sights nearby  -  You cannot visit Jodhpur without a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort.
    Swimming Pool  -  Beautiful Outdoor Pool
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • Devi Bhawan

    Jodhpur (Defence Laboratory Road)

    Delightful old world charm and lush gardens in the centre of town at good value for money. Rooms overlook the garden and are decorated period furniture and Indian textiles. Lots of shady terraces to dine on. A characterful spot with warm hospitality.

    20 rooms from $46
    Value chic  -  Chic interiors and a comfortable stay for a great price, with massage sevices and beautiful outdoor pool.
    Great walks  -  This is a great city for wandering, head out from the hotel and explore the rabbit warren streets.
    Sights nearby  -  The Mehrangarh Fort, that stands tall over the city, is as impressive inside as it is from out.
    Local markets  -  The Clock Tower and its surrounding market is worth a visit.
  • Pal Haveli


    Traditional old haveli elaborately and colourfully decorated. Beautiful intricate bedrooms and suites with artefacts, furniture and old family photographs. Shady courtyards and two restaurants - one on the roof terrace with lovely views and great food. Understated elegance and romance.

    21 rooms from $49
    City Style  -  Central location, beautiful rooms and impeccable views of Mehrangarh Fort
    Local exploring  -  Slap bang in the heart of Jodhpur's Old City - right by the Clock Tower
    Romantic Break  -  Quaint rooms, breezy rooftops: the romantic Rajasthani dream
    Value chic  -  Simply stunning interiors at a simply delightful price
  • Ratan Vilas

    Jodhpur (Near Bhaskar Circle)

    Built in 1920 by the present owner’s polo-playing great-grandfather. A family home boasting charming old world elegance. Bright spacious rooms with Indian fabrics and period furniture surround a central courtyard. Cookery lessons and traditional Rajasthani entertainment.

    20 rooms from $68
    Families  -  A charming property with plenty of space to run around, a lovely pool, and babysitting services- perfect for a family holiday.
    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil little oasis away from the bustle of the town, and with friendly hosts ready to answer your every need.
    Cooking classes  -  Guests can learn the art of Rajasthani cuisine at the in house cokkery school.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor Pool.
  • Bal Samand Lake Palace & Garden


    An utterly romantic summer palace overlooking a 12th century lake in 300 acres of landscaped grounds. The bedrooms are large, airy and elegant, and the dining room has the most sublime view across the lake. Sandstone waterways and pergolas, Mawari horses to ride in the hills. A regal experience.

    36 rooms from $95
    Romantic Break  -  Feel like royalty at this unique hotel, with elegant suites, candlelite dining and a stunning pool, in rural Pali.
    Birdwatching  -  Pali is a prime spot for birdwatching, don't forget your binoculars.
    Views  -  Lovely views of the lake from the restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur.
  • Rohet Garh

    Jodhpur (Dist. Pali)

    A welcoming haven in traditional Rajput style. Landscaped gardens, beautiful verandas, exquisitely decorated rooms, and a host of fantastic activities - desert riding safaris, flora and fauna, and relaxation in the spa to name a few. A wonderful taste of Rajasthan.

    34 rooms from $153
    Active Holiday
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Ajit Bhawan Palace


    This Maharaja's royal residence is an oasis of hospitality and Rajput charm. A lovely garden hosts separate accommodations - you can choose between cottages, tents, or lavish rooms in the main property. Old-world elegance with all the modern comforts.

    69 rooms from $153
    Families  -  Attentive yet unfussy service, good value prices, a large pool plus spa and gym: great for all the family.
    Sights nearby  -  Venture back into the life of a Maharaja at the epic Mehrangarh Fort
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Sardar Samand Lake Palace

    Jodhpur (District Pali)

    Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933 this former hunting lodge is still a favourite retreat of the royal family. Located on the edge of a picturesque lake, large, art deco style rooms make the most of the views. There is an Oriental Garden plus an outdoor pool and tennis courts. A charming stay.

    19 rooms from $162
    Country Escape  -  In the bucolic surround of the scrubby Thar desert, this former royal hunting lodge is a true escape into rural Rajasthan.
    Great walks  -  The extensive grounds stretching along the lake make for great scenic walking.
    Birdwatching  -  The lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife, bring your binoculars!
    Sailing  -  A boat ride on the lake is a lovely afternoon activity.
  • Ranvas

    Jodhpur (Nagaur)

    Following a twenty year renovation by the Maharajah of Jodhpur this collection of havelis is a chic oasis in the heart of the Thar desert. Film set worthy rooms and impossibly romantic candlelit dinners make it ideal for couples. One of the best places to embark on a horse or camel safari.

    34 rooms from $227
    Honeymoons  -  A regal and romantic escape with candlelit dinners in the fragrant gardens and indulgent interiors worthy of the Maharaja.
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style in the frescoed halls, temples, and Mughal pleasure gardens, not to mention the spa.
    Sights nearby  -  The desert towns of Bikaner, with its incredible fort and Mandawa konwn for its painted havelis are a drive away.
    Great walks  -  Hike the perimeter of the 12th-century fort’s magnificent ramparts.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • RAAS

    Jodhpur (Makrana Mohalla)

    Wow factor around every corner in this luxury, contemporary designed hotel. Stunning views of the Fort from exquisite sun-dappled rooms and a beautiful infinity pool and indulgent spa. Lots of clever design features. A very special place to explore the magical Jodhpur from, right in the heart of it.

    39 rooms from $257
    Romantic Break  -  This chic hotel boasts design suites with statement bathrooms, fort views from the terrace restaurant and unbeatable glamour.
    Local exploring  -  Located down an unassuming gulley this modern hotel enjoys a most central location in the Old Town.
    Local markets  -  Check out the next door Sadar Market, the perfect spot for buying spices, sweets, silver and handicrafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Overlooking the fort, within walking distance of the Clock Tower and Old City.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal


    This hotel is designed like a traditional palace, but aimed at younger and more modern Maharaja. Elegant rooms with equally fantastic technology, beautiful central courtyard with pool, and fantastic gourmet options. Heritage feel with a contemporary twist.

    93 rooms from $303
    Romantic Break  -  Sumptuous suites and pampering spa treatments make this a dream city break for couples.
    Families  -  Family suites, baby sitting services and a games room to occupy the little ones.
    Sights nearby  -  The Mehrangarh Fort is not to be missed.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace


    The only way to experience the real magic of Jodhpur. This exquisite Maharaja's palace is the ultimate in grandeur and luxury. Elegant rooms with Art Deco trappings, swimming pools, spa, billiards, yoga - the list goes on. A truly romantic and old-world setting.

    64 rooms from $672
    Spa breaks  -  The Taj's signature JIVA spa is the ultimate in indulgent spa breaks.
    Palace  -  Astounding art deco Maharaja's palace
    Romantic Break  -  Opulent suites are made for romance.
    Sights nearby  -  Mehrangarh Fort is a must visit.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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