Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
Nicest hotel we were in Rajasthan, big pool, great international breackfast, but internet not free.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
I just stayed at this hotel during my trip to Rajasthan and would highly recommend it. The rooms are lovely and the staff is extremely helpful. It is a first class place.
I had the misfortune of being ill in India (chest infection from the pollution in delhi) and in spite of this my stay could not have been more comfortable. A doctor was called to our room and medication was collected and delivered for us and a range of warm milk drinks were sent to us free of charge. Within a day I was well enough to continue with the tour. The food and service was fantastic and I will definitely stay there again.
Upto excellent Taj standards!
We have just returned from Rajasthan - fabulous!. Stayed at Taj Hari Mahal and found it excellent especially at this time of year with lower rates and not too crowded. Rooms,food and service were excellent!!
Great hotel, freindly and helpful staff
A great hotel and friendly helpful staff. Good facilities and well located. I seriously enjoyed our stay at the hotel and would not hesitate to stay here again. Jodhpur is a very interesting town and should be on everyones list if you plan to travel and enjoy Rajastan.
Enjoy this hotel!
Great Hotel overall
I stayed at the Taj Hari over 4 days in mid March 06. This hotel is expensive in general (around $210 per night with tax) but offers great service, great ambiance and an overall wonderful experience. The front desk staff was quick and helpful, all misc requests were dealt with promptly. The hotel is centrally located in Jodhpur. There are several restaurants (chinese, buffet, bbq, and courtyard) that were reasonably priced on the property. The food was good and we didnt get sick at all. We spent one day by the pool and were attended to by several staff members who waited on us hand and foot bringing us drinks, fresh towels. I had a great massage in the fitness center for under $20usd. The decor is very tasteful and the rooms were immaculately clean. If possible, request a pool view room and french doors will open onto a private verandah overlooking the pool and fountains. The room I stayed in had a small foyer and the granite bathroom was directly off of this area. The room itself wasnt super large but did have an extra large closet and separate desk area. The laundry service was terrific and reasonably priced. Wireless internet was a snap and was $5 for 1 hour. All in all I had only two small problems. First one was that they dont offer metered taxis. The hotel will only offer to take you by hotel car for rates about 4 times what they should be. This can be remedied by walking off the property and catching a cab from the curb out front. The second complaint was a pushy desk clerk who tried to repeatedly push a business card of a friend when he learned I was in town on business, no doubt trying to get some commission from his friend. This desk clerk called my room three different times and asked if I had called his friend yet to look at his factory. This was a bit weird but everything else was great.
Very comfortable hotel
This is a very comfortable and nice place, but in my eyes it lacks a little bit character. Whilst rooms are very nicely designed and beds extremely comfortable, the pool aerea and the other public aereas are rather bland and uninspiring. Staff was very nice and helful, though, and all in all we really enjoyed our stay here.
Stay at Taj Hari over Umaid Bhawan Palace
We stayed at both the Taj Hari and the Umaid Bhawan Palace on our trip. Without reservation, we recommend staying at the Taj Hari. The ambience at the Umaid Bhawan Palace may have more charm given its history, but the rooms are just not comfortable and are not good value for money. Visit the Umaid Bhawan to see the spectacular architecture and lovely grounds, but then stay at the Taj Hari for a good bed, modern bathroom and MUCH better service.
Not a bad hotel
There aren't many hotels to choose from in Jodhpur but don't make this an excuse not to visit this city, which is wonderful.
The one hotel which is meant to be spectacular is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, however, it was being renovated whilst we were there. We also found out it's now being run by the Taj group, which doesn't bode well for this hotel.
Our hotel looked as if it was built in the 70s however, it is only a few years old. The rooms are the best part, which are spacious and clean. The pool was nice apart from the infestation of pigeons! I had a great hair cut for £2.00 - much better than any £40 hair cut in London!
Jodhpur is a lovely place - the blue buildings are magical and the people are very friendly. It's cheaper here than other areas in Rajasthan.
Convenient location, but not special at all...
In many ways, Jodhpur was our favorite city in our Rajasthan trip this past srping. However, Taj Hari was certainly the least memorable. Amarvilas in Agra was completely amazing... while Lake Palace in Udaipur was a total disappointment... Taj Hari? It was just a very boring hotel, to say the least. No character. The hotel is rather well kept. Our room facing the pool was spacious, clean and seemingly new. The pool was relaxing. And the hotel location is very convenient... close to the old city. Hard to describe, but in another words, there's nothing that stands out about this hotel. It definitely does not make you feel like you're in Jodhpur, a magical place in the middle of India... you can feel like you're in Philly or something.
The restaurant was low quality... the food was very blah. Especially the buffet lunch. The food was so uninspiring that we even ate at their Chinese restaurant! Even the unauthntic semi-Indian-like Chinese food was better than the main restaurant!
While staying at Taj Hari, we went out to Umaid Bhawan Palace for dinner one night. Now THIS is what I dreamed of!! Umaid sits on top of a hilltop overlooking the old fort and the city. You can enjoy amazing food on the terrace at sunset... the views are unforgettable... and the musicians really did an amazing job making the whole experience even more magical. I did not see the rooms at Umaid, but the place was amazing. The Maharaja family still resides here as well. Our brief dinner at Umaid was a highlight of our Jodhpur stay... not Taj Hari!!!!!!
(See our reviews for Amarvilas, Taj Mahal Delhi, Rambagh Palace, Lake Palace, Devi Garh...)
The lobby of the hotel is a bit decadent but with very much captivation. The rooms are magnificent, wide and perfectly decorated, as the bathroom, with all the services that a hotel of this category deserves. The swimming pool is equally a must and its service is in line. Probably what less I liked was the Chinese restaurant, but the bar is delicious.
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... private homes for a homestay with an Indian family. The owner of the house (in reality probably more of a bed and breakfast inn than a true stay in someone's house) I stayed in was a retired Indian naval officer. Their servants put on some major dinner and breakfast feasts and the en-suite bathroom in my room was one of the largest and most marbley I've had in any hotel, India or elsewhere in the world.
... the tuk tuk so by the time we get there I am in need of a hot drink. We tell the driver we will have some chai and if he would like to join us. To our surprise and delight he joins us in one of the local stores. A young boy (about 10) was rolling out chapati, we ask how it is made. They stuff the chapati the a Marsala potato mix. We decide to also try one of these as they are a Jodhpur special. The chai tea and stuffed chapati were delicious. The 3 tea and 1 chapati came to 45 ...
... bare chested and promptly starts gym style exercises using a hand held dumbbell. Back to the main drag and we pass through the last of seven gates (utterly exhausted) and the ground levels off. Now the palace fort comes into full view. It was a challenging 'stroll' but worth the effort! Since the palace is now a museum in a similar style to that of Jaisalmer we skip the inside tour and enjoy a long walk along the upper battlements, taking in splendid views over the ...