Devi Bhawan hotel
Hidden away on the edge of Jodhpur’s old city, Devi Bhawan is an oasis of tranquility. Thakur Ratan Singh and his family have been hosting travellers here in their eighty year-old residence for as long as they can remember and they do it with effortless style.
In its beautifully designed gardens, palm trees and exotic flowers lead the way to fountains that overflow with lilies and cooling water, setting the scene for refreshing drinks on the terrace. Sumptuous day beds and elegant tents are dotted around the lawns, encouraging you to fully unwind; it’s exactly the kind of boutique hotel I crave after a long day.
Devi Bhawan has become my regular base whilst establishing TIPI’s connections in Jodhpur. It’s a wonderful heritage retreat from the bustle of the Blue City where I can enjoy the serenity by the poolside or work in my own little oasis, shaded by neem trees and fragrant plants.
All twenty of its airy bedrooms look out onto this Indian eden. What I love most is that the rooms are all individually decorated in an authentic Rajasthani style, drawing inspiration from Indian spices for splashes of colour. Fresh white walls are the perfect backdrop to these welcoming interiors, which are crowned with vibrant patterned rugs, carved wooden beds and jewel-like cushions. Rattan chairs lounge on ancient verandas and intricate latticework conceals secret hideouts.
Dining at Devi Bhawan is a laid-back affair on wrought iron tables, dressed in tablecloths the colour of mango sorbet. The classic checkerboard floor tiles provide a British Colonial edge to this fresh and inviting space, which regularly fills up with delicious aloo parathas, fresh fruits and tandoori delicacies.
Like an old friend, this wonderful guest house is full of a familiar charm, ensuring I continue to return.
To book your stay at Devi Bhawan, contact the hotel directly here. Do pass on my kindest regards to Rakesh, the Hotel Manager and the Devi Bhawan team. Enjoy your stay!