The Rohet House is the bright new stem in the bouquet of boutique hotels under the House of Rohet banner. Like its sisters (the mirage-like Mihir Garh and romantic Rohet Garh), this pied à terre in Jodhpur’s refined Ratanada neighbourhood has the kind of symmetry that would make Wes Anderson weep. Its pastel palette, airy terraces and prettily tiled pool are all a frangipani-scented foil to the hot, hectic city beyond. But you’ll never forget where you are, thanks to the Krishna motif that runs through the hand-painted frescoes in every bedroom and that family-recipe Rajasthani thali served in the open-air dining room.
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A private guided early morning walk through the old city of Jodhpur
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £153.54 (INR15,859), including tax at 18 per cent.
Rates include round-trip transfers from the airport (or the train station) and daily continental breakfast – the spread is laid out in the dining room and includes pastries, fresh fruit, juices and eggs cooked to order.
Ask the Singhs about their fascinating family history if you get a chance. Legend has it that the Rohet estate was granted to their heroic ancestor by the Maharajah in 1622 for war bravery – he had 84 wounds on his body, so he received 84 villages in return. Respect.
At the hotel
Gardens, herb terrace, free WiFi. In rooms: plug adaptors, air-conditioning, TV, tea and Nespresso coffee machines.
Our favourite rooms
It’s hard to pick a favourite from this sumptuously furnished bunch – each of the eight bedrooms features an artful mix of locally woven rugs, block-printed throws and cushions, and an enormous hand-dyed silk headboard. If pushed, we’d pick a room on a higher floor for more privacy and slightly superior views over the gardens.
The turquoise-tiled pool in the courtyard is surrounded by arched terraces, potted plants and squishy sunloungers.
Breezy silks, a broad hat and shades will keep you chic in the heat. Leave plenty of room in your suitcase for marvellous market loot.
Due to its idiosyncratic architecture, the house is unsuitable for wheelchair users.
This sophisticated family home only welcomes children aged 14 and over.
The dining room seating overflows onto an alfresco terrace, so take a seat outside for moonlit romance.
If your usual uniform is monochrome, think of this as a safe space to unleash your inner unicorn and dress in rainbow brights.
Tucked away in the back garden, the emphasis in the mirror-adorned dining room is on lovingly made family recipes like laal mas, a mutton curry with red chillis – you can even pick your favourite herbs from the garden and have them added to your dinner.
Sip on an ice-cold gin and tonic or chilled white wine in the gardens with your fellow guests before supper. Later, retire to the cosy hearth in the lounge for a post-prandial brandy.
The dining room is open from 7am to 10pm.
There’s no room service, so save some tea-time carrot cake for later in case hunger strikes after dark.
All is quiet at the Rohet House – it’s tucked away in the residential Ratanada neighbourhood. But Jodhpur’s old city sights are in easy reach when you’re ready to explore.
Jodhpur Airport is just 10 minutes away by car – most international routes connect in either Delhi or Mumbai. Round-trip airport transfers are included in your rate; you’ll just need to provide your flight details at least three days before arrival.
Jodhpur Junction train station is a 10-minute drive from the hotel and has good rail links with the rest of the country. If you’re arriving by train, transfers to and from the station are included too, as long as you give the hotel your timings in advance.
The ubiquitous black and yellow tuk tuks zip along the old and new city streets. If you're heading further afield or prefer to ride in air-conditioned comfort, the hotel can organise a car and driver to navigate Rajasthan's truly unruly traffic.
Worth getting out of bed for
Knowing you have the relaxing Rohet House as your air-conditioned base, you can jump camera-first into the madcap metropolis of Jodhpur. Make the mighty Mehrangarh Fort your first port of call… although you couldn’t really miss it if you tried – the burnished sandstone palace rises 400 feet above the city and dominates the skyline. You can wander the ramparts for free or buy a ticket to enter the museum, filled with regal paraphernalia and the palanquins (sedan chairs) of the Rathore clan. Once you've explored it from the ground, see it from above with Flying Fox ziplines which zig and zag over the walls and around the mountain. In the shadow of the fort are the winding streets of the old city – each house dyed a different hue of indigo.
Then, perfect your poker face as you approach the Sardar Market – you’ll need it for haggling over jewel-bright scarves and lacquered bangles in the hectic bazaar. Just around the corner is city institution Maharani Textiles, where the A-list (ask to hear the apocryphal Richard Gere anecdote) stock up on stoles, bedspreads and cushion covers.
You won’t need your newfound negotiating skills at your final port of call, the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Though the Maharajah still lives in one wing of the royal residence, the complex also contains the eye-poppingly luxurious Taj Hotel. Our counsel is to trot directly to the hunting-themed Trophy Bar – the dimly lit spot is designed for decompressing.
Step on up to the Stepwell Café – if you can tear your eyes away from the architectural marvel of the 18th-century stepwell below (and the local boys fearlessly jumping in), you’ll notice the carefully crafted interiors, well-stocked bar and delectable-looking dishes. And, while some of Jodhpur’s Western-imitation restaurants can be lacklustre, what certainly won’t disappoint is the spicy street food. When you’re on the go around the Sardar Market, be sure to sample traditional Rajasthani snacks, like kachori (fried dumpling) and mirchi vada (stuffed chilli fritter), from the many food stalls.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this meticulously furnished guesthouse in Rajasthan and unpacked their embroidered shawls and printed pillows, a full account of their Blue City break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Rohet House in Jodhpur…
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Maharani or Maharajah in genteel exile (you know, the kind of benevolent banishment that involves lots of iced tea, plumped cushions and games of gin rummy), just check into the Rohet House in Jodhpur. As soon as you enter this intimate, elegant home in the aristocratic outskirts of the city, you’ll be welcomed like an esteemed friend of the family. You’re made of stronger stuff than we are if you can survey the romantic Rajasthani interiors and not feel moved to redecorate your entire (boring, not pink enough) house. We wager that one look at the mint-green rattan armchairs, elephant figurines and ravishing rugs will have you making a beeline for the Blue City’s bazaars. Returning home (poorer, but infinitely more Pinterest-worthy), you’ll be welcomed by the twinkling swimming pool, chandelier-lit restaurant and sumptuous suites.