Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
What We Love
- Centrally located: Close to Jodhpur’s vibrant bazaars and just two miles from the airport and railway station
- The stunning pool area, framed by Moghul-inspired pavilions
- The hotel can organize a selection of Vivanta "Motif" experiences, including camel and jeep rides, and dining on sand dunes
What To Know
- Free WiFi for up to three devices
- Spacious rooms start at 400 square feet
- The restaurants serve pan-Asian cuisine and top-notch Chinese food
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Built to resemble a 14th-century royal fort, this grand cream and pink retreat features Moghul-inspired domes, enameled murals and scalloped archways. The lobby has patterned marble floors in marigold, sage and cream, warm caramel wood accents, and a cerulean tile fountain. Surrounded by landscaped foliage, the courtyard offers alfresco dining around a centerpiece fountain, and the expansive pool area, which is framed by ornate pavilions, sparkles like a vast blue mirage.
Bed and Bath
The spacious guestrooms are traditionally styled and feature carved wood furniture and Indian motifs. Superior Charm Garden View Rooms have high ceilings, large windows and crimson decor; Superior Charm Pool View Rooms offer enticing views, high ceilings and original paintings. Book a Premium Temptation Suite for a separate sitting room, a bathroom with a separate tub and shower, and a jharokha (an overhanging balcony with pool views). Bathrooms come with dual massage showerheads, Egyptian cotton towels and Forest Essentials bath products made in India from natural ingredients. The “Rest Easy” menu offers a choice of pillows for the discerning sleeper.
Executive chef Mahipal Singh Rathore is at the helm at Latitude, which offers a fresh take on pan-Indian cuisine, using local ingredients in such specialties as laal maas (spicy red mutton curry). For the finest Chinese in Jodhpur look no further than the Good Earth, a top spot for authentic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes (the Imperial Prawns in Szechuan Style are a particular highlight). Ola, the Rajasthani art–inspired lounge bar, has a carved-wood “Tree of Life” backdrop and serves unique cocktails such as the Yellow Scorpio, which is made of vodka, gin and aniseed.
In the Area
The Mehrangarh Fort, five miles from the hotel, is one of the largest forts in India and is home to an impressive museum, several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards, and the Chamunda Devi Temple. On a Jodhpur village safari tour visit a pottery village, a Bishnoi village and a weaving village. Stop by Sardar Market, Jodhpur’s main tourist eating and shopping area, and pick up a pair of Jodhpur boots. Take a free art lesson at Umaid Heritage Art School, where you can learn about Rajasthani miniature painting and try your hand at it. If you like nature and a little adventure head to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and follow the trail of your choice.
How to Get There
My fiance and I picked Hari Mahal to host half of our guests for our wedding. Overall, our experience was mediocre. I have included an update of positives and negatives.
Hari Mahal is a beautiful heritage property. The garden was perfect for our sangeet, and the hotel served as a nice backdrop.
Management was flexible in working with our vendors, and even their sound per was very easy to work with.
The food was stellar. The accommodated special requests (mild, limited oil, lactose free, etc)
Employees were very friendly and helpful. The staff was always courteous and friendly.
Hari Mahal is an older property requiring maintenance. One of the chairs collapsed under a guest. Some of the door locks were a struggle to the point that we had to leave one door locked all of the time as it was so difficult to lock and unlocked.
The most challenging part was the lack of professionalism and unreliable communication from the property manager.
He had lack of attention to detail - the property manager failed to track how much we had paid. I had to show him the receipts at the end of our wedding to show we had
already paid a certain amount
Terrible communication for which I would probably not work with the property for a large event again. Our parents and wedding planner tried to get answers from the property manager at least 20+ times, and every time he would have an excuse of being out or unavailable and that he would respond tomorrow. Ultimately, after months of trying to get answers, we had to wait until we reached the property and sit with him
Inaccurate communication. Multiple times he said one thing and did another. We asked for a discount in one of the meals. He said not to worry about it and that he would provide a discount, and ultimately he charged the original price. He also mentioned that anytime our family is in Udaipur, he would provide a complimentary room. When we actually asked for it, he made an excuse about how we need to wait 15-20 days. Surprising that such a large hotel group has such an unprofessional manager. Unfortunately, we were not able to go around him and speak to anyone else
We went through the menu in person in November, and when we revisited it in February, some of the details were off. We had to triple check his comments and make sure everything was in writing
Stayed here for 2 nights and 3 days in an apartment setup.
It is a humble palace converted into heritage hotel.
Thing about heritage hotel is , if it is not maintained properly they look untidy and unclean.
Thus the exterior was pretty beautiful, architecture and gardens etc and it is a good place for family get togethers and family weddings. Because the decorations they did was absolutely beautiful however for a couple stay or a stay otherwise the interiors were not well maintained be it washrooms or rooms, it could have been slightly tidier and cleaner.
Rooms are spacious and so are the bathrooms though, also lights are low throughout the property.They also have kitchen available in apartment set up
Food was ok, I can't comment on it because it might have been customized by the wedding party that I was part of. However their arrangements were good and had variety of food options.
We always wanted to enjoy a stay at Palace hotels which have their original look since its time. We really enjoyed it in Jaipur at Harimahal palace in it's suite room. Very comfortable in kingly style.
(1) A really old house belongs to a former Maharaja of Jaipur’s cousin brother, who is now in his late 90s. A converted palace hotel with apartment block at the back of the main house
(2) Service level is satisfactory, fast to attend the issues raised
(3) Food is satisfactory
(4) Not really a luxury stay
(5) Stayed in apartment and suite (at the palace), both are equally old and badly maintained
(6) The bathroom amenities are lacking and not clean at all
(7) Was given a complimentary spa voucher, which we did not go, as the place is highly unsafe and hygiene in question
(8) Overall the hotel and its surroundings are dirty
I visited this place with bunch of friends as we had to attend a wedding in Jaipur.
As it was Jan, it was pretty cold and I would have loved if they would have kept bathroom slippers in the room but unfortunately - they didn’t.
Even dental kit wasn’t available and when I called the reception to ask for one, they said it’s out of stock.
Room was spacious, nice bed. Extra comforter was available in the room (thumps up for this)
Overall a good experience.