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Best Budget Hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan: Ajit Mansion
Located on Residency Road near Panch Batti Circle in Jodhpur, many of the hotels dotting the road didn’t exist until the past few years. Four-star mid-level high rises have sprung up in this upscale neighborhood catering to the wealth of foreign tourists arriving daily. Now dwarfed in size by it’s neighbors, Hotel Ajit Mansion seems a bit out of place yet has retained it’s budget status for travelers watching their wallets.Six years ago I passed through the blue city of Jodhpur, India, in five star fashion. On my return visit in 2010, I was determined to find a comfortable, clean room without much cost or fuss. For more than an hour I cruised around the outer roads of a city that has exploded in growth looking at dark, dank overpriced rooms. And then in the most unlikely of spots I stumbled onto Ajit Mansion, the best budget hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Trees and other surrounding greenery add a sense of home along the front walkway leading to a small but welcoming lobby just steps from the main road. From here, Ajit Mansion’s operations are run by two men who appear to be brothers. Friendly but serious in attitude, these two work well together to ensure guests are quickly greeted and served. Ample free parking in front of the building combined with the usual friendly Indian boys on staff makes loading/unloading simple.
Basic rooms are modest in size and could be tight with two travelers carrying too much luggage. Attached western bathrooms are spotlessly clean as is the entire guest room. Full time running water is a nice amenity not always found within this price range. The bed linens are all business; One fresh fitted sheet pulled tight, two wool blankets, and two pillows. Add in a TV with cable, ceiling fan, small seating area along with a dresser and you have yourself an efficient room fit for any tourist in India.
Rhythm Restaurant is located on the top floor serving multi-cuisine food throughout the day. As with the guest rooms, there is nothing fancy about the dining area. Simple tables on tile flooring fit the breezy and fuss-free atmosphere of the rooftop. Breakfast, included in the room rate, is also served here however all meals can be taken in the room around the clock.
A spacious seating area is located on the second floor where walls are adorned with traditional Rajasthani artifacts. On the main floor adjacent to the lobby is where two newer model computers sit with high-speed internet connectivity. WiFi is also available but doesn’t reach all parts of the building and is not promised as such. Fast friends can be made in this area as guests congregate while using the computers or waiting in queue for an open spot. Watch your toes sitting here as this area is the main route to the kitchen. Hotel staff is constantly running the stairs to gather orders.
Ajit Mansion is centrally located to all major tourist spots of Jodhpur. Several tempting food options are within walking distance for the true traveling foodies although Ajit Mansion’s offerings are respectable and fairly priced. Good food, neat and clean comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff plus reasonable rates make Ajit Mansion my pick for the best budget hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Cost: Rs 1200 with breakfast/taxes. Competitors next door: Rs 3900.