We had nice stay at Hotel Renuka in 2001.
Roof top restaurant with fort view.
Some rooms with balcony.
This hotel is located just a bit ahead of Hotel Mira Palace, Jaisalmer. I would suggest to avoid this hotel to anyone visiting Jaisalmer. While it looks great from outside management is pretty rouge.
1) We had to change rooms 3 times in span of just 12 hours.
2) Management is very very ill mannered. They never accepted their faults. At one point it felt as if we had made biggest mistake of our lives by checking into this hotel.
3) They even tried to threaten us using their connections in police.
4) Finally we left the hotel at 3:30 AM after paying full tariff. Their staff didn't even help us to carry luggage from our room to our car.
AVOID LALGARH PALACE HOTEL AT ALL COST.
Rooms are good
I arrived at 5.30 am and had trouble waking the big man inside to let me in, so better book in advance. Although after that it was exactly what I wanted!
A private clean little room with bath and three tiny windows, all for $4.30 or Rs200 per night!! You just can't beat that. An air conditioned room is Rs700. The big man who runs the place was helpful in my little requests and did not push for any tours at all. The room does not have a TV or much else, but that's not what most backpackers want from a room anyway.
If you choose an overnight camp at the desert then the guy was nice enough to not charge for that day's room. Even their tour package was the most competitive, but that's another post.
No wonder it's so recommended by Lonely Planet too.
Can't beat the price!
Hotel Prithavi Palace which is in the South eastern section of the walled city with good clean rooms new hotel with private bath.
Enjoy view on the city and view of the Jaisalmer Fort from the room balconey and from rooftop terrace resturant sunrise and sunset.
I reside here for 2 months and more .
very nice services ...
lovely people of the hotel..
U can see the Fort from its Gallary ...
full view of the fort.
As we were booking in the last minute all RTDC hoyels were sold out! So we settled for what we got, this hotel is a new property, offers clean basic rooms, no restaurant or any other features
Grest view of the sunset point from the terrace and balcony
The hotel just gone thru a major renovation in 2006 so all the rooms are newly painted, tiled floor and equipted with quite-modern facilities. We've got a nice spacious double room for just 200 Rupees (off season) with a clean attached shower + toilet. The location is great, at the north end of the fort within a walking distance to everything. Its rooftop is the highest comparing to other GH around and the view is great. The hotel is safe, only 6-7 rooms and the owner is very honest and helpful.
I moved here after my 2-day camel trek as I was staying outside of the fort and wanted to stay inside the fort as it's more romantic. My room (Rs900) was wonderful with two main areas. The first was a living area with floor seats and lots of cushions, a low table and some ornamental pots etc. The other area was curtained off from the living area and was raised a couple of feet off the ground. This was the sleeping quarters and featured a large thick mattress on the floor and more cushions! Everything was clean including the bathroom which came with a morning and evening hot water shower. The Guest House is very communal as there's plenty of seating outside to get to chat with people whilst looking at the town below. They have a good restaurant here which serves breakfast and have very friendly staff (I think the owners from Oz). Great place which is a very good option within the fort.
As our guide prepared our dinner, we set up the tent on the sand dunes for our overnight stay. It's quite hard to find a level bit in the sand so as to not sleep with your head higher than your feet (or vice versa!). I haven't camped for donkeys years (or should that be camels years!) ever since I was in the scouts so it was quite nice to do it again after all these years especially as it didn't rain like it normally does when you're camping back home.
I stayed my first night in Jaisalmer outside the fort and then went on a camel trek for a couple of days but wanted to stay within the fort when I returned. So, no sooner had I unpacked, I went around the fort and started looking at potential places to stay as staying within the fort is really romantic and basically has to be done as, well, Jaisalmer IS the fort! I looked at rooms in about 7 or 8 haveli's and the first one (which unfortunately I can't remember the name of) was the best of the lot with stone pillars, balconies and beautiful decorations. The owner said that the British High Commissioner in Delhi had just spent New Year there (a couple of days before) and that the Australian High Commissioner was coming soon! I then went to a few more - Hotel Dessert had a good room for Rs500 but this was the best whilst the others weren't brilliant. The Hotel Bright had only been open for 25 days when I looked round and so was very clean and new and had nice rooms for Rs400 but they lacked character such as the oldness of old haveli's with nocks and crannies, floor seats, balconies etc. I decided to splash out for a really nice room at the Desert Boys Guest House (see next tip).
As I was travelling on the train to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur, a young chap came along and presented me with a card for this hotel and did the same to a few other tourists I got talking to in my compartment. He spoke about how cheap it was a the offer of free transport to it from the station. I wanted to stay inside the fort but thought that I would spend the night outside before taking a camel trek and then stay inside the fort after the trek. I decided to give him a try and so did the other tourists I was with. We all got into a new black 4x4 which was waiting at the station upon our arrival. We got to the hotel and I was shown a large clean room with bathroom with hot water in the morning for just Rs150. I thought I'd stick it out and save some money so I could stay in a nice place in the fort. There's a small restaurant on the roof with a great view of the fort. Service is slow but the food is OK and there's plenty of choice. They, of course, do camel treks here. I enquired for a 2-day trek and the guy first quoted me a price of Rs3200 but I got him down to Rs2200 and this also included a free nights stay afterwards. A girl who was also staying at the hotel, and who I went on the trek with, got hers for Rs2000. See my tips about the trek. Reading other reviews of this place on the net, it looks as though I paid way too much. Don't pay more than Rs1200 for a 2 day trek. This place has been mentioned for its hard camel trek sells or you're out the door. My trek was very good and I enjoyed it which was the main thing even though I probably paid too much!
Inside the fortress citadel itself is a hotel made from a part of the Jawahar Mahal building. I tried to find more information on this hotel in a brief internet search, but I found that the Jawahar Nihwas Hotel, on the edge of town near Bada Bagh, likes to confuse itself with this place. One advantage of staying here is easy access to the citadel itself, and the romatic aspect of actually staying in the building once occupied by the Bhatti ruler, but then there are plenty of havelis, restaurants, and other activities outside the citadel too. I took these photos to provide an idea about the hotel, but make no recommendation either way. One disadvantage claimed by an Indian travel website is that the hotel overly impacts the fragile sewer system of the citadel. Assuming that the hotel didn't completely create it's own drain pipe leading down the hill, which would probably be a major engineering feat, this notion makes some sense. The neighborhoods at the top of the citadel do share a tenuous system of water supply and sewage drainage. We saw some open and leaky sewers in the neighborhoods there.
I'm sorry, but I can't recall any information about this hotel other than it was comfortable, clean, and had the great view shown here. I lost my contact information with my agent in Delhi. However, there are several good hotels in Jaisalmer, and if you can figure it out, this one would be a good choice.
Samrat is a family owned guesthouse. It is a no-frills place but clean and comfortable. We stayed in a double for 80 rupees (the cheapest we paid anywhere in India). Doubles with self contained bathrooms costs 150 rupees (still a great deal)
Rooms come with a fan.
Organized camel safaris and jeep tours
Offers great camel safaris. See our travel logs.
10 Day Camel Safari
This guesthouse in the old fort has ridiculously overpriced rooms, but that doesn't really matter as they let you sleep on the roof. Apart from the fact that it's dirt cheap (30Rs), it's also a lot of fun.
Uniquely bad is the food, but the views from the roof are outstanding.
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