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“Don't even think about staying here” 1 of 5 stars
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The Jewel of The Jungle
Madla Gate, Panna Tiger Reserve, Panna 488001, India   |  
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“Don't even think about staying here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2009

The website attracted us to the Jewel of the Jungle, believing it to be a more peaceful place to stay than Khajuraho. It was described as "One of the few places in the world where you can experience the wilderness in style!" It all seemed so pleasant and civilised. Then we arrived.
The scruffy area around the steps leading to reception was a foretaste of what was to come. We were pleasantly greeted and shown to our accomodation for two nights. We walked past uncut grass (more a meadow than a lawn) and an empty swimming pool before arriving at a rustic hut - too rustic for our taste. Dark and dingy, with haphazard electrics and we asked to be shown one of the more modern cottages. Number one, the Tiger Room, was hurriedly cleaned and made up, the electrician fixing some defunct lights but unable to make the air-con operable - a major drawback in this climate. We decided to try it for one night and to move on to Khajuraho the following day.
We asked about dinner. No a la carte, we finally settled for an omelette which was prepared by a chef from the village (no resident chef) and a Pepsi - nothing else to drink. Before we went back to the Tiger Room we placed our order for breakfast. Having realised the culinary limitations we ordered cereal and toast. Upon arriving for breakfast we were told "No cereal". We left soon afterwards, but not before we had noticed alarming cracks in the walls and a tarpaulin covering leaks in the restaurant. Apparently the nearby river had flooded two or three years ago and the place has not been repaired, yet Head Office in Delhi is still taking bookings on the description on the website. Disgraceful. The staff on site did all that they could but it appeared that they had not been paid for some time and were very aplogetic about the situation.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    1 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

I was looking forward to staying at the Jewel of the Jungle outside the gate of the Panna N.P. as the start to three days in the area of Panna and Khajuraho. Unfortunately, the Jewel of the Jungle did not appear to be in operation when we arrived, the third week of October, although we had been booked there, and were told that the hotel had been open for the season since Oct.1. The grounds had been left to go to weeds and the hotel did not appear to actually be operational.
We stayed on the grounds for barely an hour before deciding to book alternate accommodation in Khajuraho, despite our desire to visit the park, and the proximity of the Jewel to the park. There was no one in the reception area when we arrived, and when we were taken to our room, no electricity or water available. When I asked to be able to use the rest room in the reception area, there was no possibility, as there was no water. The dining room, contrary to the website's photos, was not set up--no table settings, and the kitchen appeared not to have been used for some time. Rather than water, there was dirt in the pool. There was no pond as suggested by the photos on the website.
Despite its locstion, the Jewel of the Jungle is not at this time (Oct 2009) in a state to be considered proper accommodation. This is unfortunate, as it has the potential to be so much more than it is. Guests should not have to request power and water, and if lunch is part of the plan, there should be some provision for dining. It is a real shame, and was a disappointment to us to not be able to stay in what "appeared on the website" to be a perfect parkside hotel.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Absolute lack of preparedness for guests, and lack of basic services.
  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Jewel of The Jungle

Address: Madla Gate, Panna Tiger Reserve, Panna 488001, India
Location: India > Madhya Pradesh > Panna
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Panna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Going on a Safari or a wildlife holiday has always been known as roughing it- we have changed that forever! Welcome to India's finest Luxury Three Star Wildlife resort offering International standard facilities for disabled guests and free childcare for the duration of your stay. A complete vacation for everyone. Revel in the luxurious thematically designed A/C Cottages (Ten) and Luxury Air-cooled Huts (Eighteen). ... more   less 
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