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Desert Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   District Jhunjhunu, Mandawa 333704, India   |  
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Ranked #6 of 11 hotels in Mandawa
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“A little bit of luxury, with a fantastic bathroom.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

These individual huts are beautifully decorated. It does get cold at night, but just ask for a heater and more blankets. Sadly when we visited there was lots of rain, so we could wander round the resort, but it's very professionally run and the staff are very attentive.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Avoid the desert resort if you plan to visit in January. The hotel has no heating at all, even the bar and restaurant are freezing. The temperature in the room stayed below 10 and dropped to under 5 at night. they supplied an anemic electric heater that radiated about half a meter around and did not manage to raise the temperature at all. The bed base is concrete so that the cold can transpire through the thin mattress. I slept with socks and a woolen hat and still ended up sick. On top of it, It is in the middle of nowhere.

Room Tip: Go to Mandawa Haveli. it is in the center of town, has lot of character and rooms are much warmer.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Staying at desert resort is combining cosy rooms with a superb service from all the staff around.
This place is really a little haven of peace while traveling around Rajasthan.
The morning tea while waking up was a great touch of hospitality !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The resort seems to service tour groups stopping for a night or two en route through Rajasthan. It's beautifully setup, with a combination of modern buildings and adobe-style mud huts, arranged around a series of gardens and public areas. The whole place is kept pristine clean and the staff are very helpful. There isn't much to do in Mandawa itself, which is in the middle of scrub desert countryside, but the resort puts on various activities (including horse-riding, massage etc). There is a good pool area and decent snack food is served at the bar; the restaurant is relatively expensive and the meals there are just okay but unless you have your own transport, you're pretty much stuck there. All in all, a very pleasant place to just relax in scenic surrounds for a couple of days.

Room Tip: There's a big difference between the modern-style suites and the rustic charm of the mud-huts bu...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

In jan 2013, on our way back from castle mandawa, we wanted to just look around the place as we were already staying at club mahindra. So we went inside the desert resort. The snooty staff wanted to charge us even to enter!
They were not hospitable at all.
We had stayed at the desert resort earlier in 1996. Much has changed since then as far as their " hospitlity" is concerned!
All they want is to make quick money. Very short sighted approach i must say.
Sad.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Mandawa is often the break-journey for a lot of travelers between Jaisalmer/Bikaner & Delhi. We stayed here overnight while in transit. It's a vast property with a rustic feel - iron beds, mud walls etc. The rooms are spacious & interiors very well done. It also has a pool, playing ground (cricket) etc. for recreation. The only flip-side is one is forced to just lay back & relax as there's simply nothing to do!
PS - They charge a bomb for food that's very average (some privileges of being in the middle of nowhere).
There's no explanation for their steep tariffs though!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed here overnight, not in the mud huts but in the 'princess' suite in the main building. Room was gorgeous with wrought iron beds, huge bathroom and even a swing for relaxing a reading.
The Ayurvedic massage wasnt too bad.

Room Tip: The mud huts are unique and interesting but if you want a good suite-like room, the one on the main...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Desert Resort

Address: District Jhunjhunu, Mandawa 333704, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Mandawa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 hotels in Mandawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Desert Resort 3.5*
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