First impressions were not good. We arranged for the hotel to collect us from the airport and take us to the hotel. The driver was there when we exited and we were taken to a old and battered MPV, we didn't mind this too much, cars around here are not great anyway, but the air-conditoning would only work for 5 minutes at a time followed by much button pressing by the driver until it worked again. Not a pleasant 40 minute drive in 40+ degree heat.
Anyway we arrived at the gates and impressions were good, it looks grand and imposing, sadly this isn't the case once through the door. The hotel lacks furniture and feels a bit like they have run out of money to do any further updates. Check-in was a bit of a shambles as the staff don't seem to have any specific jobs so it's a little bit of running around like headless chickens. We were upgraded to a Grand Tent which was a lovely surprise and off we went to the room. The tent was large and spacious with modern amenities but quite dirty. As it was also very windy the tented roof was loud and annoying and we thought we may not be able to sleep. On the hotel website it also says there is a private garden area bit this is not the case. There is a table and chairs outside the front of the tent on the walkway, not exactly private seating. The bathroom was open topped into the tent which might also have been annoying for anyone going to the loo!
There was very little hotel information in the room apart from a letter from the manager explaining different activities from "musical chairs" and "flying plate" amongst a few, very strange and not really something that appeals to us. There was also only 1 restaurant in the hotel with a VERY limited selection of food on offer, this would have been OK if only staying for a night but we were booked for 3 nights and would have found it very limiting. The other restaurant is not yet open but apparently they do serve food around the pool area. Also, as the hotel is way out of Jaipur and no taxis or tuk tuks are outside it would be very difficult to nip out for something else to eat.
We called room service to order some drinks as the mini-bar only contained 2 warm cans of coke and after 2 further phone calls these never actually materialised. By this stage we had both had enough and decided to check-out and stay somewhere else nearer Jaipur with a bit more on offer. Glad we did!
The hotel were most anxious for us not to leave offering a free nights accommodation but we had already arranged a booking with another hotel by this time. To be fair the manager did take us to the other hotel in his own car as a taxi would take a while to arrive (it is far out of Jaipur). As we were leaving to get into his car, magically some drinks arrived on a tray, not much good at that stage but never mind.
Having checked into the other hotel we were called by reception to say that the Rajasthali had provided a cake for us as an apology for not meeting out expectations, nice touch but perhaps sort the hotel out first!
- Also Known As:
- Rajasthali Resort And Spa India/Kukas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among the Aravallis –Rajasthali Resort & Spa represents the amazing conjunction of kingly Rajasthan and quaint Aravallis. The magnificent history-clad Aravalli hills form the backdrop of our resort, allowing our visitors to soak up the glory of the valiant land. We attempt to create and maintain the ideal Rajasthan feel for our guests who choose our resort for the very same experience. Replete with all modern amenities and services, we endeavor to recreate the aura of royalty for our valuable guests. ... more less
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