I found this place through the lonely planet, and as a young solo traveller, was a bit nervous about accommodation in a city that has a bad reputation for its treatment of tourists. The free service offered of pick up from the bus or train station (I came by Volvo bus- highly recommended) was a god send since you are immediately pounced upon (almost literally) by a mass of taxi drivers telling me that they were there to pick me up. When I said that my hotel was organising a lift they said that it wasn't coming, and when I refused to reveal its name, one lucky bugger guessed desert moon correctly. I was saved from the possibly extortionate fee by the guest house owner wading in and getting me (By my own fault I missed the very helpful sign that he had made for me with my name on it.
He mentioned the camel safari that they offer only once and, when I politely refused, did not bring it up again, and treated me just as kindly afterwards as they had before. I felt absolutely no undue pressure on me to take it. This is certainly not always the case in Jaisalmer- where guest houses often rely upon sales of their camel safari or are just plain scammers - and so should be an important factor for anyone in deciding where to stay.
The staff could not have been kinder, and a highlight of my entire trip to Jaisalmer was them serving free chai tea to me and the other guests outside the property in the evening, and chatting with us all. If you visit, ask for a 'non-vegetarian joke' - I haven't laughed so much for months. The staff are fantastic at introducing the guests to one another, and so the atmosphere around the place was great.
The food was good, though nothing to write home about. My room was good and the 200 rupees to upgrade to AC is definitely worth it (particularly for an Englishman). The bed was a tad uncomfortable, but after a long day this didn't affect my sleep at all much and for the price it was good. The hot water supply is reliable. Above all else the room and bathroom were absolutely spotless, and I even had a brand new bar of soap and loo roll waiting for me. The location is good- Jaisalmer is a small town and although the guesthouse may look removed, it's only a 5-10 minute walk to the fort.
So, overall I couldn't recommend this place more highly, and my only disappointment was that I didn't have time to stay for at least another night. Thank you very much to all staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Desert Moon Guesthouse, in a quiet location but close to all main attractions, is a traditional stone haveli with modern concepts. Rooms are decorated in the colors of Rajasthan. A rooftop restaurant has sweeping views of the Fort, Jawahar Niwas Palace and the city. This is a family guesthouse, with home-style cooking. ... more less
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