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“Peaceful, Homely - Great Views & Very Convenient” 4 of 5 stars
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Desert Moon Guesthouse
Near Sunset Point, Achalvansi Colony, Jaisalmer 345001, India   |  
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Ranked #37 of 118 Jaisalmer B&B and Inns
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“Peaceful, Homely - Great Views & Very Convenient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Stayed here for three nights, being made very welcome by Lois and her team.

The Guesthouse is very nice and the rooms are clean and comfortable. Desert Moon is in a peaceful location just on the edge of town, downhill from what is known locally as Sunset Point but which is actually Vyas Chhatri, cenotaph of the man (Vyas) who wrote the epic Mahabharata.

Excellent sleep - the quietest night since my arrival in India.

Easy walked into the fort...maybe 20 / 25 minutes of strolling/looking around. Don't be put off by people who say it is too far...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Located in a quiet area away from the city, but still within walking distance (took us about 20 minutes to walk to the fort). Lois was friendly and easy-going. Her staff were nice, but English was a bit limited so asking for information may be difficult. The rooftop restaurant has a nice view, but the food is only okay. The rooms were very good value and clean.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Our trip into the desert for camel riding and camping with KK was great and the owners were very helpful and friendly. Rooftop cafe gives great views of the fort, and the food was good. The room was basic but clean. Short walk or autorickshaw ride into the centre.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Udaipur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

We have just spent 7 very pleasant nights at desert moon. All the staff are generous helpful and informative and there is no hard selling of tours and day trips. Our room was beautiful spacious cool and clean. Though the roof top restaurant is quiet (unlike the usual backpacker style) the view is lovely and the food is excellent. at night the last part of the road ( a 10 minute walk to the first town gate) is dark but the area is safe and the transport very cheap and accessible. The non- fort less touristy area is a great bonus and we enjoyed it a great deal. Highly recommend lois and chadras's marvellous hospitality.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A great place to stay outside of the fort of Jaisalmer. It's quiet and there's a roof top restaurant plus a balcony to enjoy the breezes while having a meal or refreshments. The room was large and comfortable plus has wifi access.The staff are friendly and helpful. We would recommend this hotel to couples as a place to relax.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one day and had a great opinion of the place. The rooms are clean and spacious and despite we didint have views was ok. The owner and staff are really nice and never pushed for the camel safari. Actually they icked us up in the train station and had a very nice welcome to Jaisalmer. It is a reliable place to stay and visit Jaisalmer.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Near Sunset Point, Achalvansi Colony, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 118 B&Bs / Inns in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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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