Firstly the staff are absolutely charming including the general manager, but they have to work with what they have.
i. the hotel is approximately 30 minutes by car from Jaisalmer Fort.
ii. Giant structure resembling old fort, but with not much inside.
iii. For the weary tourist after a days sightseeing, there is absolutely not one area where one can relax such as an outside pool or shaded seating area where one could read a book or order a drink. There are four benches in the one central courtyard but they are not condusive to resting
There are many empty courtyards and massive wide corridors, but no where to sit down
Even in the lobby, it is incredibly dark, so impossible to read there on the few chairs available.
iv. There are two restaurants which are really one. The all day dining restaurant called Nosh is decorated like any Marriott Hotel, most disappointig. The Indian restaurant next door is more resplendant but they only serve a thali dish so there is no choice.
Few tables on outside courtyard which are just trestle tables with white cloths on.
v. Palace rooms are absolutely tiny. Considering the vast space everywhere, we were astonished and asked to move to Heritage Room. This was a dark gloomy room with the cheapest of cheap furniture and fittings. The minibar had five things inside. We wanted to order room service in the middle of the night, but there were no instructions on the phone with numbers to dial nor any information next to the phone, which looked like it was from 1975.
I went down in my dressing gown at 5 a.m to get the required milk. Never done this in many years of travel. Bathrooms done in the most basic fashion, overall the sleeping experience was pretty grim.
vi. There were archways around the interior couryards which were open and floor length.
These would be seriously dangerous to any children on the first or second floor and are an accident waiting to happen.
vii.Overall this hotel felt like a giant convention centre. When a group of car enthusiasts arrived, they got lots of VIP service such as the water fountains turned on etc. and lovely buffets whilst us lesser beings had to make do with the Marriott style breakfast.
viii. There was a cabaret on one of the upstairs terraces. No seating apart from the thinest of mats and anyone over 40 would struggle to sit down for too long. One of the troupe kept answering his phone during the performance and the dancer stormed off and had to be dragged back by an older member of the band. Shame as they were quite proficient.
It did feel like this lovely building could use an inflow of funds to make into a magnificent hotel.
The potential is great, but most of us tourists from colder climates require somewhere to actually sit down and relax in the gorgeous Jaisalmer desert weather.
Again, the staff were delightful, but could only work with what they had which was not a lot.
- Also Known As:
- Suryagarh Hotel
- Suryagarh Hotel Jaisalmer
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fashionably designed with luxurious interiors, the sixty two room hotel is proof that contradictions make for a wonderful hospitality experience. This unique juxtaposition of the modern with the medieval is what makes a stay memorable. ... more less
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