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“The noisiest hotel we have ever stayed in.” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Rose Villa
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   Kalakar Colony | Near Hotel Artist, Jaisalmer 345001, India   |  
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Ranked #35 of 118 Jaisalmer B&B and Inns
Reading, United Kingdom
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“The noisiest hotel we have ever stayed in.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

This is a backpackers’ hostel posing as a mid range hotel, despite the jazzy colour scheme. The rooms are small (double beds have one side shoved up against the wall to fit them in). We were provided with a bottom sheet and one blanket (no top sheet) and 2 bath towels. The single hand towel in the bathroom was well used and looked as though it had been there for weeks. Toilet paper is not provided, (although you can get some if you ask at reception – but in such small quantities, we gave up and bought our own), nor is soap. Breakfast is not available. There is no housekeeping service: our room was not cleaned at all during our stay. The owners insist there is hot water “24 hrs a day”- unfortunately they do not specify which day! We were there for 3 nights and had hot water on only one of them. Bathrooms on the ground floor (we had 2 rooms during our stay) have the disadvantage that waste water from other bathrooms in the hotel bubbles up through the drain in the floor, leaving the floor permanently wet with ….. well you’re not entirely sure what!

Aside from these problems, the design of the hotel means it is incredibly noisy. Rooms are grouped round a central space – reception on the ground floor, and a large landing on the 1st floor. In the ceiling of reception is a large metal grille (possibly for ventilation in summer?) so that noise carries freely between the 2 floors. They have some kind of machine in reception (possibly a generator- the electricity was a bit off and on) that thuds away a lot of the time. Doors to the rooms are not solid but glazed, giving little sound insulation and of course, letting in light from the public areas – so your room is well lit at night until the hotel declares “lights out”. The doors have no catches on them – only a bolt on the inside, so guests tend to leave them open, adding to the communal living experience. The bathrooms have a large window-shaped hole at head height giving into the central space – as the doors to the bathrooms don’t shut properly, you can lie in bed and look directly out through the hole. You get about as much privacy as you would if you dossed down in reception – which some people in fact do!

When the hotel finally settles down for the night and you think you might get some sleep, to barking starts. Packs of feral dogs roam the neighbourhood fighting and snarling till dawn.

If you are the sort of person who can “crash out anywhere” you might be able to get some sleep here – but then you are unlikely to want the “comfortable hotel” price tag. If you want a nice hotel, go somewhere else.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

This is a centrally located small and beautiful hotel. it has well decorated rooms with modern and clean toilets. The staff is very friendly and courteous.
Owner Mr Panjak and ujjwala were very helpful and friendly. They also guided us to the right places to shop and to eat.
Booked a camel safari through them. Got a really good deal and it was a good experience.

This is definitely a value for money hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Goslar, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

The rooms are not very big and the bathroom is rather simple. Ujvalaji and Joshiji who run the Hotel are extremely helpful and very friendly.
@Joshiji: Thank you again for taking us into the fort and spending your valuable time for showing the city to us!!! :-)
If you are looking for an authentic cultutal program you should not miss the camel ride and camp dancing (incl. food - Spicy but Yummy!) - than you should not miss to book the desert experience by Joshiji.
For our Rental Cars in Rajasthan and in Kerala Ujvalaji helped us for a good price and a good driver. Everithing worked!! Thank you for that!
We have felt like we have been at our friends place!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

This is a fairly new boutique hotel that has been beautifully finished, with each room individually decorated. While it doesn't offer first-class luxury it has excellent facilities and is in a great, quiet part of Jaisalmer. The hotel has a roof terrace with fantastic views of the fort and where you can eat breakfast and dinner - which was delicious and great value for money.

The staff, without a doubt, made our stay - nothing was too much for them and we were sad to say goodbye when it was time to leave. My sister caught sun stroke and they looked after her, rushing out to get medicine and then helping us catch our train and find a hotel at our next destination.

We also went on the camel safari, and chose from a range of trips the one that suited our budget and this was really fun. At our request we also stopped off at a deserted village on the way, and this was no problem at all.

I can't recommend this hotel enough: If you go to jaisalmer, make sure you stay at Hotel Villa Rose!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

Met by complimentary rickshaw at station, arrived at the lovely little guest house where were were given a most friendly welcome before being shown to our lovely colourful, clean, cool, comfortable room with modern bathroom.
Wonderful views from the roof top restaurant - we only had breakfast here - which was very good.
Stayed for two nights and found it easy to explore from here - owners most helpful even unusually asking for suggestions to make everything even better - a great choice

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Rose Villa for three nights and it was one of the nicest places we stayed in India. We initially booked the room because of all the excellent reviews we saw here on Trip Advisor. Don't let the low number of reviewers fool you as Rose Villas hasn't been open for very long.

Our entire stay was relaxing and enjoyable. The owner of the hotel, Joshi, went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and even spent some time telling us about Indian culture. It felt like he really cared about making his guests happy. He even took my husband to a nearby store to buy a SIM card for our cell phone.

The hotel arranged for us to be picked up at the train station free of charge. Our room was nicely decorated, extremely clean and had a large bathroom. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of cabinet space to put our clothes away. We ate on the hotel's roof top several times and the food was excellent. It is about a 10 minute walk from Rose Villa to the fort area so all of the tourist sites are nearby but far enough away that you avoid the worst of the traffic and noise. Another of the hotel's perks is the free internet and wifi. It was a big plus for us as it doesn't seem to be common for most hotels in this price range in India.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

The rooms were very clean and comfortable. There wasn't much traffic on the streets below so I got some of my sleep in India here. The staff is very friendly and courteous, I would definitely recommend this hotel!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Kalakar Colony | Near Hotel Artist, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 118 B&Bs / Inns in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Rose Villa 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a home, gives you impression of an old haveli of Jaisalmer. Situated in a quiet street. From the terrace of hotel and from the rooms, it has a panoramic view of Jaisalmer Fort. Rooms are decorated with local traditional handicrafts and embroidery. Rose Villa premises built in an authentic architect of Jaisalmer. ... more   less 
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