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.
- 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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