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“Nice Camp opposite to Sand Dunes” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Desert Camp
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Sam Sand Dunes | Opp. Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer 345001, India (Formerly Royal Desert Safaries Pvt. Ltd.)   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Nashik, India
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Nice Camp opposite to Sand Dunes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This is very good camp just opposite to Sam dunes. It covers big area 3+ acres and spacious. Tents are kept clean and have basic amenities. They have well constructed kitchen and restaurant. Unlike other camps this camp has permanent location round the year while other go on changing their location according to govt. leasing of sand dunes areas every year. Staff is good and supportive. Most of camps in Sam Dunes have become third rate - inviting male adult groups for enjoying dance and liquor over night. This is not like that one. They have maintained their status. They arrange evening cultural program and camel safari. Actually you are so close to sand dunes, even you can go walking inside sand region. Best part of this camp is, you can wake up early morning 5AM and straight go into desert by walking!. Location has its value. They maintain family environment. You can safely stay at this camp with you family enjoying Sam dunes conviniently. It is one of best camps at Sam (many camps are just outside Jaisalmer city and quite away >20km from actual sand dunes). Stay here to enjoy- actually satying in desert atmosphere.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dhaka
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This camp is very well maintained and is pretty descent. However these are non aircon tents. The staffs are very good and are pretty helpful. The GM Mr. Singh is a nice person. I have travelled with my young kids and parents and it was a wonderful experience for us.

Stayed October 2013
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Antwerp, Belgium
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Initially, my wife and I were planning to stay here 3 nights, making it our temporary headquarters to explore the sanddunes, Desert National Park and Jaisalmer. Wow, were we lucky we changed plans and booked only 1 night. Actually there's nothing wrong with the tents, but it has nothing to do with 'capturing the nostalgia of a bygone era' (quote of the camp's website) - or we must have a wrong idea about the style of maharajah hunting parties.
The tasteless food is mediocre at its very best and you are expected to sit out the entire cultural program before you are allowed to queue at the buffet. Breakfast isn't much better - though we must admit they did us a favour and served some food at 6am. But the main problem is that it is not the only camp around, with many of these playing loud disco music at night to please their guests whose perception of the desert experience is 'having a party under the desert stars'. Of course, every camp has its own playlist, resulting in a cacophony of 2 or 3 different disco songs, accompanied by the steady sound of a generator. The horror, the horror! And to make it worse, the entire area around Sam Sand Dunes actually a dump. Instead of the expected nature experience, hundreds of fellow travellers will spoil the serenity of the desert by shouting, loud music and more of that kind, throwing away what they can't use anymore, which results in the dunes being full of empty snack packages, plastic bottles and even glass bottles. Don't go there: it's a tourist trap!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hyderabad, India
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This is probably the last desert camp in the vicinity. You can travel to the sunset/sunrise point in 30 minutes or so. We have reached the place a little late around 6 PM or so. So, we had to rush to reach the sunset point. The camel journey was a little tough as it was first time for most of us. By the time we reaced the point, the sun has set out aready. So, we have decided to visit the desert again for sunrise. The sunrise was just awesome and thar desert is exquisite in its serenity & beauty. We just loved the desert to the core.

I would recommend visit to the thar desert and preferably jeep safari in case you are travelling with children & elders.

Coming to the camp, the tent was ok but not so great. I would say that you will not have any problem in the stay. I would definitely say that the hospitality was beyond expectations. Food was ok, they have served hot poori & alooo saag.....Dance by locals was pretty good. You should spend more time in the desert than in the tent to enjoy the place.

Room Tip: All the tents are neat & clean.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thane, India
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This camp is situated bang opposite Sam dunes.
The location was good.
Even the tents were clean and proper.
It felt good staying there.
However, the quality of food was terrible
Even though there were many dishes for dinner and for breakfast, there was hardly any thing which was worth having.
They definitely need to improve their food quality and service in order to survive.
Overall a decent place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thane, India
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed in Royal Desert Camp (booked through Makemytrip) on 8th November 2013 for one night.
This camp is located bang opposite to SAM Sand dunes and bit away from other camps.
Camp area was clean and maintained. Even Tent was also clean even though it was in desert.
They arranged snacks and tea in the evening. Also arranged cultural music and dance show for couple of hours but unfortunately it was not upto the mark (including sound system). After some time of folk dance they started playing records of Bollywood item songs for people to enjoy dance floor which somehow totally polluted the nice environment.
Dinner was descent and was including Rajasthani food like Daal-Bati and Choorma.
Morning breakfast was also good.
Camp manager suggested us to take camel ride (included in package - MAP + camel ride) in the morning as there was too much of crowd on sand dunes being Diwali season.
Better to book in package with food as all things are expensive like a glass of canned juice also will cost you 100 bucks.

Morning camel ride in SAM sand dunes was really memorable experience.

Recommended for one time experience to stay in tents near SAM Sand dunes.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Quite surprised to read some of the reviews by few travellers, which was quite misleading.

While the location & ambiance created is definitely worth experience, as a guest you expect a equal & unbiased treatment for all customer.

I agree with earlier part of blakkobera, since had similar experience of the complimentary Camel Ride (Just drop service to nearest Dunes location, Hardly 10 minutes, when offer was for 30 min Minimum). But worst experience was preferential treatment given to only Foreign Guest with separate dinning area, better tents on offer with Hot & Cold Water, cleanliness, Front Seats during the cultural program.

Evening Snacks, breakfast needs serious improvements, as felt, it was offered as formality only. Tent offered was not at all clean with no hot water, proper bedding, etc.

I would have anytime preferred some better camp in the vicinity.

Room Tip: Visit this place, only if you are traveling as Western Foreigner !
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sam Sand Dunes | Opp. Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer 345001, India (Formerly Royal Desert Safaries Pvt. Ltd.)
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 97 Specialty Lodging in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Desert Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ABOUT ACCOMONDATION.... The Camps and Safaris Captures the luxurious nostalgia of a bygone age of the Maharaja's Safari and Shikar camps, combined with innovative design demonstrating many of the skills and crafts of Marwar. The camp consists of tents, each with verandah, bedroom and bathroom. There is a large dining tent serving the best of Rajasthani Cuisine and a large open reception tent seating areas. The campfire is the focal point for the evening entertainment programme with cocktails and rhytms of the Thar - music, dancing, magicians, puppet shows, jugglers, flaming torches and camel parades..... read more ... more   less 
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