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“Art Deco gem and great hospitality in a fascinating location”

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Bhanwar Vilas Palace
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Karauli
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We had a much needed couple of quiet days at Bhanwar Vilas, they took great care of us, we learned a lot and had great experiences. The house was built, furnished and decorated by the grandfather of the current owner (a delightful host), and it is as though nothing has changed. It is an Art Deco country house, and terrific to explore. The farm is organic with a great dairy wonderful veggies (I was relieved to learn that the very healthy resident chickens are for eggs, not dinner) The village walk and visit to the old City Palace are a must, and a camel cart ride to the nearby lake was also good fun. Meals were excellent, we had a gorgeous suite and the staff were terrific. Spending time with the owner was an added bonus, a charming man who shared his time generously and told us all about the history of the property.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Stayed here as part of a group tour. I found the general run down appearance of this “ hotel” saddening. Clearly it has passed it’s heyday and others have clearly found this wonderfully atmospheric. Not so for me. The room we had was spacious but minimal with no phone or TV. In addition, the food was disappointing. As one reviewer had said you will either love it or hate it. I think that this is too strong. I did not hate it but it was not for me.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Crassus25
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Loved this place. Dining here was an experience - sitting at a big huge table that seated about 20 people. Food was a buffet style menu. All rooms different with different colours and furnishings.
Downstairs rooms had a courtyard with day beds outside the rooms that you could sit and relax.

We got to see the vintage car collection of the present royal family. Walk around the farm area. The vegetable garden was also nice to see.

A wonderful 2 night experience. Don't expect anything flash however. Just enjoy for what it is!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Helen D
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

We stayed here on an independent tour of Rajasthan and Maydha Pradesh and were given two enormous deluxe rooms, each with dressing room, shower room and WC sharing a sitting room and dining room with beautiful marble table from Agra. The rooms themselves were perfectly comfortable with good bedside lighting (one of only two heritage hotels in India where I have found this), small kettles, a duvet available in the cupboard for chilly nights, a hairdryer, good towels and a hot water bottle. In essence, all that was necessary for a comfortable stay in these heritage rooms. In the evening, we dined (excellent organic produce from the kitchen garden) in our dining room as it was a little chilly to dine outside but there was ample space in the courtyard for groups and independent travellers to dine. The Palace complex and old centre of Karauli is very charming and I would definitely recommend a two night stay here to absorb the atmosphere.

Room Tip: Do ask for the deluxe rooms
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank TravelGurette
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The Bhanwar Vilas Palace offers the potential for a memorable stay. Living in the shadow of its past grandeur and glory, the “royal” family entertains guests with its warm and unique hospitality in this faded, but still atmospheric old mansion. The facility needs upgrade, but our suite room was very spacious and clean, with a comfortable bed and decent bathroom/shower. To those interested in the complexity of Rajasthani history, this place offers a great opportunity to interact with and get a flavor of how a once powerful Rajput dynasty copes with the new India, loss of privileges, and its vanishing wealth. If you have strong feelings about social equality, try to keep your sense of humor and polite smile when the Maharani shows her hunger for your sympathy! Buffet Dinner at the hotel was good, all organic foods, nothing special for INR600pp. Spices were tamped down to fit mild western taste. It is the best choice if you visit Karauli which is an interesting town and worth spending some time in.. We enjoyed our stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Splurge on a suit room
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Caroline D
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We have just returned from India and one of the most memorable places we stayed was this hotel or should we say the home of the local Maraharja and his wife. A truly memorable experience and one we would recommend. The king was present and made us all most welcome. Each room was excellent the food local and organic all grown on the farm and the village and the Palace a wonderful place to visit.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent and everyone different, a high quality 'hotel'.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Clearly not one of the better maintained heritage hotels in India but full of ambience, including a garage full of old cars and other modes of transportation, and a little farm yard with an unusual albino horse. The people in the village of Karauli were the warmest and most beguiling we met during our Golden Triangle trip. Not a beggar or souvenir shop in sight. The more intrepid travellers will love it.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: Raja ki Kothi, Karauli 322241, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Karauli District > Karauli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Karauli
Price Range: $84 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bhanwar Vilas Palace is a series of delightful discoveries-from the first awe-inspiring glimpse of its magnificent façade standing out against the ancient town of Karauli, which dates from 1348, to an exploration of its edgy decor aesthetic-an eclectic melding of Oriental and Art Deco forms. Built in 1938 it is the family home of Maharaja Krishna Chandra Pal, who is the 181st in an illustrious line tracing itself back to Lord Krishna and is the head of the Yaduvanshi Rajputs. As the historic heads of the ancient area of Brajbhoomi, a stay with the family offers not simply a slice of history but a composite understanding of the unique culture of this area. Join us on an extravagant spiritual and cultural voyage, amidst gracious, regal hospitality. ... more   less 
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