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“Very disappointing, much more "rustic" than expected”
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Aranyawas
Reviewed November 13, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for one night to get us closer to Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh so we could more leisurely visit both in one day. It was (by far) the most disappointing hotel of our trip, and perhaps the worst hotel we have ever stayed in.

First of all, this is not a "resort" at all. It offered none of the facilities or amenities mentioned in our guidebooks or online. I wonder if the people who write the guidebooks even visited. No spa. No pool. No yoga. No internet. Nothing. The only "service" available was to have one of the cleaning boys walk us through the "jungle" (just off a major road) along a trail that leads to his house. There are no marked trails where one could hike a bit alone, which was something we were looking forward to.

Check-in: The reception area had no record of our reservation when we arrived at about 5:30pm. We booked using bookings.com. It took nearly 30 minutes for the manager (who spoke relatively little English) to sort out the situation (via calling Bookings.com support) and eventually give us a room. I have no idea what took so long, as we were one of the only guests at the resort--he could have just sent us to a room and sorted everything out later.

Electricity: Was only available for about 75% of our stay. Too bad we forgot our flashlight--it's very dark at night. Given that there are candles and matches in the room, my guess is power loss is not an unusual occurrence.

The room: VERY basic... much more "rustic" than we anticipated from a "resort." Two hard mattresses pushed together to make a "king" bed. Windows and blinds did not properly shut, so there were mosquitos in the room. Nothing felt clean. The most aggravating part was the view from our room wasn't particularly good. We asked for a better room, but they were unable to provide one, despite the hotel being virtually empty. It was never truly clear why they couldn't upgrade our room, but we eventually gave up and tried to focus on getting food (see below).

Service: Horrible. In addition to the checkin issues, we wanted to eat dinner at round 6pm as we skipped lunch. The manager informed us the restaurant would not open until 8pm. After at least 30 minutes of complaining, we finally got them to open the restaurant early and we were able to order food from a limited section of the menu. Given we were one of two (or three, tops) couples at the hotel, it was ridiculous how much arguing was necessary to get them to cook us a simple meal.

Food: It was actually quite good. We ordered basic Indian dishes. They were fresh, well spiced, well prepared, and reasonably priced.

The hike: Although the hike wasn't as remote feeling as we had hoped, it was a comparative highlight of our stay. The guide showed us a nice little trail that leads to his house and a small village near the hotel. It was a gentle, scenic (at times) 45 minute walk -- though the last 5-10 minutes were along a busy road.

Check-out: Again, a disaster. It took forever. There were issues about agreeing on the room rate (they were trying to charge us more than the rate we booked online).

The Bottom Line: The Ranakpur Jain temples were a true highlight of our 2 weeks in Rajasthan, and the Kumbhalgargh fort is definitely worth a visit. But unless you're okay with something very basic, you might just be better off staying in Jodhpur. This hotel ended up being a good 30 minutes out of the way anyhow, so staying here didn't save us much time (which was the point).

Room Tip: Make sure you get a view
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Rooms here are pretty basic, but I did have a balcony which overlooked a watering hole which leopards apparently frequent. The highlight of this place is the location - in the middle of the country which no traffic noise. Very peaceful. Food was ok, but nothing special.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

A great place in the middle of the jungle, we arrived at night so it was a bit creepy, we had a good welcome, a small small reception office, but we checked in pretty fast. I can't complain much here as I got what I paid for and even more, rooms were fairly nice, food was also good more than what I expected. You are literally out of no where when you stop for a night or two here, great experience. i would stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

it is located in a pleasent atmosphear of JUNGLE the rooms are clean but not uoto the standard staff is very cooperative food tasty but costly. particularly Mr.Sharad Thakar Manager and Mr.Deepsinh Resturent Manager are very good people to remember we were there on 28th and 29th sep the rainy days. we enjoye the jungle surrounding and best location to visit kumbalgarh and ranakpur both.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

I staid two nights in a cottage overlooking a small stream and green valley. It is so quiet out here. The room is clean and sober, but has an airco for people who need it. There is no wifi and only vodafone telephone reception in the restaurant - for me it only adds to the quietness of the place. The staff are friendly, the meals are ok. This resort (it has a pool and spa!) in the tropical forest is a very cheaply priced hideout, perfect on the way to or from Udaipur. With a (very small) chance to hear the Indian panther.

Room Tip: Ask for a cottage with balcony
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

1. The hotel has very well mannered staff, helping and polite staff . It's located amid-st nature and spreads into soothing atmosphere, thoughtfully catered interiors as well as external ambiance.
2. Wonderful place to relax and be with your soul-mate. A good outing with kids in to nature.
3. View outside rooms are fantastic and rejuvenating. the mesmerizing display of water fall and lush green forest provide the much needed break outside the hectic schedule of city life.
4. One of the most wonderful experience of life.

Room Tip: visit on the onset of monsoon
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

U must meet the chef Kanhaiyaji here!! Go for a nature walk with Mr.Deependra Singh of Amlada and get into conversation with the super polite manager of this b'ful property, mr. Subhash Thakar. I've been here for so many times and every visit explores something fresh and new here... Go for it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Address: | Village Maga, Tehsil Sayra, Ranakpur 306702, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Pali District > Ranakpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ranakpur
Price Range: $50 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranyawas 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aranyawas is set in a wild, mountain valley, hidden away from the outside world. The natural terrain is formed of rugged mountainside with outcrops of rock and indigenous forest. We have tamed a small part of it with orchards of guava, various types of mango, awla, cherry, lychee, lime, orange, pomegranate and chikoo trees. There are also apricots and figs, all of which thrive in the microclimate of the area, which is cooler than the lowlands and enjoys a summer maximum temperature of 30 degrees, though the winter nighttime temperature can drop to almost freezing point. Visit us to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. ... more   less 
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