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Bhanwar Niwas
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Bikaner
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

The hotel is a beautifully restored red sandstone haveli. Our room was enormous, furnished in reproduction pieces appropriate to the building.....but the pillows and mattress were rock hard and the room was quite cold. Smell of cow dung wafted in from the street through the bathroom window ...we kept the door shut to keep out the offending odour from our room.
The vegetarian buffet dinner was dished out by one of the staff. (not a help yourself buffet). Not a large choice but the flavours were exquisite: quite the best veggi food I have had in India. Chopped carrots with grated coconut was delicious.
The amateurish staff were helpful and showed willing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This Hotel is situated in the old part of Bikaner, within walking distance of the market. The streets are very narrow, teaming with people, tuctucs, bikes, cows, dogs, camels - just wonderful. Quite a feat to get there in a car......even with someone who knows the way!
"Fur coat and no knickers" would be the best way to describe this hotel.  A beautiful "stately home" . The beautiful dining room, the interior patio, original floors from the 16 th century and the tiled ceilings, the whole design of the house is exquisite and original and beautifully decorated.
We stayed in room 59 which was like a ballroom with a four poster bed and no natural light. The bathroom was a mini ballroom!!!! No tea or coffee in the room, very limited toiletries in the bathroom and the towels were clean but old and grey. Actually nothing luxurious about the amenities at all. The bed was hard. Not all the sockets worked. The door to the room was quite difficult to open.. But, I really liked it! It was fun and fantasy!
The food, a set dinner, was very good and the staff very kind and helpful. The breakfast, good, but not brilliant as the owner is of the Jain religion and therefore no eggs were available. In fact, it is a vegetarian hotel. Alcohol is available............!!!!
There was no wifi available in the room , only in the patio and dining room and it cost 200 INR per day.
There were staff everywhere and they were lovely.
If you ask at the front desk, there are local guides available to take you on a walking tour around the old town - ask for Mohammed! There are some beautiful buildings, unfortunately all in disrepair - we felt as though we were experiencing the real thing.
I would stay here again - in a different room!!!!

Room Tip: If you want to sleep in a HUGE, very quiet room with no natural light - choose number 59!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The buildings of the hotel are beautiful but the hotel as such is very poorly run : service is almost absent, rooms are very big and beautiful but not made comfortable (bathroom are e.g. very old fashioned, there is no tea/coffee available; etc.). Moreover, the location is very bad.

On the whole, we did not feel that Bhanwar niwas was good value for money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

In 12 hotels we stayed in throughout Rajisthan this won:
Most expensive room
Most expensive dinner (700 for a very average buffet per person..shocking)
Most expensive water
A library you can't read
A rooftop you can't relax on
A front of house guy who was a young hot headed man who really should not be put in front of guests. No-one quick to temper should work in the hospitality industry.

However.. The old city it is amongst is a real gem. Amazing even.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This hotel has one of the best heritage rooms in India. The Royal Suite cannot be described in words. If you know your past you would appreciate this hotel, if you don't you would be overawed. Period. But I do not understand one thing. How could the guy who renovated his own haveli (house/home) to this perfection make such lousy bathrooms? I wanted to meet the owner (he stays in a part of the haveli) to ask him about this but didn't get the chance. The towels appear as if they are in service for 5 years. Sanitary fittings and accessories appear to be 20 year old. Heritage Decor/Furniture can be appreciated but heritage bathrooms? yuck. No toiletries worth mentioning. Frankly, Royal Suite costs Rs.14k plus taxes whereas the toilet belongs to a hotel of Rs.500.

Apart from this, the hotel is as good as it can get. Food is excellent, staff is courteous and helpful. But don't expect any modern amenity/facility as there's no TV in the rooms and I doubt if there's any internet connectivity either. No mini-bar/fridge/safe in the room either. In short this property must be visited for the architecture and decor. BTW all the rooms are different. Ceilings and walls are painstakingly hand painted. You may find heritage properties like this in India (though they would be much more expensive) but next to impossible to find them abroad.

Location is not good as it is deep inside the old Bikaner. It was off-season when I stayed but during the season I can visualise a throbbing open courtyard with music, cultural performances and lively dinner. But for the bathroom, I loved my stay and would stay again if the owner can renovate the bathrooms.

Room Tip: If you get a good price, go for the Royal Suite
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Like others have said, beautiful building on an out of the way side street in the heart of the old city. As nice as the room was, the bathroom left a lot to be desired - fit more for a $20/night haveli, not $120/night. Also, no hot water and low water pressure.

I felt that everything was a financial transaction with the staff rather than being treated as a guest. No charging to your room, for example, need to pay for your drink straight away.

Internet access - front desk said 'sometimes it doesn't work', another worker said 'you can get the wifi password for 500rps' and then another said 'no, don't have wifi'. So what is the real story?

Lastly be prepared to get lost if you walk around the neighborhood - not many people knew where the hotel was - not even the rickshaw driver from the train station. But getting lost in the old city is one of the great things to do in Bikaner.

Pros:

Large room
Nicely decorated
Quiet
Responded to my email inquiries quickly

Cons:

No free bottled water in room
BYOT - Bring your own toiletries - the ones provided were poor quality
No hot water - low water pressure
No Internet access
No in-room safe
Breakfast had very limited selection
Everyone's hand out for a tip - in many other nice hotels in Rajasthan there is a central tip pot to recognize everyone.

Also, no television in the room but I don't see this as a con but others may.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

WE stayed here overnight on our way from jaisalmer to delhi and even though the owner on the phone suggested that i stay at their new & modern hotel on bikaner outskirts as that was easy to reach but still we opted for Bhanwar Niwas and all in all we made an excellent decision and had we not then we would have never known what we missed.

This Haveli is bang in the middle of the old city and not so easy to find on your own especially if you have a big car and the owner was kind enough to depute a rickshaw to pilot us to this place thru the maze of by lanes of the old city.

A must see and stay place if you are going to Bikaner even if for one night. The moment you enter the haveli, the grandeur captivates you,The rooms & the dining area are huge and with original restored paint work & wall paper with high ceilings etc.
The food is vegetarian and home cooked and very good.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Go for the rooms on the first floor which open on to the inner courtyard we took the two on either s...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Bhanwar Niwas
Address: Rampuria Street | Bikaner Ra, Bikaner 334001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Bikaner District > Bikaner
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Bikaner
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bhanwar Niwas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated inside the walled city of Bikaner is Bhanwar Niwas, the grandest of the famed havelis belonging to the Rampuria family. Bhanwar Niwas is a tribute and testimony to the skill and craftsmanship of the artisans of Bikaner. Completed in 1927 for Bhanwarlalji Rampuria, heir to a textile and real estate fortune, Bhanwar Niwas reflects the fashionable tastes of the 1920's, a taste for formal and well ordered luxury with modern conveniences of the time. The architecture of the haveli is a fascinating mix of Indian and European styles. On the ground floor are the public rooms including the Blue Drawing Room and the Little Drawing Room. For your palate we serve delectable vegetarian food in the magnificent Dining Hall. ... more   less 
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