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Desert Haveli Guest House
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

It is something out of a dream. Ali Baba's cavern. The Maharaja room (a must) is carved out of the golden sandstone and is adorned with fabric and rugs. Remember however that you are in a 14th century building and that the wood fired water heater on the roof is not as efficient as a modern electric one! There is wifi throughout and the hotel is located high in the old city. Rooftop has a great view and while it would be a stretch to call it a restaurant the staff do their best to provide excellent service. Beware the desert wind bringing up a sandstorm so keep your suitcases closed as the old shuttered windows are somewhat porous.

Room Tip: Take the best room - Maharaja - it's the only one with a bathroom and only costs pennies!
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mg_3434
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Our trip to Jaisalmer is full of fond memories. We loved the situation of The Desert Haveli. Dushyant and the staff are quite reserved in a polite Indian sort of way but they were very helpful. The hotel organised a Camel Safari tour (approx £40 for 3 of us) which was brilliant.
It was my sons 6th birthday and it will be forever memorable. We were met by camels and we rode towards and over the dunes and played in the sand whilst a fantastic desert curry was cooked on a campfire as the sun set. On our return to the hotel Dushyant had bought my son a birthday present and a cake with his name on it. This was really special.
We did love the hotel. The decor is really special. My only suggestion would be to improve the breakfasts and bathrooms.
With regards breakfast, something more structured even if basic. Scrambled eggs on toast say! Chopped fruit and a cup of tea seemed a little basic.
Also, we travelled over the Christmas break and please bare in mind that it can get cold. Hot water was not always available and the bathrooms are basic, which on a chill winter morning can feel a bit bleak. On warmer days I am sure this would be forgotten and indeed these general niggles are forgiven when you consider the location and the gentle and kind manner of the staff and Dushyant. Many thanks for making our stay a special time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank BRIAN B
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My English is not good enough to describe our experience staying in Desert Haveli Guest House. We planned to spend only one night in Jaisalmer but liked Guest House and it’s staff so much that we stayed longer.
We chose this heritage property basis reviews on tripadvisor and Desert Haveli surpassed all our expectations. Old traditional Haveli Guest House has lovely location directly in the Fort. All sights are within walking distance. It is really amazing to stay inside unique Fort (Jaisalmer Fort is only one in India where people live).
Beautifully decorated in traditional style rooms will not allow you to forget that you are staying in place full of history. Authentic Rajastan design make you feel like you are in the ancient time of Rajputs. Some rooms have beautiful view of the city.
Haveli has nice roof terrace where you can relax and enjoy wonderful city view, beautiful sunset and admire desert that stretches up to the horizon.
The Haveli has a friendly and even family atmosphere. Brilliant staff are very attentive and do their best to arrange whatever you need and make your stay memorable. Staying in Desert Haveli you are feeling that you are at home.
Staff can arrange camel desert safari for you and hold your luggage while you are away. We went for camel safari for day and night. Everything was perfect. It was amazing to sleep in desert with full moon and bright stars in the sky. It was adventure that we never forget.
We loved absolutely everything about Desert Haveli Guest House but most of all - our hosts Nabu and the owner Dushyant. They treat us like a family and made everything possible to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. It was very nice to drink tea with Nabu and listen stories about traditions and culture of village people. Nabu, thank you for wonderfull time, home made dinner, chapatti cooking lessons and delicious masala chai. Also we would like to say thank you to Dushyant who definitely as large heart. He was truly kindness, helpful and took a great care about us. Party on the roof, fairwell dinner and interesting stories about Jaisalmer and Indian culture – Dushyant, thank you for these priceless moments.
Desert Haveli surpassed all hotels we stayed before. It is real home for travellers. We had the best time staying at the Desert Haveli and I recommend it to anyone who is going to Jaisalmer. We got a lot of priceless memories on such cheap price.

Hope to come back in nearest future. Thanks for everything again Dushyant and Nabu! Miss you!

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You should bear in mind that Haveli is not hotel but small guest house. So please do not expect facilities as in hotel. For example hot water is available in morning time. If you need hot water at another time just tell to the staff in advance.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Tan Y
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We loved absolutely everything about the hotel, the staff and the location. Definitely one of the best budget hotels we stayed in Rajasthan. Because the guest house is inside the fort it creates a very nice feeling that you are staying a very special place.
We especially would like to say thank you to the staff, as they took great care of us and were very helpful in everything we needed.
May be good to know: you have to tell the staff that you will be needing hot water 20 min in advance.

Room Tip: Book heritage rooms, as they are very beautiful and worth the little extra money you'll be paying.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Elena V
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you are traveling to Jaisalmer, this is an excellent choice. The rooms are great, and you are staying inside the Fort. When selecting a desert safari, booking with the hotel would be your best option. You will be looked after and you will not be short sold, as you will be by other operations. Great staff and excellent place to experience Jaisalmer.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms, then make your choice.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JMaeO1
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