After a long drive from Bikaner we finally arrived at this stunning place in the desert. The hotel is located a 15 minute drive out of Jaisalmer and this is probably the only downside of this hotel as Jaisalmer is quite a pleasant town.
Our arrival was announced by drums and we were greated with a flower garland and a bindi. During check in refreshments (tea, fruit, cakes) were offerend to us. The hotel is built in the traditional palace style and only at a closer look you realize that it is actually a modern building.
It has a stunning courtyard where you can dine in the evening or have tea in the afternoon. The hotel has also got a spa, an indoor swimmingpool, gym and a billard room. On the first floor you can find a terrace where the evening entertainment (dances , puppet theatre etc.) takes places.
Our room (Palace Room) was on the first floor and had a second exit on to the terrace. The room was large with a super comfortable bed and modern furniture with an Indian touch.And it was spotless clean. Again here, we found a small plate with cakes to welcome us. Bottled water was provided for free and in abundance. When we came back from dinner we found again some "good night" sweets. I love these little somethings. They make me feel special and welcome.
Stylish modern bathroom with walk-in shower and a separate bathtub. All the amenties were there, shower gel, shampoo , conditioner, body lotion, soap and even shaving kits and a toothbrush (just in case you forgot yours). Clean, thick towels just what you expect from a luxury hotel. One tiny little thing that actually made me laugh. The cable of the hairdryer was too short, so I couldn't dry me hair standing up ( I am tall though).
A wonderful bar just off the courtyard. You could either sit outside in the coutside or inside. The bar is made out of marble and is backlit to create a stunning effect. The cocktails are very good and costs between 400 to 600 rupees. The bar staff is very attentive and polite.
The first night we had dinner at the Indian restaurant which is decorated in red, gold and dark purple. It looks very opulent and has a great atmosphere. Unfortunately they only offered Thali in this restaurant and the price for this was at around 1500 rupees quite steep. The Thali , however, was excellent.
The second night was chose to eat in their "World Cuisine" restaurant where also breakfast is served. It has a sleek modern look and lacks atmosphere. There was a buffet meal on offer but we did not really fancy it. The menu could have been a little bit more detailed and we were struggling to find anything we wanted. The waiter offered his help and we asked him for advice specialities etc. He actually brought the chef out of the kitchen to discuss what we like and what they could do for us. In the end we had a fantastic dinner that had been created for us and wasn't on the menu. We expected a hefty bill for this and to our surprise it was not expensive at all 300-400 rupees for a main course. We were over the moon and so impressed by the staff who bend over backwards to make this meal special for us.
The breakfast was for me personaly a bit of a let down. Plenty of choice in terms of Indian breakfast. (Don't forget you ARE in India). The choice for Westeners was a bit odd. They offered eggs made to order but had no beans or hash browns. I don't think there was bacon, either but I didn't check as we ate vegetarian. There was a huge cheese platter but no choice of bread. fresh fruit and fresh juices were available.
All in all a fantastic hotel and we would definitely go there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fashionably designed with luxurious interiors, the sixty two room hotel is proof that contradictions make for a wonderful hospitality experience. This unique juxtaposition of the modern with the medieval is what makes a stay memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Suryagarh Hotel Jaisalmer