My journey that led me to Jaisal Villas was probably different from most. I have been bicycling across India for two months. I had a hotel room sixty miles away from Jaisalmer on a 100 degree day. But a testy government official would not allow the hotel to let me stay citing some rule about foreigners in an area near the Pakistani border. I later checked. The rule didn't apply to areas on the periphery of NH-15. Anyway, with no place to,sleep at 4:00 PM I began the sixty mile bicycle ride to Jaisalmer arriving about 11:00 PM. I don't know how often an American wearing a turban rolls up on a bicycle in the middle of the night with an I-Pad blaring Guns n Roses but the guard didn't blink, smiled, shook my hand, and welcomed me to Jaisal Villas. It's the frst hotel in town if you arrive on NH-15. I was quickly checked in amd the AC was cool. The hot water they had to activate at that hour and it took half an hour for a lukewarm stream of water. That's India but still the room was $125 per night. The TV had English stations. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows and other decorative bedding.. My room was clean but in a couple places the paint was beginning to peel. And to turn off the recessed lighting it was necessary to pull the key card out of it's slot which I thought killed all power but actually left the TV on so I used the TV receptacle to charge my electronics overnight. Everything was very quiet. The season is ending. The airport will be closed soon for six months. I'm moving to a smaller hotel closer to the fort which is more my taste being in the thick of things. Breakfast was interesting. No menu. The waiters made suggestions and then brought everything anyway: omelette masala, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juice, toast with butter and jam, muphins, French toast with honey. Their attention to my every need actually made me uncomfortable but some people like the over the top service. When I paid all of $2 for that endless breakfast they didn't have change (a recurring theme in India). I have become good at standing my ground. I explained that their tip was in that change and voila! change appeared. I just grabbed the first place coming into town so the pool and gym I didn't check out and I did see a small bar as I walked to breakfast which was closed at that hour. It's not Taj but it's also a fraction of the price.
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- Sprawled Luxury Boutique 3 Palms Jaisal Vilas, offers all upscale amenities including 67 Luxury rooms, Spa, Specialty Restaurant,Jacuzzi & sauna, Gym & Pool, Bar & Lounge Conference Rooms and evening rajasthani entertainment & Traditional Indian welcome. Come enjoy the Royal setting of the golden city with all mordern amenities. ... more less
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