We originally booked a night at Hotel V Vilas and when we rang the hotel the person who came to pick us up took us to this hotel claiming that the hotel we booked was fully booked and this was their sister hotel. Management seemed very shady and it didn't look like there were any other tourists staying here!
The plus point was that we only paid 150 rupees a night here and for that price the room was worth the money - for this we had a ensuite room, and a TV. The room was not exactly spotless clean and there were stains on the bed but luckily we had sleeping bags so this was not much of a problem.
We ended up booking a camel safari through them and in hindsight it was probably our own fault as we should have realised that they were not too be trusted. We were told there would be a camp with lots of other people joining us, and have great evening entertainment. We was also told we would drive to a point and then have a 2 hour camel ride to the tents. We were actually taken straight to the tents and there was noone else around which was a little disappointing. We then were taken on a camel ride for about 30 mins which was ok - the only real highlight of it was getting the camel owner to make the camel run whilst we were riding. We were then taken to our tent and told there would be entertainment later on in the evening. When we went for the entertainment it seemed like it was full of locals and they were all listening to some sort of local singer. The experience was ok but it was not what we had expected - it felt like we had been taken to one of the hotel owners friends camps and spent the night with them. I think if booking the camel and desert experience its better to book one of the better rated camps on trip advisor and then arranging transport there once in Jaisalmer!
Overall we liked Jaisalmer but just felt a little sour with our experience through this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sarovar meets the need of both budget or luxury travelers. If you need a basic room or a room with AC it is up to you. We provide free pick up from the Bus or Train Station and also a welcome drink to you choice. We organize camel safari, tours and your ongoing travels. The Fort is just in front of you when you open the window. Relaxing atmosphere, quite surroundings. English and French speaking staff. ... more less