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Hotel Killa Bhawan
Ranked #16 of 103 Hotels in Jaisalmer
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Athens, Greece
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“A most atmospheric hotel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

The best balcony by far in the city of Jaisalmer which was a magical city on it's own! The rooms are lovely decorated, the hotel is situated within the fortress so anytime you can go out and have a walk in this well fortified medieval town!This hotel is by far the best choice because it's clean, the rooms are lovely decorated and last but not least it's the most atmospheric in town!There are others hotels, clean and more spacious but they lack in character!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Orange, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Killa Bhawan offers the charm of a tiny hotel, built literally within the walls of the city, The view of the palace and of the old city, that one can enjoy either from the rooms or the terraces is absolutely spectacular. The location is superb (2 mn walk from the Palace) for people who want to wander around the old city at any time of day or night. However, for those who want the comfort of a modern five star hotel, this is not the place to stay. The rooms and bathrooms are small, with stone staircases going up and about, which is to be expected in such an old construction. The kitchen too small to prepare large buffet breakfasts. The rooms do not offer a kettle, but the staff prepared us tea at no charge. The staff is very friendly which is definitively a plus.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights on March 15 in the heritage suite room which was basically a medium sized room with 2 single beds pushed together to make a king. There was a small ensuite with toilet, sink and shower. We were expecting a fabulous room since we paid $226 Canadian plus tax a night which was the highest amount spent on a hotel in India. However the room was somewhat cramped, there were no windows that opened and thankfully the ac worked. The bedspread was torn, there were no extras, ie. tissues, kettle, spare pillow in the room. We had colds and when we asked for tissues we were given paper napkins that were even rougher than the toilet paper. We felt totally ripped off by the owners who just seemed to want to get the most money yet skimp on the extras. We have stayed in much nicer rooms with lovely locations in India for half the price of Killa Bhawan. To be fair, the setting is charming and the outside terrace is lovely. I would definitely not bring young children because there is a step drop off from the terrace which has no rails by the low sitting area on the edge of the wall. The breakfast was pretty good but skimpy...choice of banana or apple for fruit and either eggs or a simple Indian style breakfast. The nice 5 young Nepalese men who work there are very friendly and work hard to offer good service.
I agree with the reviewer who said to stay outside the city in a nice hotel with a pool and come into the fort for day time exploring. We visited the Gateway hotel with a lovely pool and grounds..it was $150 night. Outside of town, but they were very friendly and welcoming. Unless the price lowers, choose another hotel than Killa Bhawan.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

We had wanted to stay at Killa Bhawan when last in Jaisalmer so were very happy that rooms were available this time around. We had a room with separate bath and our travel companions had a room with attached bath. Upon arrival, our hosts immediately greeted us and said: this is your home. And so it was for the two days we stayed at Killa Bhawan.

The private terraces spread throughout the property are each magical, offering different views of the fort and the city. The separate bath was huge and very clean -- there is no problem sharing (would be more comfortable to share with friends or family than strangers, but our neighbours were great). Breakfast was offered whenever we wanted, and staff again said: whatever you want, we will get for you. So we really did feel at home.

The hotel is low-key and simply decorated in a charming Rajasthan style, located next door to the Palace, which should not be missed. Autorickshaws are the only vehicles which enter the fort, so be prepared to hike up and down -- not ideal for anyone with mobility problems, young or old. As this is a truly a live fort, there is noise. Those bothered by dogs howling, loud music, and human activity might need to use heavy duty ear plugs or switch a more hermetically sealed location -- but for us it was just what we wanted.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

By the time we reached Jaisalmer we needed a place to relax and just enjoy the ambience of this beautiful city. Killa Bahwan is perfect. The room was spacious enough for all of us (2+1 child) and the many spaces around the terraces a gorgeous place to unwind. The complimentary tea and coffee and the gracious service were lovely. We'll be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

A perfect location in the wall of the fort. Clean and friendly. A can do attitude. Saff met every request. Fantastic views of the city and the fort, and for tourong the town.also served a wonderful breakfast.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed staying in this wonderfully situated small hotel in the old fort of Jaiselmer. The views across to the ramparts of the fort, watching eagles chasing pigeons and the city spread out below were stunning. The rooms were interestingly and more than adequately furnished and beds very comfortable. A very friendly and authentic place to explore this fascinating city. Beautiful little private terraces to relax in.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Killa Bhawan
Address: Kotari Para | On Fort, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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#8 Romantic Hotel in Jaisalmer
#9 Family Hotel in Jaisalmer
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Number of rooms: 9
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