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“The only place to stay in Jaisalmar”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Killa Bhawan

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Hotel Killa Bhawan
Ranked #17 of 103 Hotels in Jaisalmer
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The only place to stay in Jaisalmar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2009

This was quite the most unique experience of our whole trip - the decor of the place is amazing, all the staff are fantastic and helpful. One of our party wasn't well and could join us on a tour and the staff looked after her wonderfully. Dinner in the dining room was so atmospheric and delicious (we suspect the food was from Little Tibet nearby but served beautifully in the dining room). Breakfast on the personal roof terrace was wonderful with the whole city set before you. What a start to the day!
The whole experience was magical and we would absolutely recommend that you make a reservation now!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2009

My family spent the "New Years" at this place. The three night new years package was pricey, but worth it. The rooms were nicely decorated and the views were stunning. The service and the breakfast included was as good as it gets, and the management went out of their way to be hospitable and accommodating. The new years dinner was also great, with superb food, wine and live music. Unfortunatelly, we had to leave before midnight because our young daughter did not last. But I still caught the lovely fireworks from the roof terrace.
Thanks to Killa Bhawan a definitely incredible and memorable New Years.
The location of the hotel could not be better, as you could walk to all the major sites.

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  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2009

This was just the most amazing place to stay.it was so beautiful it took our breath away-my husband was speechless for about 10 minutes. We had a fabulous room with its own little balcony. The furnishings were superb,the staff couldn't be more helpful.It was all fantastic. Would i recommend it?-ABSOLUTELY!!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2009

I have just read all the negative points from others and I agree you don't want a room in the entrance area and the water pressure is terrible but it looks newly renovated and the service was very friendly and never pushy. The place its self ,well its in the best position of the oldest inhabited fort in the world. The Breakfast is great with as much as you can eat and the decor is wonderful. I have stayed in 2 Taj hotels and I prefer this place. Homely , friendly personal . I have been trying to upload some images as the ones here don't do the place justice but this site just hangs when I try , so maybe latter I will try again.
If your worried about the ethics of staying in the fort with its water erosion problems I found all the hotels to be very well maintained but the local houses are a problem.

  • Liked — It exceeded our expectations which is not usual
  • Disliked — Water pressure but its worth it anyway.
  • Stayed January 2009
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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2009

The great part of this hotel is the decor and the location. The views on offer are wonderful as the hotel is located within the walls of the fort. There are several terraces for relaxing and enjoying the views of the fort entrance and the city of Jaisalmer.

We stayed here for two nights and then went on a camel trek with the same company. When we came back, we transferred to their partner hotel the KB Lodge. We stored our luggage at Killa Bhawan and they were supposed to keep it and deliver it to us at their partner hotel KB Lodge when we returned from the camel safari. We had our bags returned with the exception of one of our bags. We let the staff know that we were missing one bag and they offered us no answers or explanations - in fact, the owner suggested that I had probably lost it or had actually never left it with them. Needless to say, they didn't offer any compensation for the bag they lost but I didn't appreciate the fact that they suggested it was my own mistake as to why the bag had disappeared.

The rooms vary in size and comfort. The rooms downstairs can be a bit noisy as they are near the kitchen and right next to the area the owners claim is not the reception area. Between the noise of the kitchen and the noise of them receiving guests and checking people in and out right outside your room, I would suggest to try to get a room upstairs.

The decor is magnificent and this is a place where you might want to stay for a few days. It's peaceful interior and comfortable setting make it a place to remember. It's just unfortunate that I had my experience soured by the loss of my bag while it was in their care.

  • Liked — Decor and views
  • Disliked — They lost my stuff
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Trieste
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37 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2008

This is not a 5 star hotel but definitely deserves a stay!

The views are incredible (it is located within the walls of the fort of Jaisalmer) and the place itself is very nice. The rooms are well furnished and clean. The staff is very nice and the owner has transformed this place in a boutique hotel.

We suggest to choose this place to stay in Jaisalmer if you don't worry if you find a cow at the entrance of the hotel: it is India!

Book in advance: due to the low cost it is always full!

  • Stayed August 2008
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2008

The hotel was amazing and exceeded all expectations - the views / decor / location couldn't be beaten. It is expensive but we thought it was worth every penny. We had arrived from Udiapur, including one night at the Lake Palace Hotel and this almost beat it.

Staff are friendly and helpful and though chatty, do give you some space.

We'd recommend the thalis for dinner - the hotel has 5 rooftop terraces so you can have privacy and with views that good, it seems such a shame to eat out.

Some rooms have shared bathrooms but most appear to have fort views. We had the honeymoon suite with our own Romeo / Juliet balcony and almost private courtyard area to chill out in. It was $180 plus taxes but worth it.

  • Liked — The views
  • Disliked — Loved it all
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Killa Bhawan
Address: Kotari Para | On Fort, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Jaisalmer
#9 Family Hotel in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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