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Hotel Shreenath Palace
Ranked #34 of 103 Hotels in Jaisalmer
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“Marvelous!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This family run historical place was the best hotel experience druing our trip in India. We stayed in room 5 where you can adore a fantastic view of the Jaina temple. The staff were super friendly and very helpful. If you like a historical haveli with truly genuin warm hospitality, this would be the place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed at Shreenath Palace for for three nights in December. It it one of the few fort havelis still owned and run by the same family that originally build the house some 400 years ago. Our room was full of character and the owners and staff both friendly and helpful, we were made to feel very welcome. The views of the sunset from the hotel roof was excellent. Breakfast was toast and honey and not much of a highlight, served in the bedroom as the hotel has no dinning area. Wifi can be accessed from reception. The shower water was always hot for which the staff took much pride. We enjoyed our stay here very much and have recommended it to other travellers.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pori, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

We stayed one weekend in this hotel and it was a good experience. I looked for many guesthouses and think this had really good value for money, service was excellent and helplful. Rooftop was also pretty high, so it's nice to see some views. We had overall no worries at all during our stay. Nice people, interesting place and good rooms made this weekend really a special one!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

The Shreenath Hotel is the perfect choice for being pampered! My friend and I were picked up from the train station and, once we got there we noticed a lovely welcome note which stood right at the entrance, which made it a very special welcoming. The rooms are exactly what one expects, an old haveli which takes you back into time and makes you feel like you're part of the maharajah's court. Raj and his dad made us feel so welcome and have treated us so nice - even let us rest in a room after coming back from our 2 day camel trek cost free. We spend time chatting and Raj's dad made us feel like part of the family. I'd definitely go back there and recommend it to anyone looking for a hassle free, cozy, yet princy treatment.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

This 450-year-old haveli is filled with character and charm: sandstone walls, neat alcoves and tiny windows, carved archways and columns, beautiful decor, and a fantastic rooftop to sit with chai and watch the sun set over the Jain temples...just the kind of place I love! Of course, with that comes the challenges of an old building: mustiness, inconsistent hot water and wifi, and very uncomfortable beds, just things that you accept are part of this unique stay.

After some initial challenges discussing pricing and room availability (as compared to our reservations), Raj and his father, along with their houseboy Hindoo, became some of our favorite people we met throughout our trip. They are warm, energetic and fun, and they took great care of us throughout our stay, making helpful suggestions, providing sleeping bags for our overnight camel trek and especially when I got a bad cold at the end of our stay.

Jaisalmer is a wonderful place, filled with friendly people and amazing history, and a stay at Shreenath Palace is a must!

Room Tip: We stayed in two rooms (before and after the camel trek)...the Rajasthani room is on the top floor a...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is perhaps one of the most unusual places we've stayed in, anywhere. For starters Jaisalmer is unique in that people have lived continuously inside the fort for many hundreds of years. Staying here, you become one of them. If you prefer Hiltons and Hyatts, this is probably not for you.

Since cars are not allowed inside the fort, to get to the hotel you'll need to transfer to a tuk tuk (3 wheel motorcycle taxi) or else walk through the narrow lanes.

The property has been in the same family for generations and in reality, this is more of a guest house than a hotel. The rooms are historic and though simply furnished, are comfortable, though everything (pillows included) are old. There is no elevator and it is a bit of a hike up the stone stairs.

The best part of the stay was the people - the owner, his son, and their "boy". They genuinely cared for our well being and did all they could to make us comfortable. For instance, my sons and I went up to the roof to watch the sunset and they came up after us with a blanket and water. Also, when we arrived, they pulled out a selection of scarves for us to choose as gifts.

We were here in the midst of summer, when it is incredibly hot. Although our rooms had a/c units, they really couldn't chill enough and we didn't get much sleep the first night. Also, like many parts of India, regular power outages are the norm and this place does not have a backup generator, so when the power goes out, only the fans keep going.

When my wife was upset the next morning and chose not to have breakfast, we later learned that the owner refused his own breakfast in sympathy. When we returned, he did everything he could to cheer her up. When they found out the problem, they brought in swamp coolers to help bring the temperature down. While not what I would call cold, the room was cool enough for us to get a good night's sleep.

If you want convenience and fancy, go elsewhere outside the fort. If you want a unique experience and to meet some fantastic people, stay here.

Room Tip: If staying during summer, make sure the A/C is sufficient, else ask them to bring in some swamp cool...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

We were collected by car at Jodhpur airport by an AC car and arrived at the Palace 5hrs later.
Be warned, despite the distance and how long you think it should take if you were driving, it takes twice as long because of the road quality, cows and the fact that the owner of the Palace tells the driver to drive us foreigners slowly no doubt due to scare stories you can read on here from some people about high speed near misses and head-on collisions. So...slow but safe is nice if not a tad frustrating.

We were met by Hindu, the hotel helper who carried our luggage from the main square within the fort to the short walk to the hotel.

The hotel itself is in a 450yr old 4 storey haveli. As with all authentic palaces like this, its a little rough around the edges but full of charm and delight.

We had a welcome cup of tea with the owner who excitedly told us about all the famous and important guests he'd had and checked with us what our plans were for the next few days. We met his wife and his other helper and were immediately made to feel we were staying in his house rather than a hotel.

The rooms upon initial entry were 'wow' with stunning carved stone walls and porticos with majestic beds and carpets and curtains. Closer inspection and its a little more shabby chic but the views from your own little balcony of the Jain Temples make up for it.

On the downside, the bed is rock hard and for someone in their 40's as opposed to a backpacker in their 20's, I'd have preferred more comfort. The bathroom with shower is basic but works and there is nowhere to hang clothes but we are in Jasailmer and this has retained its original charm as opposed to being sanitised by a Hilton or Ian Schrager. You could wipe it clean and wipe out its character to produce a perfect boutique hotel but that's not the point.

The best part of this place is the owner and the staff. Hindu was a delight to chat to over breakfast on the roof terrace with his tales of life in his home village and ans for his life. The owner was a complete charmer. A real friendly uncle who you wanted to hug. He personally took us out to the desert for camel riding because he liked to personally check the quality of the camels. He was always telling us not to buy anything without asking him first because he could get us a better deal with the same person and the cynic new arrival from London in me didn't believe it was anything more than a typical ruse to get me to buy from his friend instead, but I was wrong and he really does know everyone and really could get you a better deal on everything. We were late back from the desert so missed the Jaisalmer Palace opening times but he knew the Commissioner and offered to open the Palace up for us specially to have a night time view.

So: loved Jasailmer, loved the fort, the desert and the amazingly friendly shopkeepers and tuk-tuk drivers everywhere in the town, loved the haveli but really loved the owner so it didn't matter if I liked, loathed or loved the room.

Room Tip: make sure you ask if any room has AC and if it does (not just a fan) choose it!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Shreenath Palace
Address: | On Fort Near Jain Temple, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer
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#5 Romantic Hotel in Jaisalmer
#5 Family Hotel in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Shreenath Palace 1*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The family-run hotel is a 450 year old haveli with beautiful, ornate sandstone carvings. The prime minister under the maharaja once inhabited this beautiful 450-year-old haveli. Our five rooms are all spacious, with private balconies, tasteful decorations, and nice views of the nearby Jain temples. ... more   less 
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