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Hotel Shreenath Palace
Ranked #35 of 106 Hotels in Jaisalmer
London
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3 reviews
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“Incredible experience! The rest of our holiday paled into insignificance±”
Reviewed January 6, 2009

The Shreenath is so much more than a hotel. Raj, his beautiful family and wonderful staff made our experience, one that I shall never forget! I can honestly not fault anything about this treasure. The rooms are stunning, comfortable and clean. Many an evening was spent on the roof watching the sun set over the nearby temples. Set in the middle of the fort, overlooking the surrounding desert - my experience here was superb and I will definitely return on my next visit to India. We were made to feel very welcome and part of the family. Nothing was too much trouble, from collecting us from our train, organising the camel safari (I highly recommend staying in the desert overnight), helping to book future hotels and transport. We planned on staying only 2-3 nights but found it impossible to tear ourselves away and stayed for 5 plus the safari!! We stayed at two other hotels in India and were disappointed both times due to our amazing time at Shreenath. I honestly cannot recommend it enough!! I suggest early booking as I know I am not the only person to think this!! Hindu's Masala Chai is unbeatable!! I can't thank them enough for making my first experience of India so memorable!

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  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2008

We were impressed by the pics we had seen of this hotel and the reality does not let you down ! Our host Raj was helpful and hospitable from the word go. He fetched us from the entrance of the fort, showed us our rooms and even had hot steaming cups of flavored tea sent up.
His uncle who stays on the property as caretaker takes his role seriously. To say he took care of us is an understatement!
Just a bit of reality check before yo book this property. It is beautiful and breathtaking, but owing to the fact that it is located right IN the fort- it involves a little bit of walking.
Families with young ones need to be extra careful as the balconies can be a problem.
Older travellers may also consider giving it a second thought since the stairways are both narrow and steep.
But if you are fit and fancy a taste of an authentic haveli, head here.

  • Liked — The rooms.
  • Disliked — The approach to the hotel .
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Trieste
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Reviewed May 22, 2008

Third time in Rajastan, first in Jaisalmer...we found Shreenath Palace on the web and we absolutely recommend it. From the very first e-mail contact the manager, Raj, has been extremely efficient and quick in answering. At the end we relied on him also for the car transfer in the whole state: the driver picked us up in Jodhpur, dropped us in Bikaner and a few days later brought us to Jaisalmer. Everything went absolutely smoothly, but the best was yet to come. The hotel is very small but very special. Each of the five rooms is a marvel carved in stone, it's like living in museum, with the difference that it is your room. It is also very clean, and located just in the center of the fort, which means you can enjoy the hectic market streets in the day, packed of tourists and shops , and the peaceful strolling in the incredible surroundings in the evening.
There are quite a number of heritage properties around the state, and we visited many of them over the past years, but this has the added value of its familiar dimension, and Raj and his family are delicious guests, who really make you feel a warm hospitality. They will not feed you with continuous shopping suggestions nor push you for a camel safari, but if you ask for anything their advice will be precise and reliable. My own advice is: consider spending in Shreenath Palace a few more than the two-three days strictly necessary to all the major attractions and landscapes of the city. Where the general tendency is to make a tourist out of you, this hotel is an island where you can feel yourself a traveler and a guest.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 27, 2008

Booked through Hostelbookers, as it looked really interesting and had the highest rating. Thought we had arranged a pick up from the station, but in the end made our own way there. It costs about rs.20 tourist tax each to get out of the station! then another rs.20 to go to the gate of the fort. They then make you take another rickshaw up into the fort for more money, but we got them down to rs.30 for that journey up the hill.
Arrived at the hotel to be greeted by the beautiful Raj, who runs the bookings and checkins. We were then joined by Omjee, his father and owner, who was very interested to meet us, particularly when we mentioned we used Tripadvisor!! The house has been in their family for years, but they now live over the street. There is a room downstairs where Omjee stays, and where we would sit and chat with him. He even offered to let us watch the TV when my husband mentioned the football.
When we arrived they took us up to our room, gave us a menu and arranged for the restaurant next door to cook us thali, then brought it up to our room. A nice touch, after travelling for hours on the train to get there. We didn't settle the bill for that until the day we left! The room was beautiful - the Maharaja suite - a large room with double bed, mattress and cushions on the floor around a small table, large windows looking out onto the Jain temple, a fan and a large water cooled fan, and a good sized clean bathroom with hot shower. We loved the room. Because its so hot there, you need to keep the windows open for a draft, but they gave us insect repellent plug-ins and offered us a mosquito net if we needed it.
Omjee was also a teacher at the local school, and asked us to come and see it one morning, as we are teachers too. His son brought us breakfast that morning to our room, tea and toast, to help us get up! He was very helpful giving us tips on the places to buy things, what prices we should be paying, where to go, etc. He was very generous to us, and even helped us out bargaining with the local shopkeeper for a tshirt and cushion cover.
Omjee was very interested in technology, particularly our Ipods. He was willing to buy them off us, and we eventually gave him our broken speakers, which seemed to make his day.
We had a great time at this hotel, made more interesting because they were easy to talk to and very helpful. It was the best place we stayed while travelling around Rajasthan. I think its worth paying for the larger rooms on the top floor. The restaurant next door has good food, and we spent our last afternoon there, sat on mattresses under their fans, waiting for our next train. Omjee then paid for our taxi back to the station. If you fancy a beer you can get them at the restaurant for rs.90 and sit on their rooftop to watch the sunset. And its definitely better to stay in the fort, particularly as its empty of all the tour groups in the evenings, and people not hassling you.

  • Liked — The room, location, owners
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY and India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2008

This is probably the most peculiar review as we never actually stayed at the Shreenath Palace. My initial experience booking the place was fine.
Unfortunately, when my husband, daughter and I got to Jodhpur 2 days before leaving for Jaisalmer (a remote border town), our daughter had become so sick and dehydrated that there was a good chance she may need hospitalisation. After agonising in Jodhpur for a day, and seeing no particular improvement in her condition, we called a decision on Jaisalmer and decided it was wiser to cancel...we felt we should return to South India and her regular pediatrician's care. We called the Shreenath Palace immediately to cancel (with many apologies and explanations) and was treated to a furious diatribe by the owner/manager. I knew that he would probably fill our room at a moment's notice as it was high season, but still offered to send him compensation for our short notice, which he angrily refused.
It was really disheartening and somewhat scary (with some details which I feel disinclined to share in a public space). It was the first time in our 20 adult years of travelling over the world we had ever cancelled plans in an emergency, and this added to the disturbing experience. I thought I should share it.

Stayed December 2007
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Berlin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2008

We had the Maharaja room for three nights and it was a delightful experience. The owner is very conversable and of great help. Our room was almost an other-wordly experience, like staying in another century. from our room we looked right at the nearby Jain temples.

You must be prepared for a hot stay though, because there is no A/C and the top floor gets quite hot. People in the fort live side by side, so it's not quiet either. We also thought that the room could have been cleaner.

All in all highly recommandable. Since the owner does not serve breakfast we also recommend the Sagar Restaurant next to the guesthouse which serves fantastic vegetarian dishes and has the nicest cook we ever met.

Stayed March 2008
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ABUDHABI UAE
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Reviewed March 30, 2008

Our first impression on arrival in Sreenath Palace early morning at 0600hrs was not very encouraging. We had confirmed with the host pick up from Rly station and were thoroughly disappointed that we were left to find out the way to the hotel. We had to change from a jeep (which took us from station to fort entrance), then to an auto (which took us hardly a minute distance to the fort junction) and finally was helped by some guys taking the luggage and walking to the hotel. The host was apologetic enough about the pick up not turning up but the early morning fiasco did spoil our mood.

Having said that rest everything was fantastic. The owners of the property truly believes in the Indian saying "Guest is like god" and even opened their private bedroom for us to sleep till the room got vacated and ready by 1000hrs. They even arranged breakfast for us (fantastic parathas, potato dry bhaji and curd) for which the next day Mr.Vyas gracefully declined payment the next day.

We stayed in the Maharani room- a large room with period furnishing and interiors. The property has only 4 rooms -each done in a unique style and if you fancy heritage hotel this has lots of it - 400yrs of history. Of course you cannot expect the conveniences of a modern hotel- no TV,no room service or phone. And you would have to be careful not to bang your head on low doors. But to offset it , you have the thrill of staying in real heritage property.

The bathroom is big and has all the convenience of any modern hotel bathroom. The housekeeping although done in 10mnts between check out and our check in was more than adequate- the room was clean.

Above all the hosts are gracious people- they don't push safari operators and only recommends when specifically enquired. Both are teachers and their son Mr.Raj Vyas is the one who manages the net correspondence. All of them are extremely helpful and they saw us safely thru a boisterous crowd of holi revellers the next day when we visited them (although we had checked out).

The minuses- the way to the property can get a little crowded since it is right on the path to the famed Jain temples of Jaisalmer fort - so no privacy on the balcony when the tourists are around. Getting to the hotel with lots of luggage can be a little tricky since the path is too narrow to be negotiated by even auto rickshaws.

However we would happily recommend this property for the hospitality of the owners and for the uniqueness of the rooms

Stayed March 2008
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Property: Hotel Shreenath Palace
Address: | On Fort Near Jain Temple, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer District > Jaisalmer
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#5 Family Hotel in Jaisalmer
#5 Romantic 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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