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Hotel Suraj
Ranked #23 of 113 Hotels in Jaisalmer
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Suraj hotel ist absolutely great and maybe the best place in jaisalmer!
rooms are cheap, beautiful and stuff ist super friendly! ask for lala he will tell you interesting things about india, his family and jaisalmer!
Instead of going to the havelis in jaisalmer - better stay in a 500 years old haveli. suraj also has expensive rooms, but they look more like a museum - incredible experience!
dont follow just your guidebook, go to suraj!

Peter y Dalleth

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Awful. Booked ahead and confirmed day before. Arrived late evening to find no room prepared and Chimmy (owner's son) rushed around putting us in spare room with mattress on concrete floor. Toilet filthy. No hot water. Blankets smelly and dusty. Chimmy does not care as there are always people looking for a room at short notice and he had obviously given away the room we had booked. Offerred us another room for next night but at twice the cost. We went elsewhere the following day.

Room Tip: If arrive early in Jaisalmer go around all the hotels and ask to see the available rooms
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Firstly, don't get confused like we did and think you are emailing hotel Surja which is higher in the rankings on here!
Once we realised our mistake we decided we'd go with hotel Suraj as we'd had prompt and friendly email replies from Chimi the owner.
He picked us up from the bus drop off point as promised, even after the bus had dropped us off at the wrong point so all started well.

We had confirmed with him we would like the larger room for 2 nights by email, so when we arrived and were shown that room which was very big, traditional and with window seats and a nice view, shabby chic lets say but definitely more shabby than chic, we were pleased. But then he told us that it was only available for one night and we'd have to move the second night to a much smaller room with very little light and rather dreary. The last thing you want when backpacking and constantly travelling is to move rooms after one night so we decided we would go for the cheaper smaller room for 2 nights or more as we planned to stay in Jaisalmer around 5 nights..
We checked in and went off for a walk and on our return, noticed that actually the bathroom in our small room was filthy, scum in the sink and the toilet was disgusting. On getting into bed my partner pulled the blanket - well actually it was more like a rug, heavy and itchy, up over himself and dust and dirt wafted out. And to say the bed was hard is an understatement. It was the worst nights sleep I've had after 1 month in India.
We checked out the next morning and realised that there was much more on offer and fortunately moved to the best hotel of the trip so far. Desert Boys.
To be fair to Chimi he was fine about us moving on and had told us about his camel safari but didn't go for the hard sell but he shouldn't have let us think the larger room was available before we arrived and the comfort and cleanliness of that particular room needs some real attention. It could be a really very beautiful hotel but seems to lack attention to detail.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Spectacular building in the fort, very close to the Jain temples. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are amazing, and great value for money. In fact, ours was more like a suite with a bedroom, lounge, hallway, and shower/toilet room. The building is made from local stone, with beautiful intricate carvings. There is an associated restaurant across the road for meals, with free wi-fi. Also, tours can be arranged from here.

Room Tip: Take a look at all the free rooms before choosing the one you want. Some look out over the fort wall...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a very well run, friendly hotel. It's in an old haveli and has a great atmosphere. The rooms are well equipped and the bathrooms are fine. They have been tastefully decorated although thankfully they haven't gone overboard and taken away from the charm of staying in such an old building. It might not be to everybodys taste- the walls are crumbling and there's no a/c in the rooms but you have to remember where you are staying and appreciate it for what it is.
The staircases are winding and narrow and one leads up to the rooftop restaurant (it's just a few tables really) which has amazing views across the roofs on the Jain temples.
The staff are superb and probably the best that we came across whilst on our trip.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Hotel Suraj is one of the most hospitable accommodations I experienced while in India for 3 months. My friend and I were lost wandering the old streets of Jaisalmer in the sand castle fort when we came across it and met the exceptionally welcoming manager Chimmy. He invited us up to the roof top patio where we could overlook the ancient Jain temples and desert surrounding and have a drink and when we saw the rooms, we had to stay. We had an excellent Rajasthani styled room with mirrored pillows and a window seat where we could watch the city life go by. The place has a lot of character and you have to climb the old narrow stone stairwells to get to the rooms. Our bed was fairly comfortable and they are environmentally friendly, using solar heating, which is great except sometimes there is no hot water. Chimmy can help arrange anything you need from buses to camel safaris and the boys working in the restaurant are uber friendly and helpful. Food is good too.

Room Tip: The room with a separate sitting area has a great view and even a little romeo and juliet balcony.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

There are two hotel in the fort named Hotel Suraj and Haveli Suraj. they are very near to the Jain temple. both are made out of ancient havelis, both the hotels are ok to stay, They will try to sell the camel safari/camp safari, but I preferred the one out side the fort gate, Sahara and Trotters, they are really good with their job. but do ensure about the number of other people staying with you in the camps, so that you dont end up alone in the middle of the desert.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Address: | on fort, next to Jain Temple, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer District > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #23 of 113 Hotels in Jaisalmer
Price Range: $14 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The land of Jaisalmer reminds you of the past days of maharajas and their havelis with fine architecture and eye catching facades. We are pleased to announce that our haveli is among one of them. Named after the founder of this haveli, Shree Suraj Karan G, our haveli is 500 years old converted into hotel being the 18th generation of same family who made this building. We can proudly say that we are among one of the hotels who started the trend of haveli style and homestay hotels. Running our haveli as a homestay from last 25 years we have received a lot of love and complements regarding our hotel. The main reason behind is that we haven't changed the main structure and antique theme of our rooms. Staying on ground floor we have converted upper floor rooms into hotel rooms with a bit of modern facilities so that the guests can get all the comfort enjoying the history of haveli. ... more   less 
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