My wife and I enjoyed four nights in this completely original and authentic stone haveli within Jaisalmer fort. Rooms are marvellously decorated, and the external stonework is wonderful. It is probably one of the most unusual hotels you will ever stay in, with hand-painted designs on the walls, sculpted arches, wall niches, original ancient wood doors. The view from the roof over the city and towards the surrounding desert countryside is superb.
Chimmy, the manager, is friendly and very helpful. He and his father were disconcerted, though, that Lonely Planet now discourages tourists from staying within the Fort as it is said that the increased water usage resulting is leading to the collapse of parts of the Fort and other structures within it. Chimmy remarked that improved drainage put in a little time ago should avert the problem - in the meantime his trade had fallen so that he could no longer continue restoration within the Suraj; and that perhaps local people where better able to judge than foreigners! That off his chest he was always cheerful.
The Suraj is in an excellent position for visiting the Jain temples and exploring the narrow streets and enjoying the atmosphere and life inside the fort.
I would definately recommend the Suraj to all with a taste for the culture and history of a place, and for enjoying the genuine atmosphere. Value for money is excellent - rooms are wonderful, location and service very good. Internet access is available next door. The occasionally dark stairways though would be difficult for the disabled, nor is there special provision for children.
- 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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