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“Very Good Hotel for Bharatpur Bird Sanctaury visit”
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Hotel Sunbird
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Bharatpur
Certificate of Excellence
Noida, India
2 reviews
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“Very Good Hotel for Bharatpur Bird Sanctaury visit”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

The hotel is very conveniently located near the bharatpur bird sanctuary. The rooms are clean, airy and comfortable. We stayed in a super deluxe room; it was big and quite calm. The food is great but slightly overpriced. The hotel staff is cooperative and always found to be prompt in service. The owners of the hotel looks and take care of the working of the hotel and are a generous host. We were lucky to have Mr Bhagat singh as our cycle rickshaw driver for the bird sanctuary trip, It was a rememberable experience. The stay in the hotel proved to be very satisfying and relaxing.

Room Tip: First floor rooms are better than huts.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

My friend and I spent 2 nights at the Sunbird when touring Rajasthan. We found the owner and staff very welcoming and only too happy to provide advice and assistance.
We chose to have the bed, breakfast and evening meal tariff, but it might have been cheaper to go for room only and pay separately for the meals, which were not expensive. The food was very good and the service cheerful.
The hotel's proximity to the bird sanctuary is a real selling point as it is literally only 400 metres along the road. It is also worth strolling the 2 kilometres into the small town and visiting the somewhat rundown fort.
We had a very pleasant stay and the staff arranged reservations on the long distance bus, which stopped outside for us for our onward journey

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

...after the poor bird inhales noxious gasses.

It takes a lot for me to write a review this negative. Sunbird already has a "poor" TA review for disgusting bathroom (unfortunately did not read prior to staying here) so what's described below is inexcusable.The owner proudly said Lonely Planet gives great reviews to his restaurant's food, so I trust he cares about write-ups and reads those on Tripadvisor too.

Past the dark dining room and into the courtyard, buildings seem lovely. (Forgotten life lesson here: Don't judge a book by its cover.) Choices: Rs 2400 "deluxe" bungalow, or "super-deluxe" Rs 2700 room in the main building. The lattter large and bright; exterior of the building lovely. But the room had that awful shower where water drains into a hole in the floor, the area separated by a shower curtain that nonsensically ends 18 inches above the floor. SInce it doesn't meet the floor, of course all shower water covers the rest of the bathroom.(There's a photo on another TA Sunbird review where the shower curtain actually reaches the floor encircling the shower area. It wasnt any of the three rooms I saw during my stay.)

I chose a bungalow, which seemed a charming A- frame. Peaking into the bathroom, I saw the same ridiculous ineffecive too-short shower curtain, but the floor and toilet appeared ok, if a bit dingy, with some long black hairs around the base of the commode.
Not spotless, but for only one night. I called for a roll of t.p. (there was none) picked up the hairs with a piece of toilet paper, scrubbed my hands, and took bicycle rickshaw to Kaladeo Bird Park. The owner kindly loaned his binoculars.

As it was our last day of travel together, I wanted to treat the driver who had been with me for 5 days, to a clean room with private bathroom and TV (as drivers usually stay in more basic places). The owner asked where--I told him probably across the street at The Royal Guest House, since it had great reviews and rooms for 600 INR, The owner said because "your driver looks to be a good chap" he would charge 500 INR for a "budget" room at Sunbird I was so touched by this seeming generosity, I gave him twice that ( was still in a great mood , haha) and didnt ask for change. He showed me a small, dark, but seemingly clean room, proudly pointing, "Look, even a flat screen TV!" This room was already taken, but when an "identical" room opposite was clean, the driver could occupy it.

After several peaceful hours in Kaladeo Bird Park, we returned to our rooms. I prepared to wash, and pulled back the shower curtain.

Reaction: disgust and nausea.

The bucket and pint-sized measuring cup, omnipresent in India's bathrooms, were filled to the brim with filthy black water. Looking closely at the drain, I saw its dark color was due to hundreds of strands of black hair trapped in the drain filter!

The front-desk guy came to the room, said he hadnt noticed this earlier because the shower curtain was pulled across, He apologized, said the housekeeper had gone home, but he would discuss it next day. He moved me to room next door. Aside from general grime and finger dirt on the light switches (not the first time seen in hotels) it appeared ok. THIS room even had a shower area where there was a one-inch lower level for the shower area--so showering carefully limited the amount of water ending up on the floor, sprayed under the short shower curtain.

The next morning, driver--not having a TV at home-- was happy to have had a room with one (not flat screen in this room--no big deal, although I had been told the room was "identical" to one that had it.) Said he'd been warm enough, even though the portable heater didn't function. Inspecting it, I saw it covered with a thick layer of grease, oil, and soot, and Lord knows what else, as if it had been used in a cooking area for years. Ewwww.

I wonder if these bathrooms or bedroom floors are ever truly cleaned and disinfected. I've read reviews where people complain of the lingering scent of disinfectant in India's 3 hotels Well, here it would be a welcome perfume!! The cleaning method for these bathrooms, I suspect, is to take a wet towel from the bathroom (which is already soaked due to the absurd shower curtain) and use it to wipe the surface. Thus, It may LOOK clean, but ...

Breakfast: Asked for quick and simple-just toast and masala chai--as we had to get to train and were now given an estimate of travel takingup to 30 minutes in morning traffic (vs the ten minute estimate we'd been given the night before) . Breakfast...well, "quick" it was not. although we were the only ones in the dining room The owner considerately sent a guy with us, to navigate the driver the fastest way. I gulped the tea, and off we went.

Be aware of the time factor to RR station,if you stay at any hotel close to Kaladeo Park and have to take a train.

Recommendation: If you must spend an overnight in this unattractive town of Bharatpur, perhaps try the Royal Farm, a just opened a well-reviewed farm lodging.I orignally wanted to stay there, but we were unable to find it. It is booked via the Royal Guesthouse.

Incidentally, the place next door, Birder's Inn, is owned by brother of owner at Sunbird.


Liked: Owner's enthusiasm about the bird park--loaned us binoculars. Owner's cheerfulness --even if he does need to better monitor housekeeping of his hotel. Fresh tomato soup at dinner. Helpful fron-desk staff and kitchen staff. The cute *surface* appearance of little bungalows and building facing the garden.

Disliked: ("Appalled" better describes it) Misnomer of "deluxe" room (although this is all too common); disgusting, shoddy, unsanitary,negligent housekeeping in bathrooms; mediocre food (except for the tomato soup) at dinner.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

This was my second visit to Bharatpur and we stayed twice in Hotel Sunbird.
The experience were good, both the times. We had booked deluxe room. However, on arrival we upgraded it to super-deluxe (the delux room looked a bit gloomy). The rooms were spacious and tidy. The breakfast was decent. The restaurant in the hotel serves lunch and dinner. However, the quality of food can be improved.
The hotel staff were very co-operating. The proprietor of the hotel, Mr. Ranbir, is warm and welcoming and works hard to make the stay pleasant.
Overall, the experience was good and I would recommend it to travelers looking for accommodation close to the bird sanctuary. Given that there are not many excellent hotels in Bharatpur, I would definitely recommend Sunbird.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

We have been going regularly –since 1998- and it has always been a pleasure to stay with them. This February we spent only a night in one of the new cottages. A nice experience: very confortable bed and an amazing shower. And as always good meals and very friendly staff.

Room Tip: The cottage num 53 is very nice. Not too big-
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Nice little lodges outside with tv and hot water and comfy beds. Got a bit cold and the heater not great but given plenty of blankets and very comfortable for one nights stay. The food is huge portions and fairly tasty - the staff couldn't be more helpful.

Recommend it for the short stay and v close to the bird park with auto rickshaws waiting right outside to take you there.

Room Tip: The bungalows in the garden are lovely.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth W Australia
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

This place served our purpose well. The food was good and there is a nice garden courtyard. We had a standard room but it was really cold so we paid extra for a heater- we strongly suggest choose a deluxe room (which have heaters/ AC) or one of the separate apartments around the coutyard which look nice. The staff were extremely helpful at all times.

Room Tip: Especially in extreme temperature times choose a room with heater or AC. our room was deathly cold u...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Sunbird
Address: Near Bird Sanctuary Gate, Bharatpur 321001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Bharatpur District > Bharatpur
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Bharatpur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sunbird 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Hotel Sunbird we offer you the best of everything - food, comfort and hospitality.We assure you that you will not feel homesick at Hotel Sunbird because we believe in the personal touch in offering you a home away from home. Our Bedrooms are well furnished and spotlessly clean, as are the bathrooms (with hot and cold running water).The entrance to Keoladeo National Park is just a few hundred metres away. Our staff is in touch with the park staff and know the best and most knowledgeable bird guides. ... more   less 
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