The main thing to know is the location is much farther from the center of town than the reviews seem to indicate. It is at least at a 15 minute walk to the EDGE of town. This isn't exactly a pleasant stroll either; in fact, at night it feels rather unsafe as there is little foot traffic and lighting is patchy in places (also note: auto-rickshaws can be very hard to find in Pushkar)! From the edge of town, it is at least another 20 minutes through the towns crowded streets to the entrance of the camel fair grounds. In fact, if you look at a map, this hotel is probably the farthest you could possibly get from the fair.
Given the remote location, the hotel is not nearly as quiet as I expected. Doors and walls are thin. We were awoken early to sounds of breakfast being prepared/consumed and kept awake by the blaring of distant music. The front garden is quite peaceful, but less so than the enclosed courtyards of the haveli hotels we ate meals at in town.
Service was a mixed bag. Our room was not cleaned despite having left keys at reception the entire day. However, check-in was great. We arrived via train near midnight and were taken straight to our rooms and were able to deal with the paperwork formalities the following morning.
The manager was very kind. He arranged a car to pick us up from the train station late at night for a fair price. He also called to confirm the time of our arrival. It is clear he cares about the hotel and wants the guests to have a good experience.
The room was clean. The mattress was thin but relatively comfortable. In-room Wi-Fi was fast and free. The bathroom does not have a separate shower and the water heater was small (short showers!), but this is common in India hotels at this price point. Also, the drapes are very thin so the room gets flooded with light after dawn, which would makes it hard to sleep-in (bring the eye mask you got on your flight).
The bottom line: We paid $50 per night. Having stayed in 5 different cities in Rajasthan previously, this was not a good value for the money. Unless you're booking last minute, you should be able to do better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prem villas hotel in Pushkar, Rajasthan is not only one of the best value hotels in Pushkar but also offers guests a peaceful and comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings. The hotel is set in lush gardens full of hibiscus and roses with organic vegetables grown in the fields around. The guest’s rooms are all of excellent standard, clean, spacious, light and airy offering modern facilities.The manager’s aim is to make your stay an enjoyable one from the moment you arrive until you leave. He is keen to help make your stay unforgettable and assist with all your needs from arranging transport, excursions such as a camel safari, bike hire or horse-riding. Nothing is too much! If you want to unwind, you can even book a treat such as a relaxing massage, henna designs or a yoga lesson, whatever takes your fancy. His staff are experienced and helpful and are always around to make your play a pleasant one. Whether you stay for one night or a few weeks you’ll want to stay longer!Guest Rooms: All home comforts, our 16 newly designed suites include telephone, room service and restaurant orders, private bathroom which includes:• Shower with hot and cold water.• Each room has a fan, air conditioning unit and satellite television. We are always improving the rooms to make our guests more comfortable with new additions. • On site, the hotel has its own spacious parking area as well as private gardens and a restaurant. • There is also good wifi connection throughout the hotel. ... more less
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