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Neemrana's Deo Bagh
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Gwalior
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Brooklyn, New York
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66 reviews
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“New Real and Comfortable Hotel in the Heart of Real India”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Deo Bagh is one of the newest of the Neemrama non-hotel hotels. That is, these are properties that were forts, palaces, country homes, Rajput estates which have been upgraded, renewed, renovated, sometimes enlarged, and generally made very comfortable while maintaining their essential Indian-ness. They are often-in-out-of-the-way, off the beaten track places where, although the guidebooks may not wax rapsodic about what is to be seen, in fact, there is much to be experienced and enjoyed for those who have either visited the "tourist highlights" or who are interested in experiencing what India is really like for most of the 1 billion inhabitants. Gwalior has the second largest fort in India with a marvelous palace inside still covered with lapis blue tiles and a swimming pool turned into a dungeon by the Mughuls deep below ground. It has an interesting 10th c. Marriage temple built at the same time as the temples of Khajuraho. An interesting City Palace filled with furniture from the Raj period, and bustling markets. It is on the way between Delhi and Agra and the ancient cities of Datia, Orcha and the erotic temples of Khajuraho. So Deo Bagh which is the only really delightful choice other than the very expensive Taj Hotel is a great place to spend severel nights to relax and experience the real India and see some sights. The rooms are big and comfortable. The lawns and gardens are charming and getting lovelier by the day. There is a 16th c Moghul pleasure pavillion on the property and two beautiful family cenotaph/temples. There are even carved wells, one of which provides water for the hotel. The staff is eager to assist in any way they can and to top it all off, the Indian cuisine is outstanding. Breakfast is included and the staff is very flexible about the time it can be served so you can sleep late. Naryan, the manager, is extremely helpful with all requests including hiring cars, making plans, or getting transportation tickets. As the hotel had only been operating for 7 months when we arrived for our 8 night stay, there was only WiFi in a small area of the hotel. When he realized it was important for us, within 1 day Naryan had obtained additional routers so that our room at the farthest end of the hotel had WiFi! We stayed in the Rohini Raja Mahal room which was on the second floor at the far end of the hotel, overlooking a pasture (which on some days grazed the family cows and their egrets) and the family temples. The is very large including a seating area with lots of french doors and a big bathroom with sunken bathtub and separate rain shower. It shares a 40 foot terrace with another large room in which our friends stayed for 3 of the days we were there. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your warm and kind review about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

We are delighted to learn that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay at the Rohini Raja Mahal suite.

Your compliments about the helpfulness and hospitality of the staff have been conveyed to the Manager and his team. We have also conveyed your compliments about the Indian cuisine to the Chef.

We hope that as you discover more of real India with Neemrana, you’ll find more to tell us about. On behalf of the entire Neemrana team we thank you for your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you at our 28 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Modern visits ancient in all the right ways in this newly renovated property off the beaten path. My husband and I were in town to visit family and the Gwalior sites. We luckily had family picking us up and dropping us off every morning and night, otherwise, not sure how a taxi would be able to find the property.

Best attraction is that you can go sightseeing in the hotel's backyard. The family temples on site and scenery are not to be missed. Have a lovely breakfast (including toast with Neemrana's plum chutney) and then take your camera around the grounds to capture these well preserved temples. Breakfast dishes were excellent and service was impeccable. We also used the laundry service and everything came back the next day - clean and smelling nice.

Our room was comfortable and clean but it also maintained the feel of another time. There isn't any WiFi, television or music player but we used to leave after breakfast and return after dinner so that didn't bother us and it adds to the charm of the property.

It was cold in Gwalior when we visited but the heater in the room made it warm. The bathroom was clean and had hot water. I'm still savoring the last drops of the excellent ayurvedic soap, shampoo, body wash, conditioner and soap. Wish I could just order some of that and the plum chutney to my apartment in NY!

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room in the whole place!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind review about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

We are delighted to read about your experience at the property. Your compliments about the breakfast and the warm service have been conveyed to the Manager and his team.

At Neemrana, common hospitality practices like televisions in rooms are avoided. This is part of our USP. However, you will be pleased to learn that we are in the process of adding a wi-fi facility at the hotel for the convenience of our guests.

Please do contact us at the email address mentioned below and we shall be happy to send some Neemrana soaps and toiletries for you to savour.

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Excellent property, well restored out of its ruins, has all the modern ammenities one can look forward to have, very calm, huge garden to walk around, service very friendly, special requirements e.g. food with out chillies well taken care of. In short it is like being at home. Looking forward to visit again with a little more time at disposal.

Room Tip: Rooms near to the entrance are quieter
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable review about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

At Neemrana we try and keep a balance between old-world charm and modern amenities so that the past is not completely obliterated. We are pleased to receive your compliments about the same.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back for a longer stay !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We spent a wonderful night in Deo Bagh in Gwalior. The hotel is a renewed ancient mansion with a fantastic garden and a few family temples in the garden. People at the reception was very helpful. The room was very nice and spacious with a nice veranda even if it was too cold to sit outside. The bathroom was clean and functional. For dinner we had the best tali we had in India. Breakfast should be however improved as it was a little bit standard. We strongly recommend to stay here if you plan to stop on your way to/from Orcha.

Room Tip: Jayaii Villas was excellent for a couple
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are pleased to receive your review about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

It is heartening to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the Jayaji Vilas suite.

Your compliments about the hospitality have been conveyed to the Manager and his team. We are pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine at the property. We have noted your suggestions about the breakfast and shall try to improve the same at the earliest.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you at our 27 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Here it goes:
Location- The location is not very central and because it is a new property, most of the auto/taxi would not know about this. Make sure you talk to some one in hotel before you reach, so as to guide you with the location and best means of transportation. The hotel could do with some signages along the main road.
Hotel- The rooms are very good with all modern facilities and as the hotel is housed in an old haveli, there is a heritage feel to it. The hotel does not seem completed and work is still going on at various places. The entrance road to the hotel from the main road is not a pucca road and is dark in the night with just a security man and lots of stray dogs. That certainly needs improvement. All the rooms open into a large lawn which is a delight to walk in and the actual rooms are very decently done blending all the facilities and comfort into the old world charm of a haveli.
Hotel Complex- Do not miss the old temples and verandah in the hotel complex that was a part of the haveli, and still has the intricate scriptures and wall carvings. There are small ruins of architecture on the other side also.
Food- The complimentary breakfast was decent and there was variety. We also had dinner which was slightly over priced (Rs. 600 per person) for a buffet.
Staff- The staff is very well trained and courteous and will help in every way possible.

Overall- A decent experience staying at a heritage place but a bit over priced for a small city like Gwalior. A nice experience although

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable review about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

Your warm compliments about the food and the service have been conveyed to the Manager and his team.

Your observations have been noted and we shall be taking the requisite action at the earliest. It is our endeavour to constantly improve our services and feedback such as yours helps us to do so.

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Noida
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed at Deo Bagh for two nights, and found it to be a beautiful and peaceful place. The children had a huge park to play in right at our room's doorstep. The architecture was beautiful, and the rooms are constructed within and as an extension of the original old historic structures. Within the huge area were two exquisitely crafted temples whose detailed architecture and craftsmanship was better than even the Gwalior Fort. The people were polite, smiling and helpful, and the overall experience has been very good. I will definitely plan another trip here. Food is good, cleanliness and comfort is very good, and the ambience is amazing.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind words about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

We are pleased to read about your experience at the property. Your compliments about the restoration have been conveyed to the team. We have also conveyed your compliments about the service and the cuisine to the Chef.

We hope that as you discover more of real India with Neemrana, you’ll find more to tell us about. On behalf of the entire Neemrana team we thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you at our 27 properties across India !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Lucknow City, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Hotel location is not good but hotel from inside is beautiful. We stayed in Dhanur Mahal. Though room has option for triple occupancy but its just good enough for 2 people. There is not enough space for 3 people. Washroom is also very small as compared to other rooms in the hotel. Breakfast is also not upto the mark. They serve just one veg dish and eggs to order. They need to give more options for vegetarians as many times what they have served in the breakfast might not be relished by the individual. They should keep atleast 2 dishes for vegetarians.

Room Tip: if you are looking for triple occupancy they you should opt for Mohini Mahal or Skhya Raja Mahal.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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NeemranaHotels, Guest Relations Manager at Neemrana's Deo Bagh, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your valuable review about the Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior.

We have noted your observations about the breakfast and shall definitely add more variety to ensure greater guest satisfaction for vegetarian guests.

We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Warm Regards,
Team Neemrana
friendofneemrana@neemranahotels.com
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Property: Neemrana's Deo Bagh
Address: Agra-Mumbai Road, Bahodapur | Jadhav Kothi, opposite Janaktal, Gwalior, India
Location: India > Madhya Pradesh > Gwalior District > Gwalior
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Gwalior
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Neemrana's Deo Bagh 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awaken history in a Char-bagh where Mughal emperors once camped ! History has it that in the late 1500 AD important Mughals camped in this “char bagh” with a stunning chhattis-dari (36-pillared pavilion) at its heart. Its underground chamber, surrounded by water during the summer provided a cool resting place for the women. Later, as the conquering Maratha army marched towards Delhi, the Jadhavs took possession of this natural water catchment area. Sardar Deorao Bhausaheb Jadhav and his son Sardar Krishnarao Deorao Jadhav used this 'bagh' as a summer house with the ladies’ section in Deo Bagh and the mens’ section in Jai Vihar, the family's current home. The garden complex houses the most exquisite family temples, a ‘hathi khana’ for elephants, horse stables and cenotaphs. Important Gwalior State meetings, especially against the British – when the valiant Rani of Jhansi fought from the fort rampart close by, were held here during that time. After India’s independence, this has been the home of Sardar Deorao Krishnarao Jadhav, his son Sardar Dhananjayrao Deorao Jadhav and his wife the Ranisaheba, since 1954 when they left their ancestral Lakshmi Vilas Rajwada. ... more   less 
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