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“Wonderfully renovated heritage property in a lovely village”
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Rawla Narlai
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“Wonderfully renovated heritage property in a lovely village”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

This boutique property is in the middle of nowhere but perfectly situated for a relaxing stopover between Jaipur/Jodhpur and Udaipur. Its setting is stunning...below a huge granite monolith (imagine Yosemite's Half Dome) and in a small rural village with its many Hindu and Jain temples. The hotel used to be a hunting lodge for the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and the family still owns the property as well as the village. As a result, it has been restored with care and feels like you are staying in someone's home. There are photos and knick knacks everywhere, and comfortable couches and daybeds tucked away within this walled property on the porches and lawns. Rooms are in two buildings, one the historic lodge and a second modern 5 story complex. While the rooms in the modern complex come with every convenience (flat screen tvs, phones), the lodge rooms respects the original layout and features of this 300 year old building (check out the original light switches!) but have added modern bathroom facilities (no phones or tvs). We preferred rooms in the lodge. The hotel has a beautiful pool and lawn with chaise lounges with a view of the granite monolith. Breakfast (adequate buffet plus made to order eggs) and ala carte dinner can be taken outside under the stars or inside the dining room. We didn't partake in the Stepwell Dinner; I believe the cost is a steep 4000 rupees per person. Don't miss a walk in the village. Totally untouched by tourism, all of the shops cater to the locals, not visitors. You won't find any of the tourist gifts you'll find everywhere in India! And the villagers are friendly and welcoming. And don't miss walking up the monolith...750 steps to the top and the view...360 degree view of the countryside. We watched the sunrise and it was breathtaking. Unforfunately, we stayed only one night at this beautiful place and would have wanted another two nights to truly enjoy the setting, people and achieve relaxation. If you can, stay more than one night here. While India is an incredible journey, it can be hard work. Make time for relaxation at places like Rawla Narlai or Samode Haveli in Jaipur. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We stopped here on our way from Udaipur to Jodhpur. The hotel is a throw back to the British era with a bit of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" added in.

The highlight here is an old stepwell perhaps 2 km from the hotel. It's a nice walk out of the village to the stepwell.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We had a lovely time here - This heritage hotel is a very special place - its beautiful and full of old school charm its also very tranquil.The food, service, staff - all was just perfect. The village is really nice and its occupants are very friendly: we were shown around by a waiter from the hotel - which we enjoyed very much as we learnt quite a lot about village life and met some of the artisans that live and work there.We also had a fantastic early morning climb up the 350 foot granite hill where a giant stone elephant will greet you once on top. We'll definately stay here again and recommend it to all.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

this is the second time a come to Rawla Narlai.
the first time came with a friend this time i was with my family.
we have 2 kids and they loved every minutes.
We went on a jeep to see animals in the desert, we saw some but most of all was the farmers in their colorful sari, we stopped at a beautiful temple on the way and we also stopped to see the horses in the stables....i have to say they have the most amazing horses i ever see.
the next day LALA one of the staff brought us up to the elephant hill.
We saw a few temples, the tiger cave and a hole into the rock that only holi man can go through...we all made it, the kids had a ball.
that night we had dinner at the step whel we got there on a cart , ate the most amazing thali and enjoy the starry sky having our chappati cooked in the fire in front of us.
the kids had a horse raiding in the morning and then was time to leave.
a note the pool is amazing place to have your lunch and relax, the food is really yummy.
and on a finishing note every night in the front courtyard there is a ceremony in the temple, really amazing.
we will sure come back again.

Room Tip: i like the heritages rooms because they have more character, but that is just me.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Mumbai
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

The hotel is a lovely heritage property, but more than opulence it has elegance and all the charm one can hope for. Nested in Narlai this romantic property is best enjoyed for 2 days (i truly regretted staying there just one night).
The staff, the service, and food is superlative. But nothing can outbeat the experience of the dinner at Ambabagh. Picture a step-well lit up entirely with diyas, a warm bonfire, and a jogi singing the most soulful songs under the open skies. The dinner albeit expensive, is totally worth it and is a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

The village of Narlai is clean and tidy, a significant difference to many villages we passed through. Then we came to this gem. Enter through the solid wood gates into a haven. This was once a Maharajah's hunting lodge and the beautiful courtyards and balconies remain. We arrived and had lunch on the terrace then chilled out with a massage. Then drinks on the terrace/balcony outside our rooms. Wonderfully relaxing and a beautiful view.

But better was yet to come!

We booked the Stepwell Theme Dinner. This was truly special and will remain a highlight of our trip through Rajastan. Bullock cart through the village in the dark. Villagers calling out to us in welcome. Then out of the village into the quiet of the countryside. Wow. A haunting songster. Then the beautiful step well it by oil lamps. A beautiful dinner, serenaded by a remarkably good Indian singer/musician.

Next morning we got up early and set off at 6.30am to climb the Narlai rock to watch the sunrise. The view, 750+ steps later, as well worth the effort. The countryside was beautiful and we could look down over the hotel.

Back for breakfast, to pack and to bid find farewell.

Highly recommended!
We only had a night here, but I could have stayed 2 and done the horse ride and/or jeep safari.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

We thought that this was the best hotel on our tour. The room was clean and the bed and pillows exceedingly comfortable. We were on the ground flloor across the lawn from the swimming pool. in this hotel one had tp pre-order dinner and we chose the 'European' disheswhich were cooked excellently. We had dinner in a small courtyard by a fountain and it was all quite romantic. Unfortunately due to the late monsoon this year the step well dinner was not possible. So we chose to climb upto the elephant statue at the top of the hill, with a guide from the hotel who served us tea and biscuits as we watched the sun go down. Incedible views, particularly of the temples from up there. Overall a fantastic heritage hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rawla Narlai
Address: Village and Post Narlai | Near Desuri Rajasthan, Narlai 306703, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Narlai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Narlai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rawla Narlai 3.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stepwell Dinner : Guests are taken on a magical journey from the Rawla through the village streets into the jungle before arriving at the 1100 year old “step well”. The magical setting is brought to life by dimly lit oil lamps that illuminate the setting through flickering light. The very private dinner is laid out in a traditional manner, it promises to remain unmatched experience to anything you will ever experience for a long time. The entire evening is like a secluded sanctuary inspired by the mystical past, bracing Indian spirituality and the unique experience of one being completely with nature. ... more   less 
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