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“Ginger Bread Castle Outside of Town”
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Fort Rajwada
Ranked #26 of 108 Hotels in Jaisalmer
Reviewed 19 February 2012

Overall we loved this hotel, in spite of the incredibly rude and unhelpful front desk personnel. Everything else was great, including the staff everywhere else in the hotel...except the money changer. We'll get to that in a moment. Keep in mind too that this hotel sits on a hill a few kilometers outside of town.

Rooms; Deluxe rooms- huge rooms with sitting area and large bathrooms with bath tub and shower. Rooms were clean, nicely decorated, and very comfortable, though they are showing a little age. Comfortable beds. Flat screen TV. Wi-fi was $2.25US per hour and you could log in and out without accumulating time charged. However, it did take three different front desk people to explain this clearly and even after that they were rude about helping us get logged on.

The housekeeping staff was ever present and did a great job besides being friendly and professional. Couldn't have been better.

Breakfast; Excellent, huge buffet. Eggs cooked to order, pancakes with maple syrup, potatoes, fruit plates, yogurt, cereal, buns and bread, and six delicious Indian dishes.

Restaurant; Great wait staff. Very helpful, friendly, and professional. Excellent. The food was also excellent with main courses running between $4.00US and $12.00US. As in many places in India, two dishes easily feed three and sometimes four people.

Money Changer; As is the case in many Indian hotels, there is a money changing facility. Rates for cash exchanges are as much as five percent below what you will get using your ATM card at a bank (for major currencies), though the money changers will deny this. One of our group also had some Thai Baht that they tried to change but the rate was almost 25% less than the true value. Once again, the money changer denied this but after making a phone call to someone(?) the rate suddenly changed but was still robbery. And, when you use a credit card most hotels tack on (or discount you) an additional 3% to 3.5% (check your receipt sometime; its clearly printed on there). This discount is from the interbank rate which you get when you use an ATM. Be forewarned; this is common in most tourist class hotels in India.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Our first thought on arriving at the hotel was that it was pure Disney: a pastiche of an old palace built on a fresh site out of town. That was before we went visiting and realised that all the new hotels were the same. It's a pity that no architect has managed to blend the old with the new.

The hotel is large and spacious with good sized rooms. There is no lift but plenty of ground floor rooms. The rooms are very clean and well maintained, with tea and coffee making facilities. The selection of teas was good but the instant coffee pretty dire. We always take a pot of instant in our suitcase.

In the bathroom, there was no plug in either the wash basin or bath and there were no signs of there ever having been installed. Hoe a gentleman is supposed to shave or a lady wash her smalls without a plug is a mystery to me.

It took quite some effort to get them. It was partly language; in anglo-indian a bath plug is a 'stopper' and partly proceedure: someone has to come and see if there is a bath stopper and then someone else brings one. It was the same proceedure with bath robes.

We dined in the hotel one evening. The (Indian) food was good and service cheerful and smiling.
There was a buffet breakfast with a good selection of both Indian and European choices. The service was Indian but overall a good hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

This place is like a real "rajwada"! We were impressed by its imposing exteriors even before we entered the hotel. The room we got was spacious and very well decorated. There was covered parking for our car too. The interiors of the hotel- its lobbies, reception, lawns etc., offer 'sight seeing' of their own. The reception staff was very efficient and helpful in helping us with the desert safari and local attractions. The Rajasthani cuisine that the restaurant offered was memorable and I would strongly recommend their 'Lal Maas' to all you meat lovers.

And to top it all, you don't pay a ransom for all this.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

We were upgraded to a very nice suite, quite large. The hotel is a new place and has an appealing design but I was quite disappointed in my meal last night. We got some stuff off the buffet but I didn’t like the food. My terrific wife and companion managed it but the waiter took mine away and brought me a paneer dish that was much better.

We tested out the pool and found it to be very cool and refreshing. We dried off in the hot dry air in minutes.

Our last morning required a very early start and so we arranged, or attempted to arrange, a box breakfast to take with us. The day before, we had to ask the desk about three or four times and each time they said to come back later to request the box. Finally we got the order placed and all seemed well. Of course the next morning there was no breakfast, very annoying. So all considered the service was no so good, the waiter in the dinning room was accommodating but this early breakfast was a failure.

The internet is charged by the time you actually use the service, so that is good, however, the internet was dead slow or non existent most of our time here.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

We booked a Suite, so got a very large living area, and equally large bedroom, there were two well fitted bathrooms. The rooms were nice. The hotel lobby is well laid out, the exteriors are fabulous. We were in a large group, and I saw the double rooms, those were average. The food in the restaurant - breakfast/lunch/room service - all are average, but then there are not very good options in Jaisalmer for eating out in any case.

The service and responsivness is very good. They turn off the hot water from 11 AM to 4 PM, which can be a challange sometimes, but they did turn it on when we requested.

Good location, not far from the Jaisalmer fort, lake, Hevali's and shopping areas.

They had offered us a 3 night package, with one night in a Desert camp. The tents in the camp, food, folk dance performance was all below average. So I would recomend selecting your camp directly and not taking their package.

Room Tip: Take the suite, its much better
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Fort Rajwada

Address: Hotel Complex No 1 | Jodhpur-Barmer Link Road, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer District > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Jaisalmer
Price Range: $104 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fort Rajwada 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
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