I stayed overnight in this hotel on a weekend visit to Jaipur from Delhi. The website made it sound tranquil, welcoming and idyllic. . . what we experienced couldn't have been further from the truth.
We arrived mid morning so wanted a quick spot of lunch before heading into the bustle of Jaipur. Toasted sandwiches seemed quick enough so as not to delay us. After 25 minutes we received wafer thin bread sandwiches and about 5 chips which looked they were what was remaining in the bottom of the fat. I then ordered a Strawberry milkshake, when this arrived it was lumpy with pieces of newspaper. . . After i sent this back it transpired that the kitchen cover the ice cream with newspaper and it had stuck to the top of the ice cream but they served it anyway.
Next was the room. . . an odd set up almost like a 3 bedroomed flat so 3 lockable rooms with a bathroom a shared living room and shared kitchen. Rooms were o.k comfortable enough for their purpose or so we thought - but we'll get to that. The kitchen we didn't use, which was a good job as this is where housekeeping have decided to keep all the towels and bed linen so you couldn't gain access to cook if you wanted to - I almost felt like they were expecting me to do the ironing.
So off we went for an amazing experience of Jaipur only to return on the evening to the sound of trains thundering past the window of the room beeping their horns, this must have happened every 30 minutes. We thought it might be a one off or maybe two times event and so we proceeded to shower (cold water) and change for dinner.
Dinner itself could have been a lovely affair - we sat in the gardens under the stars and the setting was perfect. . .Entertainment (Indian dancing / puppet show) was advertised to run from 8pm - 10pm (one of the main reasons we decided to stay in the hotel). What we got was about 10 minutes of dancing by one lady and a 10 minute puppet show which although good was a total disappointment. You can't advertise entertainment when it clearly isn't.
So onto food. . . . I ordered a lamb curry and to be fair what i ordered was o.k, but my friend ordered a similar dish but was delivered only bone and gristle. . . so that went back and we ordered something else.
It was nice to retire to the room jus to know we were so much closer to checking out. . . But no sleep for the weary travellers. . . because those trains keep going ALL night.
Great place with potential but I wouldn't stay again, I wouldn't recommend it and I certainly wont be back.
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