This place has heaps of character. You really are staying in an old Palace. There is a terrace from where you can see the sunrise & sunset and over the city. Dining was outside in a courtyard with live music & dancing. It was a very beautiful setting and the food (buffet) was good but a little spicy for us. It was also quite expensive. Our room was incredible. It had the original intricately carved red sandstone and a very high arched ceiling. We had an entrance room with a 3 piece suit one side and a desk the other. The floor tiles were from Sicely so after having just looked round the fort we felt like we were staying there. The master bedroom had a 4 poster bed. There was a dressing room, an enormous bathroom (shame about the plastic bath) and even a sheltered balcony. The pool was nice but covered with small leaves and there were no towels. There had been a massive wedding the day before so I think the staff were busy clearing up. I had a good swim anyway. Overall a very enjoyable and memorable stay.
I am a frequent traveller to Bikaner. I booked the hotel because someone told me that it was managed by same company that managed Narender Bhawan which is a boutique hotel but my experience was not at all good.
Check in was fast and at the counter I was told that my rooms have been upgraded. The rooms were really large and palatial. Out of two tower ACs in room one was not working properly. Cleanliness was good but needed improvement.
The bathrooms were too large but not at all comfortable. The water was not good and not warm enough. They are charging huge amount of money for stay and this should be improved. I understand that in palace it is not possible to make enough changes but minor changes can improve the bathrooms. Clean towels, clean floors and warm water with pressure will do the work. Instead of putting plastic curtain on tub glass partition should improve the cleanliness.
Just excusing that this is a palace hotel can’t exempt from cleanliness and comfort.
Now coming to breakfast part. This was not a buffet breakfast and was set meal. The waiter was looking tired. When I asked for repeat cup of tea his face was like as if I asked for his kidney.
There was some other minor issues in breakfast area but they were sorted promptly by reception staff who are really very energetic.
There were no specific gym area. It was just in front of pool with a couple of machines and one bench press machine. Pool was clean but not up to the standard of the hotel.
A marriage function was there in lawn when we stayed in hotel. The guests were creating nuisance and they were roaming in hotel, clicking pictures.
I was disappointed in this seemingly grand palace. The rooms were gigantic but very tired and faded, and rather scruffy furnishings. As far as I could see none had any windows, being in the former harem female quarters,thus rendering the rooms dark and claustrophobic despite their immense size. The hotel had no outside amenities other than a vast lawn in front, used for weddings etc and a pool teeming with pigeons and none too clean. Only two sunbeds for such a vast edifice - why ?
The food was ok but expensive, accompanied in the evening by some very gifted musicians and dancers - a nice touch.
Vast courtyards upstairs but with no views or terrace furniture. Old room service dishes, left behind pillars etc....
Definitely in need of a serious update and tighter management.
Laxmi Niwas is the former palace of the royal family of Bikaner. The entire royal property is split into 3 parts - Lalgarh, Laxmi Niwas and the private residence of the king. Both Lalgarh and Laxmi Niwas are now being used as heritage hotels / marriage resorts.
We stayed at Laxmi Niwas for 2 nights in early November for a wedding in the family. The place will wow you with its architecture, grandiose rooms and the truly royal vibes. Rooms are on the expensive side but more than worth it. The place was not designed for hotel rooms to start with so you might find some of the room locations slightly odd and the shapes of the rooms inside maybe weird. But once inside the room, you will not regret shelling out the extra bucks.
Special shout out for Room 104 - which we used for the Groom. The room is huge - has its own dining table with antique cutlery, a royal swing and opens out to the swimming pool. Some room amenities might feel dated but then I guess it is difficult to maintain such huge heritage properties, more so considering the fact that you don't want to change too much of the interiors.
Some of the internal and external carvings, hand paintings and decor are to die for. The front lawns are big enough to host a wedding with gathering upwards of 4-5000. The main courtyard is fantastic for smaller events. The rooms starting with 400 are on the terrace and you get a good sighting of entire Bikaner from there. Apart from the view, the cool breeze makes the terrace an ideal place for an early morning cuppa or a late nighter.
Absolutely loved the place. And would definitely want to return for a more private and relaxed visit sooner than later.
The most well maintained and managed heritage hotel in Bikaner.
We came in here for lunch for three consequential days as the food was mind blowing. Chéf Nandlal spoke to us and after understanding what sort of food and spice level we prefer, he simply created marvels that came out of his kitchen.
From items such as Lal Maas to Mutton Khas Kebabs to Kair Sangri everything was a joy to taste and to eat.
The extensive grounds and reception areas as well as pool and other facilities were spotless and well managed. The flapping of pigeons wings and wind rustling in the trees and plants were the only noise one could here for a long time.
Every time I think of Bikaner, I think about the lunches I had here which went into hours.