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... service and customer care. I hope to return one day. The food is amazing, the pool very relaxing and a very well stocked bar.
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... first morning), and the staff made me some especially. The pool was very refreshing on a hot day, by the afternoon it was in...
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... keen gardeners who are constantly tending to the plants. The pool was a good size and very clean, though there were a lack of...
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Sharon Alexander wrote a review Jan 2015
Bolton, United Kingdom19 contributions14 helpful votes
I loved my stay at this hotel and wish I was there now. Our stay was so relaxing, I want to do it all over again. Outstanding customer service and customer care. I hope to return one day. The food is amazing, the pool very relaxing and a very well stocked bar.
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask fir the honeymoon suite, or definitely a room on the roof!
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Response from LaxmiNiwasPalace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Responded 23 Oct 2015
Dear Honorable Guest, Greetings from The Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner!!!! We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time. We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcomes you once again and allow us to serve to you with world class services. Sincerely, Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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GreteHoward wrote a review Aug 2014
Bristol, United Kingdom757 contributions202 helpful votes
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We stayed here at the recommendation of our travel agent, and got a very good price in the low season.

The hotel has a most impressive entrance, with the long, straight driveway leading from the centre of town giving you an idea of the grandness that awaits you.

Despite its historical royal connections and absolute luxury, I felt the hotel lacked a certain something. It was clean, with helpful staff, the food was good, it had plenty of amenities.... you couldn't really fault it as such, but it seemed to just miss atmosphere in my opinion. I suppose being there in low season didn't help, as there weren't many people staying.

Our bedroom was on the first floor, which was accessed via bare stone steps that for some reason made me think of a horror film set in a castle. This impression was further increased in the evening when we encountered a bat in the stairwell. Other people may very well find the stairs charming and rustic; it was entirely a personal “feeling”. At the top of the stairs was an awkward ledge / threshold, so beware of this if anyone in your party has limited mobility (having for years travelled with a disabled parent, I notice these things!) There was an elevator, the first installed anywhere in Rajasthan in 1912 I believe, and it looked just as it would have done back then. I am not sure how safe it was, and I wasn't really bothered about finding out. When the staff showed us to our room they led us up the stairs, and that's the way we continued to use.

The bedroom was large and spotlessly clean, with a four poster bed, sitting area, dressing room, bathroom with shower and bath and a separate toilet. Again it lacked ambience, but then we weren't going to spend much time in the room so it really did not matter. The bed was very high and it concerned me a little that there appeared to be just a thin hardwood board spanning across the expanse between the metal frames.

The second night we were moved to another room after our toilet broke – the service we received when we pointed the broken toilet out to the staff was quick and efficient and very helpful.

We stayed here two nights and had dinner in the restaurant both nights. The food was very good and the service quick and friendly. The second morning I was asking at breakfast about aloo paranthas (which had been part of the breakfast buffet the first morning), and the staff made me some especially.

The pool was very refreshing on a hot day, by the afternoon it was in the shade and offered plenty of sunbeds and chairs to leave your stuff on. Be aware that the stone slabs around the pool become very slippery when wet, I almost fell twice walking from the shower to the pool steps! The water, however, was a little murky, but it didn't stop us from enjoying a long, leisurely “play” in the pool, and we had no ill effects afterwards.

The first evening there was a Rajasthani dance display by the swimming pool which we very briefly watched. Twice we were offered “guided tours” of the “Tiger Room”, which – as a photographer – I thoroughly enjoyed. The staff came across as being very keen that we should enjoy ourselves and have a good stay at the hotel.

We thoroughly enjoyed the sheer luxury of the palace (especially after having spent the previous four nights sleeping on a farmhouse roof in the desert), but I was left with a feeling of being slightly underwhelmed.
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Date of stay: July 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from LaxmiNiwasPalace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Responded 27 Oct 2015
Dear Venerable Guest, We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time. We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcomes you once again and allow us to serve to you with world class services. Sincerely, Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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simonc762014 wrote a review Apr 2017
London, United Kingdom700 contributions118 helpful votes
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The lead up to the hotel was certainly spectacular, the grouds being impressively manicured and the door staff were upbeat and unfailingly friendly. I booked one of the only two Royal Suites and was reminded on three occassions during my stay how lucky I was to have that room. The room was certainly spacious...so much so it did begin to dwarf some of the furniture around it and after a while you felt a bit lost in some period, chinzy vacuum. Watching the large plasma TV from the bed became a bit of a chore, just because of how far away it was positioned on the opposite wall. I have stayed in very old period, heritage rooms like this on previous travels and attention is needed in areas of this room. Not everyone will appreciate 1950's electrical sockets, so an extension cable with modern plug sockets or adaptors is a must, especially for those that want to recharge their cameras, phones and other electronic devices. It was nice to see an iron and ironing board in the adjacent (largely defunct) room to the back of the bedroom, but does it have to be the very same depressed-looking one used back in the day? There were elements of this room that just needed a fresh pair of eyes to look over...some things need adding, other things need taking away. Sadly the jacuzzi did not work in the bath tub, which was otherwise spacious and stocked with toiletries and soaps that did not quite feel befitting of the grand opulence this room, as I was reminded again, promises. The height of the ceilings was something else and as one would expect there was complete silence, which aided a great nights sleep, but I was surprised by there being no windows or view whatsoever from the room.....the heavily draped and pleated 90 foot curtains were just a folly; disguising the fact that there are no windows in the room at all. For a room so big, I was surprised I could also feel a little claustraphobic....this is the first room I've stayed in that had no view at all. There are many positives about this hotel: the common areas and architecture are generally stunning, the land surrounding the property is worth walking around - they appear well maintained and they employ keen gardeners who are constantly tending to the plants. The pool was a good size and very clean, though there were a lack of staff supervising the pool. The common rooms were hit and miss; I can imagine the animal trophy room getting a bit too much for anyones sensibilities after more than 15 minutes. The food was good, breakfast was the standard affair, certainly nothing to write home about, but the dinner was really lovely and they prepared one of the best Bloody Mary's I enjoyed on this trip. The musicians playing at dinner were also excellent, though they were loud, so they might want to consider spacing the music out more as it did become difficult to communicate over dinner throughout a few points. The dining staff were excellent and looked after us well and responded to our questions in a very warm, but clear manner. In fact most of the staff were excellent though there were a couple of staff that let the team down by being surly or just outright staring at guests. There being no shop or spa means this place will only warrant a two night stay for a lot of guests I guess, though I did get the impression that this place would certainly 'pop' more if it were busier. It was relatively quiet when we stayed and I almost longed for a wedding party or some other celebration to be going to lift the mood. The atmosphere of this place just was not quite right.....there was something a little depressing and sad about it all....there seemed to be a real lack of joy or forward thinkingness, it felt like a place/palace on the verge sinking into decline. A bit more colour, joy and oomph and this place would be superb.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Faisal_Nafees_N, General Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Responded 17 Apr 2017
Dear Guest, Good Morning! Thank you for taking time out to review us on TripAdvisor , your feedback is important and we take further steps based on the experience you shared of your stay with us. LaxmiNiwas Palace was commissioned by Maharaja Sir Ganga Singhji to serve as his royal residence. Designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, Built between 1898 and 1902, LaxmiNiwas Palace is constructed in an Indo-Saracenic style, an architectural movement popularized in the 19th century in British India. The Maharaja hosted numerous luminaries and dignitaries, including King George V and Queen Mary, the King of Greece, Viceroys, fellow Maharajas, and renowned statesmen. You will be glad to know that room renovation work is already in progress and the next time you visit us you find everything in order as you expected . Customer service is our utmost priority, thank you for the note of appreciation. We look forward to welcome you again during your next visit to Bikaner - India With best regards, Faisal Nafees Area General Manager
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JLEBTeddington wrote a review Nov 2019
Teddington, United Kingdom49 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: Wait for the rooms to be refurbished in 2020
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Response from Jagdish Ram Solanki, General Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Responded 16 Dec 2021
Dear Guest, Greetings from Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner. First of all, accept our sincere apology for reverting to you very late. I have recently joined and would like here as a General Manager and felt that at least apologies to you for the inconvenience caused here. It has been our privilege to have your stay with us. We have always been earnest in our endeavor to extend the very best of the Laxmi Niwas Palace to our guests. There are times however when even the best of intentions are not good enough and therefore, it is only through our guests that we get feedback on our services, which in turn helps us to improve our standards. We have taken serious note of your specific feedback with regard to your complaint, which you experienced during your stay, and based on your inputs, we shall definitely take all necessary corrective actions. We sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience caused to you in this regard. Your patronage is extremely important to us and we hope, this stay experience does not mar your impression of The Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner. Your valuable comments and suggestions will help us in our continuous endeavor to make further improvements. We look forward to welcoming you back at Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner. We assure you of our best services and attention at all times. Kindest Regards, Jagdish Ram Solanki, General Manager
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Slartibartfarst wrote a review Apr 2014
Chelmsford, United Kingdom139 contributions117 helpful votes
There is no doubt that this is a very grand location, with beautiful architecture and meticulous service. However, some of the rooms seem to be a little tired and (sadly) the hotel seems to be over reliant on package tour groups, pushing evening buffets to half-board guests.

Our ground-floor room (102) was spacious and extremely luxurious but, even so, the shower leaked. Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay-the food in the a la carte restaurant was excellent and both the pool and the bar were very pleasant and well kept areas.

We would highly recommend this hotel, especially as there are deals to be done in the low season.
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: 102, on the ground floor, was an excellent suite.
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Response from Laxmi_Niwas_Palace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Responded 29 Oct 2015
Dear Honorable Guest, We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time. We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us. At The Laxmi Niwas Palace it is our ongoing endeavour to create unique experiences for our guests, help curate memories that that they can cherish forever. We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcoming you once again. Sincerely, Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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