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Reviewed 28 September 2020 via mobile

As we were sick of covid news and fears, me and wife decided to do the best thing to fight it. Travel! And since Rajasthan was the first place to open up for tourism, our travel agent Holxo recommended the sleepy town of Mandawa, after getting to know my interest in heritage. And boy, what a trip it turned out to be!

They arranged the best taxi and driver for the five hour drive from Delhi, and as we set out, we received a welcome call from the hotel manager Virender Singh Rathore. His name itself gave me a glimpse of the Rajput heritage we were about to partake in.

And we were not disappointed as we reached the hotel Mandawa Castle. It is actually a a 250 year old property, and new wings were added later on, but even those in heritage style, rather than in new architecture. The first hour was spent on clicking photos of the gardens, from the private balcony of room number 228. I could feel the childlike enthusiasm rise in me. As I took in the gardens, the heritage pool, the shekhawati frescoes of the hotel, and the turrets of the castle.

The lunch was a hearty meal of mangodi papad ki sabzi, and besan ki roti.

And then, we had a pleasant surprise! My wife brought me the news that the hotel was location for shooting of a web series by Nikhil Advani, starring Nareesudfin Shah, and Lara Dutta. And she was like, I am going to be watching shooting!

The next day, as expected, was spent watching the shooting. And imagine, my wife asked Raghuvir Yadav for a selfie, and he obliged, the cultured man that he is.

Off we went for a haveli tour, and camel cart ride to the small sand dunes.

Mandawa maybe a small sleepy town today, but it's 70 odd grand havelis tell of the importance of this business centre about 200 years back, when it lay on the silk route. I got the glimpse of first Chambers of commerce of India!

The lunch was of dal bati churma, where the churma was lipsmacking. We did but some puppets as souvenir, and winded off the day.

The next day, our brief sojourn, which gave us big relaxation, was ended. And we left the hotel regretfully.

And next day, it was time for

Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Randhir Singh, Owner at Castle Mandawa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2020

Dear Guest,

Greetings !

We thank you for this superlative feedback of your experience with us. Your appreciation will encourage us to scale greater heights of excellence and I hope that you have many more opportunities to visit us again and again.

Regards,
Team Castle Mandawa
Tel. +91-141-2371194

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Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

Mandawa Castle was a lovely experience. A Royal welcome after 5 hours drive from Delhi. The sight of the Castle is refreshing. The place is amazing with beautiful luxury rooms, ever hospitable and helpful staff and the awesome food. The staff ably managed by Virendra Singh pampered us to the hilt. The culinary delight we went through from Rajasthani to Mughlai to Continental at various ambience setting from candle light atop the terrace to pool side was memorable.
Wish things get normal for the Hotel Industry to bounce back soon...
We shall surely make another trip to stay at the Dessert Resort boasting of mid houses

Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Randhir Singh, Owner at Castle Mandawa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2020

Dear Mr. Kesharwani,

Thank you for choosing our Hotel and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. Our aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future. Call us if there is anything we can help you with.

Regards,
Team Castle Mandawa
Tel. +91-141-2371194

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Reviewed 21 March 2020

One is surprised upon entering the compound as the entrance is pretty abysmal . If you are driving as I was is not for a non Indian which I am. The staff was excellent and very attentive. The wedding we attended was well served and was lovely. The food in the our door pub and bar was not good. The chicken burger was very small and a few french fries given. We ordered room service and they sent food from the day before I will say it was a copious amount.
The pool needs to be kept free of pigeons who spoil the pool with there feces and offal. The breakfast was very middling for a hotel billed as 5 stars. The breads very poor.
The building retains its old times charm but needs better cleaning and up keep.
It is alot of money for what is presented.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Randhir Singh, Owner at Castle Mandawa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2020

Dear John T,

Greetings from Mandawa Hotels!

We give the utmost importance to our guest comments as they help us to improve and continually provide the best guest experience possible. We sincerely apologize for short falling of your expectations. Rest assured that your comments will be reviewed by our team and necessary actions will be taken, in order to correct unsatisfactory experiences. Hope this will not deter you from giving us another opportunity to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our Hotel.

Regards,
Team Castle Mandawa
Tel. +91-141-2371194

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Reviewed 25 January 2020

we got good service. good rooms and good food. the staff was always helpful and polite. the place was clean and refreshing. the only reason i am not giving 5 star is that they charged us higher slab of GST in end December although the rates had been revised since october. initially they refused to amend, but on our persistence, they finally charged us the correct lower GST.

Date of stay: December 2019
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Randhir Singh, Owner at Castle Mandawa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2020

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your kind feedback and appreciation. Look forward to have you back to us whenever you visit this area.

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Reviewed 14 January 2020

Mandawa has been called an ‘open art gallery’ and when you visit the town you can see why. Hand painted frescoes decorate walls both inside and outside the buildings.
The well kept fort has beautiful examples of this.
We stayed in the fort in a luxurious room and enjoyed the warm welcome of all the staff.
The food was delicious and we enjoyed a night cap in the most beautiful of bars
A very special place full of culture and art..
We had a very memorable stay and loved every minute.

Date of stay: December 2019
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Randhir Singh, Owner at Castle Mandawa Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2020

Dear Guest,

We appreciate you taking the time to complete a survey regarding your stay with us. We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us and have rated the hotel, staff and our services positively. On behalf of our entire staff here at Castle Mandawa we thank you for your review and we hope to see you again when your travel bring you back to the area!

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