We stayed 2 nights here in a double room that included breakfast.
Firstly I will say that for our travel style we could have done well enough with only one night here.
Fort Barli is in a very, very tiny village of just a few thousand people and besides walking the village and seeing the grounds of the fort/hotel there is not anything else to do.
So if you are a “go-go” kind of traveler one night is sufficient.
If you are the type of traveler who enjoys relaxing and having time to just sit and relax, read, have a coffee or beverage in a unique and special setting then you might prefer having 2 nights.
Certainly the highlight of being in this village is walking through it and meeting the people, especially the children!!
They are the most welcoming and friendly children we have met in all of our travels! They are absolutely enamored with having their photo taken and ask for nothing in return.
The laughter and the smiles on their faces as we interacted with them were precious and will leave us with lasting memories.
One group even invited us into their home to meet the entire family.
This interaction we had with the people of Barli was one of the most unique and special experiences of our entire time in India!
The fort itself was also very special. It is a pretty unique experience to stay in a 400 year old fort.
The room was huge with 2 separate salons, one with the main bedroom and bathroom and then another huge lounge with seating areas, a desk, and amenity area (coffee/tea maker and fridge).
The decor is lovely and the room was clean.
The a/c worked wonderfully but even though they advertise wifi, it is not useable in the room. You must be in the lobby and even then it is an unreliable 3G hotspot.
The bathroom had a tub/shower but the hot water comes from a small hot water tank and only allows about 3 minutes for a shower. Then the next usage requires a 15 minute wait for it to reheat.
The hotel is the only choice for food, as the village only has a few small shops that only sell candy and chips.
The included breakfast looks very sparse upon first glance as they set out a small and limited buffet but they bring hot dishes to order to your table. They offered both western and Indian style food.
Dinner is served starting at 7:30pm. Before then you can order snacks (soups, sandwiches, paranthas, etc) between 11am and 5pm
On our first night dinner was very disappointing as even the Indian dishes had NO flavor.
All of the food was very bland. The owner explained to us that they prepare it this way to cater to their mostly European guests.
Once he learned that we love flavorful and spicy food he made sure that for our second dinner the food would be prepared to our liking and it was!
If you also enjoy spicy food let them know at check in to avoid a disappointing meal. The difference was striking.
We were there two nights, the first night was a buffet and the second they brought us food. We think it was because the hotel was quite empty the second night but that is only a guess.
You don’t really order off of a menu. They just brought us many different dishes (way too much food actually!) But it was all very good and tasty!
Both nights they brought out three different desserts. You didn’t have to choose, you got one of each.
The price of dinner was not included in our rate, but at 800 rupees per person it is very fair for what you get and the fact that there are really no other options. This included a large bottle of water at each table.
If your travels take you near this area, you should stay at Fort Barli. In fact, if you plan to stay in this area it is your only option.
It is a unique place and will give you a memorable experience of your time in India.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Fort Barli is a 350 year old fort strategically located in a village named Barli on National Highway 79. It's an ideal stopover in between Jaipur-Jodhpur, Jaipur-Udaipur. Pushkar/Chittorgarh could be done in a day's trip. The rooms are equipped with AC, study desk, minibars, tea/cofee makers and attached washrooms fitted with modern amenities. The hotel offers swimming pool, bullock cart rides, astrologer on call, traditional massage, guided fort tour etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fort Barli Rajasthan