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“kind, lovely and good value”
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Shanti House
Ranked #3 of 50 Bikaner B&B and Inns
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“kind, lovely and good value”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

we only stayed a couple of nights in this guesthouse, but we really felt at home. nice owner gouri picked us up at the trainstation to avoid hassle. we stayed in the topfloor room, with squat toilet and hot bucket water, which was already waiting for us on our return of the camelsafari.
the food is really good, prepared by gouris wife tara.
and as soon as you mention gouris name to any of the touts around town they make a runner!
highly enjoyed it.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2012

In our one month in Rajasthan, Shanti House was by far the best place we stayed at. The rooms are tidy and simply but attentively decorated, with floral borders and typical Rajasthani motifs on the walls; the beds are clean and comfortable. Hot water is provided by the bucketful, which has proven to be the most reliable system we've encountered here; just ask for a bucket of hot water, and it's ready in less than 30 minutes - you never have to wonder if you're in for yet another cold shower. There's a menu with all the basic meals you could want to eat, from Western-style breakfasts to thalis for dinner, and the small rooftop makes for a cozy place to eat and chat with others (over a small fire in winter!); the menu prices, especially for drinks, are some of the most reasonable we've seen anywhere. The location inside the old city is also quite convenient.

But the best asset of the Shanti House is its owner, Gouri, and his lovely family, who (as many others attest) make the place feel like a homestay rather than a hotel or B&B. Gouri was able to accommodate any request we had; he personally picked us up from the train station when we arrived, offered his advice on when to time our visits to local attractions for the best experience, and booked the tickets not only for our next destination (faraway Amritsar), but also the one after that (Delhi). He even scared up some medicine when one of us was unwell, and it was quite a relief to have such solicitous hosts in such a peaceful, homey environment to recover. (And, I should note, he never so much as mentioned textiles or camel safaris to us.) I will definitely miss it here!

Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chandigarh, India
1 review
Reviewed 27 January 2012

A few rooms in a house with a friendly family. Gouri, the owner, picked us up from the train station and had lots of great advise about how to get train tickets without tatkal and general info about the area. It's a great place to feel at home.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Uddevalla, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2012

This was, so far, the most friendly guesthouse we have been to on our trip. The owner is very helpful and easy to talk to, and he is not pushy. The hospitality is great. Rooms are clean and have very soft beds, you will sleep like a rock. The bathroom is spartan with a bucket shower and squat toilet, but that's no problem if you are used to it. It is close to most things and Gouri, the owner, can help you with whatever you need. We are very happy about this guest house.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2011

I spent three days in bikaner in this guest house and I find that the quality-price relation is quite nice. The room are very nice and clean and the owner family kind and always ready to help you in all. I suggest this solution at everyone wants to feel at home in a far place!

Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Shanti House

Property: Shanti House
Address: Shanti House Near City Kotwaly | Old city, Bikaner 334001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Bikaner
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Bikaner
Price range (per night): ₹ 648 - ₹ 713
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only guest house in the old city. Mentioned and thanked in Lonely Planet. We currently have 3 rooms with attached bathroom and 1 with separate bathroom. Free pick up from bus or train. I am also available for city tours or other travel advice. ... more   less 
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