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giolibertino
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
magical atmosphere, exotic locale
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 Apr 2017
Beautiful and exotic property located in the actual fort of Jaisalmer.

I almost skipped over Jaisalmer in planning my itinerary, but staying at this hotel made me so happy I did not.

It must be said that this hotel is actually IN THE FORT, so it would be absurd to think you can find all 5 star amenities and such that you might at other high-end hotels. That being said, you have all you need here, a warm, comfortable and inviting atmosphere combined with one of the most exotic locations we stayed in all our trip.

The property is a well maintained, very clean, multi-layered, multi-terraced, haveli with quaint courtyards, balconies and sitting rooms all within the fort. The terraces offer fantastic views of the rest of the fort as well as the city beyond. The included breakfast is modest but nice with choice of a few well prepared dishes. You may chose to eat in a number of places, several which offer wonderful views of the sprawl of the fort.

The location is great. Easy to access all of the fort (you are after all in it) as well as the city which lies right at the foot of the fort.

The rooms are clean, well appointed with antique furnishings and quite comfortable. The linens were clean and white and bed mattress was comfortable. There is no TV (which is very nice), but there is WiFi, A/C, and heat for if the nights get cold. Our room had a detached bathroom which was very clean, our own balcony facing the courtyard and an attached sitting area with wonderful views of the city.

The staff is fantastic. They work hard. The younger Nepalese boys are very accommodating and the manager Manu is fantastic. From the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed and made to feel so at home in every way.

If ever I return to Jaisalmer, I would never consider staying anywhere else.
Date of stay: March 2017
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

You choose this hotel in the fort because precisely of that. It is located inside Jaisalmer fort, the only working fort in India where there are over 300 families living inside the fort. It is not everyday that you can say you have stayed in a fort that is over 800 years old.

Killa Bhawan has the modern comforts that you would expect from a modern hotel - plumbing, hot and cold water, air conditioning yet it has not lost its old world charm. I got one of the deluxe rooms where I had my own private Juliet balcony overlooking the 'downtown' of Jaisalmer.

Every morning I had breakfast on the terrace with a breathtaking view of the fort and surrounding area.

Date of stay: April 2017
1  Thank Viwan O
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Brilliant accommodation in the Jaisalmer Fort. Wonderful location, engaging proprietor, very nice and professional staff, great view from the terrace at breakfast. All sights easily to be reached on foot. We loved it! Stayed two nights?

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank smanabith
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Great location, stunning view of the city and the fort. Breakfast only (very average quality ). No pressure in the shower and cold water only. Pricely for the level of service. Cleaning could be more neat. Needs to be modernised a bit. Go and have dinner at the Italian restaurant at the bottom of the fort. Great pizzas.

Date of stay: November 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
3  Thank Gabriela P
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

There is no comparison to staying in the fort. Wonderful terrace with amazing views of the city. Breakfast was served there with the best fresh squeezed orange juice I've ever had. The staff was not merely courteous, friendly, and efficient, but they went out of their way to be helpful. Good location for visiting the temples inside the fort and the markets outside the fort. The rooms were decorated with local furnishings, not like a sterile hotel. The one caveat - cars are not allowed in the fort. You can take a tuk-tuk, but we arrived very very late at night so we had to walk. It is not a bad walk in the daytime, but at midnight after a long day, it seemed arduous. But unless you have a severe mobility problem, don't let that keep you from staying in this great place. You won't regret it.

Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank snrtyo
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Lovely hotel in the fort - although the rooms may be a bit on the small side they are very nice, with private bathroom. Hotel is centrally located within walking distance of most places to visit. Staff exceptionally friendly and helpfull. Love the attitude of staff - helped us with a booking for desert excursion and overnight stay. Breakfast with a great view of the city. Will certainly go back if visiting Jaisalmer again.

Date of stay: March 2017
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