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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 Feb 2018
One of my favourite places to stay in India.

I first visited Killa Bhawan in 2005 and was very taken with this exquisite little gem. This is a rare and special place. I had longed to visit again. When I finally did again in 2018, it was exactly as I remembered it.

Staying here feels like you are pampered guests visiting a friend’s house even if the house happens to be an 800 year old medieval fort with the most amazing views, oodles of atmosphere and antique furnishings!! Fabulous location, friendliness and attentiveness of the managers, rooms with amazing views located in an atmospheric old fort, lovely lounge areas with seating looking out over the town and the surrounding countryside all go towards making this one of my favourite places in India.
The rooms are beautiful, housed as they are in the old fort with lovely antiques but very clean and comfortable. It is a far cry from an anonymous chain hotel. Excellent breakfasts (try the Indian breakfast-we took home the achaar) and attentive service. The managers are very friendly and very helpful and know what they are doing. They run another café and another small hotel in the town. We had a decent lunch at the café, sitting on the roof terrace looking out at the beautiful old havelis of Jaisalmer.

One last point-stay in the fort and walk around in the evening when all the day tourists have left.

Jaisalmer itself is an enchanting place and Killa Bhawan really is the place to stay in Jaisalmer.
Date of stay: February 2018
Room Tip: ask for one in the ramparts with views
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lucaji, Propriétaire at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this review
Responded 23 Feb 2018
Dear
Thanks for your lovely comment which reflect exactly what I wanted to create at Killa Bhawan.
I'm very glad that you found Killa Bhawan as beautiful, well maintained and friendly as in your first visit 13 years ago!! This is the best present I could receive from a guest!
Hope to meet there one day, cheers
Luca Borella
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

We loved our stay at Killa Bhawan and hope to return soon.
Wonderful hospitality and staff.
Super comfortable bed and a view that you can only dream of.
Highly recommended hotel in extraordinary setting.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Dear Sir

thanks so much for your kind comment. Hope you will come back soon to enjoy Killa Bhawan!
Cheers
Luca Borella

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Never imagined one could live in an actual fort. The hotel has the choicest location in the fort. The breakfast on the forts' ramparts was an incredibly relaxing experience. Bhanu, the co-owner, is passionate about preserving history and improving the tourist's experience in Jaisalmer. Rooms are clean, and immaculately decorated. Excellent service; the pickup from the railway station (at midnight) was absolutely flawless. Given a chance, would love to stay at this place again in the future.

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lucaji, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Dear Niteen

Thanks so much for your kind comment. I'm really glad you appreciated my place and hope you will visit us again.
Cheers
Luca Borella

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

A trip to Jaiselmer would be incomplete without a couple of nights at Hotel Killa Bhawan. It has incredible charm and character; it is a complete stunner to be precise. Well this is not surprising given that it is not often that one gets to stay on the ramparts of a medieval fort (800 years old) - that too one that counts among the very few 'living' forts in the world.

The place is designed very aesthetically, with artifacts (mainly old metal pots and urns and art objects, embroidered fabrics and camel paraphernalia) installed all over the place. In fact you have old (and traditional) heavy metal pots in various corners that are used as trash bins!

It is small hotel (8 rooms if I am not mistaken) with a personalized touch. Staff are extremely courteous, friendly and helpful, which made our stay that much more special.

Killa Bhawan serves very good breakfast on the rampart terraces, from where you get awesome views of the fort as you enjoy breakfast. Now you can't beat that, can you?

Being a small establishment, they however don't serve lunch or dinner on site. For that you need to either go to their cafe (a very good one where we had delicious Rajasthani food) located very near Patwa Haweli, or can go to one of the numerous other good restaurants in close vicinity of the hotel.

The hotel arranged for a very good guide, Mr. Lallu, who was very knowledgeable, competent and and very likable. He showed us the fort and the small town below the fort. If you are looking for a good guide, Lallu is your man.

Killa Bhawan also has a handicraft shop which has some really good and high quality stuff. I would recommend a visit.

In case you are looking for opulent luxury and indulgence, you might be better off somewhere else. But if you are looking for elegance, comfort, warmth and real character, Killa Bhawan is the right place for you.

Many thanks Bhanu and team for our memorable stay. It was simply magical and we look forward to going back, next time with our daughter.

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2018

dear Sir

thanks so much for your very kind comment!! Jaisalmer is a magic place and I tried to recreate the same atmosphere in Killa Bhawan, thanks also to the formidable people working there. Hope to see you again, cheers
Luca Borella

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

If you think of a desert city as bleak, think again. You feel the magic of Jaisalmer, the Golden City, land of the Bhatti princes, born of the moon, as soon as it comes into view. The fort, rising from the mighty rock like a giant sand castle, parapets, balconies, and terraces included, crowns the city. The beauty of the living fort, the havelis, and the Jain temples, all carved from the same honey gold stone, will leave you breathless. And what better place to stay than a hotel in the fort built in 1056 AD. The Killa Bhawan hotel has all the soul of the fort and all the comforts of a luxury hotel. We knew we’d made the right hotel choice from the moment our host, Bahnu, welcomed us with a warm, “Relax, you’re home.” We were even more sure as we watched him wave goodbye to us from the city gates. Our flight was canceled because the mists rolled in from the “snows in Kashmir.” The tiny airport had canceled fights the day before and most likely would again the next day, so we weren’t sure how we would rework out plans. However, Bahnu and his staff at the hotel found us a driver and hotel in Jodhpur and handed us hot grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches wrapped in foil, along with spicy chips, chocolate cookies and cold bottled water for the trip…a canceled fight has never been so easy. It was this hospitality that we experienced daily in the city and especially at Hotel Killa Bhawan. The hotel and its café, just a short tuk-tuk ride away, will exceed all your expectations. If this isn’t the best hotel in Jaisalmer, I’ll kiss your thali.

Room tip: The honeymoon suite with balcony was astonishing.
Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2018

Dear Jean

I'm speechless ......you really did understand everything about Jaisalmer magic......Thanks so much for your lovely word. Indeed, people of Jaisalmer are everything we long for.
I fell for Jaisalmer long back and never get tired of it.
thanks again, cheers
Luca Borella

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

This beautiful and characterful hotel was our first stop in India after Delhi and by far my favourite of all our destinations. The setting is sublime and Bhanu and Manish run it to perfection. Nothing was too much trouble and they made us feel really special. They are super-informative on everything and provided amazing breakfasts on the hotel roof. Our bedroom was the one I reserved and after the desert evening we were upgraded to an even better room. I love that each room is different and there are numerous sunny terraces for sitting and relaxing, including Indian day beds. All the staff are very helpful, hard-working and discreet. They always do their utmost to please. I would definitely recommend this hotel and will return without a doubt. I have recommended it to several friends already. Thanks again Bhanu and to all your staff!

Room tip: We had a room at the top with a balcony overlooking Jaisalmer.Don't know number. Room n°8 is also lovely.
Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lucaji, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

dear Julia

thanks so much for your lovely comments!! It is a pleasure to read about people who really appreciate what we are trying to create here.
Hope you will visit again, cheers
Luca Borella

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