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Amazing Place, Great Location, Awesome People

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 Dec 2018via mobile
We had an amazing stay at Hotel Killa Bhawan from Dec 9-10. Everything was perfect and seamless right from the time we made the booking until the time we departed.

Bhanu, the hotel manager, and his brother Manu run the place meticulously. Everyone speaks good English, and we didnt have any trouble at all.

We took Room No. 9, which had an amazing terrace overlooking Jaisalmer City in the foreground, and the Old Royal Palace on the left. The room itself was tastefully decorated in Rajasthani/Jaisalmeri style. It had a comfortable walk-in closet/dressing/luggage room. The toilet had its own hot water geyser (ie water heater) which gives ample supply of hot water. Our only complaint was that the shower pressure was a little weak, but hey, this is a heritage property and a fault like this can be easily forgiven. The hotel does provide a bucket n scoop to shower the traditional way, which we did.

The hotel contains many cute and totally Instagrammable corners where you can relax or click pics to make your friends envious. We could have easily spent a day just in the hotel itself, and also did.

Bhanu himself took us on a heritage walk of the city. This was an invaluable experience and a great use of time since Jaisalmer Fort and City has many small, twisting lanes hiding the real gems of Jaisalmer. We saw the Jain Temples, an old cannon, several small havelis, the main Patwa ki Haveli, and the regular neighborhood. On our request, he brought us to a first-class Silver jewellery maker who has been featured in a book on Thar Desert jewelry-making by the director of the Fowler Museum of UCLA. Ladies can definitely find a piece or two for themselves here. Prices are reasonable. He also showed us an antique shop which had countless curios, including Rajput shields and weapons. Do take this tour if you can! You won’t regret it! (Approx 4 hours, chargeable at Rs 1,200 per group. Our afternoon took about 6 hours including lunch and the side visits to the jewelry shop and antique shop).

The breakfast in the morning was right on time, and exactly according to our orders that we placed the night before. Fresh cut fruit, freshly-pressed tangerine juice, omelette and toast (Western for me) and aloo paratha (Indian for my partner). We enjoyed the meal on the terrace and it was just perfect.

The hotel is also walking distance to a wonderful Italian/Indian restaurant called 1st Gate Home Fusion. It is on the roof top terrace of a hotel with the same name, and has a really nice night view of the Fort. Go early to snag the best seat. Prices here were reasonable. (Approx Rs 3,000 with a bottle of Sula red wine, one order of bruschetta and one delicious 12-inch pizza. Skip the Pannacotta; it tastes more like a hard jelly) The menu has both Italian and Indian dishes.

Stay at Hotel Killa Bhawan for a truly Jaisalmeri experience. From the Fort to the hospitality, you truly won’t regret it.

We hope to return to Jaisalmer and will definitely stay here again next time.

Thank you Bhanu-ji and team!

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this review
Responded 10 Dec 2018
hello

Thanks so much for your so nice review !!
You said it all.....and it make me feel so good !
I hope you will visit again, and in that case, let me know !
Cheers
Luca Borella
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Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile


We spent three wonderful days at Killa Bhawan. It is a charming accommodation with tasteful decoration and exceptional views of Jaisalmer Fort and the city, and with the charm of living in one of the towers of the fort wall! Manich, his family and the staff were very kind, friendly and helpful and tried at all times to make our stay unforgettable. Although Killa Bhawan has not restaurant, breakfasts on the terrace were great and we tasted delicious Indian meals at the KB CAFE, a few minutes walk from the hotel and managed by the brother and family of Manich. We hope to return to Killa Bhawan in the future and highly recommend this magical place to those visiting Jaisalmer.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

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Thanks so much for your lovely comment! You describe so well all the strong points of the place that I have set many years ago thanks to the "golden familly" handling it!
Hope you will come again!
Cheers
Luca Borella

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Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

A delight from the first moment. Beautifully furnished rooms and superb views of both the the fort and the city...from secluded sitting areas... that seemed to sum up what the desert cities were all about. Great hospitality including being involved in diwali puja in a way that seemed real.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Hello again!!
Well, you tried both places and I'm glad you liked both !!
If you come back one day, let me know and I'll be glad to treat you in a special way !!
Cheers
Luca Borella

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Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

This is a small hotel inside the fort of Jaisalmer. Inside tiny rooms and stairs lead to,open terraces with bedrooms. The rooms are furnished exquisitely with traditional colours and materials and antique furniture. Everything is very comfortable. Outside tables and chairs are a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the view of the fort inner gate and the town below.
Breakfast was simple, eggs cooked to order, toast and jam and fruit juice, served on the terrace.
A perfect place to explore the labyrinthine town alleys.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

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Thanks so much for your positive comment, I'm glad you enjoyed my place!
Happy Diwali, cheers
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

I didn't actually stay here, but visited Killa Bhawan during my time in Jaisalmer and would definitely book to stay here next time I return. The views are stunning, the rooms beautiful and the staff are delightful and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

The view from the terrace is just awesome, I really can’t put it into words. The owner and staff were so helpful, they also provide free chilled water at the public areas, you could take it any time. Breakfast was really basic, because it’s inside the Fort, the space is quite limited but they served as good as they could, eggs were alway well cook, with chai, coffee or fresh juice. I really enjoyed my time there. Thank you guys.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lucaBorella, Owner at Hotel Killa Bhawan, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Thank you so much Binhyen !! It was a pleasure to meet you !
Hope to see again....
Cheers
Luca

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