For a mid range hotel it only ticked a few boxes, the location beings its only saving grace as most of the room have spectacular views of the old town which backs onto the desert and the roof top commands a grandstand view of the sunset. The hotel is set inside the old castle area and is accessible only on foot via narrow alleyways that are flanked by small shops. The streets are old and steep (they are also strewn with cow pats as the animals roam freely within the town) so I wouldn't recommend this hotel for anyone who has mobility problem. Our first room was on the second floor and was extremely dirty; paint from the ceiling had flaked off and covered all the fittings, upholstery and flooring. Large damp stains marked a couple of the walls and this caused the room to smell. The bathroom was exceptionally dirty and had not been cleaned or flushed from its previous use! The window was is real danger of falling out and daylight was visible between the frame and brickwork. The broken pane of glass was taped together. We complained about the state of that room and were given the room next door (the original room was not cleaned and the poor soles who booked in after us were put straight into it) Our second room was adequate (it was also quite spacious with a upholstered window seat giving great views of the area). The bathroom was basic (nothing unusual for this standard of accommodation in India) and hot water was a hit and miss affair (again nothing unusual for India). The beds were broken and uncomfortable but by this time we had resigned ourselves to just making the best of things and getting on with our tour. A more than adequate breakfast is served in the cloisters’ or the courtyard itself. There is a restaurant here but we didn't use it, preferring to eat at the rooftop restaurant next door as it served wonderful cheap food and had great views and atmosphere (if you use this place our top tip would be to use the toilet before you get there or hang on until you leave!). In summary I would describe Jaisal Castle as being very tired accommodation that needs money spent on it to bring it up to an acceptable standard (a decent cleaner wouldn’t come amiss either). This is the most basic of the mid range hotels we stayed in during our months tour of India - not for the discerning traveller!
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- Also Known As:
- Jaisal Castle Jaisalmer, Rajasthan