The Aodhi hotel seems to command a special place in Kumhalgarh, at least in the minds of its staff. It clearly occupies a commanding position and there are few facilities close by to offer genuine competition. This does not excuse its tendency for high prices nor staff who turn up their noses at any tips below 100 Rs. They were generally snooty and arrogant all round - being asked why we weren't going to dinner one night then being asked again why we hadn't gone at breakfast the next morning was intrusive and ignorant.
The rooms were perfectly nice with reasonable facilities and a decent bathroom. This faded a little when the hot water in ours failed on Christmas eve followed by a complete failure of the water system due to a boiler malfunction. These things happen but having to change rooms at 8.00pm wasn't in our original scripts (it is worth understanding that this isn't a conventional hotel but one where each accomodation is separate requiring a trek of 50m complete with all luggage etc to the new room.).
The hotel is completely unsuitable for anyone with access difficulties; all rooms entailed at least some steps to gain access - ours was up a total of 76 (we counted them) and even more to access the balcony - not something for the faint-hearted.
For good food there is a perfectly adequate local restaurant opposite (it looks like a shack with some chairs in the field) where a good meal (try the kasu curry) complete with lime sodas can be had for a fraction of the cost in the Aodhi.
If we came to Kumbhalgarh again we wouldn't use the Aodhi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden by trees, besides the hills crowned by the ruggedly majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort, nestles The Aodhi, a sanctuary-resort where the legacy of valorous kings of Mewar and their braves still lives.The deluxe suites and rooms here recreate delightful themes of jungle lore. Discover countless secrets of the centuries past while you explore nature trails, forts and temples. Or simply relax in the privacy of your balcony, gazing into the amazingly blue skies. Let Kumbhalgarh overwhelm you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aodhi Hotel Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan