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“Not A Palace But It Kind of Grew On Us” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pushkar Lake Palace

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Pushkar Lake Palace
Ranked #34 of 42 Hotels in Pushkar
Chiang Mai
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46 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Not A Palace But It Kind of Grew On Us”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

This place is definitely NOT a palace but I have to say that it seemed to grow on us (my wife and I, and two friends) over a few days. At first I wasn't all that impressed but it turned out to be pretty adequate overall. It was relatively quiet most of the time though it was an auspicious Hindu wedding period and several temples were rocking late into the night and then early in the morning. Bring your earplugs if you want to sleep through that. Great views of the lake and the ghats from the roof where you can watch people bathing in the murky pond below. Early morning is the best time for views.

Pushkar is a rather small town with tons of shops selling everything that most people don't really need or want when they get back home, though there must be demand since there are so many places in business. The market area sadly reminded me of present day Thamel in Kathmandu with endless shops, hawkers, and motorbikes buzzing you all the time. Plenty of Hippie Wanna-be's hanging out wishing they had been born in a different generation. Interestingly Hebrew and Korean are widely spoken in the shops along with the usual English, German and French.

Con men are everywhere, but easy to avoid. If you've made it this far, you already know the drill with the so-called "holy-men".

Rooms: Very large bedroom. Good sized dressing room and bathroom with tub. Beds are very hard. Sitting area with flat screen TV. Nicely decorated when the morning light finally arrived. When we first checked in on the first afternoon the room seemed kind of dark and cold but when the sun came up the next morning on the other side, letting in some light, I was amazed at all of the wall and ceiling decorations! Some beautiful old photos and wall hangings really kind of grew on us.

Staff: Generally friendly and helpful with prodding. The house keeping manager was very helpful in making a few other arrangements including places to go to use the internet as there was absolutely none on the property, though we found a router plug in a utility room on the roof.

Breakfast; Continental breakfast with added cereal and yogurt. Not the big buffet that a lot of places offer. You could order extras like eggs or pancakes at additional cost. The staff tried to tell us at first that each room had to share one fruit plate and a few pieces of toast, but after inquiring at the front desk we were told that those guys were new and weren't totally filled in on the program. Then more fruit, cereal and toast showed up, so much so that we couldn't eat it all. Communication and training?!

Restaurant: Small dining room with OK food.

Internet; None available on the property. Plenty of local cafes that offer it at reasonable rates.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Berkshire, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

I wasn't really looking forward to this . Maybe it was the no meat/fish/eggs/booze constraint that the whole town shares. Maybe it was because there isn't a universally well-rated hotel in Pushkar. Maybe it was because having set myself the task of photographing the lakeside, I expected to find a very grubby environment and maybe a bit of hassle alongside some ageing hippies.

Whatever, it was fine. The hotel might not have been the swishest we stayed in but it was certainly clean and far from tatty. The restaurant , once I got over the fact that I wasn't going to get my nightly Kingfisher, was actually pretty good, The hotel is right on the lakeside with splendid views fro the roof and from the walkway outside our room. The staff were kind of variable and if the people at front desk had the attitudes of those in the restaurant, then this hotel woild be a better place. I hired a guide for a couple of hours who taught me the rudiments what I needed to avoid (eg don't take flowers from Holy Men) and how to get what I wanted, and we had a good time in Pushkar.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

- Close to the lake and the Brahma Temple
- Affordable rates
- Good food
- Decent rooms
- At the time of the annual Pushkar Camel Festival the property is ideal to stay to be close to the fair ground

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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md
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

This property is away from all the noise.It has a beautiful view of the Ghats from the 3rd/4th floor. It is walking distance to the Brahma Temple- the only one in India.It is also close to the Prarikrama Marg . You can hear the bells at various temples along the Ghats at dawn and dusk, as they ring them during aartis. It has ample parking and is a heritage site.But. It is not a "palace" as the misleading name suggests. It is named a palace since it is a century old haveli or mansion/private residence belonging to a maharaja to house his guests.They have tried to preserve that old era feel. While it is successful to an extent, it certainly does not have a "palace " feel. It is a clean and comfortable property, but not at all luxurious. The room decor is still of the bygone times- old furniture with old paintings and pictures of the royal family.Beds are old and hard. The rooms have old style lock and key.No safe in the room. We had a suite -which consisted of a small room with the bed, 2 bedside tables, an old sofa, armoire(beautiful, old but broken) coffee table and an even smaller area with the bath tub, basin , an old armoire and a dressing table.The light switches are still of the old times and are temperamental.You need to turn the knobs to hot and let the water run at full in the bathtub and the basin, for the water to become hot. Even then it takes a good 5 to 10minutes for the water to turn hot.They do have electric power cuts twice a day, 11am and 5pm (I think that is what they said) mandated but they have backup generators. The breakfast is okay-no selection there.They seem to be skimping at this which is unfortunate, especially since the room tariff supposedly includes breakfast.
Staff is okay.Not the pleasant, courteous reception you'd expect at the checkin desk-but not unfriendly either.
The hotel is walking distance from the local market/shops and ideal location to buy souvenirs.
IMPORTANT- they do not accept American Express.They accept Visa/Mastercard only. We were not aware of this and had only arried our American Express.We had to pay cash. Luckily, we had that amount in rupees on us. If you pay cash, remember to collect a receipt. They dont give the receipt for the amount paid unless you insist.

Another important fact to remember- do not engage with the priests or "holy men" at the Ghats. They seem to be separate individuals,but are all one and same -all teamed up ready to fleece foreigners. They will say you dont need to pay them anything ,-that you would only pay for the cost of the items used for the rites that you should perform for peace of your family and children; or for your ancestors' souls to rest in peace.But their "small" ritual can turn out to be an expensive affair, costing you anywhere from INR5000 to upto INR10000+.
So when they approach you, do not stop or enagage in conversation.Just keep walking.They will follow you insistently, but if you ignore them and keep walking, they will eventually give up and walk away. Oh, and remember to take your shoes off before you walk down the steps of the Ghat towards the lake- whether to take pictures or to take a dip in the lake. We witnessed these priests take in someone who had not removed his shoes and had walked down the steps with shoes on - these priests tried to tell that family that he had committed sacrilege and should perform a rite to wash away their sins!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, India
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25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

My second visit to Pushkar Palace. The most beautiful thing about this place is its on the lake. However, the sitout facing the lake has been closed and is in no way a "Palace". Room was adequate with a clean bathroom and a private balcony with a nice view of the lake. The bathtub leaked on the first night and once reported the problem was taken care of.Breakfast adequate but nothing special. Charming place to stay in Pushkar but loosing its appeal.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pushkar Lake Palace

Property: Pushkar Lake Palace
Address: Spiritual Walk Way (Parikarma Marg) | connected with Outer Ring Road, Pushkar 305022, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Pushkar
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 42 Hotels in Pushkar
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,047 - ₹ 4,974
Hotel Class:2 star — Pushkar Lake Palace 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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