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.
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