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Roopangarh Fort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Kishangarh
Reviewed 23 February 2015

There are a number of distinctive properties that are former palaces or fort/palaces that haven’t made the full transition to modern hotel standards, but which are enjoyable places to stay because they retain an authentic charm sometimes lost in the designer make-overs. Guests forgive the hotel the faults, the minor discomforts, the lack of professional service and the unreliable hot water or unreliable wi-fi because they make up in atmosphere what they lack in five star standards.

Roopangarh Fort Hotel fits this profile. Those intending to stay should have modest expectations and read the reviews with care.

The best point about the property is that it is absolutely full of character.

It is a palace/fort with large terraces and spaces. Wide galleries overlook the interior of the palace grounds and surrounding village from the second floor. There is a striking white mausoleum-like temple on a raised dais at the end of the tennis-court/football ground main terrace.

The rooms are all different and some (such as the Maharani’s Suite and Room 3) are enormous. Among the family heirlooms that decorate the palace there are some charming items as well as decaying vitrines of Victorian tobacco tins, mediaeval weapons, and rusty padlocks. Some parts of the property are well restored and others are ramshackle. The surrounding grounds are neglected on the whole.

Bathrooms are generally modern and well appointed with hot-water immersion heaters but eccentric flow. The beds have clean linen and are fine if firm. The staff are local men who are untrained and not very fluent in English (or French or German) but who are willing and try to please and satisfy the needs of guests. They have had considerable experience and can generally work out what it is that guests need.

We stayed four years ago and wrote an enthusiastic review for TripAdvisor. The guest book is full of fulsome praise for the property and the staff. Some aspects of the property are truly splendid.

As another previous reviewer wrote, there is not a lot to do or see at Roopangarh. The tour of the village was very interesting in 2011, with its artisans making jewelry for the pricy shops of Jaipur. We found that rarest of things – Rajasthani bargains on our last stay here. Alas, no more. That cottage industry has vanished from the village and moved to more profitable pastures. You can have a village visit but it hardly differs from the hundreds of similar visits on offer throughout the country. We found our village tour unremarkable - some children asking for pens and everyone wanting their photographs taken. The villagers are not rapacious or pestering but neither are they unaware of tourists.

The region is noted for its marble quarries and factories. If marble is your thing you can visit the marble factories though you cannot avoid seeing them on the ten kilometers or so from the highway as you drive to the village.

As for the down-side of the stay at the fort, the food is okay. Breakfast is uninspired. The new wi-fi introduced in 2014 didn’t work for us at all. The property is a maze of high stairs and steps so it is not for the less than nimble.

We were pleased to be remembered by the staff who looked after us four years ago. They did their best to make us feel at home.

Room Tip: The Maharani's suite is vast, perhaps absurdly so. Room 3 is, in our view, the best along with...
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Rough and tumble fort with lots of nooks and crannies to explore which our 9 & 12 yr old boys loved. However, since it was the middle of summer, exploration of any kind was restricted to early mornings and evenings and being pretty much in the middle of nowhere, there was down time in between. This is where wi-fi or at least an efficient air conditioner would have helped - we stayed at the Maharani suite where it was too big for the small a/c installed to keep cool. The result being, we stayed in an uncomfortably hot room with no working tv, wi-fi or pool as distractions.

The staff members were pleasant enough (though not pro active) and we were given a complimentary walking tour of the small village where we encountered lots of kids that just wanted to get their photos taken. We were also taken to some homes of some local artisans, which were also quite interesting and with minimal sales pressure. Village tour was the hi light of our stay.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Queens Suite, which is amazing! Big, beautiful, with nice furniture and a real feel of being in a nice forgotten fort. We'd come back for the room, the view and the village. That said the food was really poor and one had the feeling that the staff members ( they were very nice) were underpaid. One feels that they have no room for manoeuvre and that they really hope they will get a tip. Things are not made easy since there is no tip box ( or I have not seen it) and the staff is numerous so difficult to give to one or the other without being unfair. A better paid and happy staff and more attention to details ( like removing pigeons droppings from the floor of the amazing balcony of the room) would make of this place one not to miss. Now it's a beautiful place but it leaves a bit of an bitter or unfinished taste.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

A small fort fairly obscure, thus with great possibilities of exploration.
Quaint rooms, bastions, cannon ports, camel carts and fire light evenings....
and lets not forget the peacocks! A lot of fun especially if one is in a group.

Room Tip: Perferred the rooms off the main hotel
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

500 year old fort with build in palace, transferred into a 2*-hotel. huge rooms (50m2) with basic interior. bathroom is up to standards. food is of good india standard. breakfast (extended continental) is surprisingly good. service is friendly but reduced to a waiter who took care of everything. havn't seen anybody of the management. no internet/WiFi.
OK for an overnight or 2 night stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Roopangarh Fort

Address: Roopangarh, Kishangarh 305814, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Ajmer District > Kishangarh
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Kishangarh
Price Range: ₹ 4,429 - ₹ 9,964 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Roopangarh Fort is a vast war Fort and has been over 350 years in the making. It has been painstakingly restored and renovated as a heritage hotel, especially for those who enjoy a sense of history and seek a story from the silent walls. Surprisingly large guest rooms, four poster beds, colonial Indian furniture, open log fires in winter all assure you of a warm welcome. Combined atmosphere of splendid views from the massive terrace and magical evenings under the clear sky with piercing desert music is intoxicating. Add to this modern day facilities and your holiday is truly memorable. ... more   less 
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Roopangarh Fort Kishangarh, Rajasthan

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