We spent 2 nights to chill out after the busy pace of travel and this hotel is perfect for that. The village is very basic and not that appealing but the rock that overlooks the town is amazing. Watching monkeys scaling an almost sheer rock face at sunset was terrific.
The buildings and gardens are beautifully kept and there is a large variation in rooms. Personally I did not like the newer building which lacked charm but has a great view. Our room was smallish but comfortable however the facilities varied greatly from room to room. The pool was great but still pretty cold.
The food generally lacked flavour and none of our hot food was served hot. The rooftop restaurant had no real ambience in terms of lighting or music which could easily be improved with a bit of imagination.
We had planned to do the step well dinner but after we had eaten at the restaurant to find that the food was fairly average we decided not to proceed. It was really hard to justify the cost of approx $130AUD per person without drinks. A lot of visitors were on package deals and probably not aware of the actual price of this event.
We did very much enjoy the leopard safari even though we did not spot one. The cars were very new and comfortable and the guides very knowledgeable. The morning tea spot was terrific.
We would however suggest that the hotel should be for children above 12 years of age. There were a couple of loud young children which disrupted part of our otherwise relaxing stay.
The general manager was terrific and an absolute professional. Very rare to see a woman working in a role like this in this part of India.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stepwell Dinner : Guests are taken on a magical journey from the Rawla through the village streets into the jungle before arriving at the 1100 year old “step well”. The magical setting is brought to life by dimly lit oil lamps that illuminate the setting through flickering light. The very private dinner is laid out in a traditional manner, it promises to remain unmatched experience to anything you will ever experience for a long time. The entire evening is like a secluded sanctuary inspired by the mystical past, bracing Indian spirituality and the unique experience of one being completely with nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rawla Narlai Hotel Narlai
- Rawla Narlai Rajasthan