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I guess we were just not lucky. The shower was used as a toilet (disgusting), one aircon broke down. They gave us a new room so that's okay. In the early mornng there was some noise from the rooftop terrace because of the constant moving of the furniture. But the rooms are comfortable and well furnished.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Shahi Palace Jaisalmer
Great Place to Stay
A hotel is a hotel most of the time, but every once in a while you come to a place where the people are special. Jora and his brothers are definitely that. I can only recommend this place. The rooms are good and clean and reasonably priced. The food is great and the views from the rooftop restaurant of the fort are stunning. However, I have to say that it was Jora and his brothers who made the stay wonderful. Jora took and friend and me to see some sights, gave us a cookery lesson and spent hours in the evening playing Karom (like table billiards)
We stayed at the Shahi Palace in March for 3 nights. It is a great little place. The staff (several brothers) have a fantastic 'can do'attitude. We could check in and have a room immediately we arrived at 5am and we could use a room to shower and change in on the day we had to leave. Plus they did all they could to make us welcome and make our stay interesting.
I only had a little time left on my trip to India and I really wanted to visit Jaisalimer and experience a camel safari. Luckily, while traveling through Rajasthan I met another traveler who recommended the Shahi Palace to me. She said that they were definitely the guesthouse to visit and that the owners would work to help me fit this last experience into my remaining days in India. After a long overnight bus trip they were able to pick me up from the very busy bus station and I was greeted with a warm cup of chai tea once I arrived at the hotel. They were very flexible and worked to create the perfect camel safari for the two nights I wanted to spend in the desert. I was able to clean up and relax before we headed out into the desert. My three day two night safari in the moonlight desert was a wonderful experience. The camel drivers were very nice, funny men who took great care of me. We cooked by the fire, enjoyed many tea breaks from the warm sun, and experiencing the quiet desert landscape from the back of a camel was a pleasant break from the busy cities of India. After returning from my time in the desert everyone at the Shahi Palace did their best to help me see the beautiful city of Jaisalimer. I enjoyed a relaxing dinner at their rooftop restaurant and appreciated the view of the city fort. I wish that I had more time to spend here, and I will defiantly recommend the Shahi Palace to travelers that I meet in the future.
Great Palace to stay
We arrived at the Shahi Palace Hotel after a tiring 20 hour journey from Delhi. We found ourselves in a hypnotic environment with reflections of luxury, mystique and antiquity. The design is truly exceptional and a cool breeze prevails throughout the building. We were so pleased we chose this hotel. We must thank the team for all their help in assisting us with a very pleasant stay.
Cheers Ken and Heather
Consider no other!
I am astounded by the negative review of Shahi Palace and being untrustworthy. I stayed at the SHAHI PALACE back in January and was very impressed by the facility and everyone who works there-especially Jora and Dev. The camel safari was just as I requested and yes, it was 1050 ruppee and I knew I could find one cheaper,however, I believe you get what you pay for. The staff there are genuine and they take considerable care of their guests. I am returning to India and will consider no other hotel but the Shahi Palace.
DON'T GO TO SHAHI PALACE!!!!!!
The hotel is very nice, the views from the roof top lovely, BUT they don't treat the costumers very well.
They organize Camel Safari like many hotels in Jaisalmer and if you don't do the safari with them they try to charge you more for your room.
Also they offer a lot of information about the most expensive safari (1050 rupees) and less information about the cheaper. And a safari camel driver told me that all the safaris are the same and cost 450 rupees only.
So don't trust them. Behind the smile there isn't a good person.
This hotel is absolutely gorgeous. Made out of sandstone and decorated with taste, this hotel has a fantastic roof terrace with a view of the citadel city. I preferred staying outside of the citadel because it's less crowded and noisy (It is about 5 minutes walk to the entrance).