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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise this hotel was. Now, this may may not be truly 5 star by world standards, but for a hotel out in the country, it is truly wonderful. It is set in the small village of Narlai at the base of a large rock formation in a truly picturesque setting. The rooms in the newer area are very nice and comfortable with all the amenities and if you’re lucky, a view of the rock. There is a nice restaurant and bar area and the service is very accommodating. The hotel offers a myriad of activities including the village/temple walk, leopard safaris, and the not to be missed, Stepwell dinner. Ours was truly a peaceful, pleasant stay and we wished we could have stayed longer.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank NikkoHenderson_NV
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This hotel is situated on the edge of a village, in the shadow of a 350 foot granite rock. It was originally an Haveli which had fallen into disrepair, but has since been restored. There is also a modern wing which houses larger modern rooms with balconies. We stayed in a classic heritage room in the old wing. Our room was quite small, decorated to reflect local culture. It had no significant storage so we were unable to empty much from our cases. The room was also quite dark. However we also had access to a shady roof terrace which had stunning views of the rock. It was a lovely place to relax at sunset and sunrise. We were able to watch the monkeys on the rock and the listen to the wide range of bird song.

The hotel had beautiful grounds and a lovely swimming pool. There was also a spa, where my travel companion enjoyed a fantastic massage.

Breakfast was a little limited compared to other hotels we stayed at, but eggs were cooked to order.

In the evening the place became magical, lit up by myriads of candles. The stars were absolutely stunning. It was possible to enjoy an evening meal on the roof terrace, where the food was good, but the service exceptionally slow. Otherwise you could eat in the restaurant downstairs.

If you have time it is advisable to go on a leopard safari. The jeeps are very comfortable and the terrain is less rough than at Ranthambore. The guides were very knowledgeable and spoke quite good English. We were able to spot a leopard on the rock
and the guides were great in ensuring we had all seen it/ got photos. We then drove down to the lake to watch the birds, enjoy cookies, crisps and tea. It was such an experience watching the sun go down.

If I was to criticise this hotel, I would say that the speed of service was its weakness. Service was slow at all times apart from breakfast. On one occasion when I requested some medication which they agreed to get from the local chemist, it did not materialise, without explanation.
It's greatest asset is that it is a peaceful and relaxing haven.

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank Brian H
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

This is a heritage property. The old building complex has been converted into a hotel and they have done a great job of retaining the character of the place. The rooms in the old building could be a little claustrophobic. Some of the rooms have a very nice view. We were upgraded to a very nice suite in the new building and that was very nice and spacious, with a beautiful view. The Exclusive dinner at the 1000 year old stepwell was quite an experience, a bit pricey though at 5000Rs per person. The safari was a good experience as well, specially if you sight the leopards. Having tea & sandwiches at the safari was refreshing. The service and the staff are very nice. The spa therapists were very good and so was the massage. The hotel is located in the middle of the village, so it may not be always possible to drive a big vehicle right up to the entrance of the hotel, so please call and check before arriving.

Room tip: the rooms in the new building are very good.
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank towmyline
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

We stayed here for one night as part of a 17 days tour of India. The location made it an adventure for our driver to get through the village.
Our room overlooked the pool and the temple and the huge mountain. The shower worked well but has a supply of 25 liters of hot water at one time so quick showers were the order of the day. We loved the sign on our bed warning us about "wedding season" and parties that go on late into the night. We always travel with earplugs so we had no trouble sleeping. Yes, you can hear all the calls to prayer just as you do in most of India.
The WiFi was average at best. It was good enough to check the Super Bowl scores but not anywhere good enough to watch the game on the computer.
We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant. Breakfast was same old, same old for India - nothing special but adequate.
We enjoyed the stepwell dinner because only 4 of us booked it that night. It was quite personal. We enjoyed watching the servers cook the naan in front of us.
The only negative comment is that the front desk clerk who checked us in and out doesn't seem to enjoy his job much or was having a bad day! No smiles in sight.

Room tip: Ask for a pool view and you will see the temples.
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank FCsusan
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Wonderful heritage home hotel packed with 'antique' features and historical relics. Welcoming reception. Very comfortable rooms. Delicious food. Situated right in the middle of a small village totally 'untouristified'. Climb up the rock (600 feet and 700 steps) for magnificent 360 views of surrounding countryside, even better at sunrise or sunset. We went on the 'leopard' safari - very professional and hugely enjoyable even though we didn't actually see a leopard, though did see quite a bit of other wildlife and lots of birds. We only stayed one night but could happily have filled another couple of days with a combination of activities and lazing by the lovely pool.

Room tip: Probably all good
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank michaelscwebb
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