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Bhanwar Niwas Bikaner Reviews
Beautiful facade and rooms lacking service and hospitality Mar 28, 2011
A regal heritage building, The Laxmi Niwas Palace holds a commanding posture among its large green property set in the hot desert of Rajasthan. Thanks to a massive gate entrance, guests pass through the palace wall which still envelopes the entire property. The main receiving portico is reached after a short drive past lush, green gardens and a small army of laborers maintaining the grounds. In true 5 star Rajasthani form, my travel partner and I were greeted immediately upon arrival by the door man.
Our experience was proceeding well until the check-in. The front desk clerks spoke broken English at best, a rather surprising find given the type of property. Our driver’s translating skills were needed to complete the formal check-in process. Working around this minor ordeal kept me from appreciating how grand the lobby was until subsequent passes allowed more time to investigate properly.
Our room sat opposite the lobby right off the main, square shaped courtyard the hotel encircles. Large floor to ceiling doors, locked via an oversized padlock, opened into a very high ceiling, spacious room. In fact, the room was so large, the over-sized furniture didn’t seem on scale within its surroundings. Large windows overlook the courtyard covered my beautifully draped fabrics. Tiled floors allow for easy clean up from desert sand tracked in by shoes. Everything about the room was clean and oozed luxury. Each room has attached screen doors allowing guests an option of keeping their main doors open to allow for fresh breezes. Unfortunately, our room was next to the gift shop. One by one other hotel guests and outside tourists took pleasure at peeking through our screen door while some even walked right in.
With so much space devoted to one room, of course the bathroom was generous in size. Between the main sleeping area and the bathroom was a storage area complete with full length panel door closets and luggage racks. This was a nice touch allowing my travel partner and I to keep our junk out of each others' way.
Breakfast was included with the room, served on the other side of the courtyard near the rear lobby entrance. It was just, bad, just…wrong. Service was provided by more broken English waiters making any special ordering too much of a hassle to muddle through. The food offerings were sparse. From the lack of traffic in the dining area, it appeared there were few other guests the night before. Certainly I can understand this poses challenges for the staff to properly gauge food consumption. If they were trying to keep us from eating much they succeeded brilliantly.
Completing the laundry request required our driver’s help once again. Retrieving it also required his help. I’m not sure how other guest communicate with the various staff members with such obvious language barriers deterring even the simplest chat.
Skip the breakfast here and head over to the rooftop restaurant at Hotel Harasar Haveli. Pass on the laundry services and seek out a local merchant in the market. Do take time to pass through the gift shop, as well as, reading the various framed photographs explaining the palace history hung throughout the courtyard walls. My plans wouldn’t have me staying here again but you’d be a fool not to at least check out the magnificent architecture and details of this well maintained property.
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Enjoy this beautiful spacious rooms! Aug 31, 2009
We stayed here two nights.
You will find this haveli in the middle of the old town of Bikaner.
This Haveli was commissioned by the late Seth Bhanwarlalji Rampuria in 1927, the architecture of the haveli is an combination of Indian and European styles. The hotel is now a heritage hotel.
The hotel is difficult to reach through the narrow streets of Bikaner. After a wild ride by the chaotic traffic it will takes you to an oasis of tranquility in this beautiful hotel.
We were very surprised to get a very large room (I really mean a very spacious room, the room occupate three rooms and a bathroom). Please look at the picture and see for yourself.
The rooms are well air-conditioned, clean, decorated with hand-painted wallpaper. All very authentic and atmospheric. Rooms are large, cozy and comfortable.You feel as a very wealthy person.The spacious rooms are often a lack out of hot water.
Operation in the restaurant is excellent.Here you get only vegetarian dishes. The choice at breakfast is poor.
The staff is friendly, pleasant and give good service.
The location is perfect if you want to stay in the middle of the old town.
At the entrance you will find a nice old car (oldtimer, sorry cann't remember the name of the car). The courtyard is spacious. In the afternoon you will get typical Rajasthan/Indian music.
If you have time go to the rooftop to enjoy the view over Bikaner old city.
Yes, I would come back to this hotel. It is very peacefull and you have pleasant stay here.
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Bhanwar Niwas Overview
This air-conditioned hotel is located deep in the Thar Desert, behind Bikaner's endless waves of sand dunes. The hotel is richly decorated with magnificent heritage architecture. The architecture of the hotel and its interiors is a fascinating blend of Indian and European styles. The hotel facilities include a currency exchange, parking and a multi-cuisine restaurant. The hotel offers 24 well-designed rooms in traditional Rajasthani style. Guests are welcomed in the lobby with 24-hour reception, a hotel safe, cloakroom and newspaper stand. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the bar. Business travellers can make use of the conference facilities. A games room, Internet access, room service, a laundry service and a car park also feature.
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