I came to be at Peacock after a tout approached another traveller at the bus depot in Jodhpur. I thought what the hell, I'll go along and have a look.
We were picked up for free upon arrival in Jaisalmer and driven to the hotel.
My room cost 300R. It was quite nicely furnished, had a double bed and doors leading to a small balcony. Bathroom was quite crappy. Horrible toilet seat. Lid wouldn't stay up so rested against your back when you sat. Sink emptied directed onto the floor soaking my feet the first time. Door warped into another dimension.
WiFi signal was very faint in the room but good in the very nice upstairs restaurant/chill out area (hardly any plug sockets though.) Food was 'ok'.
The staff were quite friendly and welcoming. Some spoke good English. I liked the fact that nobody mentioned camel safaris until I brought it up.
So I decided to book the safari through them. They quoted me a price of 1100R per day. This seemed quite high. I got it down by a hundred but with retrospect should have got it for even less. The member of staff I booked though told me not to tell others I had paid less or I would have to pay them the difference. As if.
The safari itself was pretty good but went downhill a bit at the end. Camelman Hussein and his helper Akbar were great. Food was basic but acceptable. Wonderful experience sleeping under the stars. No honking, no hustling, no other tour groups, near complete peace. On the second day our group grew by a few tourists and camelmen which was ok. The 3rd day felt a bit rushed. One camelman kept hitting our camels to speed us up. This nearly caused a number of accidents as he was hitting them when they had nowhere to go so they were crashing into each other. One guy got his leg caught on the seat of my camel after this idiot had whipped his camel.
Back at Peacock Hotel there was an issue with rooms. A Scottish trio and I had been told we would have the same rooms when we returned but when it came to it we were told our rooms were taken and they only had windowless, noisy corridor rooms available. I asked how much but a member of staff just ignored me even though I asked him directly. He didn't want to say before consulting someone else. I asked again and said I was getting annoyed by all this confusion (which they were creating) when all I wanted to do was shower and rest after 3 days in the desert. He asked for 300R, the same as I'd paid for the nicer room with window which I'd been told I would have again. So I got it for 200R in the end.
The staff generally didn't seem so nice after the safari. The owner asked me to speak on the phone to a Spanish couple who spoke no English which I happily did and relayed the info between them and the staff. Not a word of thanks. Later I tried to talk to him about the arrangements but he was too busy yacking about something else to listen to me. This annoyed me as I was just trying to help him and the couple.
The final straw for me with the staff was when I was leaving. There was no proper member of staff around for nearly an hour before I left. I wanted them to call a hotel in Udaipur and make a reservation and arrange for me to be picked up at the other end (which they had said they would do.) The guy from the kitchen kept calling the other staff but no one came. In the end I left and kitchen guy assured me someone would call and make the arrangements. Next morning in Udaipur there was nobody waiting for me and no reservation when I got to the hotel. Nice work.
So as much as some of the rooms were quite nice as was the rooftop area I'm still left with a bad taste in my mouth with regards to this place.
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