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“Nice historic property to break journey”
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Fort Pokaran
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pokaran
Reviewed 9 January 2013

We spent a few hours in Fort Pokaran, on our way from Jaisalmer to Bikaner by car. The fort is a small one, as Indian forts go. But it is picturesque and romantic, if a bit run down. The property belongs to a nobleman who still resides here. We had a look around the grounds and the ramparts, but did not go into the small museum. The kids spent a lazy afternoon playing in the sunlit simple lawns, while we wandered around looking at the old photographs dotted all around. The staff was friendly enough and informed us that the hotel was mainly used by tour operators and groups, not so much by individual travelers. We had a simple yet delicious lunch, of roti and laal-maas (local red meat chilly curry). We were the only folks in the large high ceiling hall, overlooked by portraits of ancestors and display cases etc.

Since we did not stay overnight, and did not see any of the rooms, I cannot comment on these aspects.But the whole place looked like it was trying desperately to make the most of the romantic and historic feel, but the owners did not have enough money or vision to make it a really top notch historic hotel - which is sad because Rajasthan is the one state in India which really overflows with such restored beauties. Handled with care, this could be one of them in future, but it isn't one now. Even if you dont want to stay overnight, it is well worth a stop over.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

We arrived at Fort Pokaran and were shown to our 'apartments'! We had a large bathroom, a room big enough to fit in 2 small extra mattresses for our children and a small open courtyard with another sitting room off that.
Sounds lovely but it wasn't. Everything was dusty and looked like it hadn't been used for a long time. The bathroom was well decorated and finished and looked good until my husband turned on the shower and the whole shower head fell apart.
The bedroom looked like someone had started to decorate it and then stopped halfway through. The courtyard was pretty but the floor was covered in pigeon droppings which was a problem as you had to walk through it to get to some of the other rooms and as those other rooms were a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom you didn't always have shoes on.
The sitting room was just a few old cushions with bits of cloth thrown over them. It was musty and damp.
The extra beds we had asked for weren't in the room when we arrived but we were told they would be brought while we had lunch. I popped back to the room and after unlocking the padlock on our door was really surprised to find the man in our room. I asked him how he had got in. He showed me a small door behind a wall of the courtyard and then disappeared through it and up onto the floor above. There was no way of locking this door. So our room was basically open to whoever wanted to come into it. At bedtime I wedged a big stone ornament against the door but it was rather unsettling. It was very cold everywhere with no effort to heat any part of it. We woke up with lots of small bites on our arms, although I think it would have been too cold for mosquitos and they didn't seem like mosquito bites.
The food was pretty awful too. My husband and I didn't want any lunch but the children were hungry and ordered some chips from the menu. Obviously reheated...
There was a buffet lunch in the dining room for a coach party that came through.
We went down in the evening for dinner expecting to order something from the menu we had seen at lunchtime. Instead we were presented with what was obviously all the reheated leftovers from the buffet lunch. There wasn't much the kids wanted to eat so they had just roti and rice for dinner. When we questioned them we were told it was a set menu at dinner. There was no indication of this anywhere.
There's not much in Pokaran apart from the fort. It's an amazing fort and could be really wonderful. We enjoyed looking around it. But I wouldn't recommend staying there. The pictures on the website show beautiful rooms (not ours though!) and a pool. Maybe other rooms were much better than ours? They seemed to have people in them so we couldn't see. The pool is undergoing some kind of building work, although there was no one working on it while we were there. The whole place looks like it was either once amazing and has now become run down or work was being done to make it better but then stopped halfway through. The staff were all friendly if a little gormless.
Just been back to look at their website. It bares no relation the the place we went to stay!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

We stayed here for 1 night on our way to Jaisalmer. Had one of the cheaper rooms which was fine but beds were very hard. Pool etc are not finished yet. Dinner and breakfast were fine, though the coffee was poor (instant from a sachet - not good enough for this class of hotel). We were given a tour of the museum, which was interesting and nicely presented.

Room Tip: Cheaper rooms are fine for a 1 night stay
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank MegN52
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Wonderfully atmospheric. We were given a choice of the Maharajah’s or Maharani’s bedroom, and after looking, plumped for the Maharani’s which was straight out of the Arabian nights – with modern conveniences.

Having the place to yourself, almost, after the tourists had gone was quite special. It is quite crowded during the day, but once the tour groups have departed and the local tourists have gone, it comes into its own as somewhere special.

Dinner under the stars was pleasant, though food wasn’t great.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank quandoquidem
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

great hotels in an old fort still inhabited by maharadja. our friend and contact Neel (from Cosy travels) took us there. great place to stay 1 night. THere is nothing to do in Pokaran but one night in that hotel is worth.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

I found this place quite royal, it more like a heritage hotel in the sands. Pokaran is a small town while on your way to Jaisalmer and this is a good place to take a night halt. I stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days in one of their top rooms. The staff is very polite and courteous. Infact their service is average, but makes you feel 'royal'. The food is just normal local food, but loved the non-veg make of theirs. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The ambiance is created to give you the old historic feel. Mornings are little chirpy as this fort is also a tourist attraction, but in the evenings, the fort is pretty much to yourself. It tends to get cold and pleasant in the evenings and its worth to while the time in the sit-out.

Room Tip: Try their room on the first floor.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Thank saurk
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

This is quite a special place. It is the old fort of Pokaran, where people visit the museum and holy shrines on a day visit. But when night falls the fort is yours. It has beautifully restored rooms, our royal suite was very big and extraordinary well designed. The hotel is managed by a government organization and you can sense that: service is not smooth and seems a bit forced. Pool and fountains were out of order. Food was great, but again a bit strange being served in this beautiful old Palace Hall with us as the only guests. We liked the stroll into the city: into the tiny streets were no Western tourist ever comes. We liked the architecture of the Fort and have no regrets on staying there, but with a little more love and smile it could have been better.

Room Tip: the suite rooms are even for India quite expensive. we had one, but is was very beautiful
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pokaran, Dist-Jaisalmer, Pokaran 345021, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer District > Pokaran
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pokaran
Price Range: £40 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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