The hotel is set in a nice location - lush green hills surrounding on all sides. A wildlife sanctuary next door. Manicured lawns inside. The palace exteriors are beautifully maintained and from the outside, looks fairly stunning (see pics). Has a good swimming pool to de-stress. But that's where the dream run ends. The rooms border on dingy - damp and poorly maintained. A room I stayed in had paint peeling off and had a window airconditioner that rattled away noisily all night. No TV or minibar in the rooms. Intercom telephones weren't working - so hailing room service involved wandering on the corridors and shouting "Hello! Anybody there?". Room service (when we managed to corner hotel staff in the corridors) was terribly slow. But room service was still supersonic compared to service in the restaurant where buffets are served - we could feel our fingernails growing, waiting for the naan / roti baskets to arrive. At the breakfast spread, milk had turned sour and doughnuts were pretty much inedible. I don't consider myself a fussy traveler but this place is a real test of patience. Am willing to take the ocassional rough edge in the spirit of adventure - if only the hotel wasn't so HORRIBLY overpriced! Ice, tea, a phone call - even the simplest convenience comes with a price that will send shudders down your spine - considering it's no fancy 5-star deluxe hotel we're talking about here.
What caused me greatest grief about this place - it's a grand palace that came with a legacy, a history, a fundamental charm. The guys running this place have stripped it of all its character, of all its tradition and culture. They've replaced all that instead with something that's bland and confused and overpriced.
To sum it up, one word about staying at this place: Don't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best 5 star heritage resort near Delhi, Sariska Palace. Book Sariska Palace and enjoy wildlife in Sariska. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sariska Palace Hotel
- Sariska Palace Rajasthan