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“Beautiful palace to look at, horrible hotel to stay in”
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The Sariska Palace
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sariska
Delhi, India
1 review
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“Beautiful palace to look at, horrible hotel to stay in”
Reviewed 11 August 2008

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.

Stayed August 2008
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Reviewed 5 May 2008

Hotel Sariska Palace is the worst place to stay in Rajasthan. The rooms are not clean, the bathrooms does not have proper fittings even the water supply at the bathrooms is very bad. The food is cold when served and the soups are very very oily. The soup that was served to me was full of oil and tasted very bad. The room service is unresponsive. The management is very rude and behave very badly.The tariff is very high compared to other heritage places in rajasthan and not worth the money. I would not recommend any one to go to that place.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Travellers are raving about these Sariska hotels

New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 25 March 2008

nothing to say what we experienced just a little advise DO NOT GO THERE

very poor serivice, dark rooms with no lights, chipped stones in swimming pool, terrible food

anybody planning to go to SARISKA from JAIPUR or DELHI should plan a DAY TRIP to see the wildlife reserve, rather than staying at one of the worst (known as best) properties in Sariska.

signing off.

  • Liked — only heard that it was best, but really disappointed
  • Stayed March 2008
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Delhi
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Reviewed 25 March 2008

The palace is no doubt very beautiful, but not maintained properly. The rooms are shabby with low quality furniture and fittings etc. We stayed in Haveli block of the palace and the bathrooms here were supposed to be more modern. However, there was no hot water, no towel rod or wall mounts. There is no tv in the room either. We had booked six rooms and some rooms came with air conditioner and some without. The hotel was 100% occupied due to the Holi weekend and hotel staff was completely bewildered.

The food was below standard. The swimming pool is the only reason, you can choose to stay here. Be prepared to walk long distances though.

Had we not paid for two nights package, we would have checked out the first day itself. You can avoid this place safely.

  • Liked — Swimming Pool
  • Disliked — Rooms
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 November 2007

We were to stay two nights but were so put off when we arrived that we immediately made arrangements to leave the next day. There was only one other couple staying in the entire enormous hotel and considering it was diwali this seemed odd. An oppressive and sad atmosphere and equally sad and on the whole, unfriendly staff who couldn't really understand anything asked. The spa is nothing short of appalling and although the pool looked okay the whole area looked uncared for and not particularly clean. Rooms were large but extremely basic. Particularly offputting were the abundance of old stuffed tigers and pictures of dead tigers - unpleasant for visitors who primarily went there to enjoy the park. We cancelled our trip into the park to leave early.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
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New Delhi
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Reviewed 6 October 2007

Hi Friends,
Stayed at Sariska Palace in Feb '07. I found it to be a wonderful hotel with vast areas of green and open areas. I had heard about the smelly carpets, but they are all gone and now most rooms have wood panel floors. Apart from the main Palace rooms rest of the rooms were preety good. The swimming pool area is specially nice with green surroundings. The visit to th ejungle was cool, though we knew there were no tigers around, but it was nice with the jungle feel, lots of birds around Kankanwadi fort with water bodies. A special mention about the excellent food at Sarsika Palace, specially the mutton and the confectionery. We also visited Lake Siliserh about 30 km away and it was a treat to such a a lake in middle of Rajasthan. Sariska can be a nice weekend option from Delhi Oct-MArch months and stay at Sariska Palace is recommended.

  • Liked — Openness and good food
  • Disliked — No TV
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with family
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London, England
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Reviewed 24 November 2006

Stayed here with an Explore group for one night. A reasonable hotel, food was average to good, breakfast omelettes were particularly fresh and good. Beer was cold, slightly more expensive than at other hotels.

The local game park has NO TIGERS and has not had them for many years. The "safari" was the worse part of the stay, the hotel arranged a closed jeep with a "guide" who did not know his way around the park and to make it more fun, the jeep broke down in the middle of the park. There were few animals due to a poor monsoon. Other than a reasonable overnight stay, there is little to attract you to the place.

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — toilets
  • Stayed November 2006
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Property: The Sariska Palace
Address: | Alwar, Sariska 301022, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Alwar District > Sariska
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sariska
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Sariska Palace 3.5*
Number of rooms: 90
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 
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