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The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Bikaner
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Vancouver, Canada
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87 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Laxmi is the Goddess of Wealth and this is her Hotel”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

I stayed 4 nights in Bikaner in the very hot off season at this very grand palace turned hotel. When Rajasthan joined India the Rajas were given stipends in lieu of their previous tax collecting. Under Indira Gandhi this was abolished so the Maharajas were reduced to changing their homes into hotels. I feel no sympathy for them at all! Most still have vast wealth, I think. But now us commoners can stay in a royal palace. The staff are most pleasant and attentive. The dining room has superb ambience and absolutely delicious Indian food. Breakfast was included, served in another grand room, with what ever you wanted cooked for you. When in India I love eating everything Indian.
It was very yummy! The grounds are attractive, the pool large, and the hotel quiet, separate from the buzz of the old city. I was upgraded to a historic suite staying in 204 above the rooms used by Queen Elizabeth when she visited. It is a 5 minute walk to the bus stand where one can take buses to various towns outside of Bikaner. Abhivyakti, the retail outlet of the Ormul Trust, features beautiful hand spun, dyed, woven, nicely-tailored western and Indian style 100 cotton shirts and other clothing at excellent prices. (10CAD$ for a very nice short sleeved man's shirt). The trust also has a very good milk bar just outside the shop entrance. Recommended. It is a 40-50Rupee tuktuk ride into most parts of the city. Moomal Restaurant as a fantastic Special dried fruit and nut creamy Moghul-style curry. Bhikaran Chandmal Bujiwallah has most delectable sweets. Vijay Rathore of Vijay Guest House organized a trip to the Camel Breeding and Research centre. Babies are very cute. Try the Camel Milk Kulfi (a frozen treat) and to Deshnok to the Karna Mata temple. This Temple was the reason for my 3rd visit to Rajasthan since I couldn't work it into my 2 previous visits to this Indian state. Take disposable socks for the rat temple visit and ladoos for the little reincarnations.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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LaxmiNiwasPalace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 27 October 2015
Dear Venerable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcomes you once again and allow us to serve to you with world class services.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

When you arrive to the hotel you can only say wow to the nice building and park. The complex has been arranged to an hotel preserving the old Manor and the old equipment but a long time ago probably and what is a very nice visit to start with, becomes a bad hotel experience...
The rooms have no window, the air conditioning is working In the rooms only but must be 30 years old, so very noisy and blowing hard on the beds. In the bathroom the temperature was probably 50 degrees Celsius and the cold water was warmer than the warm water.
The swimming pool was disgusting, we didn't dare to enter the water: no filtration no water treatment.
The food was excellent and the people friendly!

Our advice: go there to visit the building and find another hotel unless you like to live like 80 years ago

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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LaxmiNiwasPalace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 27 October 2015
Dear Venerable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcomes you once again and allow us to serve to you with world class services.

Sincerely,
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

I was fortunate enough to spend two nights at this lovely palace. The buildings, grounds, gardens and surroundings are absolutely stunning and very well maintained and it feels like a dream to stay in a place like this. Due to it being low season, the nightly rate was very attractive and affordable. The staff from the front desk, to the bell boys, to the wait staff etc. were all extremely polite and helpful at all times.
The hotel is located at the end of a very long driveway and it is not close to any other restaurants, so unless you leave the hotel grounds completely, eating at the hotel is necessary. The hotel restaurant served very good food and I found the prices reasonable for a hotel of this standard.
The included breakfast was very good and you could order eggs any way you wished.
The pool outside was very nice and clean and very welcome in the heat of July!
My room was very large and included a large sitting area, dressing area and huge bathroom.
Airconditioning was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Laxmi_Niwas_Palace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 29 October 2015
Dear Honorable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

At The Laxmi Niwas Palace it is our ongoing endeavour to create unique experiences for our guests, help curate memories that that they can cherish forever.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcoming you once again.

Sincerely,
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Impressive old world charm – originally a palace built in the early 1900s of local sandstone before being converted into a hotel. The hotel in steeped in Indian / Colonial history with numerous photographs adorning the walls as well as an abundance of mounted hunting trophies of deer, antelope, tigers and lions.

There is free wireless internet in the rooms which were large and clean. There are large column water coolers installed in rooms rather than air conditioning units leading to some higher levels of noise when sleeping but nothing too distracting.

The hotel has dated infrastructure however it was all functional (until we were stuck in the ancient lift). There are no eateries nearby so you will need to eat at the hotel - the dinner meals were reasonably priced (but not cheap) and were high quality. We found the service not as outstanding as other parts of Rajasthan however still good. Breakfast was modest with not a lot of choice.

There are great views from the 4th floor rooftop.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Laxmi_Niwas_Palace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 29 October 2015
Dear Honorable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

At The Laxmi Niwas Palace it is our ongoing endeavour to create unique experiences for our guests, help curate memories that that they can cherish forever.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcoming you once again.

Sincerely,
Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We were a group of 4 grown ups and one child who stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. Since it was the off season we were (very nicely) upgraded for our rooms and stayed in two adjacent large suites on the ground floor itself.

The food served in the hotel's restaurants are so-so (but I would imagine acceptable for a small place like Bikaner).

Nice swimming pool for those who like the activity.

The museum in the grounds of the hotel was immaculately maintained and worth a good browse.

The staff is very attentive and well trained ...that was the nice part.

Loved the display of the animal trophies in the Bar, Restaurants, Game Room...err practically nearly every public room.

Room Tip: If you have elderly members in the group, choose the rooms on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Laxmi_Niwas_Palace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 29 October 2015
Dear Honorable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

At The Laxmi Niwas Palace it is our ongoing endeavour to create unique experiences for our guests, help curate memories that that they can cherish forever.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcoming you once again.

Sincerely,
Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014

This place ticks all the boxes for a nice palace, but the management and the staff are terrible,
the breakfast was disgusting !! my wife opened up a carton of butter and it was liquid and smelt rancid, it spilt all over her dress and nobody seemed concerned atall. There was no chilled juices,cerals, fresh fruit platters etc all you got was eggs to how you wanted, even the jam and marmalade was uneatable. This place literary left an unpleasant taste, the room was nothing special, they have go their priorites wrong the building isn't good enough to make a good hotel you need excellent food and service..............go elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Laxmi_Niwas_Palace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 29 October 2015
Dear Honorable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

At The Laxmi Niwas Palace it is our ongoing endeavour to create unique experiences for our guests, help curate memories that that they can cherish forever.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcoming you once again.

Sincerely,
Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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Jaipur
2 reviews
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Very nice and comfortable rooms with good service and friendly staff. Excellent ambiance. Great location, away from the city humdrum. Would definitely come back for a longer stay since we spent 1 night.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Laxmi_Niwas_Palace, Manager at The Laxmi Niwas Palace, responded to this review, 29 October 2015
Dear Honorable Guest,

We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time.

We are happy to welcome you to The Laxmi Niwas Palace and pleased that you so enjoyed your stay with us.

At The Laxmi Niwas Palace it is our ongoing endeavour to create unique experiences for our guests, help curate memories that that they can cherish forever.

We hope you will come back to The Laxmi Niwas Palace in the future and we look forward to welcoming you once again.

Sincerely,
Management The Laxmi Niwas Palace
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Property: The Laxmi Niwas Palace
Address: Dr. Karni Singhji Road | Samta Nagar, Bikaner 334001, India
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Region: India > Rajasthan > Bikaner District > Bikaner
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bikaner
#1 Business Hotel in Bikaner
#2 Spa Hotel in Bikaner
#2 Family Hotel in Bikaner
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bikaner
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Laxmi Niwas Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharaja Ganga Singh in Bikaner. This is a 106 year old heritage palace with 45 deluxe rooms and 15 royal suites, all are air-conditioned and many of them have direct access to an open terrace. No more than 2 rooms are alike. One can learn about the rich culture, history and lifestyles of the Rajputana Kings of India. ... more   less 
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