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“Absolutely brilliant! Very very clean and romantic! :-)”

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Hotel Pleasant Haveli
Ranked #5 of 104 Hotels in Jaisalmer
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Absolutely brilliant! Very very clean and romantic! :-)”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

This was the first hotel we stayed in in India that was actually really very very clean (according to Western standards!).
Secondly this was the first hotel that actually DID pick us up from the station (although "free pick up" is offered all the time, this never works out :-)
Besides that we had a great stay here because of the complete staff of the hotel. Small example: we were here for a night, left for a camel trip and then returned after a few days: the tip I had left under my cushion was on the bed table (different room) when we returned. So I mean the complete staff, from cleaning, to the boys who were serving in the restaurant. All very caring and good in detail.
The first night we went out for dinner in a so called good spot (tripadvisor) with view on the fort; bummer. The Pleasant Haveli has a better view although it is a bit further from the fort. (You still can walk there!) but most certainly a better cook! You can choose Italian food, some Chinese dishes and Indian. I have tried mostly the Indian dishes (my favourite) but the day I needed some comfort food, the pasta was as it should be: delicious and simple.
We traveled with our son, (15 yrs) who was, like we were, treated really nice by Krishna (hotelmanager) and Naru (owner). Krishna took our son under his wings all the time and made sure he had a great time!
The hotel is beautifully built by Naru, brand new and tasteful. Rooms and halls are spacious with all kinds of typical details built in the walls and nice copper artwork all around. There are some books and magazines to read on a table on the roofterrace (terrific view by the way!) Wifi is working good, airco works good, hot shower available (very pretty and spacious bathrooms, as I said: most properly cleaned.)
No problem if you want to have breakfast at noon or dinner at 10 PM, always friendly served.
We wanted to make a cameltrip through the desert. When I mentioned this, Dave was at my table in 5 minutes and told me the possibilities. No pushing whatsoever, just informing. Next morning when we went out for a walk and told Dave we would like to make a trip for 2 nights, all was arranged in one afternoon and we could depart the next day.
The trip was very well taken care of: great guides, speaking proper enough English to communicate and good food. There was enough chilled (!) bottled mineral water to drink and even to spoil some for washing :-)
Garfur and Horo, our guides were friendly and good cooks. We had a chai tea at Garfur's home in the desert, a nice experience to learn a bit about how people live in the desert. The guides were good with the camels and treated the animals friendly. Every time we stopped riding the animals were freed from their saddles and set free to have their own lunch from the trees. My son could help and learn how to saddle and bind the frontlegs together. All in all a great experience!
The last night it started raining (monsoon) and I was ready to go back to the hotel and have a warm shower since it had been very very hot that day. This was not as planned but Dave was friendly enough to offer us a ride back to the hotel while my son wanted to stay, which was no problem. End of story was that the jeep got stuck in the sand :-) Dave had a creative solution and offered us a small hut nearby. The guide Sumar went with us, took matrasses and blankets and stayed with us for the night. A good solution for a situation that could have turned easily in a disaster (sleeping folded up in the jeep or under some plastic sheet between the saddles of the camels could have been the other options...) All in all, very well arranged, even when things turned out different than expected.
Cameltrips can be booked in the whole village but in contact with nature (the camels, the extreme weather conditions etc) you want to be guided by skillful people and in that case I would advice the organisation of Dave. Just ask for him in the hotel and be assured of a well organised trip with the best spots in the desert.
Only one small detail could be better: the coffee. You get nescafe which you can make to your own taste since it is served separately from the hot water but if you have a high standard like Naru has, a good espresso from the perculator or coffeemachine would complete it all. Than the Pleasant Haveli turns into the Perfect Haveli! :-) (
If you consider to make a cameltrip and enjoy a very romantic hotel (not expensive for what it's offering!) it is worthwhile to make the trip to Jaisalmer!

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This was genuinely my favourite place of all the hotels we stayed in on our trip around Rajasthan. The owners, Naru and Krishna, made us extremely welcome and went to extra lengths to make sure we had a good time. They lent us socket adaptors and even gave us a lift to the railway station.

The rooftop restaurant was fantastic. It's open all day, which was great when we wanted a small mid afternoon snack. Everything is cooked fresh. There are cushioned seats and a super view of the fort. Our room was lovely, with sandstone walls and a bay window. Everything was neat and clean.

The camel safari was a highlight of our trip. The trips organised by the hotel only take small groups of 2-4 so you really have a chance to talk to the guide, David, and the young man who looks after the camels. They have a great attitude towards the desert: they make sure to go to places (abandoned town that we visited on the way, and sand dunes where we camped) away from the tourists, and leave no litter behind. Despite the rain which must have followed us all the way from England, it was a fantastic experience - riding the camels, eating our curry in the desert and chatting to David who is a lovely man and an experienced guide. Additionally, we were not charged for our room for the night we spent in the desert AND we were offered a room when we returned the next day for a few hours before our train.

Other great things about this hotel are unlimited free bottles of mineral water (much needed in the desert heat!), excellent wifi in all the rooms (there is a hub on every floor) and great breakfast included in the rate. The location of the hotel is great. Only a few hundred metres from 'sunset point' and a 5 min walk to the main bazaar/street that leads to the fort.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

This is definitely one of the better places we have stayed in India mainly because of the absolutely amazing and friendly service (and we've stayed everywhere, from motels to 5 star palaces). Nothing was too much trouble for the owner and his team: welcome drinks, unlimited water, late check out, early check in, a place to shower after we'd checked out, train ticket reservations without taking commission, translating for our driver, plus great conversation about Jaisalmer and the area. The hotel itself is also very tasteful, extremely clean, has beautiful stone work and great air conditioning. To top it all off this place is great value for money...special mention for the roof top restaurant, breakfast was so good we also had lunch there the next day. Thanks to Pleasant Haveli for a great stay in Jaisalmer!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

I absolutely loved staying here! One of the best hotels i stayed in whilst in India. The roof restaurant with relaxing pillows with a view of the fort was wonderful. We ate at the hotel nearly every meal, the food was very good. The rooms were great, bathrooms were lovely and clean. I even got a pink room which was cute. The staff were really wonderful, always kind and helpful. The hotel is a short walk to a little alleyway of stores & close to everything we went to. Loved Jaisalmer and when i am back i will be staying here again. Thank you!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Jaisalmer, India
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

Staying at the pleasnt Haveli was like staying at home. Naru (the owner) is just a great guy, really helpful and always up for a laugh. He can organize anything you need within minutes and is realy easygoing, he would constanly say shanti which means relax and thats exactly what he did. Big and clean rooms with air conditioning and wifi on each floor. We went on the camel trip with great dinner on the dunes which I highly recomend. Anyways, I recomend this pleace to everyone!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Located just outside the old walled city, this gorgeous hotel looks like it is made of sand. Inside it is cool and decorated like an with jewel coloured clothes, intricately carved wood and stained glass windows. Breakfast was standard, but with a stunning view. You cant go wrong with this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

My girlfriend and I had such an incredible stay here. The reviews don't lie. We came as guests and left as friends. Naru is the man! He really showed us the best of Jaisalmer and made us feel so welcome and taken care of. I highly recommend the camel safari with Dave - unlike the other haveli's you barely know they offer this service as they don't want to be pushy, but it was a tremendous value and a once in lifetime experience for us. I'd highly highly recommend you stay here :)

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Pleasant Haveli
Address: Chainpura Street, | Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer 345001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Jaisalmer District > Jaisalmer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Jaisalmer
#2 Family Hotel in Jaisalmer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pleasant Haveli 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Pleasant Haveli is centrally located. Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis, Local Markets, ATMs, pharmacies are all conveniently accessible in a short walk. From the terrace and the rooftop restaurant you can enjoy a panoramic view of Jaisalmer Fort, Vyas Cemetery,and sunset / sunrise . Hotel Pleasant Haveli has total of 12 rooms, all the rooms equipped with A/C, ensuite bathroom, TV with cable connection.Out Of 12 Rooms 9 Rooms are Pleasant (Deluxe) which can accommodate maximum 3 Person & 3 Rooms Are Pleasant Cozy (Standerd) Which Can Accommodate maximum 2 Person, As it is a small hotel in a limited space, the property does NOT offer 1. Room Service 2.Lift 3. Garden 4. Bathtubs 5.Fridge and safe in the rooms 6. Swimming Pool. The check in time is 11:30 am. The check out time is 10:00 am.We offer free wi-fi internet, free pick up from Jaisalmer Railway Station and Bus station. ... more   less 
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