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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pleasant Haveli Hotel
- Pleasant Haveli Jaisalmer