We stayed for a couple of nights, a group of 7. The hotel is quirky and seems very British/Indian. There were a few issues that we noticed like calling a dead Leopard a Cheetah for example. This was what we found when we went to what was called the Trophy room. This room had many other great cats that had been killed over the last 90 years by the family and the skins or bodies where displayed in cabinets.
That is not an Issue, so to speak as it is part of India's history and this was expected as the hotel is from a royal dynasty from the British rule of India. The family name is the Singhji Family and this was the way it was when British rule was occupying India. This was the way, as was explained to us, that the Maharajas showed there strength, by killing large animals and stuffing and hanging them in cabinets or placing on the walls photos of the incident, how you became a man!. But when you look into some of these very historical but a little tatty and incorrectly labelled display cabinets it was sad and not really historical because they were not looked after or historically correct in their labelling of these animals in these cases.
Over all, the hotel was not as friendly as a lot of hotels in india that we had stayed in. The building looks better on the photos then in actuality. The pool was not warm enough to use and was more decorative and used for the public to hold events rather then be available for the guest of the hotel to use, this seemed to happen a lot more when a function was being held.
OH&S is not something that we found to be readily available to the staff or the guests. The management did not seem overly interested in our or their staff members well being (see photos). It seemed that as long as the guest were quiet there was obviously not a problem.
The owner lives next door and did not show any sign of friendliness to us as guests staying at their hotel when they were standing right next to us and we said hello to them.
Our Bathroom was very slippery with no mats or anything to wipe the floor when you had a shower. The restaurant was deserted and slow with its service and did not seem to be able to get an order right. Food was a lower quality Indian food than a lot of other hotels we had been to.
We had an interesting incident whilst we were staying there.
It was the second night and we had a very cold room which also had see-through curtains and the windows faced into a walk way to other rooms, so we had to get dressed in the bathroom or with the lights off in our room for privacy it was cold. So on this night the group asked for heating to heat up the very cold rooms we were all staying in as it was winter and chilly. The others members of our group received their heaters without to much hassle some worked others did not and they excepted this as India. Our heater came with a lovely friendly staff member who arrived at the room with the heater, a blow heater. The staff member then worked out that the power plug did not suit the power point in the room so he went away and came back with another heater this time without a power plug on it. This staff member then stripped the wires and THEN licked the wires and place the three WET wires into the socket (bare, down to the copper). Then he turned on the power point switch and said "it is all fixed" and left the room. Within a couple of minutes, whilst I was taking photos, because it was next to my bed where my head was to lay and i was still dumbfounded that he had licked the wires and then placed them into the socket without dying, the heater went bang and bang again like a gun going off and a large about of smoke and crackling continued to happen from the powerpoint.
My room mate heard this and came running from the bathroom where they had been in the shower and before i could say anything had done a automatic response and with a thong (rubber shoe, flip flop etc) kicked the heater away from the socket so that we did not have a fire.
Management was informed and they laughed and said "that is the Indian way but! all was good now? yes?" we felt rude so we said little and they offered us another heater but we declined and said we will be alright. We then muttered to ourselves and laughed as what else could we do and went to bed loading up our clothes on the top of our beds to keep warm.
I still don't believe that the Hindu way for any manager is to kill your staff and guests thats not what i would call conducive to a good marketing strategy or something you would like to add to your resume, wouldn't you say?
I thinkThe Bharat Mahal Palace could be a good hotel and actually it could deserve its 3 stars if it sorted the issues it has out. If you like experience then please go and try the Bharat Mahal Palace but just be a little more cautious of your own safety and step back if you get a man with a heater and no plug on the end of it.
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