The Lake Nahargarh hotel address is Parsoli, near Chitorgarh - make sure your driver knows where he/she is going. The bottom line is don't go to this hotel until it has been updated or at the very least go with your eyes open.
All of the reviews are accurate from the 1* through to the 5*. In it's day it must have been truly 5* and amazing but it is now in need of a major re-furbishment. My wife and I were the only guests when we had an overnight stop on the way to Udaipur - this made the feel of the hotel very different if it had been full. It is definitely not for children or teenagers, only sightseeing tourists.
It would be easy to say don't go there but it has many endearing and unique features. The hotel lies in the middle of a lake at the end of a narrow, rutted dirt track through very poor houses and farm buildings. It appears as if the design of the hotel could be based on the Floating Palace in Jaipur - but I'm not sure.
On the plus side, the hotel gets the sun all day, the lake and gardens are very pretty and in November the temperatures are lovely. The staff are friendly and attentive but probably come from the local village with very little English but we always managed to be understood.
Our bedroom was huge and perfectly comfortable and the pigeons were quiet once the sun went down. There was no hot water during the evening but we don't know if this is normal or just because we were one nighters but it felt like they had just switched on the electricity for us. The bath is of a unique construction and you may scratch your skin on the lumpy mosaic tiles, they need to put in a standard porcelain bath.
The Indian food was good (goodness knows what you would get if you asked for Chinese, also on the menu) but we were restricted to one beer each due to the elections (it turns out no Indian beer or wine is served during the elections although subsequently we were told by Indian friends this was not right). The young staff are attentive but the downside is that we had 3 of them staring at us at dinner and breakfast, watching every mouthful, waiting to serve and clear at a moments notice. Nice to be quiet and on your own but the waiters need to learn to give guests some space.
In India, pigeons are meant to be lucky but in this hotel it means there are pigeon droppings on the windows and outside walls. The staff do try to keep the inside areas relatively clean, these days painting the Forth Bridge is easier. The pool was scummy and the mosaic tiles were breaking off - I wouldn't swim in the pool. Luckily, on the pool terrace there were only the 2 of us as there were only 3 sun beds . Perhaps more beds appear when the coach parties arrive.
Sadly, 1 out of 10 but the hotel does have some magical qualities, it's setting and the unique architecture.
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