When visiting Jaisalmer, many people opt to stay at hotels in the Fort. However, what they may not be aware of is that the condition of the Fort is rapidly deteriorating as drain water is seeping into its foundations. The situation has become so concerning that the municipal council plans to remove all hotels and restaurants from the Fort. So, what's the best alternative for accommodations? Staying in a hotel with Fort views! You'll find many Jaisalmer hotels with panoramic Fort views from their rooftop terraces and Fort facing rooms. Here are eight of the best ones, for all budgets.
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If you're looking for a hotel with a modern and luxurious touch, don't hesitate to stay at the highly rated, boutique 1st Gate Home-Fusion. Located just outside the Fort walls, this haveli hotel has eight rooms, and has been stylishly renovated in warm golden tones and with restored teak floors. One of the hotel's main attractions is its rooftop restaurant, renowned for its delicious Italian and Indian vegetarian fusion food. There's also a lounge bar with cocktails and live music. Room rates start from 7,000 rupees per night, plus tax.
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The very popular Hotel Pleasant Haveli receives near faultless reviews. It's located around 5-10 minutes walk from the Fort. The hotel has nine uniquely themed rooms, each decorated in a different color. Its restaurant serves reasonably priced tasty food and the rooftop terrace is furnished with gorgeous bright cushioned sofas. Staff are attentive and caring. You definitely wont regret staying here! An added bonus is that the hotel provides high quality camel safaris that are genuine and not touristy. Room rates are from 3,000 rupees per night, including tax.
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Another popular and beautifully decorated stone haveli-style hotel, Hotel Fifu is named after the congenial family that owns and manages it. The hotel is located around 15 minutes walk from the Fort, but don't let that deter you from staying there. It has three cushioned terraces with magnificent views of the Fort. There are 11 rooms spread over three floors, and the north facing rooms also have views to the Fort from their window seats. The south facing rooms have desert views. Expect to pay around 2,950 rupees plus tax for a room. The vegetarian Indian and Continental meals served on the rooftop restaurant are simple but good.
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Hotel Shahi Palace is possibly the most popular budget hotel in Jaisalmer. Its location is fabulous, only a few minutes walk from the Fort. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, with a highlight being the bonfires that are lit on the rooftop in the evenings for travelers to sit and chat around. The traditionally decorated rooms, made out of Jaisalmer sandstone, are clean and comfortable. There are 16 to choose from, with different sizes and amenities to suit various budgets. The cheaper ones, starting from 550 rupees per night, share a communal bathroom and don't have windows. Shahi Palace also runs reputable camel safaris.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The Mystic Jaisalmer Hotel is another awesome value budget hotel that caters to backpackers. It moved to its current premises in 2012, and offers 15 rooms ranging from dormitory accommodations to luxury rooms with private balconies overlooking the Fort. The rooms are clean, spacious and attractively decorated. If you're interested in Bollywood, you'll enjoy the nightly free movie screening on the rooftop terrace. Rates start from around 800 rupees per night, plus tax, for a private double. The hotel offers honeymoon packages, meditation tours and retreats, mystic retreats, and of course camel safaris, as well.
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Nachana Haveli has a regal past and a handy market location near the Fort. It was built in the 18th century by Maharaj Kesri Singh ji of Nachana, who was the then Maharawal of Jaisalmer, and is still owned by his descendants. Now turned into a hotel, it has 12 rooms set around two atmospheric courtyards. Each room is decorated with antique furniture and family portraits. The two suites offer stunning views of the Fort. Something to be aware of is that the rooftop restaurant is run separately to the hotel and the food is nothing to get excited about. Rates start from around 3,500 rupees per night, plus tax.
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Located not far from Nachana Haveli, this guest house is another chilled out cheapie that's suited to backpackers and budget travelers. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and they love meeting and hanging out with new people. Rooms are clean and simply furnished, with rates starting from 300 rupees per night.
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Hotel Jeet Mahal was constructed in the 18th century by royal architect Jeetmal Bissa in his spare time. It's been converted into a budget hotel with six rooms by his ancestors. They live next door, so it's like staying in a family home. The location just outside the Fort gates is very handy, and the hotel's intricate carved jharokhas (a type of overhanging enclosed balcony) are magnificent. However, the biggest draw card is the food at its restaurant, featuring authentic vegetarian Rajasthani cuisine. Expect to pay 950 rupees upwards for a room.