Stayed here as a couple in mid February, Travelling privately.
It's fair to say that when we drove towards this hotel we hadn't a clue where we were going as it is off the beaten track around 30 minutes from bharatpur. Our first thoughts were, 'well this is different ', but in a good way.
This is a Heritage property with, I think, only around a dozen rooms, and it was quiet when we were there. The welcome was one of the best, and the service second to none. They could not do enough for us.
The hotel is located right in the centre of the small village, and life in all of its various parts went on around us. It was great just sitting on the balcony overlooking the pool and watching the world go by. The hotel also laid on a camel cart ride, around the village and this opened our eyes to how they live. Life in the raw.
Food was excellent from local ingredients and freshly cooked. We also had wifi!
In summary a great place to stay to experience real life in a good quality property
This hotel was different. Family run & situated in an agricultural village. Staff were attentive & local food delicious although the restaurant itself was not great - reached by very steep steps. The room was lovely with a circular bed & lots of decoration making it very interesting. pool was a good size and clean. We were taken by a member of staff into the village where we met lovely people & also went to the school & looked at the kids work.A wonderful experience.
Hotel staff not very friendly - started insisting that I take another room for my kids although we already had a double room, only gave a late check-out till 1030am (only 3 of 11 rooms were occupied the night we were there. their credit card machine did not work and they started insisting that it was our card and not their machine! fairly unhelpful.
property is nice with beautiful gardens and pool.
This is the third time I visited this hotel, and this time the changes were enormous. First of all an annex was built where the guests are welcomed. In addition a pool was installed and a dining room was added. The bathroom in our room was better than in 2007 and way better than in 2002. The rooms themselves were charming enough. While in 2002 and 2007 there was a buffet breakfast in the beautiful courtyard of the hotel, which was a truly fantastic experience, now we had dinner in the new dining room. This room was mildly charming (despite the hideous drapes). We didn't use the pool, but it looked beautiful. The hotel did retain much of its charm, but I would have liked it better, if they weren's so focussen on having all meals served in the dining room instead elsewhere in the hotel (courtyard, around the pool): it would have been so much more charming. We had dinner in the hotel. The dinner was good, but we thought it rather cheap to put the dishes covered with tinfoil on the table. Made it look cheap. We also didn't like the fact that the staff was milling around our table all the time watching us eat and asking numerous times if the food was OK. The (western) breakfast was average.
We stayed at this property on our way to Jaipur from Agra, and so that we could visit the Keoladeo National Park in the evening. Please keep in mind that this hotel is off the beaten path and is a about a half an hour drive from the park.
The hotel is quite lovely with large rooms and very comfortable beds. It looks like it was a grand residence that was converted into a hotel. It is a smaller, boutique hotel that is located in a smaller village off of the main road, which I considered an asset. As other reviewers have noted, the bathrooms were quite large with showers that could fit more than two people.
Our room had a large sitting area, the sleeping area, another bedroom located up a narrow flight of stairs (which we didn't use) and a smaller additional room. We also had a deck off of the master bath. The bed was quite comfortable. I would recommend that the hotel advise guests about how to use the shower. Some Western guests may not understand how to use the heater for the water.
The amazing thing about the property is the monkeys. If you appreciate wildlife, this is the place for you. I opened my door to go to the front desk to be greeted my a macaque monkey holding a baby to her chest. A staffer then came running with a "monkey stick" for protection. I explained that we didn't these in New Jersey. (They don't hit the monkeys with the sticks; they are simply placed outside your door to scare them away).
WiFi can be iffy but several logins are provided for your convenience. If you are planning on arriving late in the evening, I would recommend on calling the hotel to let them know. The staff cooks everything at breakfast to order and aims to please. You are made to feel like you are guests in their home. It was a lovely experience.
If you are looking for a big chain style hotel, this is not for you. If you are looking for an intimate, beautiful experience in one of the prettiest areas of India, this is for you.