Clean place. Parking space for 2 cars inside the gate. No outside / garden space so you and the kids are pretty much indoors. Food is nice, but it is sold with a lot of push and you need to be able to say no at times. Most strange thing for me was the entries in the register - for 'official reasons', you need to enter your religion, job details, age and community - and you get questioned if you do not make all the entries. I never saw that anywhere else.
My wife & I stayed in the new spoonbill for a week, Feb 2019. Our room on the 1st floor was spacious, with large cupboard/wardrobe space, 2 chairs & coffee table, hot water for shower and door onto a balcony with 2 more.
Like another guest our train was delayed & we arrived very late, but Mr Singh walked to the crossroads in his pyjamas & dressing gown to direct us. Renu his daughter in law saw to our every comfort & also cooked excellent meals for us, also supplying us with sandwiches to take to Keolodeo Sanctuary - which was only a 10 minute walk away or 3 mins. in tuk tuk. Re. the Sanctuary. Felt a little grieved that, as usual entrance to the bird Sanctuary was Rs75 but for foreigners, Rs500 , each day cost us Rs1000 and no 3 or 7 day cheaper tickets,
We used Pritam & his cycle rickshaw (Rs150 per hour). Excellent knowledge of all the birds in the park & where to find them. So much so that we had no need for a guide (would have been an additional Rs250 per hour). Used Pritam for two days then had a couple of days just walking by ourselves. Small birds though were few & far between compared with our last visit 5 years ago. We agreed with Pritam that this is due to mobile phone masts being installed, not just in India but world wide.
New Spoonbill is a mid range hotel. Its neat and clean and have all the basic amenities, although not a very high end ones. Hot water 24 hours in the cold weather was a great comfort. Clean toilets.
The hotel is owned by Mr. Heman Kumar. He along with his wife and father are involved in running the show. They are very good people. Great hospitality and high desire to make the guests comfortable and happy. Bhabhijee is a very good cook and the food is extremely tasty may it be breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. His father, Babujee is 83 years young and running strong. Very humble person. Hemant Kumar is full of lots of information and is very resourceful too.
For a couple of days we went to Bharatpur Park at 6.30 a.m. in the morning. She ensured that we get to carry packed breakfast so that we can eat it whenever we feel hungry. We used to be in he park till evening, but we used to order packed lunch from the hotel itself. The lunch provided was excellent; eating it in the nature surrounded by cool breeze, lakes, lush green trees and lots of birds was an experience that can't be described in words. I have rarely eaten such a tasty packed lunch! Hats off to Bhabhijee. Dinner was equally tasty too.
I liked the hotel and will definitely visit again during my next trip to Bharatpur.
We enjoyed this place to chill and relax, escape from the craziness of Agra. Its a family runner guesthouse with a really helpful and sweet owner. Her food is tasty at a reasonable price. Try the thali, it was so delicious. Bharatpur is a good spot to visit Fatehpur Sikri (30min bus) and Agra for the Taj Mahal (1h). We also stayed there to experience the Holi in Mathura (1h15 away)
All of the hotels I booked for my month-long trip around Northern India fall into the category of 'Budget accommodation', so bear that in mind when you read my review.
All I ask of cheap accommodation is that it is comfortable and clean where cleanliness matters most - bedclothes, bath, shower, toilet, basin.
Hotel New Spoonbill fulfilled those criteria and more. My room was plain but spacious, bright and cheerful with windows that gave onto a colourful, neatly tended garden. It was comfortably furnished with a large bed.
The rest of the building was much the same, including a comfortable foyer with seating and a large dining room.
The proximity of the hotel to the fabulous Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary is a great advantage. It is literally a ten minute stroll from the entrance.
These are all positives but the ace up the sleeve of The Spoonbill is its personnel.
I met the housekeeper, the owner and the owner's son (who manages the hotels) and all three were friendly and extremely helpful.
My train when arriving was very late and the owner very graciously came out to a road junction in his dressing gown, in the early hours to meet my auto and show me to my room.
The housekeeper makes delicious meals and very filling packed lunches - essential for trips into the park!
Harish, the son and manager speaks perfect English and was unquestioningly helpful with advice and information. He even looked at timetables online and went with me to the bus stand when I left, to ensure I got on the right bus.
All in all, a guest house to make you feel comfortable and cared for, which is exactly what you need when travelling.