We were looking for a weekend one night break and selected Bharatpur. First we were apprehensive that if one night would give us relaxation we were looking for but the Bagh ensured that we did. At first, because of its 3 star categorization, a good deal in Make my trip and some negative comments I was concerned but staying there was such a great experience. Here are some Pros and just to make it fair, few cons though I am struggling to come up with cons:
(1) It's truly a nature resort - the whole set up is that if a resort, with lay out spread out over a vast area, so much fauna and greenery like a forest all around entering the resort gives a soothing feeling! Accomodation is in different residential complexes spread around but not too far and all walkable. There are so many species of birds that even if you miss going to sanctuary here you would be satisfied you stayed in a mini sanctuary. We (with my child) saw so many peacocks with feathers spread out and dancing that it was a sight and made our day.
It also has a very well maintained swimming pool which is equivalent to a five star.
(2) Its management, staff and service is true hospitality and even beats few five star resorts. I have stayed in few five star resorts and didn't find so responsive and warm service. The staff was ever ready to go out of their way to help, accommodate our requests and were very fast and responsive. We had an infant and a toddler with us and had few special requests for them which were accepted easily. We needed two rooms since we were travelling with parents and management on their own gave us a separate large suite kind of set up with adjacent rooms and a lobby exclusive to us. It was also close to reception, restaurant, swimming pool which worked for us considering elders and children accompanying us. Not sure if it was an 'upgrade' but very thoughtful on their part to have given us something while considering our special requirements. For this and general staff management, would give credit to Rahul who is managing the show there very well and knows what hospitality means without going overboard and just giving freebies and creating losses for the hotel/resort. Bhupender was another gem who was cordial, and ever helpful with tips and to make our stay memorable. The hotel loaned their binoculars to us considering we were not carrying one. Laxman Singh in restaurant was another very seasoned professional who took care of everything with calmness but had a hawk's eye to see everything is proper. When we requested from the way to get food ready at the time of check in. There were no hiccups and good was ready for us as soon as we arrived. Food was tasty too and not bad at all as I read in few reviews. I got to know that they invest in talent and recently hired a chef, Mr. Himmat Singh, from Leela, Delhi.
(1) One may find their rooms a little run down and doesn't seem new but unless it's a brand new property its hard to get that. Everything was functioning well. I have seen many top five star properties also in need of renovation. And let's remember it's prices are not even close to five star so expecting Italian marbles etc is not real.
(2) Some may find mattresses to be too soft and springy though we had a good sleep. If management is thinking of replacing then they may consider choosing more standardised mattresses with some firmness.
Overall, thanks to the Bagh. We had a very good and relaxing weekend. We plan to come back in Winters for in season Sanctuary visit and it will be 'the Bagh' :)
The Bagh is a resort built with local stones on the lines of heritage architecture in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. This is an ideal weekend getaway from Jaipur as well as Delhi. Though initially made outside the town from hustle and bustle of town, now has merged into the town surroundings. The Bagh is located at approx. 3.7 kms from Keoladeo Ghana National Park and it has an easy access from the national highway.
The Bagh resort has been built in various blocks spread in approx 12 acres of plantation. The hotel has approx twenty three rooms in two varieties and are distributed in three different residential complexes. The restaurant, banquet hall, coffee shop, library, swimming pool and the gym are situated separately allowing guests to enjoy solitude and nature. Each of the room has been provided with adequate amenities. Please select the room after a look as each room provides different view and setting. The corner room may have good view but the AC may become inadequate in peak summers. The water here is brackish.
The Gulmohar restaurant provides sumptuous food to support your stay. The spread is limited but adequate.
The evening quiet walks in the garden are enjoyable and refreshing. One must take leisurely stroll in the hotel itself as and when possible to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Also, number of varities of birds including peacocks roam around in the hotel premises.
The staff team is small but young. Keep interacting and they are very forthcoming.
Wish all the best to the team.
Recommended as it is unlikely of a commercial property.
Excellent, comfortable, warm and enjoyable. A great food, alart staff, nice room. Warm welcome and room service make more pleasant stay. Well maintained garden and walk ways. Swimming pool also clean and we'll maintained. Required to upgrade gym equipment. Wish you best future.
The rooms, the food and the staff were extremely good. Nothing was too much trouble.
The gardens, with their numerous peacocks and other birds, were very nice. Some of the electricity in our room looked a little dangerous, but we survived. A new hotel is being built next door which may account for parts of The Bagh needing refreshing
The Bagh could be an amazing hotel, but when we stayed for 2 nights in February it was rather tired and neglected and full of contradictions. We stayed in room 104. The accommodation is in small blocks spread over large grounds with flat paths. (One of the blocks is for permanent residents.) At one time they must have been fantastic with large rooms and lots of faded grandeur.
First the good ~ The rooms were huge with a very comfortable bed. There was plenty of space to store clothes, cases etc. and there was a tea/coffee tray. The swimming pool looked nice, but it was cold and wet when we were there so we didn't use it. There are signs to a sauna, but we failed to find it and none of the staff could tell us where it was! The coffee shop, steam room etc. were closed when we were there, which was disappointing. The staff were very nice, but lacked training, particularly in the dining room. There were lots of considerate touches though. On both nights 2 filled hot water bottles were left on the bed, and that was so welcome as the nights were cold. There is a full hairdryer.
The bad ~ there is a general air of neglect. Outside furniture was very dirty and dusty and the rooms were dusty too. The blinds are kept down and are very dusty to handle. The bath in 104 is dangerous ~ both taps run hot water, and it was very hot, so be wary with children. The shower was weak and washing hair etc. was a challenge. The restaurant was disappointing so we went to a local restaurant the second night. Breakfast was underwhelming too ~ staff are eager to help but need training. For example, tea and coffee was produced at the end of breakfast and we were constantly asking for items which were missing. Staff seemed out of their depth and confused, but helpful.
The grounds, with lots of peacocks, are rather lovely and work was going on to prepare them whilst we were there. If we had visited in good weather we may have felt differently, but we were left with the impression of somewhere that needed a lot of money and attention spent to bring it up to standard. One bonus though ~ our guide showed us a python curled up under a tin sheet near the front of the hotel ~ very exciting!