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Wed, 25 Jan – Thu, 26 Jan (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
The service of the hotel is pathetic. I was there with my family for 3 days they served the same menu for all days. We have to eat halwa and poha every day even in dinner we have to eat same dal and same bhaji. They had cultural pro grammes every night it was same every day, even on the New Year the didn't had any thing different, the dance was good. I would really appreciate the staff they were extremely helpful and very polite to deal.
Overall stay for a day was GREAT!!
Location: Sam (Pronounced as Hindi Sa - M not Sam as in Uncle Sam) is a village on the out skirts of Jaisalmer. Few KM before Sam village on one side of road (before and after a tool both you'll find clusters of tents belonging to different hotels. Imperial Golden Desert Camp Sam (A.K.A Royal Golden Desert Camp) is one such. You call them up the attendant ask you to look our for the board of Imperial hotel which is non-existent. Their board is "The Golden Camp" and is one of first few camps. Resort/Camp: There is nothing much except for a cluster of tents and a stage for cultural program. Check-in at 12:00... you'll make an ass of yourself if you do that. There is nothing to do there except stare at each other. They don't expect guests for lunch and if you end up having your lunch there be prepared for in-ordinate delays and mediocre food. The Tent: The tents are well designed originally but badly maintained. Never the less the experience is authentic and worth the trouble for once in a life time experience. The tent entrance could not be closed as the wooden buttons were and fasteners were torn. They provided warm clean rugs and the tents have attached toilets. The water has a golden hue and is usable only for toilets. The toilets were not clean. Food and Hospitality: The food is sub-standard not even worth cribbing about. But wait... in the middle of the desert what would you expect? One should put things in perspective here probably. But then one has to compare it with other camps before concluding so... Their restaurant tent was stinking in the morning and I had to keep away from it because of nausea. You'll be wise to carry your own crate of packaged drinking water from the city. There was a man doing rounds asking you if you had food comfortable stay talking a lot about Rajasthani khatirdari and doing what ever he could do to help you which was not much. Camel rides and crowded Sam: Sam is hugely oversold and crowded by tourists. The place reminded me of being on Vizag beach. The sand dunes are a walkable distance from the camps, the camel ride is an experience in itself, and there are all kinds of music dance shows, camel rides, carts and races on on the dunes to attract you (extract money from you). Tapri chai for 10 bucks is a bad deal. "Mata ji ka mandir hai border ka shooting hua tha na... sab jate hain dekh ne..." there isn't even a trace! The fact is that we drove past huge (100 feet) sand dunes to come to Sam. Cultural program: In the chill of the evening with a namesake camp fire which was 20 feet away and barely alive so that it doesn't emit sparks that set the tents on fire (practical problems you see) they started the cultural program. They give you warm razai's so that you can survive though. The artists were enthusiastic and the dancers eager to show their talent. The music was good, the tunes haunting at times and as mysterious as the desert itself at other times. The dancer circled and circled at such speeds that make the audience dizzy while her beautiful skirt with mirrors made waves. Overall: Staying in the tents and the camel ride are an experience in themselves. There should be better tents else where. Chowki Dhani in now open bang next door so one should check that out. To experience camel ride and Sam sunset, you can stay else where and come down to Sam by say 4PM and leave after sunset saving yourself the trouble of staying in such miserable camps. Overall this is a mixed experience probably ok for once. I would not recommend this camp though.
We were not sure we went to the correct hotel. Our hotel challan was collected at Imperial Hotel Jaisalmer and a small hand written paper was given. The tent hotel we stayed was Royal Desert camp.
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Everyone in our tour group was worried about the camel safari and camping. No need. The camel safari was wonderful and didn't last long enough. They're not the prettiest animals but there's something kind of graceful about them. We even stopped for a beer half way! Accommodation was in the form of luxury tents with an ensuite (toilet, shower, basin). I did see a mouse running across the channel between the bedroom and bathroom the next morning but that's nature for you. We had an evening meal and breakfast and although choice wasn't as extensive as if we'd been in a hotel, no complaints whatsoever. Entertainment was provided in the evening in the form of a music/dance group which was AMAZING. Seriously, we were all captivated. Four of us stayed up chatting in the entertainment area and one member of staff didn't seem too happy - I assume he wanted to go to bed. Chill out, mate!
The hotel is just located of the highway into the desert. The first look of the interior landscaping of the resort itself tells you they have tried to keep it as authentic as possible. There were no hassles in check in and we had taken the A/C cottage and we had to walk through sand to reach there. The room was big and again had a traditional look. What really impressed us was the bathroom which was quite big and good. The A/C was quite effective in keeping us away from the heat outside. The food in daytime is brought to room due to heat outside and eating in the portico of the room was great, They had a fixed menu for lunch which was of the local cuisine and it was made quite well and was filling. Evening time the camel safari to the desert for sunset was a great experience which I would recommend you definitely should not miss. The night time cultural programme was authentic traditional rajasthani songs and dance performance followed by buffet dinner of the local cuisine which was good. The feel of the area where dinner and morning breakfast is served is amazing as it is a open air courtyard and you have the feeling of having a meal under the stars. Overall it is a experience we would not forget our lifetime. A few negatives were the charges for alcohol was quite high (bottle of beer 250) also little spooky in daytime as very few guests are there.
We recently had a 2 night stay at RDS camp. The Manager Mr. Pervat singh treated us very well. We had booked a cottage and we were 4 people(one a senior citizen and the other a 3.5 year old) - and to our shock - there was only one Table fan in the cottage - looking at us,the manager offered us to shift to an ultra luxurious place. The problem with this place was the AC switching off intermittently during the night for a few times. Next day - the manager offered us another place even without we asking for it as he realized the AC problem. We were the only guests on the 2nd day staying at this place - even then there was no issues with regards to service. There was no laziness or slackness. The 2nd thing that I really liked was - no cost cutting attitude - we enquired for camel and jeep safari at other places in the city and we were skeptical when we were offered a ride from the desert safari camp - however all these vanished the moment we heard re-assurances from the manager and also the offers that were made. We knew that we made a great decision by sticking to the offer from the camp. A big Thumbs up for the hospitality,service and the commitment towards a customer. I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Jaisalmer to stay at this place.
Best experience & very special location on earth with culture, music and sand dunes. We stayed at camp & enjoyed each moment, staff polite , services excellent, away from crowd with separate dunes. People are very nice with smile on faces always - very hard to live here in desert but all localite always smile. Dinner served was mixed rajasthani dishes--special taste.
I have stayed at other tent camps in India and they were both beautiful, comfortable and clean. So I was really looking forward to staying in the desert near Jaisalmer at what was supposed to be, according to their website, "a Luxury Camp cum Resort. What a disappointment! The 1st indication that this was not living up to its website was that except for my guide and me there was only 1 other couple in the whole camp which very much surprised me. Then, the 2nd indication was, when I was shown to my tent there was a lock on the tent! Every other tent that I have stayed at I have never seen a lock so even though there were hardly any guests it didn't make me feel very secure. I was given a choice of either the tent or one of the a/c cottage rooms but I felt since I was there for the "experience" I would stay in the tent. The sleeping area in the tent was very small and there was hardly any place to put my luggage which was a small suitcase and a backpack. The bathroom was just barely ok, later on I found out that there is no hot water only cold so as hot as it was during the day when it got very chilly after the sun went down there was no possibility of taking a shower. However I was offered a bucket of hot water in place of a shower which I turned down. I went for the offered camel ride which was fine but there wasn't a sign of a sunset so we rode back to camp and then went to another tented camp, down the road by car, for the Rajasthani singing and dancing. Before we left for the entertainment my guide made arrangements for us to have dinner at 8PM back at this camp. So we returned and a young chap dressed in casual clothes, served us our vegetarian dinner in a totally empty restaurant. It was a very eerie feeling to be a this camp with many tents and some cottages and to see no one else. Then it was off to my tent to try and get to sleep since we were going out early, before sunrise, to the Desert National Park in hopes of seeing wildlife and if we were lucky to see the Great Indian Bustard. I read for a few minutes, I had already set my clock for 0430, and turn out the lights at 2300. The bed was extremely hard and it was very chilly even with a quilt on the bed. I fell asleep but just after midnight I was woken up by some of the dogs in the area and they barked the rest of night so it was impossible to get back to sleep. I had asked for tea which was delivered about 0500 and luckily I had a banana and some biscuits left over from the day before since there was no breakfast served before we left. I was very glad that I didn't have to return to check out. This property was such a letdown to the rest of my wonderful journey to Rajasthan.
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