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Sun, 05 Mar – Mon, 06 Mar (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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it was worst experience of new year evening. as the management allow local person (single also) with guests who paid too much amount for this evening. No security of families from management as local persons dancing with glass and bottles over the heads after drinking, they were dancing with the artists. Although Male female toilets are separate but ladies toilets are used by Males and no one from staff is bother to stop them. If anything happens anywhere, no one trace that as no CCTV camera for security. Food was worst. Nothing to appreciate.
This hotel had great things you could do like a camel safari and a jeep safari across the desert as well as seeing the sunset. On the day of our departure the hotel was not very reliable and trustworthy because they did not call any taxis to take us back to the Jaisalmer City. Eventually however they offered us their own cars and we got to Jaisalmer on time. The entertainment at night was great with Rajasthan music and Dancers. The food was not very good because it gave some of us diarrhoea. We had to request for beds to be made in the morning - maybe because of the rush around new year eve.
We were on an organised group tour and stayed one night at this safari camp. Apparently the tents have recently been refurbished and the accommodation looked OK, but the bed was like a rock. I would have been more comfortable on a quilt out on the sand. Additionally, there was no underlay and the sheet was placed straight on the "mattress" - ugh! (I use the word "mattress" advisedly - it sure wasn't innerspring and whatever it was stuffed with originally, it had compacted down so hard that there wasn't a mm of give in it). Consequently, I didn't sleep a wink and the next day felt quite unwell as a result. Other aspects of our stay were passable (eg meals, camel ride and entertainment), but unfortunately I could not recommend staying here. And a "PS": why can't the camel drivers, or someone, pick up the rubbish that's left lying all over the sand dunes? It was disheartening to see plastic bottles and general rubbish just being trodden into the ground by the camels. The drivers were very keen in asking for their tip, but in English that word has two meanings......just saying.
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.
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