Gajner Palace3.5 out of 5.0
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This place is the real deal. Hundreds of years old, oozing charm. Huge estate set immediately on the shores of a massive lake...with Indian and colonial influence. Warm and friendly feel with an overlay of silver service and a G&T delivered with a smile to your lake front balcony. The building feels like a place to explore and take-in. After so many "heritage palaces" that turn out to be newly built imitations...this was a teal treat. Could relax here for a few days or a few weeks...
If you come to Gajner Palace expecting a standard five star hotel you could be disappointed. Although it has all the amenities (air con, wifi) you have to remember you're in an historic building and allow yourself to step back into another era of hunting parties and tea dances. Yes, the wallpaper's peeling in places and the decor is dated but you'll struggle to find a more idyllic setting, watching the sun go down over the lake floating on a boat, sipping G&T in the courtyard watching local dancers, strolling through the gardens surrounded by peacocks and parakeets...go with the flow and you'll love it.
this was our 5th visit to this beautiful palace.it was again a mesmerizing experience, everything was perfect viz reception, welcome drink, garlands. we have visited many palaces but the folk artists performance was at par with any other group in rajasthan, our 3 and half year daughter enjoyed a lot with them. And above all food was aw sum specially their signature laal maans. Gajner always gives us beautiful memories to cherish. looking forward to come again soon...GOD BLESS GAJNER PALACE HOTEL..
Arriving from Bikaner down an extremely bumpy and hairy road, the entrance is extremely impressive. A warm welcome from reception with efficient staff helped shake off the fears from the drive. It would have been lovely to arrive at sunset to see the full glory of the palace; unfortunately we arrived after dark and only saw the palace in our brief time between breakfast and leaving. Have a spa treatment to soothe your back from the journey, and enjoy the gorgeous suites. We stayed in room 131, one of the former railway suites. I wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the daybed and couches in our room (although they smelled faintly of damp, so some more work may be required). After the warm welcome, it was unfortunate that dinner service left much to be desired - our request for two sweet lassis had to be repeated several times. And when it comes to the bill...we had barely put down our forks from our final bite before it was presented! Other members of our tour group were still eating. The restaurant thus lost an opportunity to get another drink out of us and we felt rushed out. Note that the hotel prices reflect the remote nature of the hotel, especially drinks, and economise elsewhere on your trip so that you don't starve. In total contrast, breakfast was excellent and the staff were very attentive, so perhaps new staff were being trained on the evening of our stay. The hotel offers morning excursions including a boat trip, however these are timed right in the middle of breakfast which is inconvenient and probably affects takeup. For the first time on our trip, there was a decent quantity of tea in the room. Hurrah! The extensive grounds are excellent and well worth a wander. However, take care as the maps provided in the room are out of date and many paths are overgrown or not maintained. It's a nature reserve so doubtless you should be careful in the case of snakes etc.
My wife and i stayed here at the start of our indian rickshaw run with Virgin Atlantic arcos Rajasthan. Staff were wonderiful, friendly, food was great an service, large room, comfy, great entertainment. Only 1 night but was great stopping point to practice driving a rickshaw. Great party!
Garner Palace was welcome break, placed in lake it was like oasis . Run by HRH, professionally managed property, Hotel staff was more than eager to make our twin boys comfortable, they arranged camel cart for added adventure. Bist riding / jungle safari / games room was God to keep away them from gadgets. Indian food particularly LAL Maas & chicken was out of this world , best I would have ever tasted . Meet Celebrity Chef who has been there since royalty . Look forward to visit the same soon ....
This hotel is stunning. The palace itself is rather faded grandeur but it has bags of character, excellent sevice and is beautifully located in a natural park by the side of a lake where we were able to watch the wild boar basking and the antelope drinking. As it was our wedding anniversary , we upgraded to a suite with a very large bathroom and a high painted ceiling, overlooking the lake. Unfortunately, at dusk, a lot af insects appeared in the bathroom but a quick call to reception meant that when we got back from dinner, a very efficient cleaner had been in and resolved the problem.We appreciated the vase of white gladioli placed in the room too. The dining room is very elegant with pretty crockery and glasses and nicely laid tables.The courtyard where drinks were served had live traditional music and a very pleasant ambiance.We enjoyed a walk around the extensive grounds listening to birdsong followed by a trip on the lake in an almost silent solar powered boat, at sunset, making for a romantic and memorable anniversary.
The Gajner Palace and lake is at some distance from Bikaner city. It takes quite a while if one follows google map to come out of the city and approach Jaisalmer Highway. The drive thru by lanes was discouraging to some extent but once on the highway it is a smooth drive to the place. We were skeptical considering there was no signage to approach the place and from the highway a narrow passage leads to the majestic Palace. The palace surrounds a sprawling garden which was almost having full occupancy. It was nearing dusk and when we approached for boating, the staff was a bit evasive considering that some Govt. official's family had landed and they were occupied ensuring their smooth check in and comfortable stay. However, upon some amount of pursuation we were taken for boating at Gajner Lake which was quite an experience. The flora and fauna of the surround was very mystical and it was more enhanced at sunset. There is a restaurant MIRAGE which is furnished in British style cafe. Food and service is quite good (with rajasthani hospitality), the restaurant has open area overlooking the lake. This arrangement works great at sunset as one can get lovely view of the surround while enjoying great cup of tea/coffee.
This formerly grand property is located in a remote area several km. from Bikaner. If you navigated Rajasthan (generally arid) without danger of mosquitoes, be prepared for MOSQUITOES-A-PLENTY here, as you are right on a lake. A former palace located right at the edge of the lake, the building exteriors and grounds of this complex are beautiful and relatively well maintained. There are parrots in the trees and from the outside, the whole is pretty nice. The rooms, however, are not nearly as wonderful. As with most of the interiors, they look as though they were decorated an the 1970's and then forgotten. Wallpaper bears stains of water damage, a thin veneer of dirt covers curtains, windows and some of the fabrics in the room. There were food stains on some of the upholstery. The bathroom was relatively clean, but fixtures were covered in calcium and where tiles had broken were lumps of poorly applied caulk and plaster. The bed mattress was OK but not as good as most other places we stayed on the trip. The linens were acceptably clean but were definitely older, greyer and with some faded stains. The rooms come with most amenities (TV, A/C, WiFi, minibar), though we had some periodic trouble with the WiFi. The service was average to poor. We did laundry here, which was quite expensive; my shirts were well washed and ironed, but some of my daughters clothes did not get washed at all (returned with toothpaste stains that came off with simple application of water when we got them back). The staff, aside from one nice guy in the restaurant, was somewhat grumpy, not terribly accommodating, and sometimes completely negligible (having to wait several times to get the attention of the front desk staff while they stood around talking with one another). Often times simple questions (should we leave the key at the front desk?) were answered only begrudgingly. The restaurant on the property was average - some good dishes but some average. The included breakfasts were mediocre. We took a boat tour of the lake which was supposed to let us see the surrounding area, but we couldn't even get to the far end to see some of the wildlife (there are birds, gazelles, etc. that graze at the edge of the property), because the water was too shallow to get there and we were not told this until we were on the boat. For the price, we had expected at least 1/2 an hour but we barely saw 20 minutes. To be honest, there wasn't that much to really see. Prices in the hotel and restaurant were generally high ... especially considering the quality of what you got. Where in other less expensive hotels bottled water was supplied free or partially free, bottles at the Gajner were about 2x as pricey as in most of the restaurants on the trip. For the money i would say this hotel was not a great value. If ever I were to return to Bikaner, I would not return to the Gajner.
Ours was a family stay with a 15 month young baby. The hospitality that this place was beyond what hospitality means. Food excellent. The kitchen staff was not only friendly but experts at making you feel like home. If you love nature, serenity, spirituality, music, and a place right in the lap of everything I just mentioned- try this place for one night.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Free bike rentals
Gajner Palace places you 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gajner Lake. This 44-room, 3.5-star hotel has 2 restaurants along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Shri Laxminath Temple is also 20.2 mi (32.5 km) from this Gajner hotel.
Enjoy dining at Mirage Restaurant, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.
The 44 individually decorated accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with separate bedrooms. 21-inch TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Select Comfort beds sport premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Washers/dryers, refrigerators, and minibars are other standard amenities.
Gajner Palace features free WiFi in public areas, free use of bicycles, and free newspapers. You can take advantage of free parking, along with limo/town car service. Helpful staff can provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Other amenities at this historic hotel include a terrace, a garden, and barbecue grills.
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89% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 629 reviews