“A super friendly family-run guesthouse, hidden within the walls of Jaisalmer's old fort”
The 7 rooms, all ensuite - a rarity within the fort where water is a precious commodity - are swathed in jewel-bright fabrics and mirrored tapestries. Being further from the central courtyard, second floor rooms reached via a twisting carved stone stair offer a little extra privacy and quiet if you want to sleep late in the morning. The scarlet-hued Maharani room is especially handsome; Rising Sun is a wash of royal blues, with east-facing windows. Some rooms, like rich red and gold Maharaja, are slightly smaller. Sweet Purple is a decadent blend of violet and mauve. Handmade quilts cover the kingsize beds; the wooden furniture is all hand-carved.
Best of all though, each room has incredible views and a balcony or sandstone window seat lined with cosy cushions so you can look over the city, out to the golden desert or to the lake in the distance. A panoramic of Jaisalmer, a bird’s eye view of the local markets and old town, or a sweeping vista of the nearby sand dunes - it doesn’t get much better than this.
Bathrooms are Western-style with hot water showers, and all rooms have A/C and ceiling fans to keep the room cool in the hot summer months. And talk about a loo with a view!
Served on the rooftop terrace until 12 noon, the ‘healthy’ breakfast is leisurely and hearty. Freshly-squeezed orange juice, toast, fruit, muesli and a choice of eggs, along with the ubiquitous hot chai.
Lunch and dinner are available on request from nearby restaurants, and the evening meals are served by candelight. The next-door restaurant, Suriya, will also deliver meals to the rooftop terrace where you can lay back on Arabian Nights cushions under the star-filled sky.
Alternatively you can head out into the fort or city, where there are numerous options. The much loved Trio restaurant does brilliant Thalis (Rajasthani complete meals of curry pickles, rice and bread) on the roof terrace. Seema Restaurant (just outside the fort walls) is recommended for its super-fresh Rajasthani food, whilst Free Tibet has a selection of Nepalese specialties.
Complimentary mineral water and tea are available 24/7, and the hotel also serves signature fresh mango lassis and ice-cold beers - perfect sun-downers.
Children are welcome here, but the desert setting and strong sun might put off parents with young kids, so it's better suited to older, adventurous families. Garh Jaisal doesn't have specific kids facilities but there are friendly, curious children in the square outside the hotel who are eager to play with the guests! There is one small bed available to go in one of the 3 rooms which are large enough to accommodate an extra person.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking