John Stirratt

Bal Samand Lake Palace

with John Stirratt
  • Where:Jodhpur

  • Why:Vacation

  • When:February 2013

  • Who:Me & My Family.

Highs & Lows

  • The hotel and the accessible grounds and gardens are world class- excellent walks and hikes available replete with wildlife and lush flora.

  • The rooms, converted from the stables of the palace, are cozy and the environment is extremely quiet and relaxing- a welcome sanctuary from India’s frenetic pace.

  • The comp breakfast is delicious and elaborate and the nighttime BBQ, common with Indian heritage hotels, is more tasteful- no dancing shows- and has great food.

  • We were there with absolutely no other guests, so I can’t confirm the placid vibe would be there if a tour group was on site.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Heritage Resort

  • Vibe

    Bucolic getaway from the noise of India.

  • Location

    A quiet 15 miles from the center of Jodhpur.

  • Rooms

    26

  • Music

    Live Indian classical music played outdoors.

  • Year Opened

    Originally built in 1114 A.D. as a gateway for the Jodhpur royal family

  • Pool/Gym

    Palatial marble pool surrounded by a sandstone pergola.

  • Restaurant

    Yes

  • Bar

    No

  • Wifi

    Yes

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    The room rate will get you a Holiday Inn in the U.S.

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