Hotel Victoria:
  Jaisalmer, India
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TripAdvisor Reviews (171 reviews, 5/5)

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  • 5/5 (Based on 171 reviews)

We stayed at this wonderful little hotel in October 2011 for 3 days. The first thing that you would feel is that you are at home - the staff makes you feel that way! Specially the manager Sushil. Also need to mention about the owner Pankaj Purohit,who though being out of town,made a point to call and check about our stay! The location is great,especially when you step on the balcony and can see the Jaisalmer town below and the wonderful landscape ahead. Imagine you staying in a room built 800 years ago ,yet having all the modern comforts!Great place to stay and they have taken care of all the comforts very well.Highly recommended!

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  By Pranjalra... on Nov 11, 2011

Everything is right from the moment you arrive, with a friendly welcome and a beautifully decorated reception area. All the rooms seemed to be furnished to the same high standard with local handicrafts and pictures etc. Our room had a little balcony overhanging the fort walls.
The owner is very friendly and helpful and provided lunch for us each day at no charge. Breakfast was the best we've had in Rajasthan so far.

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  By hodgepigs on Oct 10, 2011

I had some very bad experiences with several hotels in India, so it was a very pleasant surprise to find Hotel Victoria. This was one of the few hotels where I didn't feel like the owners were greasing me up to take advantage of me. They went above and beyond expectations to provide me great service. The room was very clean and the building had a great deal of charm. They provided me with many unexpected services for free and all they asked was for me to put in a good word for them. No problem!

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  By bruno0007 on Oct 10, 2011

We stayed on the hotel for 2 nights and feeling was wonderful. The hotel is in fort and overlooks the city, the best place to stay in in Jaisalmer. It will give you a feeling of being at home and being pampered. Staff was always ready for all they could do to make the stay comfortable and the feeling was of a homely environment.The food was well prepared and served.The hotel took care of arrival and exit to station and guided us for a great vacation.

Hotel owners were very friendly and hotel staff lead by Sushil was excellent, all boys were very prompt.

Keep up the good show and make some happy momories for others.

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  By S N on Oct 10, 2011

Though I went on a trip to Jaisalmer in March, but I thought this place deserves a review.

When we arrived at the Jaisalmer Railway Station, someone was already there from Hotel Victoria to pick us up. While on our way, we discovered this was one of the few places in Jaisalmer that was inside the fort, thrilled to know that we made our way to this beautifully designed and personally decorated hotel.

The only reason I will go back there is because of the brilliant hospitatlity by Sushil, he is a true find. He told us where to go and gave us the best tips on travelling in Jaisalmer. We had a wonderful time at the Roof Top eating delicious cheese sandwitches and maggie at midnight. We also extended our stay at Hotel Victoria as there is no other place in Jaisalmer compared to this.

Go for the rooms, the view, the history, the food, the great indian hospitality and great travelling tips from Sushil.

I would love to go back there, someday.

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  By missjalan... on Sep 09, 2011

We slept 2 nights at hotel Victoria !! It was really the best place we found in our three weeks trip !!! Wonderful view, amazing chaï and pancakes in the morning !! Our host was extremly nice !! If I come back in Jaisalmer, I definitly come back to that Hotel !!!!

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  By FLOWFLUX on Aug 08, 2011

I stayed with friends at the Victoria hotel in the winter of 2011. After travelling for 8-9 days throughout India, we were exhausted from train and plane rides, a bit frustrated with the constant busle in the streets and in dire need of a good sleep. Once we arrived at Hotel Victoria it was clear this was the place that we needed to recharge before continuing with our trip.

We arrived early morning ( 5 am) after a long train ride and were picked up by the hotel staff at the train station. After arriving at the hotel we were provided with temporary rooms so we could refresh a bit and take a nap before we moved into the rooms we had actually booked. Unexpected and really nice gesture by the hotel staff as we did not have to pay for this extra couple of hours of sleep. In the late morning we woke up with complimentary breakfast ( free again as we had not checked in yet) while the staff was getting our rooms ready.

During our stay the hotel helped us organize a desert safari which was really well planned and we ended up having probably the best night we had during the whole trip in India.

Regarding the rooms I can only say that they were superb. the hotel is situated in the actual 500-year-old fortress of Jaisalmer so the location could not be better. The interior is luxurious with nice and clean private bathrooms and great showers . The decoration adds even more to the general ambiance of the hotel as it follows the styles and patterns of the local Indian tradition.

The roof top terrace is another added bonus to the hotel, as one can have early breakfast or late night drink while admiring the view of the city below and the Thar desert in the distance.

All in all, I would full heartedly recommend this hotel to anyone who is planning on going to the Golden City of India and I am sure that the experience will be more than enjoyable.

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  By longyani on Aug 08, 2011

What else can you expect when you come to Jaisalmer? Well to stay inside the fabulous and majestuous fort for sure, but to also to be welcomed in a place which respects the magic atmosphere of this old citadelle. Hotel Victoria is one of these places. Pankaj, the owner has splendidly decorated the rooms of his property to conserve all the charm of the castle. The experience is really magic and at very reasonable price.
The staff (Nepalese) is very nice and you will never walk out of the doors without a smile.
I highly recommend this place (as a hotelier myself)

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  By AmaryaVil... on Jul 07, 2011

I really loved this place! it's inside the fort, very nice location, the rooms are beautiful, clean, well decorated and functional, the bathroom is new and perfectly working. But you can find this (probably) in some of the other hotels...what you can't find is Sushil! He's the manager of the place, an incredibly nice guy from Nepal, who did his very best to ensure us a pleasant stay. Wonderful breakfast (you can have whatever you want, express made fo you), but nothing can compare with the lunch he expecially cooked for us (for free)! best food in India! Sushil, we really like you, you made our stay in Jaisalmer very special! hope to see you again!

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  By Giramondo... on Jun 06, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Victoria for a few days at Hotel Victoria and had an unbelievable experience. The moment we arrived we had our room upgraded due to its unexpected availability for no cost at all. The original room was nice enough, let alone the upgraded room! The complimentary breakfasts were a treat, but the dinner prepared was sensational. We had all our meals on the rooftop, which offered spectacular views of the fort and surroundings. Sushil and the staff were incredibly friendly, and the service experienced was one of the best we had ever had, making for a splendid time at Jaisalmer!

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  By Shijie_Z on May 05, 2011

Our host, Mr Sushill greeted us upon our arrival and ensured that we are settled in comfortably in our rooms. He went to extra miles to make us feel at home and very welcomed. Even when he is busy with other guests, he comes over to our table to make sure that we got everything we need. Our only regret is that he couldn't join us for the dinner as we would be sure to be engaged in a very lively conversation. Thanks for everything.

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  By Rhainee on Mar 03, 2011

From the moment the hotel arranged for us to be picked up at the station by Anna (wonderful tuk tuk driver who we subsequently used for sightseeing trips as he was very reasonable and non pushy) we knew we had made the right decision. Victoria is a lovely Haveli and Sushil (The Manager) just couldn't do enough for us). he was lovely! He even went out to bring me some tonics for my gin! What a trouper! Sushil also prepared a lovely meal on the rooftop terrace for us and our some fellow Swiss guests and didn't present us with a bill! The owner's Mother also made us nibbles and samosas so we felt more like a "family guest" than a hotel guest. I would personally recommend this hotel for females travelling alone or in pairs as it is very safe but I also recommend it for everyone. Lovely hot showers and banana pancakes for breakfast sitting on the rooftop terrace. What lovely memories we have! We also spent ages on the internet (free) sending and receiving messages from home and Sushil is now one of our friends. Travellers..... search no more Hotel Victoria is excellent in every way (and I'm usually very hard to please)!!!

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  By gail-hami... on Mar 03, 2011

We stayed here in the end of Feb. Read about it in TA and fell in love with the roof top pics besides the good reviews. And nothing fell short, infact every aspect of our stay exceeded our expectations. Right from answering our first enquiry by Mr Pankaj Purohit to the last bye, every thing was perfect. Mr Sushil the manager is hospitable beyond words. Nothing is too much for him. From rustling up seperate dishes for each of us on the beautiful balcony night or day, to suggesting and planning our sam trip, to our conveyance onwards to Jodhpur..everything was just as we wanted..too good! Pankaj's parents too interacted with us giving our stay a personal touch. We got to buy beautiful cushion covers thanks to pankaj's mother! Thanks a ton all of you.
We stayed in Room 2, which has a 'jharokha' (a small sit-out-balcony), which was simply wonderful, though this particular room has a very tiny bathroom. But the jharokha more than makes up for it! The decor is very aesthetically and artistically done. The pics on their site are true to life, just as the hotel is.

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  By JammyIndi... on Mar 03, 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights late February on our short 10 day whirl of Rajasthan. I'm really glad we made the effort to get to Jaisalmer. It was one of our favourite places. We stayed in Room 1 under the roof terrace. The room is nicely decorated and itself a good size however it does have the tiniest shower/wc (basically a cupboard). However, it was clean, new and supplied lovely hot water. Room 1 has a seated balcony area which is a wonderful place to spend some time surveying the city. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time here to fully take advantage of it...

We booked via email and the owner Mr Purohit was always prompt in his replies. The manager at the hotel Sushil is efficient, friendly and always on hand should you need anything. Although the place was a bit more expensive than some of the other havelis we stayed in Rajasthan, the complimentary soft drinks, food and views of the town really made it .

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  By MeeshP on Mar 03, 2011

We stayed in a few non-descript places in Jaiselmer before finally finding this oasis. It was simply perfet for us - the beautifull rooms, the incredible views from the roofop, and of course the service which is out of this world. The friendly chap running the place couldnt do enough to help us - he was simply the friendliest guy I have ever met! And just you wait till you see the view from the rooftop...much better than a lot of other places we stayed in..sitting up there sipping on some wine while surifing the ultra fast internet was so cool!!

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  By dannyadam... on Mar 03, 2011

I had booked this hotel after seeing the reviews in Tripadvisor and visited them in early March (1st and 2nd March). I am very happy that they exceeded my expectations.

Few salient points

1. The hotel has a magnificient from the room as well as the rooftop. It is situated in the fort and you have great view of Jaisalmer. Do not miss the sunset from the rooftop. Have you food at the rooftop while enjoying the view.

2. The staff is excellent. The manager Mr Sushil is an extremely friendly and helpful person. He took care of us from right the time we reached. Every small request of ours were attended to. Mr Sushil is very knowledgable about siteseeing in Jaisalmer and Khuri, and he helped up by volunteering tid-bits of information at every stage. One of his staff woke us up early in the morning and took us to the nearby sunrise point on the fort.

3. They serve Indian veg food, but the quality is superb. Do not miss the Alu Parathas for breakfast. Evening they served us crispy veg pakoras which went very well with large cups of tea. Their cook has the ability to put lot of taste in the simple veg lunch and dinners he cooks.

4. The rooms are nice, tastefully decorated and clean.

And finally, it is how they treat their guests is the greatest thing. For the 2 days we were there we felt like family. Thank you Sushil, Victoria Hotel and Tripadvisor for helping me find this nice place.

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  By eroych on Mar 03, 2011

We arrived the place at early 6AM by pickup auto rickshaw (extra charged). We are pleased to sleep in our room to have a hot shower and comfortable sleep.

The rate differs between rooms and we've picked up no.7 with large space and gorgeous decoration. (the most comfortable bed I've ever experienced through Rajasthan)

A bit complicated route to the hotel inside the fort, so better to keep the stores&signs nearby in mind along the way in/out.

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  By WillyChia... on Mar 03, 2011

We stayed 3 days in Jaisalmer in March 2011, and it was the best hotel of our trip in India-Rj. Great rooms, clean and very comfortable. One of the best roof views of the entire city fort, for this warm hotel very well decorated. The manager Sushil will do everything to help you anytime of the day. A real honest and hospitable host. Recommend it to anyone coming to Jaisalmer.

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  By pedroonet on Mar 03, 2011

Hotel Victoria was probably our favorite stay during our 2 week jaunt across Rajasthan.

First off - the service is top notch. We arrived on the overnight train from Jodhpur at 6 am and were greeted with a few rooms to crash in and complementary breakfast once we caught up on sleep.

We then stayed on night at the hotel after exploring Jaisalmer. The hotel organized a fine camel safari into the Thaar Desert for our next night, including sleeping in tents on the sand dunes, after which we were treated to another complementary breakfast.

So at the end of our stay - we logged, 1 night, 3 free breakfasts - again - service was great.

The hotel itself is well designed in Rajasthan style, with spacious rooms (some of them) and free wifi in the lobby. The roof top makes this place though...great for late night drinks or group breakfast in the AM.

I'd highly recommend this place at any reasonable price, but for what amounts to 50 USD a night - it's a steal.

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  By TSPerspec... on Mar 03, 2011

sushil is a really nice person who will make everything nice for you. nice rooms with hot shower, quiet, nice terrace for breakfast, fruit pancakes etc , can organize safari in the desert, nice staff , everything for a perfect stay, for sure we will come again
patricia and sebastien best of luck

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  By ladivadud... on Mar 03, 2011

We had a wonderful time at this hotel. Great customer service. The manager Sudhil is terrific. He always has a smile on his face. He's always around and very helpful. The rooms are nice with lovely decorations. The food was really tasty. I love the rooftop view and the fast wi-fi. There was something wrong with our shower and we moved to a new room right away and it was fixed that same day.

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  By Saya-san on Feb 02, 2011

I found the Victoria Hotel on your website and now it is my turn to honour it, it's owner, Pankaj Purohit, the manager Sushil, the helpers Arun, Rupesh , Navin and Pankaj's mother. They all give you a warm and generous, sincere welcome, they prepare your room to be the cosiest, classiest possible, they prepare your food with love and care and you can't find another guesthouse as priceworthy and of similar class inside the ancient fort of Jaisalmer. You will love the breakfasts and other meals on the roof, you will like the view, the desert is not far and maybe like me, you just want to come back again.
Enjoy your stay in this more than 600 year old haveli, spoil yourself by going there and you will not regret it. You get definitely the best deal available in Jaisalmer, the hotel's drivers are no nonsense, safe and speak English. It is pure delight.
Thank you Pankaj for letting us experience so much beauty in such an extraordinary setting.

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  By Edelweiss... on Feb 02, 2011

From the moment we arrived at the train station we were taken care of. Our 4 days at hotel Victoria were wonderful. From morning breakfasts on the roof terrace (the banana pancakes with honey are just delicious!) to cold beers & papadams at sunset to simple but filling dinners in the evening the service was attentive and friendly. We started off with a perfectly fine room and were given a much larger one the following day. All rooms have on suite bathrooms and the rooms are nicely decorated and are very clean. The old Haveli has a quirky layout on different levels and it makes you feel very much at home. Situated within the fort walls it is a perfect location to explore the inner walls and very quiet and peaceful at night. A big thumbs up for this place!

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  By Giralona on Feb 02, 2011

We spent 7 days at Hotel Victoria and loved the hotel. First it is physically beautiful with antiques and great rooms with beautiful decor. The hotel and rooms are spotless with great views from the windows. It was totally quiet at night and the bed was super comfortable. good sleeps. We had been in India for a month before we got to Jaisalmeer and were pleasantly surprised with the comfort and feeling of this hotel. It was superb!
Sushil the manager from Nepal is the sweetest man as well as the 3 young men also from Nepal. They wanted us from the beginning to feel at home and I have to say they did every day of our stay. Meals were delicious on the roof, when I hurt my knee Sushi went to the market for me to get some cream, attentive to all our needs. He has the cutest little boy
Lucky Baba. Sushil was in daily contact with Pankaj the owner who was out of town. His mother was also very sweet.He provided mineral water when we wanted and incredibly good meals and just was a sweetheart. We felt like we were treated like royalty and family.The roof top where we ate had incredible views of the town below. The hotel is easy to find in the fort. I can honestly say this was a 'gem' and a great find. I had read reviews on trip advisor and when we chose this hotel it was even better than I had imagined. This is my first time writing on trip advisor and I can't say enough about this place. You won't regret staying here. Its an oasis and totally nourishing. Leslie and Martin

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  By LeslieMar... on Feb 02, 2011

Having visited India a number of times for both business and pleasure I have had the opportunity to stay at numerous hotels throughout the country. Victoria is my number one choice including some "5 star hotels" that were very poor. Stay away from the Ramada in Varanasi.

Sushil was the perfect host from his coordination of our pickup from the train station after arriving from Jaipur, local trip coordination to include a camel safari for myself and son, great food (he wouldn't let up pay) and a very comfortable room with a great views. Eating our breakfast and lunch on the roof was a real treat. At the end of our stay he assisted us in locating a car and driver for our next stop (Jodhpur) with a very safe car and driver.

This is my first review I have written although I spend 180 plus days on the road in the US and Europe/Asia.

Lots of hot water, quiet and very clean.

tripadvisor reviews were accurate in my selection of this hotel.

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  By Suitcase... on Feb 02, 2011

We stayed at this hotel in January 2011 for two nights. we had booked two rooms. Pankaj purohit who is owner of this hotel is a wonderful and really helpful guy. He is an excellent guy and very helpful and honest. We had best breakfast on the rooftop of the hotel. sushil who is I think caretaker in pankaj's absence is also a wonderful guy. I would recommend this hotel to all.. IT has all the features of old era and pankaj has carefully renovated the old haveli in to wonderful hotel. Pankaj actually packed some dinner for the jaisalmer express train to Jaipur. It really helped us a lot as jaisalmer express does not have catering service in train and the first good station is only jodhour which arrives around 10pm in night..

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  By jbkwanj on Feb 02, 2011

i spent some of the best days of my journey in jaisalmer. the victoria was one good reason for that. the hotel is beautifully decorated, the rooms are warm and welcoming, the sunny terraces invite to relax and lay back with one of the best views towards the desert thar or the inside fort and not to forget about the charming family who owns the hotel and the manager, the staff and the neighbours... the victoria is a sympathic and excellent place to stay...

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  By marinamai... on Jan 01, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at this hotel which feels like home away from home.. The hotel owner Pankaj Purohit was very accommodating with all our requests. He laid on a free delicious dinner for us cooked according to our tastes and breakfast was great too. The rooms are very tastefully furnished and I loved the vibrant bedspreads. The view from the rooftop terrace is amazing and Jaislemer looks absolutely beautiful. If I visit Jaiselmer again I would definitely stay at this hotel again

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  By LondonPat... on Jan 01, 2011

Our stay at Hotel Victoria was fantastic. First of all staying in the fort was a great place to be, excellent views and every thing was so close. The hotel is beautiful, it is a magnificent building with loads of character. Just being in the room was fun and the food was excellent.
The other highlight of staying at Hotel Victoria were the hosts Pankaj and crew - they were amazing, they couldn't have done more to make us welcome and ensure our stay went well. They helped us arrange our days and were always offering us free food and drinks. They let us come back after our camel tour and use the showers and a room until our train went. They were truly lovely.
I also saw a show about them on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6gE-6HDw0g

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  By Judi_G123 on Jan 01, 2011

We were picked up at the train station for free, when we got to the hotel they where waiting for us with breakfast and that is how everything went for the time we stayed. The manager was always attending our needs. the hotel is sooo nice, has the best rooftop in town where you can see the most beautiful sunset.....everything is great!! It made our stay in Jaisalmer be 10 pts!

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  By Nanincor on Jan 01, 2011

Date: 11th Dec 2010

We love simplicity and cleaniness at the same time. Referring trip adivisor, we made our arrangements with Mr. Pankaj Purohit through telephonic.We were in two minds whether it would be the same as shown here and on its website. But we gave it a try.

We reached before dawn and as per our understanding we had our free pick up waiting for us at the station.Our day began with a very warm welcome from the courteous manager Mr. Sushil.My husband was overwhelmed with the homely treatment by the owner of the hotel, Mrs. Purohit (Lovely aunty), who was just like our mother back at home and her son Mr. Siddharth Purohit (Bade Bhaiya).To our surprise it was much better than expected.Morning started with Alu Parathas and CHAI (Hubby just loved it). Hotel Victoria is centrally located with all the tourist spots at a walking distance. Our room was cozy, spacious, overall fantablous.We have stayed in many hotels but this was an experience for us.

We had accidentally mentioned about our marriage anniversary to Sushil. To our surprise, after the yummy home made dinner here, the Purohit's arranged a yummy cake for us. How sweet of them. Thank you so much. This family made us a part of theirs which was a rare experience in hotel business.

On our last day, Siddharth Bhai (ingenius and helpful) took us to this very unusual historical destructed villages (Kaba and Palliwal) with his very knowledgeable friend who told us the history of these two primitive villages. Wonderful experience!!!

Overall it was the most wonderful, homely, pleasant, beautiful, cozy, comfortable and memorable experience of 2010. Will visit again soon. Thank you very much for making our stay so pleasant!!!

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  By Mayuri_Kh... on Jan 01, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Victoria Hotel in early November. The Manager is so keen to ensure that you are welcome and have everything you need for a most memorable stay. He is aided greatly by his 4 Nepali staff who are so caring and provide the best of service. Our room was lovely, overlooking the town below. Meals and drinks were served on the roof top veranda on the ramparts of the fort. The food was fantastic, and very, very reasonably priced. I would 100% recommend this hotel, and will have no hesitation going back there again if we should be lucky enough to visit Jaisalmer again.

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  By Sparshatt on Dec 12, 2010

After a long train ride from Delhi to Jaisalmer (the First AC class wasn't really what we'd expected) we were picked up from the train station and brought to the hotel. We had a fantastic 3 day stay, and were very well taken care of by Sushil and his guys.
The big surprise was when - the last night) one of us had her birthday. Pankaj had offered us a huge chocolate birthday cake, and Sushil had make a real party on the roof terrace.
This was certainly an unforgettable stay.
Thanks again Pankaj and Sushil, we will not forget.

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  By ThomasG01... on Dec 12, 2010

I spend only two days in Jaisalmer. I regret I couldn't stay longer. Fantastic place. And Hotel Victoria made my stay! It is hidden in the narrow streets of the Fort, still quite easy to find. The views from rooms and a rooftop are amazing. But the charm of the place really consists of two things: unique interriors and wonderful hospitality of the owners and staff. Especially Sushil was very helpful and treated us like good old times' friends. It felt like home when we sit on the rooftop at night and discussed Nepalese (Sushil is from Nepal) and Indian stories :) Definitely recommended! Will come back for sure!

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  By Rafal__Wa... on Dec 12, 2010

I stayed there for 2 days on a leisure trip to Jaisalmer. We reached the place without making a booking and were able to get a good deal as it was not peak season. The manager (Sushil) showed us all the available rooms and offered us a very good room at a reasonable price.

Location: perfectly located within the fort area giving a great view from the windows.

Service: the service was what really stood out and the manager was very helpful and trustworthy. He bargained with the tour operators and got us a good camel safari stay in the village. At night, when we wanted home-made food, he agreed to provide them as well even though the hotel does not have a restaurant of its own.

What we didn't like: the bathrooms are a little small and can be uncomfortable when its hot.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anybody going to Jaisalmer. It was worth ever buck!

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  By amitkheta... on Nov 11, 2010

The highlight of Hotel Victoria was definately the location and the rooms. The views from the top of the fort at breakfast time are also a delight.

We chose to do a camel safari with an independant travel company (Sahara travels, with Mr. Desert) and unlike many other places, Hotel Victoria were happy to keep our luggage overnight and didn't try and convince us to go with "their" company - a welcome relief from being badgered to spend money. They even upgraded our room for free when we got back and then gave us access to a spare room after we checked out so we could have a shower before our night bus, definitely great service. Thanks Sushil for everything!

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  By Schtef on Nov 11, 2010

We had a great time at Hotel Victoria. It is situated inside the fort and has THE best view from its terrace. We spent all mornings and the nights on the terrace, sipping excellent chai made by the staff. The rooms have a great view and are nice and clean. The lobby and rooms have a proper traditional ethnic look which adds to the holiday setting.

The staff and service is totally 5 star - They treat you like royalty and all your wishes are fulfilled, be it making tea at any time of the day or night, giving recommendations for the town or getting free wi-fi and so on.

Pankaj, the owner of the hotel, absolutely made sure that we were comfortable and helped us immensely - Thanks mate, it was a pleasure.

Its also great value for money

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  By Tintin_He... on Nov 11, 2010

We stayed for two nights and opted to eat on the terrace overlooking the city both nights. The manager also arranged for an excellent camel ride off the beaten track but still within some very picturesque dunes. We could have easily stayed a few more days but our time was limited.

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  By Rossing on Nov 11, 2010

We spent 2 weeks travelling around Rajasthan in October 2010 and the Hotel Victoria was the most relaxing and hospitible place we stayed at. They well deserve their excellent reputation. I can't add much to previous reviewers comments apart from to confirm that Sushil is an excellent host, the food delicious, rooms beautiful and the atmosphere perfect. If you stay here then make sure to have dinner on the roof terrace - it's a fantastic experience. When we first arrived Sushil told us to make ourselves at home and this was the first place we had been where we actually felt it. With such a hectic two weeks of travelling it was wonderful to be somewhere where we felt completely comfortable. We stayed in some great hotels along the way but Hotel Victoria was by far the most welcoming which counts for a lot when you're a long way from home and on the road nearly every day.

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  By armadille... on Nov 11, 2010

Sushil was the best host. We arrived early morning and while waiting for our check-in time, Sushil provided us with rooms so that we could rest and shower. The rooftop deck has great view of the outer part of the city. It was so relaxing to just chill on the deck while waiting for our breakfast. Their chai tea is so good! And so are their pancakes. The rooms were super clean and there was hot water in the shower. The best part is the number of electric sockets in the room! It was the only time that all 4 of us were able to freely charge our cameras without the need to fight over the lone socket (which was the case for most of the hotels that we stayed in in India).

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  By jsn82 on Oct 10, 2010

Great Location.
Friendly stuff. (We felt like old friends!)
Great Breakfast. (Best Banana Pancakes!!!)
Nice Rooms.
Clean!
Relaxed!
Free Pick up!
Free WIFI!
Free Drinks- Pepsi, Water, Chai, Coffee...
Nice Tours to the Desert.

It was our best stay in our 3 weeks India Trip!

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  By pert_05 on Oct 10, 2010

I spoke to Pankaj (he owns Victoria) for booking and he was very prompt and helpful with booking. He even helped me in figuring out how to reach Jaisalmer from Udaipur. Excellent person!
I reached Jaisalmer on 19th Oct 2010 morning around 10 AM and there was an tuk-tuk guy arranged by Susheel ( Susheel is manager for the hotel) waiting for us at the Bus Station.
The room was very comfortable and good value for money. I have travelled across India and across Rajasthan and I would rate Hotel Victoria one among the best I have stayed!
Susheel and the boys at hotel were very helpful and very friendly. They serve food which is homely and very good.
Susheel arranged a tuk-tuk for a tour across jaisalmer which was also good. Pankaj had arranged for a stay at the desert. On 20th Oct we left in a jeep (Tavera) to desert. THe stay at desert was in a tent and very comfortable. The tent is around 40 km from the fort. After a pleasant stay at the tent we returned to hotel the next day (i.e 21st Oct) and returned to Jodhpur on 21st.

I would definitely recommend any one visiting Jaisalmer to stay at Hotel Victoria. And defintely any one planning to visit Rajsathan not to miss Jaisalmer (of all the places in Rajasthan).
We had a very very pleasant stay @ Hotel Victoria. Any one visiting Jaisalmer should not give this hotel a miss. I would definitely stay @ Victoria on my next visit

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  By Anu K on Oct 10, 2010

"Awesome yet humble"
You will never find such humble and friendly hotel staff. But thats not the last thing at Victoria Palace. In my stay for almost two days they kept on amazing me through their services n friendly nature.
Mr Sushil and his boys made my stay very memorable.

About the hotel -I preferred staying within the fort n with my initial searches i came across Victoria. If you want to stay within the fort n have quite and cozy place to stay then its the best bet. The hotel itself has be remodelled out of old haveli within the fort.

Though its small and has limited rooms but the rooms have their own privacy. With fantastic evening n night views of the northern part of the city, sand dunes. The sunset/ evening on the roof top with your favorite drink is awesome. Within walking distances are rest of the attraction within the fort.

About the room - the room we stayed was fantastic( room no 4), all rooms have beautiful views, and decent decor. Both the room n the bathroom were very clean. The room decor could be pepped up a little bit more to bring in the charm of the haveli, within the rooms too. The Air Conditioning could be improved a little bit for after noons during summers

Food - The hotel can provide you with options to have a meal, but they themselves suggest eating out. The breakfast at the hotel was great - made to our choice, tea n one of the best poha i ever had. we even got to share the lunch with the staff, which comprised of a tasty mixed vegetable and rotis.

The staff- Mr Sushil made each n every effort possible for us to enjoy out trip. he had answers to most of our queries within the city. And he is persistent to give packed food if u travel back by train.:)

Even i felt that the room was expensive, but at the end of the trip i felt it was worth the experience these guys provide you.'

Ashim

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  By Ashim84 on Oct 10, 2010

Sushil made our stay an unforgetable experience! We arrived in Jaisalmer on the night train from Jodhpur and a got free pick up from the train station at 5 in the morning. We already could check in and got breakfast although we did not pay for that night! The service is excellent and you will always get some extras if you ask!
Thanks for the wonderful nights!
Manuel & Stephanie

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  By Manuel198... on Oct 10, 2010

My wife and I did a 10 day trip through India and stayed in Jaisalmer for 3 nights. We read the good reviews on Tripadvisor of Hotel Victoria and are so happy we decided to stay here. Our experience has been very good.

The hotel is very well located in the heart of the Jaisalmer fort. The rooms are very clean and are tastefully designed in the local Rajastani style. The room rate came with free wireless internet, coffee, tea and water as well as soft drinks. The rooftop terrace also offered great views over the old town and it was nice to have breakfast and dinner here.

The thing that really made our experience so good, however, was the excellent service we received from Sushil and his team. In all aspects they went out of their way to offer us the best they could. Whenever we came back to the hotel they asked with a smile whether we wanted anything to drink. When we mentioned we would like to try out something different for breakfast, Sushil prepared us different Indian breakfasts every morning, at whatever time we wanted either in the room or on the rooftop.
On our last evening we were even treated to a free rooftop dinner, which was delicous.

The thing we also really appreciated about Sushil was that - unlike many other experiences we have had in India - he at no point hinted to receive any extra tips for the service he offered to us. He and his team throughout our stay displayed a genuine sense of hospitality and service mindedness which we haven't seen in many places yet.

If you are looking for a nice and clean hotel with excellent service in a central location in Jaisalmer, this is the perfect place for you. You will absolutely not be disappointed!

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  By Limshang on Oct 10, 2010

We stayed in this hotel for 4 night. It is quite long in the beginning, we plan to cut it out and make it 3 night, but it is not easy to reschedule our e train ticket. Finally we decided to stick with our first plan, and feel so blessed. The kids, a teenager and a six years old boy love so much with this hotel, they give us special treatment, and care so much with what our need and provided it. Sushil and the staff as well as the tuk tuk driver is so friendly treat us like a part of their family. They offer to use another room for free if we need an extra bed, a water and soft drink free. They provided a very special breakfast, a pancake, all my son always says missed your pancake, Sushil! and not for the last, they treat us with one free dinner, the indian food, thank you. You are right the sweetest of your hospitality it is stay forever. .

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  By bppardame... on Aug 08, 2010

Stayed at Hotel Victoria for just one night in June 2010, but the experience couldn't have been better. The service provided was unparalleled compared to other experiences in India. Very friendly, but not at all intrusive.

The views from the rooftop where breakfast was served were beautiful. We were also upgraded to a nicer room free of charge, which was an amazingly nice touch.

If you are deciding where to stay in Jaisalmer, do not hesitate to stay at Hotel Victoria, you won't regret!

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  By Clear898 on Jul 07, 2010

Stayed in Hoted Victoria in April of 2010 and finally getting around to writing the review now. Sorry for taking so long, Sushil.
Truly a beautiful room with balcony overlooking the Indian desert. The haveli itself was a cool, refreshing, luxurious escape from the punishing desert heat (not going to use the words "oasis in the desert" as I would like to think I possess at least a little more creativity than that). Even more welcoming though were our wonderful hosts. Hosts who always greeted with a smile, and whose genuine amiability reminded us that cultural exploration and interaction, and exchange of ideas and ideals are the true reasons we choose to explore. Vegan breakfast and dinner was prepared and served daily. The banana crepe-like pancake as main for breakfast was a welcome sweet start to the day, while the thali served at dinner consisted of a few dishes that I can't remember specifically, but stand out as some of the best food I've ever had. Staying in the fort itself is a remarkable experience. Built nearly 900 years ago, this living, breathing piece of history speaks volumes to the people and eras it has seen. Yes, just like anywhere else in the world you have to get past the tourist-trap piece of it, but it is well worth that step. That being said, I understand there are concerns as to sustainability of staying in the fort. As a note however, there is already an entire town established within the fortress walls. Would encourage you to explore the topic and make your own decision, as not sure there is a clear cut answer to the ethical question of staying inside the fort or not. Regardless of whatever conclusion one may come to, Hotel Victoria stands out an experience that still takes our breath away upon revisiting it in our picutres and in our heads.

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  By traveler7... on Jun 06, 2010

I should have written this 2 years ago but it's never too late.....
I have travelled a lot to Europe and Asia and I can say going to Jaisalmer was an adventure. I had chosen Hotel Victoria from the photos I've seen on Tripadvisor and I was very happy I stayed there.
This hotel is in the fort of a castle that King Jaisal had given to his people during the 11th century and the owner Pankaj has a wonderful story on how he was able to acquire this place from his ancestors as related by his trusted manager Susil. They're Brahmans and that's why they're gentle people. I already was fond of Pankaj just thru email and i was disappointed that I didn't get to meet him when I stayed there. His wife gave birth as he had told me on the phone but offered to give me free meals at anytime i want as a celebration of the occassion. Susil made our stay really wonderful. The room and the the bathroom are clean and nicely done. One room has a bay window where the two of you can sit and relax while watching the view of the fort that is beautifully lit at night. They allowed us to use it for a couple of hours just to relax there since we were not booked in that room. I suggest you get this room.The food is vegetarian and I really enjoyed the simplicity of it. I will never forget when I went to the rooftop of the Fort at midnight alone. I meditated under the vast sky which overlooks the village below and thanked the universe for this wonderful experience and in that moment , the sound of a beautiful classical Indian music ,which seemed like one, came out of the middle of the village , almost like smoke coming out of the rooftops in the quiet stillness of the night... I decided to have breakfast the next morning on the rooftop and it was another great bright picturesque scene. You can see the town below and watch the busy people. You can also go see the sand dunes which is not very far. There are beautiful items like boxes made of silver, camel bone and semi precious stones, clothes, rugs etc. at cheap prices inside the castle.
We are a couple in our fifties and I had a great time. Of course, it's not Ritz Carlton but the price is very reasonable indeed. And inside the castle, there are a lot of interesting shops. One should know how to bargain.
I highly recommend this place....

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  By redlotus7 on Jun 06, 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Victoria. We were taken care of like personal guests. Room, food, service all were very good. This is a small Haveli with a lot of personal touch.

Owner of this Haveli, Pankaj Purohit, really strives to make each guest happy. All the surprises were pleasant ones.

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  By anamayas on May 05, 2010

We arrived hot and dusty but it was worth the trip to Jaisalmer just to stay in this lovely hotel. The staff were wonderful and cooked us tasty food. We enjoyed a beer on the roof and watched the sunset.

Thank you for making us so welcome.

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  By Cecilia33 on Apr 04, 2010

Located in an old haveli, the Victora hotel is a very charming place to stay. The rooms are tastefully decorated and the views from the rooftop are awesome. It also includes free drinks and a Western style breakfast. All in all, the best service we experienced in India.

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  By Schewardn... on Apr 04, 2010

I stayed for three nights at the Hotel and had an excellent stay. Sushil manages the hotel with great attention to detail and really takes care of the guests in a manner they wish to be treated. There was only one other couple while I was there and we felt like it was our own private palace. Breakfasts and dinners on the roof are lovely, but simple. Based on the heat, this was perfect for me as I could not handle another 4 course curry meal in 100 degree heat. From the pick-up at the train station, to assistance in changing my train, to an evening trip to the dunes for sunset, I felt in great hands.

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  By JCTravele... on Mar 03, 2010

We spent 3 night in this well located hotel inside Jaisalmer Fort. The manager was very friendly with us from the first time we called him from france to book our room. He also upgraded our room (originally room n°3 for room n°1) with no additional charge! The service was also very friendly with us. The boys working here made our stay a very nice moment. The rooftop and its view are also amazing. having breakfast here, or having a dring or dinner on the evening was very pleasant. We enjoyed it a lot. And its possible to ask to get some local musician to play during dinner. The food was very tasty.

This hotel was for us the best of our 2 weeks in India.

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  By booboy79 on Mar 03, 2010

We stayed in Hotel Victoria for a night and really enjoyed the place. Even though Lonely Planet advises against staying inside the fort walls, this hotel does seem to be a good example of proper restauration and good use of one of the very few "live forts" in Rajasthan.

Service was friendly, even if not very speedy. It's good value considering that the price includes soft drinks, breakfast and dinner, and beer is also very reasonably priced (100 Rs. for a 660 ml bottle of Kingfisher).

The rooms were clean, tasteful and spacious, but missing on a couple of details, like a missing cover for one of the lamps and the inexistent closet. The bathroom was clean, but small and lacking a shower curtain. We were provided with a normal sized soap (which seemed a bit of a waste for 1 night) and there was also an open bottle of shampoo which didn't seem usable any longer (but I'm sure they'd be willing to replace it, had we asked).

Finally, they allowed us to stay for a few hours after check out time for no charge while we were making time for the Delhi train.

All in all, a great place and a definite recommendation.

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  By PQz on Mar 03, 2010

Richard and I stayed here for a couple of nights before Christmas and enjoyed every minute. This lovely little hotel inside Jaisalmer fort is really pretty, beautifully decorated with lovely rooms and Sushil, the hotel manager, is absolutely charming and made us feel really special and welcome. The food was great, eaten out on the balcony with a spectacular view of Jaisalmer – the hotel does a fantastic all-inclusive deal. Our only regret was that we missed the hotel owner Pankaj during our stay – he sound like a real character!

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  By ann1000 on Feb 02, 2010

My husband and I spent a couple of nights at this beautiful haveli converted to a hotel within the Jaisalmer Fort...the rooms are very comfortable and are equipped with all the facilities you expect in a boutique hotel...the views from the roof top terrace restaurant are awe inspiring...food was delicious and the staff were extremely hospitable...wonderful stay overall!!

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  By PriyankaR... on Feb 02, 2010

Loved Hotel Victoria. It is a beautifully appointed hotel and includes all meals. The staff were all helpful and the food was amazing. We had all our meals there and could never finish everything as there was so so much food. The staff are also very accomodating - you can eat wherever and whenever you want which is great esepcially as the food is all made fresh. The roof top is the perfect place for watching the sunset and very romantic.
The owner rang us several times to make sure all was ok and his wife made all the wonderful food.
Only thing I would suggest is take warm clothes as it is very cold.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone ( although not if you have difficuly with steep stairs!)

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  By bg205 on Feb 02, 2010

I just had a wonderfull time in this lovely place
Everything is fine, room is big and cozy, water hot every day and night, food tipical and good, and the quality of the service is really nice.
stay in a bastion of the jaisalmer citadel is just amazing, we meet really nice indian people in this place.Nice sunset view from the balcony of the room. the boss will take good care of you
if you go to jaisalmer you have to try this charming hotel

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  By mondobera... on Jan 01, 2010

A great place to stay in Jaisalmer! I was looking for a descent Jaisalmer hotel just for 1 night stay as I was going to arrive from Jodhpur by car and then planned to go to in tents at Khuri or Sam desert/dunes for another night. A week before, somehow I came across the website of this hotel http://www.hotelvictoriajaisalmer.com. Moment I saw it I knew this was THE place to stay in Jaisalmer. Right on the golden fort. And guess what hardly any good hotels were available in Jaisalmer in Dec. This one had a website to begin with and then the owner Pankaj Purohit was easily available on cell/email for any information/reservations. Place has some cool views, a great terrace overlooking fort and whole Jaisalmer city and especially if you are lucky to get the biggest room with the balcony nothing like it. Dinner/lunch on terrace is also a fantastic experience. Cost is high compared to five star hotels but guess what... it is worth it. First of all this is a home turned into hotel feel and still maintaining the authentic history and culture. One has to adjust a bit sometimes like shower room is small, but that's expected. Environment around the fort is bit crowded, noisy, messy and shabby but that is part of India. Service and staff is excellent and so does catered-to-your-needs veggie food. Pankaj Puroit, the owner (although not in town that time) was very courteous to reserve this special balcony room for me just on the phonic/email coversations we had. Great guy and keeps his words! So does his manager Sushil who was at the hotel and took care of all needs. Few cool views include watching sunrise over the fort and as walls start shining like gold in sunshine. Also sunshine sweeping on the whole city of Jaisalmer as it dawns. Another surprise was watching thunderous MIG figher jets cruising across skies from a distant airbase and before one could see them they simply vanished in cool blues... Overall, it was indeed a wonderful experience at Hotel Victoria!!!

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  By prashl on Jan 01, 2010

This is very beautiful hotel inside the fort of Jaisalmer.This hotel is toooo............... Good ............... All the Rooms inside and the Lobbies are ornately gorgeously done up with a tremendous sense of color . It makes you lift up your mood immidietely on entering the hotel. The Proprietar Mr Pankaj Purohi is a Gem of a Person . He is Very Amicable and gives a lot of personal attention into your service and stay at the hotel. he has ornated the hotel walls with beautiful murals and paintings and there goes a lot of love , passion , with great aesthetic sense. If u r in this hotel just go to their terrace at top of the For and Boy I tell U YOU WILL FEEL " YOU ARE AT TOP OF THE WORLD " . There r magnificient view from atop hotel terrace (Hotel is located inside the Fort ) and you see all the City Lights up shining like small beautiful lamps and boy when u get up in the morning the Sun rise is there to see beautiful which you can see from your hotel window as well as from hotel terrace and than you can see those huge SUZLON Wind Turbines.
The staff is very very very courteous and polite and sincere in attending to your demands. Service Quality is very Good . I had my Dinner atop the terrace of the hotel and boy oh boy i never had such wonderful Rajasthani food with immaculate service and with a Bacardi I felt over the moon.
I recommend anyone who read this Review " Dont argue or Think but JUST GO THERE TO JAISALMER and this Hotel " and I promise You are Going to remember this holiday for the rest of your Life . The Hotel also arranged my Deseert Safari at Khuri desert resort. I stayed in Swiss Style Tents which were beautiful adorned in white marble like cloth and I felt like Lawrence of Arabia .
Friends Just GO THERE AND EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF AND YOU WONT REPENT IT.

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  By sanjayioc... on Jan 01, 2010

A charming hotel within Jaisalmer Fort - perfect mix of old beauty combined with modern comforts … Its roof top patio is a great place to relax and soak up the views of an illuminated fort by night and a bustling market in the morning … Pankaj (hotel owner), Sushil (hotel manager) and the staff do a great job of making guests feel at home … we were offered a choice of rooms even though we had booked a standard room … Hotel Victoria is a real gem: great value for money with food, drinks and internet included in the room price …

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  By globetrot... on Jan 01, 2010

Pros: Awesome hotel in a family owned Haveli. Well maintained and clean. Delicate balance in keeping up the old character and providing all the amenities. Service is great- Sushil and Pankaj are very courteous. They packed food for us for our train journey.
Con: Expensive during December but I insist you should splurge and take the room with balcony. Well worth the money.
Oh and if you want to check out early, rooms are provided to store your luggage and to even wash up later.

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  By swordfish... on Jan 01, 2010

Winding back alleyways within the Fort lead to Jaisalmer’s best kept secret. Away from the noise, hustle and bustle of the Fort’s main square, this historic sandstone Haveli with original timber ceilings has been lovingly restored. Beautifully carved sandstone steps lead up to the tastefully decorated rooms with colourful wall hangings, and wonderful rooftop terrace, where we watched the sun set in the evening while sipping one of the best glasses of chai available in India! It is like stepping back in time, into the era of the Maharajas, but with the convenience of wireless internet from the dining table downstairs. We were there over Christmas and the foyer and rooftop looked magical with fairy-lights and fresh cut flowers hanging in long chains in the atrium area, as well as floating in large copper vases. The food is also a cut above everything else on offer. Why would you even want to eat anywhere else? I didn't miss eating meat at all when the vegetarian food was so exquisite! We thoroughly enjoyed the evening thali, a selection of various tasty dishes, followed by fresh fruit and pomegranate, and still managed banana pancakes drizzled with honey each morning! The stay was made especially memorable as owner Pankaj and manager Sushil really went out of their way to ensure we felt at home. They also helped us to book our camel safari and onward travel.
This is not only another hotel, it is an experience not to be missed!

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  By moerschi on Jan 01, 2010

Very glad to have booked this charming boutique hotel instead of a 5star experience. The rooms were thoughtfully and beautifully decorated, lots of care to comfort and cleanliness. The staff and the manager Sushil took extreme care and looked after all our special requests with a smile. Felt like home.

Jyotii

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  By livinglig... on Dec 12, 2009

A tour of Rajasthan is an adventure and Jaisalmer should not be left out. One of the more interesting forts with an actual occupying community. Hotel Victoria allows the traveller the experience of living right within the fort. A very comfortable owner-managed hotel with tremendous charm. Staff includes ownership (and family) and legit community personalities, extremely service-oriented, eager to provide whatever is desired. Staff is a very positive part of the experience as guests and staff live among one and other (separate rooms with bathrooms). Food is available and prepared at your convenience, serving local dishes - very safe and tasty. Rooms of varying levels are available -contact them directly to discuss options- from tight no frills single to a very charming "honeymoon suite", most with very interesting views of the town. Wifi internet is included. Meals are served on the rooftop patio for great eagle-eye views of the entire town. In sum a wonderful experience, a sanctuary in an enchanting environment.

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  By CAW007 on Dec 12, 2009

My Fiancee took me to India for my 36th birthday. We booked our arrangements ourselves and through American Express platinum travel. When we arrived we were greated by a wonderful manager - Sushil from Nepal. He let us pick a terrific room with a terrace that looked out from the fort. Since it was my birthday he made a special roofdeck party and surprised us with a wonderful cake/ flowers/ and food that evening. Every morning breakfast was included consisting of fresh fruit/ the best oatmeal I have ever had, pancakes or anything! The best part was, we felt at home at half the price of any other clean havelis within the fort. As the car is not allowed much past the front gate, they come to meet you and take your bags. Thank you for a perfect birthday and for making us feel at home after coming from a 1,000$/night Vanyavillas hotel in Ranthambore/ tiger safari.

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  By Boninovo on Dec 12, 2009

it's a excellent hotel-more like a home stay.royal ambiance,neat & clean,homely food,5 star service,personal attention by owner pankaj purohit,fantastic fort & city view from rooftop & good travel assistance/arrangements

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  By tinu64 on Nov 11, 2009

This was our favorite hotel in India. The proprietor Pankaj went out of his way to be accommodating. Our room was beautiful. They did an incredible job of making a Havaeli that is hundreds of years old in a fort into a modern and comfortable place to stay. If possible, get the room with the balcony. I could sit on that balcony for hours.

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  By unctuousp on Nov 11, 2009

Well i must say the stay at the hotel victoria was the most amazing one i have ever had. i have been a roaming freak all my life and have been to every possible place in india which means i hav stayed in atleast in a hundread of hotels but must say the care and the service i got from this particular hotel is matchless. you just dont feel you are in a hotel there. it jus feels like your own house. the staff there is so friendly and are there for service 24x7. the owner of the hotel victoria Pankaj Purohit there is such a sweet loving person that you just dont feel that he is actually the owner there. he is a young hondsome next door kind of a guy who keeps joking around and making you feel at home. my parents were so very happy to be there. and even said that they wana visit the place once again very soon. and more then the place they wana vist the hotel once again. well if i'll continue talking about hotel victoria i wont stop because its just wonderful to be there. if you ever vist the city do go in and see what hotel victoria is all about. and dont forget to meet the guy Pankaj Purohit. because once you are in contact with him you dont have to worry about anything there. he will arange everything there for you and that to at the best bargains. Njoy.
Regards : Rishabh Juneja.

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  By rally_spo... on Oct 10, 2009

Wonderful hotel - charming rooms, the location is just perfect inside the fort.
The rooftop terrace was wonderful - could stay there all day.
We just loved the charm and colours of Jaisalmer - our favorite city in India.

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  By Silverfam... on Oct 10, 2009

I highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a bird's eye view of this wonderful city! Located within the beautiful fort you will find a very charming "haveli." All in stone with winding ,narrow staircases and rooms with balconies that give on to the incredible scenery. Sunrise or sunset you can enjoy your chai tea on the roof top terrace. Though it is a historical building the rooms are very comfortable with large bathrooms and air-conditioning. The manager "Sushi" and his staff are extemely attentive and no matter what the service will take care of it with a smile. Sushi set us up with a wonderful guided tour of the city and its surroundings with a certified local tour guide named "DJ" who is also a jounalist and playwrite (very The ambiance of the hotel is light and joyful. I can say that it was the best hotel and staff that we experienced during all of our stay in India! I was traveling with my husband and friends and will definietly return to Hotel Victoria with my children!

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  By americano... on Oct 10, 2009

our stay at victoria hotel amidst the colossal fort sums up our trip experience to be the best ever.we had an organised safari to add to the fun. .the peops at jaisalmer and victoria were extremely hospitable. loved the experience of living in a fort couldnt get more king like! wow whata country . hotel victoria is a must do. . .

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  By skan_9 on Oct 10, 2009

We had such a brilliant stay here at Hotel Victoria. We were picked up from the station at 5am and driven up into the fort. They showed us to our room straight away so we were able to freshen up and have a nap. The room was large and beautifully decorated with a great marble bathroom. The bed was also so comfortable and soft! Breakfast was delicious up on the rooftop, with a great view over the city on the edge of the fort walls. We also enjoyed a home cooked thali up on the roof for dinner. Highly recommened doing this. The next day we went on a camel safari and spent the night in the desert, which we booked though a separate agent. The owner let us keep our bags there and when we returned he let us have a small room to shower and change in all free of charge.
This place is a real gem: such great value for money with all food, drinks and internet wrapped up into the room price. The staff went out of there way to be helpful and kind. We were told that people are being discourages from staying in the fort due to water problems. The hotel reassured us how careful they were with water and I really think it was a great experience staying right inside the fort walls.

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  By ps87 on Sep 09, 2009

Me and my friend, we stayed one night at Hotel Victoria during our visit in Jaisalmer. From the beginning till the end everything was perfect.
The room was nicely decorated, clean and had a wonderful view at the desert from its balcony (as promised by the owner in the e-mails we exchanged before coming). The breakfast we had was really tasty (wonderful pancakes!) which was a real change after all those awful tost and jam breakfasts which we had in other hotels.
But the thing which charmed us the most was the help and attention which we had from the stuff members. Not this kind of indian nagging you get sometimes when they ask you every 3 sec. whether you want something else but a quiet and descreet help with everything we needed or asked for.
We stayed one night in the hotel and after they let us leave our baggage for the whole next 24h - we were going on the camel safari and didn't know what to do with our bags - and after our return from safari they let us take a shower and change before leaving. All this at no cost but with much kindness. You don't get this kind of treatment often.
It was certainly the best hotel during our whole Indian trip.

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  By Tilayna on Aug 08, 2009

Like a dream from the past, staying at Hotel Victoria will let you live it in the present day. A friendly hotel-provided tuk-tuk driver pointed out city/fort highlights, as we wound upward through narrow vibrant alleys. The romantic charm of this hotel is evident from the moment you walk in the door ... candle-light, incense and deep red floating rose petals. Although it feels you are in a fantasy, as you ascend to your quarters, you know this is the real thing - a carefully restored section of the fort wall, with an incredible view.

Guide books and tour guides may try to discourage you from staying within the fort, but don't miss this opportunity. The preservation of original gems like this one are only possible with the support of visitors. This hotel was a family home that has been restored in compliance with fort regulations to accommodate the needs of visitors while respecting water and environmental capacities.

Pankaj, the friendly and engaging manager will assure you are welcome and cared for by him and his staff. Breakfast on the roof top is a wonderful way to greet the day, as the action of the market below is in full progress. At night, enjoy a Thali with the sun setting and evening music of the streets.

I had the honeymoon suite with balcony and loved watching the changing scene at all hours of the day and night. It was a highlight of my trip to India and I would recommend it highly. I hope to return again.

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  By Cindi2 on May 05, 2009

The Stay at Victoria was awesome!!

If you want to be a king, live in this live Fort. My entire family loved it. The rooms are superb, the service is personal. The balcony....what to say.... you can see entire jaisalmer.

My family stayed there and nobody was interested to go out. They said Fort is the place for all of us.

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  By NitinIIMA on Apr 04, 2009

We stayed in the honeymoon "sweet" (the one with the balcony). It was an absolutely gorgeous room and we really enjoyed our stay here. The decoration was charming, the bathroom very nice and the service and friendliness of the staff were great. I would recommend stretching your budget a little bit further on this occasion and get this room. You won't regret it!

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  By WasagaGir... on Apr 04, 2009

We would not call Victoria a hotel, we would call it a home! It is after all an ancestral home, that has been converted for lodging. my husband and I did a 2 week trip of Rajasthan and Victoria turned out to be the most beautiful surprise of ALL the hotels we stayed in. I don't know where to start since everything was so lovely. The location is right inside the historic fort, where no vehicles are allowed. It is so quaint. like living in someone's home. The cleanliness of the hotel is a pleasant surprise. the rooms are spotless, little small (but then all hotels in the historic fort are small) but so quaint. and the view of the entire city of jaisalmer from the rooftop is breathtaking and so romantic. but best of all, is the home made food and the service provided. We got all teas, coffees, water and soft drinks on the house! the vegetarian food was so yummy, hygienic, wholesome and cheap! i am surprised to that some travellers rate this hotel as 'expensive or small rooms'...perhaps they need to travel more in Europe, where inspite of paying through your nose, you stay in a matchbox and wont ever get even a grain of rice for free! this is a place for someone who seeks not the luxuries of a typical hotel, but wants to enjoy the soul of a place.

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  By pinks_9 on Apr 04, 2009

A stay at the Hotel Victoria is alone worth a visit to Jaisalmer. It is a gem of a place, located within the walls of a 12th century fort that's in the middle of the city. Breakfast is served on the roof top, looking out over the city with the desert beyond. The staff couldn't be kinder or more accommodating. We recommend this small and wonderful hotel to anyone visitng India. It is enchanting.

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  By tlharrier on Mar 03, 2009

Beautifully located within the fort in Jaisalmer, Hotel Victoria is a real gem! We phoned from the gate on arrival and a tuc tuc arrived in no time to transport us and our luggage to the door, where Susil (spelling?), the charming Nepali manager, warmly greeted us and showed us our charmingly decorated room with its stone walls and jheroka balcony, complete with shower, toilet and big sandstone basin. My husband, 15 year old son and I had a good laugh at being allocated the honeymoon suite! We were then served welcome chai tea/lemon soda on the roof. We loved watching the sunset from the roof and also having our delicious freshly squeezed orange juice and honey and banana pancakes for breakfast there while watching the market in action below us. Susil and the rest of the staff were so friendly, obliging and eager to please. Excellent value for money! In the old town below the walls we enjoyed wonderful meals at the Trio and Saffron restaurants which both offered lovely views of the illuminated fort. Jaisalmer is the stuff of fairytales!

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  By SuefromSA on Mar 03, 2009

What a beautiful stay! Can't do more but to confirm all earlier reviews. The rooms and ambience of the hotel is one of its kind. All rooms are decorated with a lot of love and taste. The staff is excellent and always makes sure that perfect care is taken of all possible wishes. They definitely make one feel at home. Definitely to stay a little bit longer and just enjoy the place. Thanks for a great stay!

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  By boka0805 on Mar 03, 2009

This hotel lived up to all the wonderful reviews. I stayed in jaisalmer in the killa bhawan last time and felt ripped off and disappointed - not with the Victoria. Lovely old stone walled room - we were offered a choice of rooms despite only booking a standard room. The manager couldn't have been more helpful if he tried.

When we went to settle our bill everything was complimentary even breakfast so we put the money in the tips box. Stay here you won't be disappointed i promise!! Oh nearly forgot have the fantastic honey and banana pancakes for breakfast on the rooftop terrace!!

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  By merryweat... on Jan 01, 2009

Myself & my 7 year old son stayed in Hotel Victoria in Jan 09. What a fabulous place!!!
It's a magical little hotel........ like a mini castle with great Rajasthani decor.
Our room had big stone walls, a really comfy bed with soft pillows & the bathroom was marble with a big fat shower head & lots of hot water.
The roof top is great for sunset & breakfast. The chocolate banana pancakes were a hit with my son!
The manager was fabulous & helped us with everything & it really was like staying with friends.
It has a great location inside the fort but cannot be reached by car. Call ahead & they will get a tuk tuk / ricksahaw to pick you & luggage up & be delivered to the door.
We can't wait to return to Jaisalmer & stay in the fabulous Hotel Victoria!

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  By MBJ6 on Jan 01, 2009

As I remember, this haveli is 450 years old and we felt there like characters of indian or arabian fairy tail. Great city and sun set view from the rooftop restaurant, nice decorated rooms, very helpful staff, good location (3 min walk to the palace).

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  By stepanov on Jan 01, 2009

My husband, Harsh, and I loved our stay at Victoria. What an amazing service from Pankaj Purohit and his team! Never, ever to be forgotten and never ever seen such amazing service before in my life in a hotel (and I have travelled a lot!). We felt we were part of the family. We've spent lovely moments on the rooftop, watching the sunset, eating delicous breakfasts, making new friends...And the rooms are so cosy, I can't seem to forget the feeling :) Location of the hotel is perfect. Tiny beautiful streets going up and down...handicrafts shops...Staying within a fort is truly a magical feeling. Like being transported to another world...

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  By chasha_9 on Jan 01, 2009

Hotel Victoria is a great hotel. You can't beat watching the sunset from the balcony of the "honeymoon" suite and breakfast on the rooftop terrace was superb. Staff were very friendly and efficient.

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  By Wanderlus... on Jan 01, 2009

Let me start by saying that hotel Victoria is THE place to stay at while you are in Jaisalmer. Actually, Victoria didnt even feel like a hotel - it was more like our home for the 2 nights that we stayed in Jaisalmer.

There's not much to say about Victoria that hasnt been said before - the views, the jharokha (huge windom/balcony that hangs out in the sky, well almost), the rooms, breakfast on the terrace, sunsets - awesome. However, the BEST part was the hospitality of Sushil and his team of boys - from tea/coffee at weird hours in the night to the sumptuous breakfast - they did it all with a warm smile. Of course, the absolutely delicious food (pancakes, aloo parathas, cheese s/w, fresh fruit and juices...) that was served did help. Breakfast, tea/coffee (any number of cups) and water (any number of bottles) is included in the room prices.

Victoria arranged a tour for us one evening to Sam Dunes part of which unfortunately did not go too well (think drunk middle aged indian men grooving to traditional rajasthani folk music - heh, not pretty). I expressed my displeasure to Pankaj the next day, and guess what, we were refunded a fair share of the money! This is almost unheard of in India - money once paid is usually money gone....

While we stayed inside the fort at Victoria, a whole bunch of my cousins were staying at one of the 5-star hotels outside the fort. I did visit them and checked out their hotel....i can say that the experience of staying at Victoria easily beats staying in any 5-star fort-look-alike hotel.

Make Victoria a part of your stay in Jaisalmer (ask for the room with the jharokha - these go quickly so book in advance) - you will not regret it!

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  By following... on Nov 11, 2008

when i visitied Jaisalmer in February this i stayed at the hotel Victoria. It is in inside the old city, high above the Tar desert. It is like staying in a place picked out from the 1001 nights fairytails. Incredible. Do not expect swimming pool, garens and a lot of space around the hotel, because it is just tucked away between other fairytail houses. But you do not need a swimming pool anyway. The view from the hotel is one of the best i ever experienced. From the rooftop as well as from some of the rooms you can experience a free sunset.
Rooms are nice, some with a small balcony that is so typical for the old city of Jaisalmer. Besides that, the owner Pankaj is very friendly and very helpful. I had a wonderful stay there.

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  By douwe-d on Nov 11, 2008

Well, I stayed at Hotel Victoria almost 2 years ago but never wrote a review as, for purely selfish reasons, I didn't want it to be discovered by the rest of the world way too soon! ;-) In any case, it has been since rated number 2 in Jaisalmer and for a very good reason too: the place is a gem!

However, I would like to add here that water is extremely scarce in Jaisalmer, the fortress' walls are built from sand and any added moisture, such as from unsuite bathrooms, etc. is simply contributing to the destruction of this world heritage site. By December 2006 two towers have collapsed and a number of others are in danger of crumbling - all due to increased use of water... :-(

Although there is nothing you can do to prevent hotel owners from installing unsuite shower room and bathrooms within the walls (they have to make their guest houses attractive to customers and earn a living), please be very mindful of how much water you use during your stay at Hotel Victoria or any other guest house in the fortress. I just fear that with all this tourism and creature comforts, Jaisalmer will not survive for long.

Hope you have an enjoyable trip and say hi to Pankaj! :-)

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  By Anna_von... on Oct 10, 2008

We have been "out of India" for more than 3 weeks and finally, I feel distanced enough now to be able to sort through the incredible cornucopia of sensory journeys our destinations provided. One of the absolute highlights of our trip that took us from Mumbai - Delhi - Manali (base of Himalayas) - Dharamsala/Macleodganj - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Mumbai....was Pankaj's Victoria Hotel in Jaisalmer. This piece of history seems to come from the time of Ali Baba and flying carpets.....okay, geographically I'm not being exact, but you get the drift.... Jaisalmer is a desert fortress and Hotel Victoria is set in the Fort's wall. It is a jewel and a peaceful haven. We stayed in the honeymoon suite and the teens stayed in another delightful room. The hot showers, air con and romantic but not overdone furnishings were a respite from the heat of the maze that Jaisalmer fort is. It was lovely just being able to admire the incredible views from the terrace whilst being served chai. Tea, coffee and water are provided absolutely free, throughout the day, anytime you desire. Above all, I have never come across such genuine care and warmth in an owner's approach to his guests. This also is reflected in his staff's manner in how they treat their guests. We felt well looked after and downright spoilt!! The fresh juice for breakfast was to die for! It was so nice to feel that my belongings were safe whilst out tramping the tourist routes. My husband and daughter fell ill (we sampled something too adventurous outside of Jaisalmer methinks) at the end of our stay and Pankaj arranged for a room for a day at Jodhpur while we waited for our train connection to Mumbai. Pankaj is an engaging host and you are welcomed and treated as family. He is an inspired businessman and aims to continually improve his facilities and service. No expense has been spared for a newly renovated room including bathroom fittings from Italy and white marble from Australia!! I truly admire his energy. I highly recommend a stay at Hotel Victoria as one of the "must do and see things" in Rajasthan!!

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  By jlpoletto on Sep 09, 2008

As Pankaj, the owner of Victoria says: "Everything is possible here". If not, almost everything one could desire, can be fulfilled. Sometimes you don't even need to say it, you just have to think about it and Pankaj will provide you what you had in mind. As well, desert safaris can be planned, flight tickets booked, car rent, city useful information given. One of the new amenities that Pankaj added to his little hotel: broadband internet. His warm hospitality will make you forget sometimes that you are still in India. Probably, this is the kind of hospitality everybody search and hardly a few find.
Rooms are simple but neat and have something really worth, at 45ºC: AC. Inside the fort it is quite difficult to find a hotel with AC rooms, most are outside. We spent many days in Victoria hotel, one of the reasons is because it is quite difficult to leave it! For those who try to find his home abroad, this could be a good place.

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  By ThorDiamo... on May 05, 2008

Located at the Jaisalmer fort, Hotel Victoria is a small hotel run by Mr Pankaj Purohit and his friendly team. I have booked my stay with them (3 nights in April 2008) via their internet site, and their response was immediate (not very common in India, based on my experience…). Once there, I got a big, clean room with air conditioning, attached bathroom and a tiny window overlooking the western part of the city. Given the size of the hotel, and owner’s dedication to his guests, you feel really at home there. Breakfasts are cooked to order, and you can have your meals either downstairs, in the kitchen, or upstairs,on a rooftop terrace overlooking the city (great sunset views!). You are free to use the frigobar, which I found very handy, especially given the outside temperatures (above 40 deg C!). However, the best asset of that hotel is it’s outstanding staff. Following Mr Purohit’s favourite saying “everything is possible”, they can arrange whatever you need: an autorickshaw ride to the station or a visit of an astrologer... Anyway, all I can say is that a stay with them is highly recommended!

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  By ChrisWars... on May 05, 2008

I have stayed at Hotel Victoria twice now. Once in 2003 before they were discovered by Lonely Planet, and again in December 2006. I would never stay anywhere else in Jaisalmehr! Pankaj and his team are the most friendly down-to-earth hoteliers that I found during my entire 6 month stay in India! Not only are the boutique hotel rooms spotless and tastefully decorated, many with incredible views, both the environment and atmosphere that they have created is refreshingly homely. It is truly a wonderful place to stay if you are on a budget, and even if you aren't. There was nothing better than to spend hours wandering the fruit markets and streets on the outskirts of the fort admiring the havelis and knowing that at the end of the day you can rest your feet on the roof terrace, admire the superb views, watch the sun set, and chat with Pankaj and his staff while enjoying a hot glass of chai and a plate of momos! Would I go there again? Without a doubt!

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  By bekxs on Apr 04, 2008

I stayed at Hotel Victoria for three nights. After reading the reviews here, I made my booking by calling them on the numbers given in their website. It's a wonderful place to stay in. Right along the Fort Boundary. Great Views and a a lovely terrace to hang out on and enjoy the view. Rooms are good size, Bathrooms are clean and well serviced. The staff is extremely helpful. And anything you need is made available even if they have to out of their way to help. The owner who's always there is very friendly and helpful. There is so much history (600 years +) inside the fort and in this hotel that staying anywhere else will not be a true Jaisalmer experience. I recommend this hotel very much.

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  By chetan_wa... on Apr 04, 2008

My family and I stayed at Hotel Victoria for 4 nights in March. The booking was made by a travel agent in Delhi and we werent really srue what to expect. What a fortunate place for us to have ended up. Right along the city wall, it has great views out of all the rooms. The rooms are simple but neat and clean. The staff is incredibly friendly and very helpful. And breakfast up on the rooftop is a fantastic way to begin the day. Enjoy!

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  By StuckInNi... on Apr 04, 2008

My wife and I travelled to India and only had 2 quick days in Jaisalmer.... let me tell you that this hotel is the perfect place. It is located in the Fort itself providing incredible sunset views on the city. It is walking distance to all the shops. It also has a rooftop deck from which the views of the city and the sunset are breathtaking. It is a small hotel with I believe less than 9 rooms.... therefore the service was incredible. The owner/manager - Pankaj was very kind and would go to any lengths to get whatever you needed.

2 reccommendations while at the hotel :
1. Try to get the honeymoon suite with a balcony, the extra money (which is not much secondary to the exchange rate) is incredible. You will not want to leave your room! The balcony is a sitting area lined with cushions that you can sit on (comfortable to fit 4) that projects out over the fort about 100 feet in the air - incredible views!
2. The food made there in the hotel is incredible. We ordered breakfast / lunch / dinner from there. Sometimes we ordered it to the room to eat on the balcony, sometimes up on the rooftop deck. It is truly an experience!!!

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  By rkkothari on Apr 04, 2008

Hotel Victoria is a great place to stay and see the western part of Rajasthan, it is inside the wonderful yellow sandstone fort at Jaisalmer.
Pankaj the owner and his staff are warm, friendly and very helpful, always wanting to help make your visit memorable.
While I understand the need to protect vulnerable places by restricting visitors this must be balanced by the need for these places to earn money to help with renovation.
Pankaj has spent a lot of time and effort in the sensitive renovation of this hotel. It's great go and see.

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  By jotrick on Apr 04, 2008

Staying at Hotel Victoria was a unique experience for our family. It was like a home inside the great Jaisalmer Fort. The room was big and comfortable. Decor was true Rajasthani, lots of cushions in bright colours. Bathroom was modern.

The best thing abut the hotel was its owner, Pankaj. He was very helpful and friendly, always available to answer any questions. It looked like he took great pride in his hotel which is inherited by him. His forefathers used to live there.

Overall a very good experience.

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  By DUPION on Mar 03, 2008

Our stay at Jaisalmer was even more special because of where we stayed and the care provided by Pankaj and his staff. We reserved two rooms one was a deluxe and the other a super deluxe A/C room. Both were very well maintained and sufficient and both had a spectacular of the fort and the town. The terrace and the views where spectacular. The food were prepared to our tastes and our requirements. Pankaj was very helpful in arranging for trips etc for us. I would highly recommend Hotel Victoria for anybody who is looking for a taste of great Indian hospitality.

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  By rothedoe on Mar 03, 2008

We have had a very great stay at Hotel Victoria. We have to say thank you to Pankaj, Sushil and all people there. All of them are very nice and helpful. The hotel is located right on the border of the fort, the room we stayed is just in one of the pillars of the fort, overseeing the town of Jaisalmer. An excellent sunset view can also be enjoyed on the rooftop. The hotel is small but home like. The atmosphere is warm and calm. The rooms are clean and furnished, all with attached bathrooms and very good 24 -hour hot shower!! The bed is comfortable and really keep us warm in the cold winter. The food are tasty with satisfactory hygienic condition. We've joined the desert safari arranged by the hotel, staying in a nice tent. Pick-up service can be provided by the hotel, enjoy your stay there!!

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  By PujaTarun on Feb 02, 2008

Our son celebrated his 11th birthday at Hotel Victoria, and was surprised with the best Chocolate cake ever ,Thank you Pankaj and family , we loved our stay at the Hotel - making us feel so at home - the rooms were clean and beds really comfortable - and the roof top has a great view - Every thing can be organised through the hotel Taxis, Jeep drives , safaris etc ( well thats India !!!!!)

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  By rhiwbina on Feb 02, 2008

Coming to Jaisalmer, we were warned by our guidebook about the tourism practice of the inhabitants. The best suggestion was "Hotel Victoria" so we went directly there, and were lucky enough to get a room there to a very reasonable price including breakfast and pick-up of our luggage from outside the fort.
The staff is very friendly and polite, as they are helpful.
The rooms are absolutely great, with a nice view on the morning market, without being loud.
We enjoyed every minute staying there and even enlengthened our stay.

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  By Alexander... on Feb 02, 2008

I stayed at Victoria only one night.
But this is special memories in our indian travel!
Location is very good and the view from rooftop is so beautiful. you don't need to go far away to see sunset. Here is best sunset point. You can see sunset drinking beer and tea.
Room is so cute and clean, comfortable.
And staffs who are nepalese young guys are very lovable characters.
If you need any information and booking, help, you should ask Pankaj who is owner`s son. He is very nice guy. He will do his best for you.
I asked him to arrange camel safari for next day. He arranged best safari which was exactly what we wanted.
So we could spend memorable last night of 2007 in desert.
We would like to visit Victoria Hotel, and stay long days!

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  By k-suke on Feb 02, 2008

We stayed at Victoria Hotel for three nights in January and loved it. Quiet with simple and stylishly-decorated rooms with excellent views of the desert. We stayed in a room located in the bastion wall - circular. The hotel is the property of a family, who provide cooking and helpful, honest advice. We recommend the mother's Thali - excellent. No hassling or trying to get you to go on camel rides to the desert. All up - very worthwhile for people wanting to relax and enjoy Jaisalmer. We highly recommend it. Matt - Australia.

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  By MattyRead on Jan 01, 2008

We stayed at victoria hotel for 2 nights, it was one of the best hotel experience we had during our whole journey in India. the staff is very friendly and helpfull espacialy the owner Pankaj and Sushil. The location of the hotel is great with a fantastic top roof view. We really felt like home. Pankaj the owner and Sushil helped us in booking buss tickets and hotels in other cities as it was the peak of the sesion (christmest and new year) and every thing was almost booked. We would stay there again if we will travel to Jaisalmer.

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  By EbenBatoo... on Jan 01, 2008

We found this beautiful hotel on Tripadvisor and we trusted the feedbacks we read. And we were right. The hotel is located just right on the border of the Fort; small and charming, it reminded us of Moroccan ryads. Only 6 rooms, all with private bathroom. We stayed in the honeymoon suite which is right on the roof. The room is nice and has a small balcony, from where you can experience the beautiful sunset.
The owner Pankaj is very nice and helpful, always willing to give you advice. So is the rest of the staff.
If you plan to spend some days in this beautiful city, look no further.

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  By andrea070... on Jan 01, 2008

We stayed in the hotel Victoria for one week and really enjoyed our stay.
The staff and the owners are very friendly, specially Mr. Sushil, whatever problem or wish you have, he will be always helpful.
Th rooms are tastefully furnished, partially with antiques from Rajasthan.
Every room as a great view to the Thar desert and sunset.
There is even one round room called the Honeymoon suite, which has a big and comfortable bolcony like a birds nest.
You can sit for reading or whatever on the roof or in the beautyfully decorated courtyard with many flowers and old paintings in it.
The friendly mother of the owner cooks excellent Thalis, but also the breakfasts are great, for example th chocolate pancake.
The atmosphere is easy, for there are no hazzles to do camel safaris or shopping.If you each by bus or train, please give them a call, then they will pick you up at the station for free.

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  By RenateJai... on Dec 12, 2007

Actually I dont think I can thank enough to Hotel Victoria and the owner of this place, Pankaj Purohit and his family.

Since I was traveling with my big family which included four children, I was bit worried for their food/water etc. but Hotel Victoria was like a home away from home where we actually got the home made food specially cooked for us. The hotel is a perfect mix of old beauty combined with recent luxuries. The Hotel staff was so warm that my children were roaming around this place as if they are the owners. Pankaj and his family helped us make our stay truly memorable.

I will strongly recommend this place to experience the true Rajasthani culture.

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  By Asavari on Nov 11, 2007

The Victoria is a small hotel inside Jaisalmer fort and has rooms with beautiful views all over the town. They have a website with pictures of the hotel so you can see what the rooms are like and if you email or phone ahead they will arranget to pick you up from the station. Rooms were clean and simple with ensuite bathrooms and very comfortable beds - our room had a balcony where we could relax on a cushioned seat and take in the view. The manager, Mr Sushil, went out of his way to look after us, nothing was too much trouble and we enjoyed our banana porridge on the roof terrace in the mornings. We stayed there just as the new Lonely Planet came out, infuriating local hotel owners with its decision to recommend only one (European owned) hotel inside the fort for ecological reasons. I would say make up your own mind but don't ignore good,local hotels like the Victoria which provide an unforgettable experience and keep local people in business.

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  By QuaestorL... on Oct 10, 2007

We stayed at the Hotel Victoria just before New Year at the end of 2006. Our time in Jaisalmer at Hotel Victoria was without a doubt the highlight of our trip to India. Jaisalmer itself is magical, and the hotel complimented the ambience of the place perfectly. The roof terrace was a great spot to kick back and watch the sunset (and to have breakfast each morning). The rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. Also, the hotel's food - and especially the veg thupa - was as good as anywhere else in town.

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  By johnake on Apr 04, 2007

Just returned from Rajasthan in India. This small guest house is managed by very friendly and helpful people and is located in the fort.
The rooms are all tastefully decorated, with attached bathroom and very clean. There is a roof terrace with nice views of the surrounding. No hassle for booking a desert safari or whatever. There are 6 rooms ranging from 500 to 1800 rupees. I stayed in a 500 rupees room and it was perfect. I had also a look at the more expensive ones, they are fabulous. In the high season these prices might be higher, I guess.
Checking your e-mails is free. Ask for a thali cooked by the mother, you will not be deceived. You can book from their website very easily.
I felt like at home and will for sure book again here the next time I am in Jaisalmer. Excellent value.

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  By Frangipan... on Mar 03, 2007

Un séjour de rêve, un accueil géniale (merci lucky !), Cet hotel est mon plus beau souvenir d'inde, vue imprenable, charme, nourrture délicieuse, bref rien à redire. Cet emplacement dans le coeur du fort est unique et c'est un des seuls établissements à en bénéficier.
Le personnel est toujours là pour vous servir, discuter, vous conseiller sur la ville et les excursions. Un exemple.

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  By jean phil... on Oct 10, 2011

Voici un hôtel très agréable, au coeur de la forteresse, avec des prix négociables même par email! Les chambres sont grandes, très joliment décorées et avec tout le confort moderne. La vue depuis les chambres et depuis le toit est magnifique. Le petit déjeuner est très copieux (à volonté) et bon, on y resterait des heures rien que pour profiter de la vue et il est inclus dans le prix de la chambre. Le patron comme les employés sont aux petits soins pour les clients et très gentils. Endroit vivement recommandé.

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  By Sabrina R on Oct 10, 2011

El Hotel Victoria es nuestra mejor recomendación probablemente en toda la India. Después de 4 viajes, hemos encontrado un sitio que además de ser alucinante, mantiene la esencia del fuerte de Jaisalmer viva y sin deteriorarlo como hacen muchos otros. Por encima de todo este encanto, está el de Sushil, que sabe hacerte sentir mejor que en casa. El hotel es una preciosidad, pero las personas que lo llevan lo hacen mejor todavía. Hacedle caso en sus consejos de compras y safaris, sabe de qué habla...

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  By Carlos G on Sep 09, 2011

Recomiendo el hotel victoria a todos... Aparte d estar bien situado (en una antigua haveli dentro del fuerte),la habitación era deliciosa y muy agradable...mi novio estaba mal de la barriga (diarrea del viajero) y nos cuidaron un monton, estaban atentos al mas mínimo detalle!!!un 10!!!

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  By Marionade... on Aug 08, 2011

Nous avons été tt simplement epoustouffles par la vue, notre balcon, notre chambre, le service, la gentillesse, la cuisine délicieuse, ... Et j'en passe !!!!! L accueil super.
A recommander pour passer une nuit de rêve en amoureux !
Rien a diiire ce fut impeccable.
nous y avons loge le 22 juillet 2011.

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  By LuluCasta... on Jul 07, 2011

Das Hotel Victoria hat sieben kleine Zimmer. Teilweise mit Blick in die Wüste welche auch Beduinenmässig eingerichtet sind. Der Gastgeber Pankaj hat das Konzept von Gastfreundschaft und gutem Essen wirklich verstanden. Auf unserem 4 Wochen Indientrip haben wir uns nirgens so aufgehoben und geschätzt gefühlt. Hier wird man so individuell bedient wie nur möglich. Man sagt was man essen und trinken möchte und alles wird absolut frisch zubereitet und dass alles ist im Zimmerpreis enthalten! Wir haben nirgends besser gegessen als im Hotel Victoria, auch wenn es strickt vegetarisch war.

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  By Cosmopoli... on Jul 07, 2011

Séjour de rêve, personnel et accueil très chaleureux, avec le meilleur petit dej de jaisalmer (pancake à la banane et au miel délicieux devant une vue imprenable)

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  By clementch... on Apr 04, 2011

Nous avons passé 4 nuits à l'Hôtel Victoria. Emplacement idéal (à deux pas du palais), une chambre pleine de charme avec un ravissant balcon sur les remparts, un hôte d'une extrême gentillesse qui mettait tout en oeuvre pour que nous profitions au mieux de notre séjour et un cuisinier qui nous a fait les meilleurs repas et petits déjeuners que nous avons eu l'occasion de goûter pendant notre séjour au Rajasthan.

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  By mumu02 on Mar 03, 2011

Der Manager des Hotels, Sushil, ist ein Juwel. Sympathisch, kompetent und überaus um das Wohl seiner Gäste besorgt. Beispiel: Das Zimmer hatte als einziges auf unserer gesamten Indien-Reise einen Heizlüfter, den man im Januar auch gut brauchen konnte. Die Zimmer sind schön, hell, ruhig, sauber. Das Frühstück auf der Dachterrasse gehört zu den Eindrücken, die man nicht so schnell vergisst. Das Thali, das wir am Abend hier gegessen haben, war mit das beste Essen auf unserer Reise. W-Lan ist gratis, ein Computer auch vorhanden. In meinem ganzen Reise-Leben war ich noch in keinem sympathischeren Haus.

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  By schan_11 on Mar 03, 2011

Cette ancienne demeure bien restaurée est decorée avec gout. Bien situé sur les remparts, on viendra vous chercher en rickshaw à l'entrée du fort. Pas vraiment de restaurant mais une bonne cuisine familiale. Pankaj est tres reactif et a tout fait pour notre confort: par exemple servir le diner et petit-dej dans les chambres à cause du froid intense de ce mois de janvier 2001. Il propose des excursions dans le desert en tente grand luxe avec sdb.

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  By LesBocs on Feb 02, 2011

En el mes de Agosto, estuve de viaje por la india, por todo el Rajastan, mi ultima parada fue Jaisalmer, nos habiamos encontado con una pareja de franceses que venian de jaisalmer y nos recomendaron hotel victoria, en ningun momento pensamos que en un sitio asi pueda haber un sitio tan acogedor y tan familiar como hotel victoria , los empleados todos nepalis estan atentos a todo lo que necesitas y te hacen sentir como en tu casa, las habitaciones son muy lipias y en el precio te incluyen el desayuno que viene bien para reponerte las pilas antes de salir, lo mas imprecionante son las vistas que tiene desde la fortaleza, puedes ver toda la cuidad y respirar una tranquilidad que viene muy bien en la ruidosa india lejos de los bazares y los ruidos de los coches.
Cinseramente si volveria a la india seria el primer lugar donde me gustaria visitar sin lugar a duda.

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  By dimafay on Jan 01, 2011

ジャイサルメールでこのホテルに3泊しました。部屋は広くはありませんが非常にきれいでホットシャワーも完備。ルーフトップテラスからの眺めは最高です。
このホテルの良い点はスタッフの素晴らしさ。オーナーをはじめスタッフはみんな親切で困ったことがあれば何でも相談にのってくれます。また価格は決して安くはないですが、食事は3食付、チャイやミネラルウォーターも無料、ランドリーサービスも無料なので高いというわけでもありません。
またジャイサルメールに行くことがあれば必ずこのホテルに泊まります。

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  By yuichita on Nov 11, 2010

Estuvimos alojados 2 noches en Jaisalmer en este hotel, que encontramos a través de Tripadvisor. Dado que en muchos hoteles las puntuaciones no se corresponden con la realidad y hemos podido observar en este viaje que muchos propietarios dejan sus opiniones y valoraciones disfrazados de clientes, decidimos acercarnos al hotel por nuestra cuenta, a ver si el hotel era realmente como lo pintaban en la web.

El hotel tiene varias habitaciones, nosotros estuvimos en una habitación preciosa, que si bien no tenía las vistas que otras la decoración era fantástica y el precio muy barato para la habitación que se trataba. Cada habitación es diferente y unas tienen más encanto que otras por lo que conviene reservar con antelación.

La situación es inmejorable, dentro del fuerte y a minutos del palacio, es cierto que se recomienda no alojarse dentro del fuerte, ya que de momento éste carece de infraestructura suficiente para gestionar el agua de los hoteles que han surgido y esto ha causado algunos problemas en la estructura. Esto lo supimos más tarde, no obstante se trata de un hotel pequeño y familiar y confiamos en que este problema se resuelva en el futuro,.pues parece que hay un proyecto en marcha para el tratamiento de aguas. Sería una pena

Aunque no es el dueño, durante nuestra estancia, el hotel lo llevaba un chico nepalí llamado Shushil, que fue encantador y nos ayudó en todo y nos hizo sentir como en casa. El desayuno en la azotea con las vistas al pequeño mercado a pie de las murallas y a la ciudad es impresionante, siempre que no desayunes muy tarde por el calor, claro y la comida está realmente bien. Fueron tan sumamente amables, que la última noche nos quedamos a cenar un talli vegetariano y nos invitaron.

En definitiva es muy recomendable, pues en India por este precio hemos sufrido bastantes sorpresas, mientras que este hotel aparte de limpieza, amabilidad, situación y del hecho de estar en un edificio histórico medieval, el estado y la limpieza es impecable incluido el baño, algo que a veces es una proeza en la india incluso en hoteles caros.

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  By skanfford... on Nov 11, 2010

tres bon rapport qualite/prix
proprietaire tres sympa
cadre exceptionnel

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  By Lusse12 on Jun 06, 2010

Bien que tous les rabateurs vous incitent à ne pas prendre un hôtel dans la forteresse, n'hésitez pas pour vous arrêter à l'hôtel Victoria. Le patron est attentionné, donne des conseils sans vous arnaquer. Les chambres sont belles, confortables, propres, décorées avec goût, il y a une magnifique vue sur la terrasse pour le petit déjeuner ou le coucher de soleil, enfin un hôtel où séjourner pour le plaisir.

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  By Alain6723 on Jan 01, 2010

L'hôtel est situé dans le coeur historique de la ville (lieu le plus paisible et le plus beau)
Jolie vue des chambres, et décoration personnalisée, extrême propreté et terrasse avec vue sur le désert, au calme.
Le prix est de 1500 à 1800 roupies (en été) sans ou avec AC.
Le patron est extrêmement sympathique et plein de gentilles attentions ( thés, boissons, conseils de visite...). Il nous a rendu pas mal de services... Un vrai plaisir !

Il propose des excursions ... comme dans tous les hôtels, renseignez vous ailleurs pour comparer les prix.

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  By EliseM4 on Nov 11, 2009

L'accueil de Pankaj est chaleureux et professionnel. Chambres agréables et tout confort, idéalement placé dans la vieille ville... Que dire de plus?

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  By annachafr... on Nov 11, 2009

Nous avons séjourné à Jaisalmer quelques jours cet été. Nous avons dormi la première nuit dans un hotel qui s'est révélé très décevant (Hotel Paradise, à l'entretien très négligé...), et avons donc changé d'hotel le lendemain. L'accueil de Sushil à l'Hotel Victoria était si charmant que nous nous sommes tout de suite sentis très bien. Les chambres sont jolies, propres et soignées, la terrasse très agréable, le personnel attentif et aux petits soins! Très très bonne adresse dans cette charmante petite ville...et comme nous étions en basse saison touristique, le gérant nous a offert un repas délicieux pendant lequel nous avons eu beaucoup de plaisir à échanger avec lui!

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  By Ratonne on Sep 09, 2009

Tres belle chambre et superbe vue de la terrasse sur la ville et son marche le matin (pendant le copieux breakfast a ne pas manquer). Une equipe extremement attentionnee, a se croire dans un palace. De plus acces Internet gratuit.
Si vous vous rendez a Jaiselmer, c'est la qu'il faut sejourner.

Gilles et Marie

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  By marieetgi... on Sep 09, 2009

Un ravissement... Le garçon laissé pour notre service par le manager était serviable et très gentil. Notre chambre était superbe, totalement dans le style de la ville et du batiment.

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  By chichou33... on Aug 08, 2009

Jaislamer est une superbe ville, et l'hotel victoria est l'endroit ou il faut loger !
L'équipe est super sympa, ni trop présente ni pas assez. Ils sont adorables, et rendent de super services.
Nous y avons passé un super moment, c'était l'anniversaire de mon ami, Sushil, (la personne qui tiens l'hotel) nous avais préparer un repas et un gâteau sur la terrasse...

Un pur moment de bonheur !

Evidement, le lieu est trés beau et bien entretenu, mais j'insiste sur l'équipe parce que dans un pays comme l'inde ou souvent on a du mal à faire confiance tellement les gens essayent de "profiter", là, ça n'est pas du tout le cas, et ça se sens tout de suite !

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  By al111 on Dec 12, 2008

Hotel à l interieur du fort, avec un patron energique et serviable, un personnel tibétain efficace, et qui bénéficie d' une situation vraiment sympa !

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  By joler2 on Jun 06, 2008

Nous voyagions à trois (dames, âge moyen 58 ans, mais jeune quand même !) nous avons le matin de notre arrivée à Jaisalmer choisi l'hôtel Victoria car il se trouvait à l'intérieur des remparts et la description qu'en faisait "Lonely Planet" nous paraissait alléchante. L'hôtel, niché dans les remparts, petit mais charmant et très accueillant nous a plu d'emblée. Chambres très propres. (les lits avec un drap de dessus ce que nous avions rarement trouvé dans les autres hôtels où nous avions séjournés, jolies couettes) et la décoration d'un goût très sûr... avec le sentiment tellement plaisant d'arriver chez des amis.... Les deux chambres que nous occupions donnent sur la partie ouest de la ville ce qui nous a valu de superbes couchers de soleil visibles aussi de la terrasse aménagée avec le même souci d'élégance, sans ostentation. Le seul inconvénient de cette dernière est qu'aux heures chaudes de la journée il y fait très chaud car il n'est pas possible de mettre de parasol par respect pour le cadre historique des remparts.
Le jeune directeur de l'hôtel nous a offert un prix très convenable pour l'occupation de deux chambres avec, fait exceptionnel, le petit déjeuner compris, Il ne nous a pas non plus fait payer l'eau en bouteille que nous avons consommée (Dieu sait qu'on en consomme) et qui sortait d'un réfrigérateur, dernier cri. Il s'est montré extrêmement serviable avec nous nous aidant à trouver l'hôtel de notre étape suivante, moyennant au moins 15 appels téléphoniques gratuits, s'est occupé de convoquer un médecin car j'étais souffrante, s'est aussi chargé d'aller chercher les médicaments, et bien que ce soit le matin de notre départ il m'a laissée séjourner dans ma chambre le plus longtemps possible et nous a même offert une assiette de riz pour un déjeuner frugal ....
Comme je le disais plus haut, au mi-temps de ce voyage un peu éprouvant dans l'Incredible India nous avons eu l'impression, de séjourner "chez un ami" dans sa belle maison de Jaisalmer.
Nous ne dirons jamais assez MERCI PANKAJ et nous conseillons vivement à tous ceux qui vont séjourner dans cette ville d'aller lui rendre visite à l'hôtel Victoria.

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  By erialcPar... on Mar 03, 2008

Ein kleines mitten im Fort integriertes 6 Zimmer Gästehaus. Sauber und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Herrlicher Blick von der Dachterasse über ganz Jaisalmer. Schneller und unkomplizierter Service. Man wird herzlich aufgenommen, als wäre man zu Besuch bei Freunden. Mama "Chrishua´s Thali" darf man sich nicht entgehen lassen. Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis voll in Ordnung.

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  By Pillu on Jan 01, 2008

Hotel Victoria is a charming old haveli located in the old fort at Jaisalmer. The rooms at comfortable with ample hot water. Wifi is available throughout the hotel. But what really sets Hotel Victoria above the competition is its wonderful service and staff. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. Water, chai, coffee, and snacks were offered at all times. They even prepared dinner for us one night without cost. I highly recommend Hotel Victoria!

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  By Susie1028 on Nov 11, 2011

Hotel Victoria is cozy, quaint and very homely. Add to that the home cooked meals and 24/7 attendants made my stay extremely happy and comfy. Food is strictly vegetarian, but authentic Rajasthani meals.
The hotel is in the Jaisalmer fort, which makes it a romantic setting. The rooms have jharokhas that make a sweet seating if you love waking up to a beautiful dawn break or hop up to the terrace if you want to catch a sunrise. Both places are lovely spots to pick for breakfast, lunches or dinners.
The amenities provided in the room are a bare minimum - I carried my own toilet kit, however the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable.
The staff are extremely helpful and quickly organized a guide and driver to take me around the many places to visit in Jaisalmer, including the Sam sand dunes.
As a female travelling alone, the hotel and the staff made me feel completely secure.
Whenever I go back to visit Jaisalmer, I'd definitely stay in Hotel Victoria again.

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  By paghna on Sep 09, 2011

A great location in the heart of the Jaisalmer fort with unique rooms and friendly staff. Some (maybe all) rooms have stone balconies overlooking parts of the city which are especially nice.

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  By cmh_travl... on Apr 04, 2011

The Victoria is a well-appointed boutique hotel built into the walls of Jaisalmer's fort. Some rooms have a stunning view over the western dessert that stretches toward Pakistan. The staff is young but wonderfully engaging and helpful Be sure to sit down with the manager, Sushil, a Nepalese of great charm. You will become his personal guest. The vegetarian food at the hotel is some of the best I ate across Rajasthan.

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  By Scripto1 on Feb 02, 2011

We entered the Jaisalmer fort and its dingy by-lanes where only a rickshaw can make it and that too at top speed early in the morning. The hotel is approx 400 mts from the main entrance of the fort and there's a lot of steep climbing to be done to get there (can be a problem if you plan to tow your luggage till the hotel from fort entrance after hearing the rickshaw rates!!!) The rooms are way too small to qualify as double room and the bathrooms are utterly dismal, un-clean and small to use. The breakfast provided is way below standard and the only good point is the quick and good service provided by hotel staff.

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  By greyhawk5... on Feb 02, 2011

Hi all,
If you would like to staty within Jaisalmer fort and to have a quiet, cozy environment while visiting Jaisalmer, you definitely can choose hotel victoria, the owner "Sushil" is very nice and thoughtful. He will even provide free tea break and night snack while you stating at Hotel Victoria. It is also very convenient to contact friends with the free Wifi at room.
A fantastic sunset view can easily be accessed through the roof of hotel victoria.
You can take a nice shower if you are the kind of person who need the water temparature be whatever degree you want.
In short, I had a great time stay at Hotel Victoria, I spent one night there and Sushil helped me to arrange a local camel safari day trip the next day. My friends and I quite enjoyed the experience we had there.
So stop by if you are just in town.

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  By anneshlia... on Feb 02, 2011

Our large extended family spent two nights at this hotel in the last week of December 2010 and we loved the place. It has a great location on the fort, with views to kill for, small but tidy rooms and very good hospitality. The character of being part of a fort which is over 900 years old comes through with the comforts that I wanted. The host / owner, Pankaj was very amiable and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful. They have a terrace with a stunning city view and one could actually spend the holidays just sitting there. And the fact that the owner cares about his place and works so hard at it, shows. The city itself became more charming because of the hospitality of the hotel staff. If there is one niggle I have to pick, it is that the rooms are small (though very tastefully done up); but given the terrace and rest of the experience I would happily ignore that.

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  By Kumsub on Jan 01, 2011

This review has been long pending.. So here it goes...
If I had to describe the place in one word it would be "Great!".. The place is located in a cozy little corner inside the fort at Jaisalmer. The rooms are spic and span and the service is excellent. All requests and requirements were met to the fullest and always with a big smile... The manager of the place is very very helpful, be it help with any travel info in and around Jaisalmer or simple choices wrt to food.
If you are looking for a fancy, swank premium kind of experience then you would do better looking elsewhere, but for a no nonsense simple and homely stay Hotel Victoria is Aces in my book.! Would love to go back sometime...
Keep Smiling!
Abhinav

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  By AbhinavM on Nov 11, 2010

My wife and I have just returned from a 28 day, 3.500km, road trip across Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, staying in 10 different hotels during October & November 2010. I planned the trip, and the hotel bookings and car plus driver were arranged for us by Perfect Travels http://www.perfecttravels.net/index.php) in New Delhi. We cannot recommend Perfect Travels highly enough. This was our second trip with them in the last few years and we have found them to be consistently efficient, businesslike, friendly, thorough, entirely reliable, and completely honest.

At Jaisalmer we stayed in the hotel Hotel Victoria. First of all, if you want to really get to know the fort at Jaisalmer, and why else would you visit, then stay in the fort and not in the “new” (ie newer than the fort!) town around the base. Notwithstanding the comments of Lonely Planet & Rough Guide there are hotels that are not damaging or undermining the fort, and the Victoria is one of them. It’s not a luxury hotel by any standards, and is small, but it is a really lovely one to stay in. The owner Pankaj, his manager Sushil, and the staff are all really nice, friendly, and helpful. The food (strictly vegetarian) is cooked by Pankaj’s mother and was wonderful – true home cooking. For people like us who enjoy Indian cooking it was heaven; we had lunch and supper there for the four days of our stay and enjoyed every bit. Supper, and breakfast, were served on the lovely roof terrace. Like many buildings in Rajasthan this one had incredibly steep stairs – a bit hard going if you have dodgy knees! But our room was a good size with a comfortable bed and had a lovely balcony which we could recline in and watch the goings on in the town below us. OK, the bathroom was small (very small) but there was plenty of hot water – and how much time do you spend in the bathroom? (Other rooms have bigger bathrooms but no balcony.)

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  By Loshalp on Nov 11, 2010

I had a comfortable stay at the Hotel Victoria. The staff were, as other reviews have noted, extremely friendly and often went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that I had everything I needed. I appreciated the ethos of the hotel - treat it like your home - and found the fact that all food and drinks were bundled into the price to be a welcome break. They were able to arrange a tour of the local area for me with a good guide, and watching the sunset across Jaisalmer from the fort was a lovely moment. Good value for money; room was clean and cool; location is right in the fort, so it's easy to just go wandering around, which frankly was the highlight of my India trip, instead of the temples and other tourist things that you're supposed to go and see.

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  By filmboyuk on Sep 09, 2010

We enjoyed our stay in this well located hotel. Rooms are clean and confortable. You can discover incredible landscape at sunset from your window. The manager is always available to help you to spend the best stay in the jewel Jaisalmer. Breakfast on rooftop is unbeleivable especially crêpes and fresh fruit juice.

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  By on Sep 09, 2010

we stayed here for 2 nights and watching sunset from roof is really good experience. this is a classic rajasthani style haveli and we enjoyed nice and clean big rooms and big comfortable bed.we were warmly welcomed and served with excellent food and services.

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  By happy1729... on Jun 06, 2010

We stayed two nights at the Victoria early January and paid around Rs 5.400/night (+/- 80 euro) all meals included. We chose room nr. 7 with a window/balcony overlooking the main street for the nice bathroom and good reading light.
Nicely decorated, clean and not too cold given the season. The bed was big and comfortable but it was somehow irritating to wake up with the bottom sheet in a mess because it was too short. A clothes hanger would have been useful!
Despite the shower water pressure being low the bathroom was fine and very clean. Only I couldn’t get any hot water before 8:00 because it takes time for the manually fed wood furnace to be operational and they are not early birds.
Breakfast was fine too, served on the roof top; we had tea, coffee, butter, banana & syrup pancakes, jam, fresh orange juice, toast and omelet. We also had an ok vegetarian lunch but no dinner (roof top lacking atmosphere and reception area not a suitable alternative). The service was slow but we were not in a hurry.
They also provide free Wifi Internet access.
The (chatty) owner was welcoming (but a tad intrusive) and the staff very friendly.
I agree with other reviewers that the prices are a bit too high for what you get.

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  By VeritasBr... on Mar 03, 2010

We had the pleasure of staying at The Hotel Victoria for two nights during our recent holiday to Rajasthan. We chose the hotel from the reports on Trip Advisor, and were so pleased to stick to our plan, even though our Indian travel agent suggested another hotel. It may not be the easiest place to get to if you have a car and driver, as they have to stay outside the Fort, because of the narrow lanes inside, but a tuk tuk was soon arranged to transport us to the hotel. We had the choice of two rooms when we got there, and chose the circular room with wonderful views looking across to The Palace. The bed had a rich coloured bedcover on it and was most comfortable, and had a lovely feel to it. A small wet room was well hidden. There was a window seat area which was just fantastic, and especially the next morning when we had an early awakening due to the fruit and vegetable market below us. We had a wonderful view of the trading that was going on way beneath us. Breakfast was taken on the rooftop, and what a view from there. The largest glass of fresh orange juice, porridge, eggs and toast and tea were just what you needed to start the day of sightseeing, and there is certainly plenty to see in the beautiful buildings around the Fort and in the old city. The second night we moved into the room over the entrance, and again a lovely room. Although there are steep stone steps to get to the bedrooms it is well worth the climb, and we would love to stay there again if we get back to Jaiselmer. The staff were friendly, the rooms very clean and very good value. Do try it if you have the chance.

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  By mrfrc169 on Mar 03, 2010

If you are looking for a homely atmosphere, then this is the place to be in. Please don't look for all the amenities that one provides in an expensive hotel. You might be disappointed. But you can very surely expect love and care which they have lots to offer. Pankaj(the owner) is always very enthusiastic though at time he might get a little overboard. Sunil is another perfect gentleman. Their food is very homemade but purely vegetarian. They don't encourage guests to eat out as well probably because they don't want guests to have non vegetarian food in their rooms (being a hardcore Brahmin). You always get a chance to meet follow travellers from all over the world here and we are lucky to meet a very nice and warm couple from Belgium. Truely a place to unwind without any false pretentions.

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  By Srimanta... on Jan 01, 2010

I feel compelled to wirte a review of this hotel as my partner and I had such a wonderful time staying here this November. I only telephoned the day before once I had confirmed my travel arrangements from Jodhpur. I spoke directly to the owner, Pankaj and he arranged a room for us at short notice along with a pick-up from our arrival point. Our driver took our bags and drove us through the narrow lanes and alleyways of the fort; it was already turning into something special, almost like being transported back through time, such was the location and atmosphere. The hotel does not disappoint. A beautiful entranceway with exposed stone and beams along with tasteful fixtures and fittings. From the greeting onwards, we were treated like royalty. Pankaj and his manager Sushil took care of our every need. I know that it's a cliche but they really did make us feel special. We were given the 'Honeymoon Suite', a semi-circular room with a climb-out balcony overlooking the activity of the town below. At night all the turrets and ramparts of the fort are illuminated and you just sit out there soaking up the location and pinching yourself to see if you're dreaming. I have never experienced anything like it. I don't usually eat where I am staying but while in Jaisalmer I ate every meal in the hotel. The staff were so enthusiatic and accomodating, it would have been like going home to visit your Mother and then telling her that you were going out for dinner and not eating the food she had prepared for you! Pankaj's mother was indeed cooking for us. I once informed them that I was fond of spicy food and out came chilli dishes and relishes. She even went to the market and bought half a kilo of chillis to ensure my culinary satisfaction! This kind of service and attention to customer satisfaction impresses. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was served on the roof and minging with the other guests (both Indian and western), the praise for the hotel and the staff was universal. The food was fantastic with a selection of Rajasthani thalis and great coffee in the morning. Sushil even sent us on our way with a packed lunch of Momos and a chilli dip for the train ride to Delhi.
Jaisalmer was one of the highlights of our trip and for anyone debating whether to make the journey out west to the fringes of the state....do it. It's a very different experience. And when you do, make sure you stay here at the Hotel Victoria. If your experience is anything like ours then it will be the icing on the cake. Something that we'll be talking about for a long time. I couldn't recommend this hotel more highly.

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  By Schmools on Nov 11, 2009

I stayed at the Victoria Hotel Jaisalmer in October 2009 with my wife and 10 year old daughter. We had a great time and enjoyed every minute of our stay there. The hotel has a great location with wonderful views from the rooftop, the service is decent, and the food outstanding, especially for those with a fetish for simple home style Indian food . Rooms are well maintained clean with good air conditioning, and some of the rooms have wonderful views. good free internet facility which is quite fast.

Pankaj, the hotel owner, Sushil the manager and the team do a great job of making guests feel at home.

We stayed in Room No 2, whic is called the Honeymoon Suite on the top floor. The word suite is used rather loosely by several hotels in India, this is no suite, but a nice room anyways. The room has a wonderful balcony where you can spend hours just sitting out there in the nights or in the morning. Wonderful room but caution,this room has a rather small loo!!

All in all, a great stay and a wonderful experience.

Just a few things you should look out for. This is more like a homestay. No pools, no TV, no liveried waiters, no soft piano music at the reception. Just a good team running a clean decent hotel and trying to keep customers happy.

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  By ramr on Oct 10, 2009

We got this ti[p of some other travellers, so we e-mailed in advance. When you arrive in Jaisalmer, it is good that you can say to all the touts that you already booked somewhere. The rooms are not to big, but nice furnished and clean (nice big soft towels!) and a good bathroom. The friendly (Nepalese) staff did it; they just where so nice to us! The breakfast is perfect, very nice pancakes, and included (as much as you want). The internet is also free, so no extra costs. The best thing of all where the momo's they gave us in a box for in the train!

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  By PGIndia20... on Aug 08, 2009

Quirky beautifully restored Haveli within the fort. Our room was fabulous with a super thick mattress, the best one I slept on in India.
Lovely bathroom too with an impressive shower. The manager and his staff were friendly and helpful and did not try to sell us anything in a pressurised way. Fantastic roof terrace with sunset views. It was truly lovely.

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  By JoHLondon on Mar 03, 2009

I can safely say that this trip turned out to be exactly what we planned, a cosy getaway in midst of the architectural haven. Both me and Anagha (my other half) were interested in having time for ourselves quietly sketching the wonderful symphonies of the architectural wonder that is Jaisalmer.
Hotel Victoria turned out to be the best choice as it had that old world charm of a ancient house along with the completly personlized service of Pankaj and his team.
There was no harrasment as is expected from a typical tourist places.
The round room with the most perfect window sent Anagha in raptures and increased my brownie points with her.
The terrace, the rooms, the service all of them was a major plus point for making our vacation successful
I will gladly reccommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a fantastic getaway in a cosy homely atmosphere.
Mukul

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  By Mukuls on Nov 11, 2008

Despite its "Victorian" name, this hotel is completely in Rajasthani style, with rare antiques and unique deco. Right on Jaisalmer's fort wall, it has stunning sunset views both from its open-air rooftop terrace and from its West facing rooms.
All rooms are equipped with split A/C units (quite silent compared to those old built-in ones), fans and private bathrooms, some of which are spectacular (ask for the ground floor, West-facing room. It's large, beautiful and has a fabulous desert-stone bathroom), while some others, although fully usable, will be renovated in short (according to the owner).
They also provide free Wifi Internet access.
Pankaj, the owner, went out of his way to make us feel at home both in his hotel and in town. On our petition (and ONLY on our petition), he referred us to a very professional and reliable wholesale silversmith and a textile dealer.
Despite being quite overwhelmed by some renovation works in the hotel (that he had been told would be finished in early July) that are finished by now, Pankaj was all kindness, always available, always with a big, welcoming smile on his face. He, for one, is someone you'll never find it hard to enjoy a nice chat with!
I can't forget those banana and nutella pancakes with massala chai for breakfast on his rooftop terrace.
I disagree with The Lonely Planet guide saying there are no on-fort places worth staying in. This is definitely one of them.

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  By SonOfDevi on Aug 08, 2008

A very pleasant family guesthouse, run by Pankaj - the earnest, eager-to-please and friendly owner.

We chose his best room - what was described as the 'honeymoon sweet' (sic). It's not actually a suite, but a large cool room in the fort walls, with a small en-suite bathroom (toilet & shower)

We stayed in the off-season, and although Jaisalmer is v.hot at this time of year, our room was lovely - ancient thick honey-coloured stone walls, AC, free & unlimited softdrinks in the room's fridge, and an amazing balcony. I hope the photographs tell the story.

We stayed 4 nights here, and were happy with this place - the only reason that I've not given this place the 'excellent' rating is that the food was a little bit more basic than you'd expect from such a classy hotel - typical momo, veg chow-mein, etc.

Breakfasting on top of the fort walls was great, but for evening meals it's best to go elsewhere. Of course, this was only our experience of the off-season - the menu may be more varied at other times of year.

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  By Winstaan7... on Jul 07, 2008

I stayed here with my son for a couple of nights and it was the perfect place to stay in Jaisalmer. Nothing is too much trouble for Pankaj, he really goes out of his way to make your stay memorable. It is very atmospheric, tasteful and very clean. Highly recommended.

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  By bessieoxf... on Apr 04, 2008

Enjoyed our 3 day stay here very much in the 'honeymoon suite'. This is a very good sized tower room at roof level facing West for the sunset in a simple hotel within the fort, with yellow sandstone floors and very tasteful Rajasthani furnishings plus (acceptable, but not yet updated) bathroom, with a charming window seat (jarokha) which you don't want to leave.

Of Pankaj, Sushil and the rest of the friendly crew, there was always someone around to provide drinks, good food, wash clothes, give advice, organise a trip if that was what you wanted, or help with finding the right shop. Pankaj is refreshingly straightforward. He also responds quickly to emails.

Re value for money: we stayed during the Desert Festival so the room price was way outside any normal price. Pankaj assures me that it is far less outside the festival. Lets hope that it stays that way....

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  By Ungarese on Mar 03, 2008

our stay at Victoria was wonderfull. we had stayed there for 2 nights and trust me that had just been a home away from home..the staff is very helpfull. Pankaj who is the owner is a great human and u can trust him for anything..they give a very tasty breakfast. we were worried about our trip as we had kids with us but these people made it so comfortable for us,that we were even cooking for the kids in their kitchen...
they had arranged for evrything we asked them for.....they are very good people...we are thankful to Pankaj, Sushil and the staff....

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  By micky37 on Feb 02, 2008

Abbiamo soggiornato al Victoria per 2 giorni prenotando sul loro sito già dall'Italia.
Si tratta di una antica bella haveli situata dentro il forte, la terrazza ha una spettacolare vista sui bastioni, sulla città sottostante, sul deserto e sul tramonto del sole.
Poche camere, semplici ma arredate con cura e pulite.
Mr. Sushil ci ha accolto con grande simpatia, durante il nostro soggiorno ha soddisfatto ogni nostra esigenza e si è sempre accertato che tutto fosse di nostro gradimento.
Segnalo che l'hotel non dispone di una sala interna per i pasti, se in terrazza fa freddo o c'è vento si può mangiare in camera.
Il pick up alla stazione è gratuito.

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  By nicolacar... on Feb 02, 2011

Fin dall'inizio abbiamo capito che oltre ad essere un hotel particolarmente piacevole e pittoresco il propietario e il personale sono simpatici e disponibili.Ci hanno subito aiutato con un problema di telefono.Le camere ed il bagno sono molto puliti e su richiesta si sono offerti di farci dei momo buonissimi.Lo consigliamo vivamente.
Francesca Alberto Marzo 2009

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  By rucolafra... on May 05, 2009

Después de concultar las críticas de otros viajeros, nos pusimos en contacto con el propietario, Pankaj.

Es un hotelito en plena muralla del fuerte de Jaisalmer. Es un lugar ql que te tienen que acompañar la primera vez que vas, ya que son callejuelas medievales alrededor del centro histórico de jaisalmer

Mr Pankaj es una persona muy dispuesta a ayudarte y aconsejarte en tu visita. Además está renovando y modernizando su hotel para acoger a todo tipo de turistas.

Cuando estábamos en el hotel, fue el cumpleaños de uno de los viajeros que estábamos allá, Dan, y le hicieron una celebración el la terraza, que ya conocéis por las fotos...
Fue una estancia muy agradable. Os lo recomienndo

Chesca

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  By ChescaBcn on Aug 08, 2008

Das kleine Hotel ist ideal gelegen innerhalb der Burg. Die Zimmer sind wohnlich und sehr sauber. Pankaj, der Besitzer des Hauses kümmert sich intensiv um jeden einzelnen Gast. Tipp: Bananapancakes zum Frühstück auf der Dachterrasse serviert !

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  By Lapp on May 05, 2008

Super schoenes und besonders sehr sauberes Hotel mit einem tollen Ausblick ueber die ganze Stadt.
Das leckere Essen kann auf der Dachterasse eingenommen werden. Das Personal ist jederzeit bemueht und besonders wird man zu nicht gedraengt ( Kamelsafari etc.

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  By dieAachen... on Feb 02, 2008

This "Guesthouse" maybe fine for young people looking for a cheap place to stay within the city walls and hectic of the old town. Based on the large number of favorable ratings we had chosen the Hotel Victoria. However being a couple of a certain age, we didn't fall in love with the place. After checking the hotel rooms we decided to quit the place and look for something a little more spacious and comfortable.

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  By schmiup on Feb 02, 2010

The Victoria is ok but I think the room we had, the "honeymoon" room 2, with the balcony overlooking the town was very overpriced.

We had decided to splash out towards the end of our 2 week trip around Rajasthan and because the Killa Balawan rooms with balconies were just too pricey for us we plumped for the Victoria.

The staff are very friendly but the room, at 65 pounds a night (including breakfast and drinks) is just far too expensive and we were expecting a lot more than we got.

The room is pretty, large, and the balcony is great for lying around listening to the desert after a special lassi ;-) But the bathroom was one of the most basic and smallest one we had in our trip around in hotels costing a fraction of the price!

The fabrics of the cushions etc were freyed and falling apart. I expect this in a budget hotel but not for 65 pounds in India.

Even the shared bathrooms in the hotel were better than ours.

The roof top "restaturant" area is no more than a couple of tables with 6 chairs, and there is no effort to make it a place you might want to spend an evening.

So basically you are paying for the balcony, and thats it.

if, as we did, you dream of staring at the stars lying on a cushion-strewn balcony in the middle of the desert then go for it (it is cheaper than the Killa!)

but I couldnt help feeling throughout that we were paying far too much for that experience.

I want to repeat that the staff were wonderful though!

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  By DandamanL... on Mar 03, 2009

We stay in the so call "Honey moon" room #5 and the #4. The number 4 is better than 5, but in overall they are too expensive for what do you get.

I would not recommend it paying 5.000 and 4000 rupees for those room at all.

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  By Pepepepit... on Sep 09, 2010

We stayed three nights at the Victoria Hotel and were glad to leave! I know other people have given good reviews on this hotel, but that just wasn't our experience. The first room we had was quite small, although sufficient and the shower tiny. That room was 2050Rs, but in my opinion was probably worth about 1000rs less than that. They asked us to move to another room which we did, and that room was larger and the bathroom was OK, although the sink in the bathroom drained directly on to the floor in front of the toilet and in to a drain near the toilet which wasn't nice. That room (room 5) is 3050, but no way would that be value for money. About 1500 might be more like it compared to everywhere else we stayed. The air con works well and is not too noisy. The beds were reasonably clean and comfortable. Breakfast was really nice - banana and syrup pancakes, fresh orange juice and coffee. It was served on the rooftop terrace which was nice. Service was very slow, but we weren't in a hurry, so that wasn't a problem for us. Although cold drinks are included in the price, you have to ask for every drink and as service is so slow and they don't tell you what is available, it's all a bit awkward and they do things like we asked for water and they brought us (after the usual delay) one for the two of us. There were drinks in the fridge in the room, but no opener. We ended up just buying our own drinks. The worst aspect was the attitude of the manager there. He just wasn't nice. We didn't book our desert trip through him as it was 250 more than others for the same thing and he was really grumpy with us and wouldn't speak to us. Then we asked him to book our bus ticket for us and he added 50% to the cost as his commission which we wouldn't have minded other than that he didn't book us on the bus we'd asked for and instead of the row of nice comfortable, clean looking buses we had the clanking banging plainly FILTHY one with no air con that took over 6 hours for a three and a half hour journey, was overcrowded, stopped every four minutes and eventually ended at a petrol station on the outskirts of the city we were going to. The time the bus left was an hour earlier than we had planned to go and what we'd asked for, which just wanted convenient. We suspect he booked us on that one as it's the cheapest so he could keep more of the money we paid him. The location of the hotel is good. It's in the fort so close to things, although I think probably staying outside the fort is just as convenient as there are plenty of restaurants and shops outside the fort and you can easily see everything in the fort in less than a day. The hotel arranged a rickshaw to pick us up which went smoothly, however the rickshaw when we left didn't go as smoothly as we had thought this was also included and nothing was said to the contrary and although we tipped the driver he phoned the hotel who told us we had to pay the driver which we hadn't expected and which was fairly expensive for the distance. This was probably just a misunderstanding and could have happened anywhere, but just seemed to typify the experience of staying at the hotel. Plenty of people on this site had a nice stay at this hotel, so maybe you will too. I do think it's very overpriced though even if we'd had a nice stay.

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  By travelkit... on Mar 03, 2009

wir wurden bei der Internetbuchung, durch den Hotelbesitzer zu einer Auslandsüberweisung für eine Nacht gezwungen. Bei Ankunft war, obwohl vereinbart niemand erreichbar um uns und unser Gepäck vom Parkplatz vor dem Fort abzuholen. Die Anfahrt zum Hotel mit Tok-tok erwies sich als der erste große Nepp im Dschungel der Jaisalmermaffia. Im Hotel angekommen, war, ich hatte es schon geahnt die gebuchte Honeymoonsuite vergeben.

Der " Empfangschef " versuchte uns dann, schon ungehalten ob der ach so üblen Störung ein Zimmer anzudrehen, das jeder Beschreibung spottete.

Daraufhin ergab sich ein nicht ganz feines Telefonat mit dem Besitzer des Hotel, der sich nach langem Lamento bereit erklärte die Vorauszahlung nebst der Überweisungskosten zurückzuzahlen.

Wenn Victoria, nicht vorausbuchen sondern es auf gut Glück versuchen. Wie überall versuchte man uns weis zu machen es gäbe in der High Season keine Zimmer was überall eine glatte Lüge war.

jaisalmer bietet was die Hotels anbelangt echte Alternativen

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  By schwer on Feb 02, 2011

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