Apulitzer – New Castle – New Hampshire – April 2019
We stayed at Killa Bhawan for two days, arriving by train very late at night and then leaving by train at one am. The staff arranged transport for us at these very unusual times, and all went seamlessly.
Bhanu and Marish arranged a lovely desert trip for us with camel ride and a freshly made dinner cooked on open fire by Manu. He even taught us how to make our own chapati!
Th views from the rooftops of Killa Bhawan are breathtaking, and having our breakfast there was very special. We almost didn’t leave to do our sightseeing as we were so happy enjoying the view. Everyone at Killa Bhawan was cordial, polite, and incredibly accommodating. Because of our experience there it was a highlight of our whirlwind tour of Rajasthan. Thank you, Killa Bhawan!
“The most beautiful room with the nicest staff”
U733QWsandrak – March 2019
When we arrived at the Killa Bhawan we were offered masala chai right away. The staff is really friendly and tell you that you are there as if you were in your home, that you can ask for anything at any time, they make you feel more as a guest than a client. I think we had the nicest room with a private little balcony, a lovely place to sit down and look at the fort and the city below.
The decoration is really beautiful and elegant, so lovely that I would have taken everything home with me, to the tiniest little things, like the statuettes, littles wooden chests, etc.
Breakfast was delicious, you can ask for anything, as much as you want, and be served wherever you want, whether it be on the little terrace or in the little salon near our bedroom. It felt like we were VIP’s and had the hotel and staff to ourselves. I highly recommend this hotel for the location, the beautiful decor and mainly the nice and helpful staff.
“This is a home away from home”
Yamyirma – March 2019
My friends and I really enjoyed our stay here at Killa Bhawan. As one of the owners’ Mr. Banu said, “This is not a hotel, it is your home here in Jaisalmer”. It certainly felt that way. It was a warm welcome during an unusually cold and windy time. Located in the Jaisalmer Fort, you will not be short of stunning views of the city. Killa Bhawan is clean, beautiful and comfortable. Their Indian breakfast (they have a continental breakfast option) was delicious. The continuous supply of chai and hot coffee is fantastic too! If you need a guide, the owners can hook you up with one. We were extremely lucky to have Mr. Lalu as our guide. I found him very interesting and warm. Overall, I think this is your best option if you’re in Jaisalmer.
“Hotel with a view”
5rose6 – Newmarket – Canada – February 2019
Clean and inviting , family owned heritage boutique hotel inside the Jaisalmer fort .As the roads are narrow and the fort is open to visitors from 9-6, no Tuktuk or cars are allowed inside the fort.Wear comfortable shoes to walk up to the hotel, as it it is a good 5 min incline.At the hotel We were Greeted with our friendly hosts Manu, Bhano and Manish and we were guided , as per our requirements ,for our two night stay. Stayed in Room six, it was comfortable, there was some street noise ,but during the night it is very quiet . Excellent WI Fi. Breakfast was (Aloo, onion )prontha served with yogurt and fruits and masala chai, it was the best. Our hosts and were willing to help out with many of our questions.View from Kila Bhawan is one of a kind,it is an excellent place for people watching.We took a heritage tour with Lalit ji (know is Lalu) which was a wonderful experience . God willing, I will come again with my family.More
“Outstanding and Unique”
Cheresta – Upminster – UK – February 2019
Lovely people and incredible outlook. Room 10 a must. Highlight of Rajasthan. Lovely furnishings with antique feel. Staff very kind and attentive. Terraced areas also beautiful. In my view, the only place to stay.
“Excellent place to stay”
Timpatterson – London – UK – January 2019
Absolutely fantastic place to base yourselves, within the ancient fort at Jaisalmer. Everything is within a 15 minute walk.
The staff are amazing and very helpful.
We loved being there.
Thank you for having us.
71Anetab – December 2018
We absolutely love our stay in this quirky hotel ( old fort accommodation). Its just beautifully set as a part of hero gate fort in Jaisalmer and there is no better place to stay. Gorgeous and enormous terraces with sweeping view of whole city, fort palace and dessert beyond. Location was superb, you can walk freely to discover the old fort.
Staff was very kind and attentive and they made us feel like we were at home. They allowed us to stay for free till we had a late train to catch which was incredible helpful with our kid that needed to rest for a bit.
We stayed there for 3 night but could easily stay longer , as it is one of most interesting stay in Rajasthan.
“Amazing Place, Great Location, Awesome People”
Shoumint – December 9th 2018
We had an amazing stay at Hotel Killa Bhawan from Dec 9-10. Everything was perfect and seamless right from the time we made the booking until the time we departed.
Bhanu, the hotel manager, and his brother Manu run the place meticulously. Everyone speaks good English, and we didnt have any trouble at all.
We took Room No. 9, which had an amazing terrace overlooking Jaisalmer City in the foreground, and the Old Royal Palace on the left. The room itself was tastefully decorated in Rajasthani/Jaisalmeri style. It had a comfortable walk-in closet/dressing/luggage room. The toilet had its own hot water geyser (ie water heater) which gives ample supply of hot water. Our only complaint was that the shower pressure was a little weak, but hey, this is a heritage property and a fault like this can be easily forgiven. The hotel does provide a bucket n scoop to shower the traditional way, which we did.
The hotel contains many cute and totally Instagrammable corners where you can relax or click pics to make your friends envious. We could have easily spent a day just in the hotel itself, and also did.
Bhanu himself took us on a heritage walk of the city. This was an invaluable experience and a great use of time since Jaisalmer Fort and City has many small, twisting lanes hiding the real gems of Jaisalmer. We saw the Jain Temples, an old cannon, several small havelis, the main Patwa ki Haveli, and the regular neighborhood. On our request, he brought us to a first-class Silver jewellery maker who has been featured in a book on Thar Desert jewelry-making by the director of the Fowler Museum of UCLA. Ladies can definitely find a piece or two for themselves here. Prices are reasonable. He also showed us an antique shop which had countless curios, including Rajput shields and weapons. Do take this tour if you can! You won’t regret it! (Approx 4 hours, chargeable at Rs 1,200 per group. Our afternoon took about 6 hours including lunch and the side visits to the jewelry shop and antique shop).
The breakfast in the morning was right on time, and exactly according to our orders that we placed the night before. Fresh cut fruit, freshly-pressed tangerine juice, omelette and toast (Western for me) and aloo paratha (Indian for my partner). We enjoyed the meal on the terrace and it was just perfect.
Stay at Hotel Killa Bhawan for a truly Jaisalmeri experience. From the Fort to the hospitality, you truly won’t regret it.
We hope to return to Jaisalmer and will definitely stay here again next time.
Thank you Bhanu-ji and team!
“Fabulous! Charming! Magical!”
Teresad907 – Madrid – Spain – November 2018
We spent three wonderful days at Killa Bhawan. It is a charming accommodation with tasteful decoration and exceptional views of Jaisalmer Fort and the city, and with the charm of living in one of the towers of the fort wall! Manich, his family and the staff were very kind, friendly and helpful and tried at all times to make our stay unforgettable. Although Killa Bhawan has not restaurant, breakfasts on the terrace were great and we tasted delicious Indian meals at the KB CAFE, a few minutes walk from the hotel and managed by the brother and family of Manich. We hope to return to Killa Bhawan in the future and highly recommend this magical place to those visiting Jaisalmer.
Jet35840311456 – November 2018
A delight from the first moment. Beautifully furnished rooms and superb views of both the the fort and the city…from secluded sitting areas… that seemed to sum up what the desert cities were all about. Great hospitality including being involved in diwali puja in a way that seemed real.
gourmetrover – Colchester – UK – November 2018
This is a small hotel inside the fort of Jaisalmer. Inside tiny rooms and stairs lead to,open terraces with bedrooms. The rooms are furnished exquisitely with traditional colours and materials and antique furniture. Everything is very comfortable. Outside tables and chairs are a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the view of the fort inner gate and the town below.
Breakfast was simple, eggs cooked to order, toast and jam and fruit juice, served on the terrace.
A perfect place to explore the labyrinthine town alleys.
“Paid for the best, got the best”
Tim H – Rockhampton Australia – October 2018
Paid for the best room in Killa Bhawan which had our own balcony and bathroom because i wanted to really enjoy our stay in Jaisalmer and be comfortable. The balcony view was worth it. The staff here are super friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. Breakfasts were clean and hygienic and had a great variety. We really didnt want to leave this place. If you want the best room in Jaisalmer, just pay it – youll only probably be here once so make the most of it.
“Beautiful view with nice staff”
Binhyen N – October 2018
The view from the terrace is just awesome, I really can’t put it into words. The owner and staff were so helpful, they also provide free chilled water at the public areas, you could take it any time. Breakfast was really basic, because it’s inside the Fort, the space is quite limited but they served as good as they could, eggs were alway well cook, with chai, coffee or fresh juice. I really enjoyed my time there. Thank you guys.
“The sweetest gift during my stay in India”
Shanny G – October 2018
Inside the fort , in a rather hidden place resides this mesmerizing, charming , very stylish , warm and cozy hotel. Not like any place I have visited before , I felt as if I entered a castle from a fairytale. It has many amazing romantic spots in side and on the rooftop, where you can relax and chill, viewing a spectacular view of the fort and the city . My room was beautiful , spacious with countless of small details and an extremely comfortable mattress . Apart from this extraordinary space, Luca, the owner , and the rest of the kind and efficient staff made me feel as if I entered their home , a feeling that made the stay even more magical. They serve excellent fresh breakfast , that you can eat on the balcony , viewing the fort. I highly recommend this hotel , and think that it is a really special, unique experience to stay there while enjoying all that J’aislamer has to offer. Sometimes we just need a little magic … killa Bhawan creates that
“In the Palace”
georgesmall – South Africa – July 2018
This is one of my favourite holels in India. The friendly owner welcomed us to his little “home”. Situated inside the palace, on the edge with stunning views of the desert and old sandstone city. Lots of cool hiding spaces, narrow alleys, stairways and rooftop terraces. Very quiet and private. Our room was small but absolutely beautiful, built into the city wall. Everything was very clean with well attended staff. I can stay there forever and hope to be back soon. I loved it.
“This hotel really is unique”
Fifftysomething100 – Cardiff – Wales – UK – May 2018
An often overused word, but Killa Bhawan really is unique. Set in the walls of the fort, it feels far more special than you ever imagine it is going to. There are only 8 rooms and we stayed in one of those on the top terrace with fantastic views as you step out of your room onto the terrace. The hotel only serves breakfast, but that is good (fresh fruit, eggs, toast, juice, etc.) and served on the terrace overlooking the city. Drinks are available all day and evening and the terrace is a lovely place to sit and watch the sun go down and the fort glow in the fading light. Service is excellent and the staff are very friendly and eager to help. They want you to feel at home ~ and you do!
Our room had 2 single beds, and our friends’ room was a double. The beds were comfortable and the air-con was efficient. There is limited storage for clothes but plenty of space to leave cases open. Despite being in the centre of the city, it was very quiet at night and we slept well. The bathroom was where you realised you were staying in a desert fort! We lacked water for 11/2 days, but if you mention it to staff they will pump more water up to the tank on the roof. As soon as we mentioned it they hurried to sort things out. There really was something magical about sitting at the table outside our room surrounded by the golden walls. I really liked that I could slip out into the fort and wander around the streets and the city outside without any problems. There is a relaxed atmosphere in Jaiselmer with lots of activity with weddings, concerts, etc. and I think it was the most special of our stops around Rajasthan. I am really happy to recommend this welcoming hotel to other members.
We flew back to Delhi from the new airport, and it was a very easy and comfortable airport to use.
“Perfekte Lage – Super Personal”
Ontheroad_872 – Zurich – Switzerland – March 2018
We were in March for one night in killa Bhawan in Jaisalmer. Absolutely great little hotel, right in the fort and historic walls, a beautiful rooftop terrace. The staff was wonderful, very helpful and accommodating. As we were leaving on the night train, but the hotel was fully booked, they offered us that we could shower in a room at a different hotel but same company, the evening before we went on the train. This offer was totally unexpected for us, but we were very pleased. Room very clean. I would definitely book again at Killa Bhawan.
Concatenation – Leeds – UK – April 2018
First of all, full disclosure. I’d asked my husband to book Hotel Killa Bhawan for a weekend trip to Jaisalmer and he misunderstood and booked KB Lodge thinking it was the same place. I was disappointed as I’d had my heart set for a long time on a visit to Killa Bhawan and thought the weekend was now ruined .
I’m happy to say I was wrong ! KB Lodge is delightful and we had a lovely stay there.
We arrived late after a flight delay from Jaipur and were met at the airport by a car arranged through KB Lodge . On arrival we were taken up to the rooftop, offered welcoming refreshments and given a map of the city and information on where we might be interested in visiting . This was very helpful as we had limited time available.
The Lodge is in a fantastic location opposite Patwa Haveli and just a very short and interesting walk to the fort entrance . It also has a boutique with some fabulous tempting items at reasonable prices . I bought some stoneware there at a fraction of the price being charged near the fort .
Our room had Ac and fan and overlooked the Haveli opposite . Comfortable bed and clean bathroom .
The staff are all excellent and go out of their way to provide a memorable guest experience . We will definitely return .
“Best spot in Jaisalmer”
Harwill – Sidney – Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
This has to be the best kept secret in Jaisalmer!
As the hotel staff all say ‘it’s a home away from home’. It’s true!
The hotel is situated in the fort and the breakfast terrace overlooks Jaisalmer. Terrific view. You could sit there and watch the world go by……including the many weddings.
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.
“This little Gem”
Kitukidogo – Stavanger – February 2018
One of my favourite places to stay in India.
I first visited Killa Bhawan in 2005 and was very taken with this exquisite little gem. This is a rare and special place. I had longed to visit again. When I finally did again in 2018, it was exactly as I remembered it.
Staying here feels like you are pampered guests visiting a friend’s house even if the house happens to be an 800 year old medieval fort with the most amazing views, oodles of atmosphere and antique furnishings!! Fabulous location, friendliness and attentiveness of the managers, rooms with amazing views located in an atmospheric old fort, lovely lounge areas with seating looking out over the town and the surrounding countryside all go towards making this one of my favourite places in India.
The rooms are beautiful, housed as they are in the old fort with lovely antiques but very clean and comfortable. It is a far cry from an anonymous chain hotel. Excellent breakfasts (try the Indian breakfast-we took home the achaar) and attentive service. The managers are very friendly and very helpful and know what they are doing. They run another café and another small hotel in the town. We had a decent lunch at the café, sitting on the roof terrace looking out at the beautiful old havelis of Jaisalmer.
One last point-stay in the fort and walk around in the evening when all the day tourists have left.
Jaisalmer itself is an enchanting place and Killa Bhawan really is the place to stay in Jaisalmer.
Room Tip: ask for one in the ramparts with views
“Has all the soul of Jaisalmer with all the comforts of home”
JeanA2776 – Cahattanooga – tennessee – USA – Stayed November 2017
If you think of a desert city as bleak, think again. You feel the magic of Jaisalmer, the Golden City, land of the Bhatti princes, born of the moon, as soon as it comes into view. The fort, rising from the mighty rock like a giant sand castle, parapets, balconies, and terraces included, crowns the city. The beauty of the living fort, the havelis, and the Jain temples, all carved from the same honey gold stone, will leave you breathless. And what better place to stay than a hotel in the fort built in 1056 AD. The Killa Bhawan hotel has all the soul of the fort and all the comforts of a luxury hotel. We knew we’d made the right hotel choice from the moment our host, Bahnu, welcomed us with a warm, “Relax, you’re home.” We were even more sure as we watched him wave goodbye to us from the city gates. Our flight was canceled because the mists rolled in from the “snows in Kashmir.” The tiny airport had canceled fights the day before and most likely would again the next day, so we weren’t sure how we would rework out plans. However, Bahnu and his staff at the hotel found us a driver and hotel in Jodhpur and handed us hot grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches wrapped in foil, along with spicy chips, chocolate cookies and cold bottled water for the trip…a canceled fight has never been so easy. It was this hospitality that we experienced daily in the city and especially at Hotel Killa Bhawan. The hotel and its café, just a short tuk-tuk ride away, will exceed all your expectations. If this isn’t the best hotel in Jaisalmer, I’ll kiss your thali.
Room Tip: The honeymoon suite with balcony was astonishing.
“A Jaisalmer Gem”
Damascasros – Sidney – Australia – January 2018
This boutique family run hotel, managed by Manish, one of the brothers, is set within the fort walls overlooking the fort and the Old City. From the moment we arrived we were met with a welcome to remember. We were led up to the terrace for a chai as Manish offered advice on our plans for our time in Jaisalmer. The people make the place and this was our experience at Hotel Killa Bhawan. The hotel and the rooms have an Arabian Nights feel. The view of the fort from our terrace was spectacular. We loved stepping out from our room onto the terrace looking out over the characteristic city and fort. A great place to break the exploration of the city with a relaxing chai sitting on the terrace and soaking up the atmosphere of this exotic city. Manish and the team made us feel at home and our stay here exceeded all expectations.
“Out of the world experience”
Shumon – Sengupta – New Delhi – India – December 2017
A trip to Jaiselmer would be incomplete without a couple of nights at Hotel Killa Bhawan. It has incredible charm and character; it is a complete stunner to be precise. Well this is not surprising given that it is not often that one gets to stay on the ramparts of a medieval fort (800 years old) – that too one that counts among the very few ‘living’ forts in the world.
The place is designed very aesthetically, with artifacts (mainly old metal pots and urns and art objects, embroidered fabrics and camel paraphernalia) installed all over the place. In fact you have old (and traditional) heavy metal pots in various corners that are used as trash bins!
It is small hotel (8 rooms if I am not mistaken) with a personalized touch. Staff are extremely courteous, friendly and helpful, which made our stay that much more special.
Killa Bhawan serves very good breakfast on the rampart terraces, from where you get awesome views of the fort as you enjoy breakfast. Now you can’t beat that, can you?
Being a small establishment, they however don’t serve lunch or dinner on site. For that you need to either go to their cafe (a very good one where we had delicious Rajasthani food) located very near Patwa Haweli, or can go to one of the numerous other good restaurants in close vicinity of the hotel.
The hotel arranged for a very good guide, Mr. Lallu, who was very knowledgeable, competent and and very likable. He showed us the fort and the small town below the fort. If you are looking for a good guide, Lallu is your man.
Killa Bhawan also has a handicraft shop which has some really good and high quality stuff. I would recommend a visit.
In case you are looking for opulent luxury and indulgence, you might be better off somewhere else. But if you are looking for elegance, comfort, warmth and real character, Killa Bhawan is the right place for you.
Many thanks Bhanu and team for our memorable stay. It was simply magical and we look forward to going back, next time with our daughter.
“Best place to stay in Jaisalmer”
TyWit Miami Beach Florida – USA – December 2017
After 4 flights and 2 missed connections, we finally arrived in Jaisalmer. Bhanu couldn’t have been more helpful, giving us a room to freshen up and store our luggage before heading to our desert safari. We were attending a wedding and he even called his cousin to give my husband some traditional attire to wear which worked perfectly! He upgraded us to the honeymoon suite which was stunning, overlooking the whole of Jaisalmer from a centuries old balcony with decor that made you feel like you were truly Rajasthani maharaja.
Room Tip: Ask for the honeyroom suite or a room with a balcony.
“Charming Hotel on the Fort”
IamZozo- Tel Aviv – Israel – December 2017
The hotel is located in the fort with beautiful views of the old city. We stayed at room no. 9 with a terrace in front of the room were breakfast is served. Banu and the rest of the team are superb. It is not a luxurious hotel so the hot water stream could have been stronger, but the atmosphere of the place and the hospitality of the team more than compensate for that
“Fabulous lodging in 800 years old fort”
Hansi H – December 2017
Our stay at Killa Bhawan was our favorite in 18 days touring Rajasthan. The hotels 8 rooms are unique and nook like with balconies, windowseats and nooks in all sorts of places. The staff is extremely helpful, warm and hospitable. The breakfast yummie and served on a terrace overlooking the town. It is nice to stay above the city overlooking the city absorbing the glow of the golden stones of which the city is built. A golden place in a golden city. Highly recommended.
“the most beautiful views, felt like a Princess”
Julia N – London – November 2017
The rooms were beautifully decorated in traditional Rajasthani style. The views from the terrace were amazing, making you feel like Jaisalmer Royalty. We had a lovely breakfast on the terrace overlooking the fort and the whole of Jaisalmer.
The staff were amazing and were there to help with anything and everything. We really enjoyed just hanging out on the terrace watching the Jaisalmer busy-ness from above.
Room Tip: Do note the showers aren’t the best as I think the water pressure in the fort isn’t great
“Fantastic property, amazing hosts!”
Isa_bu2014 – Milano – Italy – November 2017
Incredible location inside the Fort, with stunning views of old Jaisalmer. Our room was beautiful, and so were the terrace and the rest of the property.
The best thing, however, is the service. We truly felt like Killa was our home in Jailsalmer, with everything we needed and much more. We were even able to leave our luggage there overnight while on a camel tour, and to use their facilities the next day before leaving the city.
Highly recommended: an oasis of peace in the middle of the busy and noisy Jaisalmer.
“Opportunity to live like the Royals in a living fort !”
Niteen 158 – Cincinnati – Ohio – October 2017
Never imagined one could live in an actual fort. The hotel has the choicest location in the fort. The breakfast on the forts’ ramparts was an incredibly relaxing experience. Bhanu, the co-owner, is passionate about preserving history and improving the tourist’s experience in Jaisalmer. Rooms are clean, and immaculately decorated. Excellent service; the pickup from the railway station (at midnight) was absolutely flawless. Given a chance, would love to stay at this place again in the future.
“Stay inside the fort with great views”
Janet311947 – Adelaide – Australia – Stayed September 2017
Our room was most comfortable with plenty of room for three of us, a separate toilet apart from the bathroom. The manager, Manu was at pains to ensure that we wanted for nothing, along with the friendly staff. We enjoyed being able to sit on the terrace and learn, from Manu, about the local life while enjoying the views. Breakfast on the terrace was another highlight, I loved the masala omelette..
“Five Stars Hotel inside the Fort”
Gunjan S – Sidney – Australia – Stayed September 2017
We arrived in Jaisalmer taking the overnight train from Jaipur. Since arrival Bhanu and his team has taken extreme good care of us. The hotel is inside the Golden Fort and is exquisite. Ideal for international travelers and others. The hotel offers pick up service from the railway station, and is worthwhile to do so. We hadn’t arranged this nevertheless, one phone call and Mr Bhanu’s team picked up our luggages from the entrance to the Fort. It’s a 4 minute walk to the hotel from the entrance.
We were welcomed with nimboo paani (lime water) and it was refreshing. Mr Bhanu and team can speak fluent English and we had no issues communicating.
The view from the hotel is breathtaking and is very special. The rooms have antique furniture and they have created the look and feel of living in a palace. It was beautiful.
Mr Bhanu was full of good suggestions and we arranged to go to the desert safari at his recommendations. Again, was perfectly arranged. Rajasthan and Jaisalmer is quite safe for travellers.
Next morning the hotel team arranged a big breakfast spread. It was toast, omelette, fruits, juice, butter, jam and we opted for tea. If you’re keen for Indian food it would be good to speak to the staff the night before about it otherwise it just takes a bit longer. We were in a hurry and hence opted for the continental breakfast. The hotel even organised our travel to Jodhpur.
We have only to admire the care we were given and got to know a few things about the culture from the team and Mr Bhanu.
Highly recommend staying there for the local experience.
P.s. water was provided free for us (per our booking) not sure if this is the same for all guests.
Thank you Mr Bhanu and team.
“Very Nice Hotel”
katiakat8 – Toulon – France – Stayed September 2017
A magnificent view of the city. lovely staff. Rooms very clean and nicely decorated. peaceful and quiet place. Breakfast on the terrace …. Just a pity they do not serve food.
“Incredible views and great rooms”
Nirmal K – Stayed August 2017
My wife and I were really happy with our choice in this hotel. Beautiful hotel, well maintained and incredible views. Docking one star for lack of a restaurant or even the option of menus from nearby restaurants – and there are very good restaurants nearby. All travelers wanting to stay in the Fort area have to know this though – there is no four or three wheeler access to any of the hotels inside the fort. You have to park at the parking area, take a three wheeler to the top gate (if you have a bit of luggage) and walk to your hotel.
“Magical atmosphere, exotic locale”
Giolibertino – Philadelphia – USA – Stayed March 2017
Beautiful and exotic property located in the actual fort of Jaisalmer.
I almost skipped over Jaisalmer in planning my itinerary, but staying at this hotel made me so happy I did not.
It must be said that this hotel is actually IN THE FORT, so it would be absurd to think you can find all 5 star amenities and such that you might at other high-end hotels. That being said, you have all you need here, a warm, comfortable and inviting atmosphere combined with one of the most exotic locations we stayed in all our trip.
The property is a well maintained, very clean, multi-layered, multi-terraced, haveli with quaint courtyards, balconies and sitting rooms all within the fort. The terraces offer fantastic views of the rest of the fort as well as the city beyond. The included breakfast is modest but nice with choice of a few well prepared dishes. You may chose to eat in a number of places, several which offer wonderful views of the sprawl of the fort.
The location is great. Easy to access all of the fort (you are after all in it) as well as the city which lies right at the foot of the fort.
The rooms are clean, well appointed with antique furnishings and quite comfortable. The linens were clean and white and bed mattress was comfortable. There is no TV (which is very nice), but there is WiFi, A/C, and heat for if the nights get cold. Our room had a detached bathroom which was very clean, our own balcony facing the courtyard and an attached sitting area with wonderful views of the city.
The staff is fantastic. They work hard. The younger Nepalese boys are very accommodating and the manager Manu is fantastic. From the moment we arrived we were warmly welcomed and made to feel so at home in every way.
If ever I return to Jaisalmer, I would never consider staying anywhere else.
“Definitely an Experience”
Missynat1125 – Switzerland – April 2017
You choose this hotel in the fort because precisely of that. It is located inside Jaisalmer fort, the only working fort in India where there are over 300 families living inside the fort. It is not everyday that you can say you have stayed in a fort that is over 800 years old.
Killa Bhawan has the modern comforts that you would expect from a modern hotel – plumbing, hot and cold water, air conditioning yet it has not lost its old world charm. I got one of the deluxe rooms where I had my own private Juliet balcony overlooking the ‘downtown’ of Jaisalmer.
Every morning I had breakfast on the terrace with a breathtaking view of the fort and surrounding area.
“Location was great, staff was even better !”
RT – Frametown – Virginie Occidentale – March 2017
There is no comparison to staying in the fort. Wonderful terrace with amazing views of the city. Breakfast was served there with the best fresh squeezed orange juice I’ve ever had. The staff was not merely courteous, friendly, and efficient, but they went out of their way to be helpful. Good location for visiting the temples inside the fort and the markets outside the fort. The rooms were decorated with local furnishings, not like a sterile hotel. The one caveat – cars are not allowed in the fort. You can take a tuk-tuk, but we arrived very very late at night so we had to walk. It is not a bad walk in the daytime, but at midnight after a long day, it seemed arduous. But unless you have a severe mobility problem, don’t let that keep you from staying in this great place. You won’t regret it.
“Visit March 2017”
gvwyngaardt – Johannesburg – South Africa
Lovely hotel in the fort – although the rooms may be a bit on the small side they are very nice, with private bathroom. Hotel is centrally located within walking distance of most places to visit. Staff exceptionally friendly and helpfull. Love the attitude of staff – helped us with a booking for desert excursion and overnight stay. Breakfast with a great view of the city. Will certainly go back if visiting Jaisalmer again.
“If you go all the way to Jaisalmer, stay here!”
Copperrosemaiden – Westcliffe – Colorado – USA – March 2017
Sure, you can stay outside the town at the new Marriott, but this is the real thing. No car traffic inside the actual fort, so you are taken to the hotel by tuk-tuk. We had rooms 9 and 10, which are on the top level, and both were amazing. The staff served tea anytime up there on the terrace, and a lovely outside breakfast made to request as well. It was also a wonderful place to have wine and relax after a long day. Room 10, which I believe was the honeymoon suite, has several wonderful private sitting areas, and even a juliet balcony overlooking the city below. Could the shower use a little more water pressure? Sure – but remember where you are and why you are there! This is perfect.
“Breathes history, still offers all modern amenities”
Julia 1976 – Salzburg – Austria – Stayed February 2017
The Khilla Bhawan is a wonderful gem situated right in the fort of Jaisalmer. The walls breathe history, the views are breath-taking, the rooms are not big, but very tastefully furbished and offer every amenity one needs from bathrobes to a hair-driver. Every little detail has been paid attention to and the staff is super-attentive.
We could have spent hours just sitting on the terrace sipping the free tea or coffee and enjoying the views over the city.
The owner was wonderful – passionate about his hotel and about his city and a great host. We had booked a safari tour afterwards on the internet, and when we inquired about how we could get there, he took our luggage there himself so that we could enjoy a walk there.
Room Tip: There are both rooms with and without bathroom – so watch out when booking!
“You will never regret staying here. Pure magic !”
Simonkado – London – Canada Stayed January 2017
The most gorgeous glorious views and a unbelievably kindest KINDEST staff. This is one of my very all time favorite places I have ever stayed in anywhere in the world! Simple in many many ways, but this is real luxury, 850 years old. We appreciated everything you did for us here. I would recommend this place far and wide. Prepare for pure magic! (P.s, you will need to bring your own hair conditioner!)
“Ticks every box with style”
Tim B – January 2017
A stand out highlight hotel on this trip. We paid a lot ($220) for their “honeymoon suite” but it was well worth it. It’s such a great spot inside the Fort itself anyway, but our room also had its own balcony over-looking the entire hotel, terrace, Fort and beyond. You quickly fall into the easy pace of the hosts – two cousins – Manu and Manesh – who then introduce you to their two cousins – Bharat and Banu – who run KB Lodge over the other side with a view to the Fort (a cleverly priced and charming cheaper alternative for people like us who can only afford to splash out for one night of their trip). Jaisalmer gets full marks in my books as still relatively parochial and unspoilt, compared to somewhere such as Jodhpur. Plenty of jocular local guides/opium dealers, who will cater to your every need, but generally who are not too pushy and seem genuinely happy just making small talk with you, even if this doesn’t result in them making any money off of you.
“Un viaggio nel tempo”
Gianluigi…- Catanzaro, Italy – Stayed January 2017
Due fantastiche notti in una suite all’interno di un torrione del forte di Jaisalmer. Pareti circolari, arredamento di ottimo gusto, nicchie con statue indù illuminate e letto rivolto verso la finestra. Rimanere sdraiati sui cuscini del terrazzino, sospesi nella torre con vista sul palazzo reale e sulla città è un’esperienza unica che consigliamo. Il rumore del traffico non attenua la bellezza della vista delle mura illuminate. Numerose terrazze comuni nelle quali bere un te godendosi il tramonto. Colazione su ordinazione, un po’ di attesa per ottimi pancake e scramble eggs. Personale cordiale e proprietario attento e presente.
“Spectacular stay with one recommendation”
Moonbathing – San Francisco – California – With friends in January 2017
This is a breathtaking place. On the ramparts of Jaisalmer’s fort, its maze of rooms and terraces is a fairy tale fantasy. The rooms are gorgeously decorated with views of the city below. Breakfast is fantastic, plentiful, with crepes, omelettes, juices and fruits. Service is exemplary. From Manu to Manish to Sambu and the rest of the crew, everyone truly went out of their way to be helpful and ensure a perfect stay. India is not always easy to navigate and the staff helped us with anything we needed, from finding an ATM that had money to booking our new year’s eve Bollywood dinner. My only recommendation to the hotel is to invest in a power generator. Electricity was out every morning in Jaisalmer and my room got extremely cold, even under the blankets. I look forward to returning very soon.
“Wonderfull ancien Inn”
Beltayne – Crete – January 2017
This small hotel lies within the very walls of the fort. You need not travel for spectacular views they are through your window. The hotel is decorated in a style to match it’s ancient stones that is positively thrilling. The staff are wonderful, helpful and friendly. The breakfast is very good and leaves you ready to explore the fort. The hotel is placed near to the main fort square from which it is an easy walk, or easier tuq tuq ride to the town below. Definitely the place to stay in Jaisalmer.
Room Tip: Room 10 is amazing
“A very special place”
EcuaAmericana – Berkeley – California – Stayed January 2017
This was an exceptional hotel (only 8 rooms) in the Jaisalmer Fort. From what I could tell, all of the rooms were quite nice and tastefully decorated with local tapestries and artifacts. My room had a shared bathroom, but there was never anyone else in it, in spite of the hotel being full. Breakfasts were great and I felt like I could order whatever I wanted. I tried the “pancake,” which was more like a crepe with bananas and honey…very delicious. Over the three days I was there, along with the pancake I had fresh fruit (a large serving, so be aware of that), fresh-squeezed orange juice, eggs and an omelet and, of course, plenty of chai or coffee. I requested a croissant and they went to the German bakery not far away to get one for me. I don’t think the croissant is worth the special trip as the food at the hotel was better than the croissant. The staff were wonderful, friendly and very accommodating.
An important thing guests should be advised of, which I believe is an issue throughout most of Jaisalmer, is that the electricity seems to go out daily. At least it did each of the three days I was there. It was mostly in the morning and for not that long. However, there was no back-up. I’d recommend they put candles or lanterns around for people when that happens. (Also, you need to turn the hot water heater on for 10 minutes prior to showering, so no electricity could affect your planning!)
Finally, as in a lot of Jaisalmer, to get to some of the rooms and getting around the hotel, there are steps to climb, but not too many. I was surprised that in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer there were so many steps, and some of them quite steep. It wasn’t a big issue for me, but if I had knee or other health issues it’s something to be aware of.
Whatever inconvenience the electrical outages were, my stay there was well worth it, and I’d go back in a heartbeat!
“Idyllic hotel located in the Jaisalmer Fort, expensive and worth it”
HippieInHeels – Mumbai – India – December 2016
We visit a lot of forts but how often do we get to stay in one? No amount of research prepares you for an experience such as this. This hotel, is among the few situated on the densely populated fort. The lobby, rooms and breakfast area are done up in quaint fashion with lot of wooden furniture and decorated with patchwork and framed pictures of era gone by. I wish they had a mirror in the room though. Must let you know that the part owner is a French national who resides in the south of France. The core team has been working together since the last 28 years. The point being, they are efficient and provide you with a great stay. One can spend time on the common verandah or the terrace if you aren’t up to venturing out. When you do venture out you will walk into the hullabaloo of the city in a few minutes. I visited Jaisalmer for New Year’s Eve and experienced lovely weather and saw some awesome sights throughout the city.
ljt35 – Sydney – stayed December 2016
Magnificent little spot.
Really magic room, we stayed in a suite. You are up in the fort and have several gorgeous forttop balconies to sit and have your GnT at.
Jaisalmer fort is incredible and you are up in the midst of it all.
Warm helpful staff. Manu the manager is a legend, offers great advice on Jaisalmer, and very interesting to talk to.
We were blown away by Killa Bhawan – genuinely one of the most beautiful little spots we have stayed.
“Gorgeous views, Great Atmosphere”
ArielZ28 – Palo Alto – California – Stayed December 2016
Inside the beautiful Jaisalmer fort, an oasis of peace only a few steps from the bustling main square. Nicely decorated room–we had one of the rooms with a private bath, has both A/C and heating (we didn’t need that even though it was end of December).
Another big bonus: the terraces overlooking the fort and the city where you can relax, enjoy a drink or a book and in the morning the breakfast is served there.
Don’t expect a 5 star luxury hotel, but the place has its own magic, highly recommended.
Room Tip: There are some rooms with private bath and some with shared…make sure you’re not surpris
Colette M – 27 November 2016
We booked for two nights and ended up staying for three we enjoyed ourselves so much.
Killa bhawan offers a complementary breakfast which was really delicious. The rooftop is great to have drinks on in the evening and your breakfast in the morning. The staff are incredibly attentive and helpful and the rooms and the hotel are beautifully furnished. The shared bathroom is not an issue, it is only two rooms that share a bathroom and you are on your own floor, the hotel also provides beautiful robes.
The only thing I could fault this hotel on is its water pressure and heat which was sporadic when we were there.
“Romantic & Restful”
Expl0rer0…Holmfirth, UK, stayed November 2016
We have never stayed in accommodation actually built into the walls of a fort before and looked down 100 metres to the city below from an ornate balcony festooned with rich cushions. Jaisalmer is a very atmospheric city within the walls of the fort and palace. Killa Bhawan adds considerably to that atmosphere and just helps you recharge your batteries in double-quick time.
Furnishings and artefacts in the room are in keeping with the feel of the location and everything is tasteful. Even the dressing gowns provided for guest use are out-of-the-ordinary. The views from many of the rooms are terrific, especially if you have one facing out from the wall, as we did. Breakfast and service were excellent, with the best bananas tasted anywhere in Rajasthan! Attention to detail is excellent too, and you can also obtain a helpful city map to guard against getting lost. The only real problem was the water pressure which seriously affected the shower. However, despite that shortcoming, this was an excellent experience for our one nights’s stay. I wish we had stayed longer.
“We loved it”
ThibFam Stayed August 2016
We stayed 2 nights with our 3 kids and loved it. We felt like at home thanks to the staff who is really nice. The house looks very much like a riad on Marrakech and the terrace where we took out breakfast has an amazing view!
“No effort spared, really enjoyable”
Club_Street Stayed March 2016
A charming hotel indeed. When deciding where to stay we’d deliberated between staying in or looking at the fort – staying here was 100% the right call as you pretty much can do both at the same time.
The hotel terrace is the fort wall and has a good view of the gates and part of the wall which in the early morning light glows reddish before the sun is up too far, and then looks towards the sunset in the evening. The midday sun is pretty hot but the rooms stay nice and cool and there are options for sitting out without being in direct sun.
Our room was beautifully done – we love these little hotels where every room is unique. The shower water pressure wasn’t the best, but the water was hot.
Above all this was the service, they went above and beyond. I wasn’t feeling great so to stop me going out for food, they fetched local restaurant menus and then went and fetched takeaways for us. There was also nothing formulaic about the service which made it feel like they really cared, something we both really appreciated. Its also a good touch for there being no limit on free water from the fridge. For those wanting a beer in the hotel, grab yourself a bottle or two from the wine shop near the first gate before coming up to the fort, you can’t miss it.
Being within the walls, it’s a fantastic location which allows you to be able to walk around the fort any time, particularly when the tour groups aren’t there. It’s a whole lot more enjoyable without the crowds.
For those looking for a good sunset photo spot, ‘sunset point’ is only 10mins or so in a car and is well worth the view after about 4:30. All guides and taxis know it. From the hotel terrace you look straight out at it, it’s nice to see the view looking back.
Chaitanya S. Stayed February 2016
I have to say staying at this place was the best hotel experience i had. Locates on the top of the most astounding structure in jaisalmer with a birds eye view of the old city & outskirts till 5-6 kms, the staff was very friendly and caring & rooms have been equipped with all basic necessities required.
Best part: sipping tea in common living area & having breakfast on terrace.
“Killa Bhawan an incredible hotel with very good karm”
KDS Stayed January 2016 with family
If you want a 5* impersonal hotel where no one remembers your name or where you have just a bedroom but no private terrace then keep looking! If you want to feel special, to have your own rooftop terrace, a quiet dining area and where they make a point of knowing you then stay at Killa Bhawan. Friendly staff, who treat you like a prince/princess, serve beautiful but simple food, help keep some of the street dogs alive and will do anything then stay here. If you want great no amazing views the stay here!! And if you want your choice to be peaceful then again come and stay here!!
“Unique Place & services”
Martha Stayed December 2015, travelled with friends
Professional & helpful staff The staff and the rooms were extremely amazing and is a must visit. manager and his team did an exceptional job in making us try the wonderful cuisines.Customer service was excellent. We loved having a cafe to eat in for lunch or dinner when we didn’t feel like an Indian meal – this is rare to find in most Indian hotels. The suites which include private roof access were large and good worth.
“The best hotel we have stayed at in India ”
Charles&Rebecca Stayed January 2016
A relaxing stay in a beautiful setting. From the moment we arrived the staff were quietly spoken and extremely helpful. The outlook from the balconies has to be seen to be believed – photos just don’t do it justice. The rooms are clean and decorated in a subtle but yet traditional Indian manner. The breakfasts cooked to order are the best we have had since we arrived in India two weeks ago.