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My review of hotels inside the Golden Triangle
I have visited India Golden Triangle in September 2011 on a tour package. I have stayed in a number of hotels and I am going to express my opinions about them so that those potential tourists out there will be able to make informed decision before staying in these hotels. A have added a hotel in Pushkar into this list because Pushkar is only a 3 hour drive (145 km) from Jaipur.
This photo of Hotel Noratan Palace is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This 3 star hotel is near to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and next to Hotel Hanuwant Palace. This is a small, basic hotel in the city centre. Restaurants and groceries are found within walking distance. Journey to the Ambience mall is takes about 15 minutes drive from the hotel. I stayed in this hotel in August 2011. The lobby of this hotel provides a good sofa set and newspapers.
The room is quite small, with an old-fashioned air conditioner attached to the window. The room has 3 sockets, without multipurpose socket support. I burnt the fuse of my multipurpose socket when I tried to plug it into the socket wall and I had to resort to multipurpose charger provided the hotel for my mobile phone. The room has a TV with various satellite channels, an electric kettle, and a stable wi-fi service. I can connect to the hotel wireless network by using Samsung Galaxy Tab. The washroom does not have a bathtub; but the water shower was quite satisfactory. However, the door of the washroom cannot be closed due to the defect in its locking mechanism. This hotel did offer a simple complimentary breakfast: 2 toasted sandwiches with a cup of coffee or tea.
All in all, this hotel does offer a clean and quiet environment for its guests. It would be better if the room is bigger!
This photo of Hotel Hanuwant Palace is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This hotel is very near to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. It takes only 15 minutes to reach the Terminal 3 of the airport! The hotel is spacious. It provides stable, free wi-fi service at the lobby and in the rooms too! I stayed here in February 2012.
The room was neat, clean, and tidy, with proper lightning, fan and air-conditioner system. There are 3 electrical sockets available in the room, without the multipurpose socket support. However, I can use my multipurpose socket and extension for my charging needs. No electric kettle was available in this room. The washroom was neat and equipped with a flush toilet with a broad bowl seat. Besides, a toilet fan installed for removing unpleasant smell from the washroom. There is no bathtub in the washroom, but I got a pleasant shower. The buffet breakfast is a typical Indian cuisine with corn flakes and omelet. I enjoyed the food!
This is a good hotel, better than Noratan Palace Hotel next door. The receptionist and staffs here are friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend this hotel!
This photo of Hotel Crystal Inn is courtesy of TripAdvisor
I have chosen Hotel Crystal Inn in August 2011 because it is near to Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The room was clean, tidy, and with proper lightning and hot water facility. LCD TV with satellite channels also available. The air-conditioner gave me a comfortable environment for resting. Toilet facilities were functioning properly. I enjoyed their buffet breakfast. What I like was their transparent lift which sent me to 14th floor. I can enjoy the look outside the hotel while inside the lift. The staffs are extremely helpful. I remembered when I tried to find the basement restaurant for my buffet breakfast from the lift; the staff at a counter outside the restaurant immediately asked me if I need any help!
Overall, the hotel is satisfactory for me. I got a good quality sleep over my one night stay there. The price was reasonable too.
A guide which is useful for tourists travelling inside the India Golden Triangle
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This photo of Om Tower is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Om Tower Hotel is most notable for its tallest tower in the city centre of Jaipur and its revolving restaurant. I booked the deluxe room for 2 people at Rs 8000 (Rs 187) when I lodged in this hotel in August 2011. The room and the toilet was clean, spacious, having a nice air-conditioner, and a plasma TV with satellite channels. The washroom contained anything you need, including bathtub. I especially impressed by the warm welcome by the guard of the main door, dressed in traditional costume, and the people at the reception counter. This hotel also has a swimming pool on the highest floor.
My room equipped with an electric kettle and complimentary mineral water bottles from the hotel. Newspapers are readily accessible at the ground floor with free newspaper delivery to your doorstep every morning. Although the revolving restaurant is a good way of enjoying the city's view while having your luxurious dinner, the food here were quite expensive. Most of the foods at revolving restaurant were over Rs 150 (USD 3). My deluxe room package also includes a vegetarian buffet breakfast, which includes sandwiches, fruits, Chapati, omelet, and other Indian vegetarian cuisines.
The environment was quiet even though it is in the busy city centre. The Crystal Palm mall is 3.5 km away from hotel. That's why I need an auto rickshaw, which is readily available at the auto stand in front of the hotel.
I do recommend this hotel to any travelers who would like to have a comfortable hotel to stay! Nice service, but it may become expensive!
This photo of Gulaab Niwaas Palace is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This is a hotel on a hill. The external appearance is was impressive: A big dome just like Taj Mahal in Agra. Plenty of space was outside the hotel, with a swimming pool, and a few lying chairs. Guests staying here seldom use the swimming pool. During my one night stay in the hotel, I just noticed one blonde doing sunbathing in the mid-morning. The hotel was actually very quiet. I think it was because only a few guests stayed inside the hotel. What I can say was that the paintings on the walls of the hotel were quite unique and the scenery from the hotel was good.
I booked the hotel in September 2011. It was a 2 people bedroom plus an extra bed. The room has a CRT TV with satellite channels. After watching few hours of TV, the pictures getting blur and finally it stopped showing pictures. By the time the technician came, the TV was in good condition again! The air-conditioner was not cold after all and therefore, we only depend on fan inside the room. Bathing was not enjoyable because its water shower only produce barely enough water at a time.
The dining room was not at all luxurious. It does not have any air-conditioner. It all depended on fans. On the first day, we ordered veg fried rice and ice lemon tea and other items for room delivery. The food only arrived after 30 minutes and he charged an extra Rs 50 out of nowhere in addition to room delivery charge of 20% and government tax of 5%! My friend immediately noticed the difference and corrected the mistake. I asked my friends from the other rooms and they said that they could be cheated also because they didn’t calculate the bill themselves! This was my first time that I experienced such hotel with a cheating bill! For me, the fried rice just tasteless and the ice-lemon tea just like plain water. Most of the food items sold here were within Rs 200 (USD 4). However, I did satisfy with their complimentary breakfast next morning.
I do not recommend this hotel. Despite the beautiful advertising on their website, it offers none other than 3 star hotel facilities. My advice to travelers: Only stay here when necessary.
I hope that all the above reviews will be useful to you all! Happy traveling in the land of Incredible India!