Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
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Namaste, Shaken but not stirred we arrived in Udaipur to be met by Billu, a particularly friendly auto rickshaw driver, who has been with us ever since. We settled in at our guest house, The Panorama, which lives up to its name with spectacular bedroom views of Lake Pichola and Udaipur Old City clinging to its banks. We spent the remainder of our …
The 14 hour sleeper bus ride to Udaipur from Jaisalmer was pretty crazy. On the bus I had a grimy sleeping compartment with a sliding door and a single size mattress. Below my upper compartment were normal bus seats. The bus probably had 10 sleeping compartments. All the buses in India seem to have the same extremely loud, multi-tonal horn (kinda …
Namaste my family, friends and beautiful boy big hugs and kisses love to you all. Have visted Jodpur ( the blue city)named because of the whitewash used on the houses, it has a chemical reaction once applied then turns blue, it also acts as a preserver and protects against termites!from the fort( towering the city)the city is a mass of blue. From …
Decided to cash in a bunch of my hotel points from staying at Taj properties for a one night trip up to Udaipur with a friend in from the U.S. On Friday morning I got up at 4AM to catch my 6:30AM flight from Hyderabad to Delhi where I met up with Tanya (Dallas friend) and her family at their home in the Defence Colony. Tanya and I were leaving …
My guest house was gorgeous, though the owner's family lived there and they were slightly noisy, but I have my earplugs :-) I left my bag there and explored the Jagdish temple first. It was pandemonium there, surrounded by beggars and police. Then I went to the enormous City Palace. It wasn't as interesting as the ones in Jodhpur or Jaisalmer, I …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Whatever you do, don't stay here & make sure you stay at the Udai Villas instead. This hotel is a sham - the food & service is terrible and the place is falling apart.
For a hotel with a history as impressive at this (Jackie Onassis and the Queen both stayed here), this sorely disappoints.
Worst part is that the staff are incredibly pushy and try to sell you everything from boat tours to dinners.
Don't bother unless you're just going for a drink. Shame.
Highlight hotel of our holiday
I felt compelled to write a review given the negative vibes of so many other reviews.
I confess I was a little nervous having booked 2 nights at The Lake Palace as part of a 3 week tour in India and finding the reviews before we left Australia were variable but generally bad.
Our experience was the exact opposite....We arrived at dusk and the atmosphere was romantic and almost magical. The Lake was completely full due to rcent monsoonal rain (and we were told likely to stay that way for at least 3 years), so the views of the hotel are postcard perfect!
The garden is lush, beautifully tended and heavy with the scent of tropical flowers (and no mosquitos that we noticed). The service was faultless and the staff were friendly and helpful. The restaurant food was delicious and with plenty of choices. Basically I can't imagine how this property could be reviewed so badly so recently.
I too wondered if I should have booked Udaivillas before I left but was so glad I didn't. The Lake Palace was the highlight hotel of our trip and we stayed at a number of very nice 5-star hotels in the 3 week period!
Room for improvement...
We stayed here for 4 days and our suite was excellent! Just very well done, absolutely delightful with the room and room-service. We have our own private terrace , a nice big one, and it was great to sit in moonlight.
Ferry rides to-and-fro were also timely and frequent - staff was generally nice. Only on the last day we got charged for Vodkas/Gin we never used from mini-bar - but I'd no time to argue over few hundred Rs!
Total disappointment... Go stay at Udaivillas instead!
During our recent Rajasthan trip, we chose to stick mainly to the old-time, famous hotels rather than the newcomers. And in Udaipur, we chose the Lake Palace over Udaivillas. Big mistake! The place is completely outdated and close to being run down. Perhaps the place may have looked better with water in the lake, but even then... the rooms are simply unpleasant. It was tiny and not well kept. Our room faced the old city and the make-shift pond. This make-shift pond was frankly quite disgusting... Since it's pretty much man made, the water sits still. So it reeks like mold. Plenty of mosquitos, too. The courtyard was also reeking from the green, dead-moss-filled fountain pool sitting in the middle. The restaurants were probably the poorest in quality throughout our entire trip, too.
I can't tell you how much I regretted staying here after we went over the Udaivillas for dinner one night. Udaivillas was simply gorgeous. I don't care if it's not a forner Maharaja palace! It was extremely nice. I can only imagine how nice the rooms are.
At least I can check off the Lake Palace off my list, but it was one of the biggest disappointments during our Rajasthan trip! (I'll be posting reviews for Taj Mahal Delhi, Rambagh Palace, Amarvillas, too...)
The glory days are over
This hotel was the setting for the James Bond film Octopussy in 1983 and it seems to never have been updated or remodeled since. The hotel is shabby and out of style. The management's response seems to be bizarre purchases (Versace plates in the restaurant?!) and constant repainting. The hotel, billed as a marble palace, is mostly heavily painted concrete. Add to the deplorable state of the hotel itself the fact that the "lake" is a dusty and desolate lake bed with a pathetic little lagoon scooped out of the lake and you have a truly disappointing experience. Nb: we heard conflicting information about when the lake has water. Once source told us that during the fall months there is more water; another told us that there hasn't been any water for six years.
Not much to say about this rather tired hotel set in mud patch. It is possibly the most overrated hotel in the World. Especially when you consider the magnificent Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel directly opposite is available at a small fraction of the price.
This is a touristy tacky place that is no fun to stay in. Huge tour parties of camera twiddling Japanese tourists throng the grounds and I am sure that many are only there for the day. The pool is of a very poor standard and the rooms are no more than ok.
I remember this hotel twenty years ago when it was much better and was indeed wonderfully set on a lake. The thrill of the boat journey over and of the quality that has now been eroded as the more tacky tourists of the world take the easy option and book into a hotel that has lost almost all its glamour.
Sorry but I feel as if I have been generous giving it a rating of 2.
Dont be tempted by its long lost reputation I bet few visitors will return.
Fantastic stay - pity about the lake
Just loved it. I don't think its quite a "luxe" as the Oberoi and its a shame about the lake (although I understand that a Government project is going to restore the lake in the next couple of years) but for my husband and I, who aren't regular habituees of five star htoels it was just great. When we arrived, tired from teh overnight train from Jaipur, a flautist was trilling away in a small pavilion overlooking teh lily pond.
Its just a tiny bit kitsch - parts of Octopussy was shot there - but none the worse for that. We had dinner in the Neel Kamal restaurant adn it was teh best Indian food I've had for some time.
It was a bit cold but we were provided with a heater when we asked.
We also loved Udaipur generally and can't wait to go back, probably a bit later in teh year when its a bit warmer.
Still no water in the Lake!
Having seen all the pictures of the Lake Palace we were looking forward to a magical stay over Christmas (2004), however, the lake was nearly empty so we were a little disappointed. Once in the hotel it was very beautiful but the views were not the same. Also we found the service very slow.
Fantastic Views, Fantastic Service, Only dreams are made of a place like this!
This spectacular hotel is so unique that words dont describe it. There is a pool that over looks the city, rooms are small but perfectly formed. Service is impeccable. Everything is just right, they have thought of their guests every need. The only way that this hotel could be any better is if the view from the room was of the Lake Palace hotel itslef!
We were going to stay at the Udaivilas (oberoi) as this is our favourite chain of hotels. However this time we made the right choice by staying at the Lake Palace. The Udaivilas - a stunning and beautiful property - just feels unreal (fake) for some reason.
My advice, for what its worth, is: Stay at the Lake Palace, Its perfect.
Picture perfect with service to match!
After seeing all of those wonderful photographs of The Lake Palace we were determined to secure a reservation for our trip to Udaipur. This is a truly wonderful hotel and a genuine experience in decadence.
When we first arrived on the shores of Lake Pichola we were mildly disappointed to see that the palace was not entirely surrounded by water - in fact, inadequate rains in the 'right' places over the past 6 years has left the west side of the Lake completely dry; however, we were informed by our guide that, as the president was due to visit The Lake Palace at the end of November 04, water was being redirected from two other nearby lakes to restore Pichola's levels to their normal height. So, if you really want to see the Lake Palace in all its glory, surrounded by water, it maybe worth checking with the hotel first to see if this is the case.
That said, any disappointment we initially felt was short-lived as the hotel itself was simply breathtaking! After taking the water taxi over the east side of the Lake, we were greeted by the warmest of welcomes. The lobby is extremely luxurious with stunning marble, enamelling and glasswork; a feature of which is mirrored throughout the hotel.
Our room was a deluxe/standard room but we were lucky enough to get one of the few with a large enclosed balcony on the east side, which has stunning views across Lake Pichola to The City Palace; this is beautifully lit up at night and picture perfect at sunrise! The room itself was beautifully furnished with tastefully inlaid wooden furniture, expensive fabrics, and the bed was undoubtedly the comfiest hotel bed that I've ever slept in. The bathroom was also suitably luxurious with a good shower.
The hotel's public spaces are quite stunning and it is a pleasure to just stroll around the hotel and enjoy your surroundings - a guide will take you round if you wish. The sense of opulence when dining amidst the famous lily pond is ever apparent and there is a good standard of cuisine at the Lake Palace's restaurants.
The service at the hotel is of the highest quality and the staff are very attentive and go out of their way to be courteous and helpful at all times; my only slight gripe on this account, was that it could take a while to get served drinks at the bar around dinner but I then you can't have everything.
I can recommend this hotel without reservation - if you don't manage to get a room, make sure that you visit and/or make a reservation for dinner.