Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

P.O. Box 5, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313001, India | 4 star hotel
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Taj Lake Palace

A travel blog entry by melbyrnes


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After our short boat trip (our bags went on another boat) we were met at the Palace dock buy the boat man with an umbrella and the admittance clerk.

As we walked through the main door the traditional welcome of rose petals were dropped on us from the …

It's raining men, no wait, it's roses...hallelujah

A travel blog entry by raoulray


We were off to Rajasthan, India's most visited state, to see what all the fuss was about.

Udaipur is what all the fuss is about! We survived the taxi journey from the airport, when coming across a big traffic jam on the motorway, locally known as a "Jam" on the "highway" (my Indian upbringing helped us with the lingo), the driver had a …

The Romantic city

A travel blog entry by dianap


We drove for a day to get here, passing miles of marble stacked up along the roadside and bricks being made in huge kilns, Rajustan is renowned for quarrying pink, green and white marble, and the roads were full of heavy lorries transporting the stone. But the guide books were right this is a picturesque city set with rolling hills as a backdrop to …

Woman with extra digits

A travel blog entry by hansieryder


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 …

Un grand bateau de marbre...

A travel blog entry by micatmustang


Après Deogarh, plus que 130 Km de route indiennes avant de déposer nos voitures pour le chargement sur les camions. Mais quels kilomètres.... route à 2 voies, trafic de camions intense, dont beaucoup transportent du marbre vers, ou depuis, les scieries des tailleurs de pierre qui bordent la route sur 20 Km. Impressionnant, et un peu dangereux. …

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This 4 star hotel, located on P.O. Box 5, Udaipur, is near Fateh Prakash Palace and Rajiv Gandhi Park.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsTaj Lake Palace Udaipur

    Reviewed by melbyrnes

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    Reviewed Aug 6, 2013
    by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

    Already given a review on the first time I was asked.

    Taj Lake Palace Garden Pool
    Udaipur, India
    Close up of sitting area and restaurant below
    Udaipur, India
    Taj Lake Palace roof set up for outdoor dinner
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    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by dianap

    Romantic stay

    Reviewed Jun 1, 2013
    by (2 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    This is one of,the best hotels in the world, every detail was thought of and the service was exemplary set In a magical and beautiful setting.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Great disappointment


    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.

    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.

    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.

    The most...


    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.

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