Hotel Udai Kothi
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The Venice of India, also known from the James Bond movie "Octopussy" featuring the island-hotel Taj Lake Palace: unexpectedly clean, proper, well-organized, atmospheric, romantic, charming, friendly, art-packed, educational, relaxing, mosquito-invested, tasteful, surprising, refreshing. Tuesday afternoon we arrived in Udaipur after a very bumpy 7 …
Up bright and early at 5.15 and a tuk tuk to the bus station,we woke up the poor man of the guest house. He got up all sleepy and scruffy to unlock the gates. Met a girl from zip lining yesterday and guy who told us about camping in the desert! (Woestijn) Our bus was pretty luxurious for India, a big Volvo of some sort. The drive started off pretty …
... skill. So the train…it was good. Our first trip we sat in AC 3-tier seating so
we got sheets, blankets and a pillow.
DIdn’t sleep much this first night, what with all the jostling and
slight fear of falling off the top bunk, but all in all it was rather pleasant.
Only slightly sleep-deprived we traveled next by bus to complete our journey to
Udaipur…Liz only narrowly missing the chance to sit on some crusted vomit. We got our ...
... some major observations on the acceptance of disability (who’d have thought the amber fort would be the basis of a sociological field study) and saw some of the most beautiful little girls begging on the steps. When I thought it was all over, after we had left the hoards of people, we stumbled upon two men sitting on the ground with some instruments… and some woven baskets… and suddenly I was asking if I could sit with them and ...
... with palms and lake amongst otherwise arid land. At one point there were a couple of camels blocking our route, that's something I've never had to negotiate on horse rides before! The horses and camels were equally unhappy about being near each other but the camels gave in first and ran off! In the afternoon we walked around the town, viewed the Palace and took a Boat ride across the lake to view all the grand ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Udai Kothi Udaipur
A lovely palace type hotel, full of genuine old antiques and photos. The rooms are very comfortable - only disadvantage is the water is never very hot - take a travel kettle! The electricity goes off each day at about noon - inconvenient but this is universal throughout Udaipur. The rooftop pool is wonderfully relaxing, glorious view of the lake - which is now full of water. The hotel is well positioned, in a quiet area but the centre of town is within easy walking distance. Only other disadvantage of this hotel is no lift, so you have a lot of stairs to climb - but good for the exercise! I would highly recommend this hotel.
Wonderful small hotel
We stayed in this hotel for three nights in november 2005. On our three weeks trip through India this was the best mangaged and loveliest of all the hotels. First of all the rooms are beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. But the best of this hotel is its rooftop terrace with the wonderful swimmingpool and the restaurant. How wonderful to hand around the pool and lounge on the white cushions while enjoying the view over Lake Pichola. Also the restaurant is very recommended-food was wonderful, athmosphere great and the waiters very friendly.
A big compliment also goes to the owner. She was always around to care about her guests, giving them a smile.
The Best hotel in Udaiphur
We stayed for 3 days and nights, and could have stayed a lifetime. The view over the lake is amazing, the service impeccable and the food superb. We stayed at the Taj Lake Palace, and have to say it was an monolith in terms of decor, style and service compared to Udai Kothi - we will be back next year.
If you go to Udaiphur do go to the Taj Lake Palace, but only for drinks, the restaurant available to non residents is appalling, an American style all you can eat buffet, lacking in any challenging cuisine
Nicest Hotel We Stayed In In India in This Price Range
Clean, charming, nice touches of history with the photographs on the stairway and hallway walls
A great hotel, with plans to get even better!
An almost new hotel - 4 years old, made to look like an old haveli. Impressive facade and lobby, with a beautiful garden out back, which we got to hang out in for awhile since the train arrives much earlier than the rooms are ready. All meals are served on the roofop terrace, and there is a gorgeous pool, which we tried out even though the water is COLD in November!
Rooms are nice and the beds are comfy, though we did not get the "lake view" we were promised. And there are no screens on the windows - so watch for pigeons trying to dive in your room! Especially if you're eating room service. =) We also noted a fairly strong urine-like odor from our bathroom, but it got better when we covered up the drains. I left a note about it, so hopefully they'll fix that.
The food is pretty good, but we found the prices to be silly in some places. We ordered toast via room service and were asked if we wanted butter & jam. I said yes, and they charged us 40R (about a dollar!) for each one! Ridiculous!
All in all, the prices are sort of high. We did not get the $40 price offered by the guide books. Our rickshaw driver told us that all hotels doubled their prices when the lake filled back up after being dry for 7 years. That said, I still feel the rate was acceptable as its a nice, clean, new hotel with decent staff.
TIP: Be sure to go through the indoor dining room, at the other end of the pool, and up the stairs. Its unfinished, but they are putting in a beer bar on a higher terrace, and the views are spectacular. One of the waiters took me up there and we got our sunset photos from there.
A fantastic hotel
Everything about this hotel is excellent. We booked a suite which was clean, excellently decorated and furnished. It is the nicest room I have ever stayed in. It was also fantastic value for money at 26 GBP, although I am sure it will cost a bit more now. The hotel had a luxurious atmosphere, you really felt you were treating yourself. The perfectly maintained garden was a great place to relax, as was the rooftop restaurant and pool area. The hotel is so nice you will not want to leave it and explore Udaipur. When you do venture out it is only a 10 minute walk into town (if the lake is low and you can cut across it)
The only negative is that the waiters were not as friendly as you might expect.
Great value for money
It was a lovely experience to arrive at this hotel. The front of the building is magnificent and the staff were very welcoming and helpful.
We had one of the suites facing over the garden. It was supposedly a lake view but I think that was stretching the truth somewhat (although the lake was dry during our stay so we could be wrong). This didn't matter one bit though as the room was very nice and there was a magnificent view from the rooftop restaurant. The food in the restaurant was lovely, as was the atmosphere, with musicians playing every night.
The rooftop pool was a real treat although it would be better if they didn't allow non-guests to use it. This meant that the mornings were very peaceful but the afternoons got quite crowded.
A quiet location but just 5 minutes by motorised rickshaw from all the sights. Much friendlier service than we experienced at the Shiv Niwas when we visited for a hugely expensive and disappointing dinner. All in all great value for money.
Find another Hotel
My wife arrived here on 2-12-2005 to discover her firm reservation was cancelled. They gave her some ----- excuse for the cancellation and was no help in locating a room for the night.
Please look elsewhere for lodging and do not take a chance on this hotel.
Relax to the max
A beautiful hotel with great rooms and a fantastic location near the lake. The rooftop is a great place to relax in the heat and have a dip in the pool. The food is very good and great value for money.
It is not very centrally located but just a short walk across the lake (when the water is low) to the town centre.
An oasis for very little money compared to the main hotels in Udaipur.
Beautiful roof top terrace, good restaurant and a breath-taking view over the lakes.
Rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated but rooms under the terrace and restaurant can be a bit noisy.
By all means, one of the best hotels I stayed in in India.