The Oberoi Udaivilas
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We left dusty, foggy New Delhi and are now in the small, remote city of Udaipur. New Delhi is not very interesting, although it is the capitol city. The old part, Delhi, is terribly poor, overcrowded, and slummy. It is on one side of the wide boulevard. On the other side of the boulevard are beautiful parks that nobody goes to enjoy. New Delhi is …
Thursday 15th September [Word of the Day: I read that the Hindi word for "journey" is "suffer" - it's what I've been trying to say all along....] Jaipur - "The Pink City". Pink never was my colour, and the best part about Jaipur was leaving it. I felt approaching stomach issues as I left Bundi, so attempted to starve myself for the long bus trip. I …
... and into the bus for 7or 8 hours. We stopped at Chittorgarh for a very nice lunch then to Tuk Tuk's up to the Chittorgah Fort that towers over the city, this is one of the largest forts in India we enjoyed the run up there but it was very crowded and dirty. Back on the road we drove through some dry limestone hills where they were cutting slabs out for pavers and steps etc. We finally arrived in Udaipur just after dark to this motel for dinner. Udaipur seemed a clean ...
... is a part of the palace showing made to order crystal for the kings from a producer back home in Birmingham, mum would have loved this they had everything from the biggest chandelier i have ever seen to arm chairs, and some wine glasses for mum! The crazy thing about this was that it was shipped from the midlands in the early 1900s and sat packed in boxes for over 100 years which is ...
... into a hotel and is often used as a very fancy wedding venue. It was beautiful. At the entrance are 8 large stone elephants, up some steps the ornate entrance arch leads into a large courtyard. The courtyard is decorated in frangipani trees, a rose garden, numerous fountains and the large window arches look back out onto the lake. We wandered all around, there's a look out point across the lake too. So pretty. Then back on the small boat, back to the mainland. Next up, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur
We've stayed in many hotels around the world but none have equalled this. Unsurpassed luxury created in a gentle and professional manner.
During a recent visit to India, we had the privilege to stay at several Oberoi hotels but this was by far, the greatest!
We have had the good fortune to stay in great hotels all over the world, The Peninsula in both HK and Bangkok. The Lost Palace in South Africa, Regent on Wilshire, Excelsior in Rome etc, so when I say that this is possibly the finest hotel I have ever stayed in I am not exagerating. It was simply stunning. You arrive at the hotel in a private launch over the lake. The hotel slowly appears on the horizon, like something out of an Arabian Nights story. We arrived just as the rain stopped and everything was wet and glowing in a soft light. Initial impressions are of an architectural masterpiece. Everywhere you look your eye is capivated. We had a pool room, which gave us an outlook over the horizonless pool, to the lake and the old Palace of Udaipur perched on the cliffs in the distance. Even the bathroom had this outlook, with the privacy of a walled courtyard. Private steps led into the pool. The pool was only shared by 8 or so rooms that had the palace view (make sure you request these rooms).
Oberoi has got it right again. This hotel has to be one of the best in the World.
We stayed for three nights in December 2004 as part of a trip to Rajasthan. It is the most stunningly beautiful hotel in one of the loveliest settings in the region. Service, food and facilities were flawless. Go. You will not regret it.
Have stayed at some great 5 star hotels in our time (around the world). This was by far the best. Awesome hotel, superb service, great food and a great location.
If there is a better hotel, please tell me
I have been lucky enough to have stayed at some of the top ranked hotels and resort in the world. From the Caribbean to the Far East and from America to Africa and Australia, but I have never stayed anywhere that got it as right as this place. The rooms, the food, the spa, the grounds, the pools... all fantastic. But what makes this hotel so much better is the service. Genuine smiles on everyone - not for the Indians that infuriatingly false 'Have A Nice Day' veneer of what passes for American service these days, no, these people smile like they mean it and when you say thank you they are happy that they have helped and are not simply waiting for the next tip. No bowing and scraping, just people doing what they have been trained to do. A beautiful, beautiful experience
We were looking for a new destination for our annual trip; India was the place to go. What a great country, the people kind and friendly and the food terrific. Our last leg of the trip was to be in Udaipur, when we arrived at the airpot our encounter with perfection began.... The perfect airport pick up, the unbelievable hotel greeting, the palatial grounds, the magnificent suite, the perfectly trained staff and the food, the food is so good it deserves itīs own review. This is one of the best, if not the best hotel in the world. If you expect the best, the Udaivilas is Perfect!
In the past I have written reviews on scores of hotels I have stayed at around the World, but am somewhat reluctant to write a review for this hotel for fear that hordes of tourists will descend upon it and ruin this special place. This is a magical hotel in an enchanting setting. The service is the best ever received and surpasses anything I have ever experienced anywhere else (and I have stayed in the best hotels in most parts of the world). The architecture and interior of the hotel is based on an Indian palace, down to the smallest detail. I was here for New Years eve and asked the hotel if I could have a small dinner party in my room instead of partaking in the festivities in the grand dining room. It turned out to be an amazing banquet laid out on my room terrace, surrounded by scattered rose petals and candles. You will not be disappointed with this hotel. I am already planning a return visit.
Udaivilas is magical. Stayed at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai for the first lag of the trip and it was no comparison to Udaivilas in terms of both the physical property and the software. Thanks Oberoi for the magic!
This is the place the rest have to beat! From start to finish we could not fault this hotel, from the welcome party on arrival (your driver phones ahead) to the farewell on departure we were enchanted. The place is an oasis of comfort, luxury and relaxation. We had a deluxe room which was like a small flat - everything with thoughtful touches. The decoration both inside the rooms and in the hotel generally is wonderful and there is a constant, but unobtrusive, cleaning crew who always greet you with a smile. Ate lovely meals in the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Only there for 2 nights (unfortunately) but cannot wait to go back.