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Taj Falaknuma Palace
Ranked #3 of 307 Hotels in Hyderabad
Certificate of Excellence
Hyderabad, India
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wow place to be”
Reviewed 28 October 2012 via mobile

Excellent place, See the historics, Lavishness and the food especially the Dum Biryani is to die for! Also the long table which seats 100 people must be in the list for anyone..... The view..... Amazing from there. Plus the hospitality of Taj. An experience in itself

Stayed September 2012
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TajFalaknuma, General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace, responded to this review, 9 November 2012
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Falaknuma Palace!

I would like to extend my gratitude for the wonderful review post your recent stay with us at our Palace. We were delighted to read that your stay with us was a pleasant and memorable one; We appreciate your warm feedback on our Palace and the services. I have shared your generous compliments with all our team members especially with the Food and Beverages team, and I'm sure this would inspire them to aim for higher standards of excellence.

Let us share some interesting information about The 101 Dining Hall

The Dining Hall has the world’s longest dining table, made in seven pieces which can seat 101 people at a time. Adding to its beauty are five enchanting Belgian Chandeliers adorning the ceiling. The dining hall has a collection of art restored to its original glory. An ideal place for sit down lunches and dinners for a distinguished gathering.

I’m also delighted to share exciting news with you. In the recent Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards - 2012 Taj Falaknuma Palace has been voted as the Asia’s Number 1 Hotel; in addition Taj Falaknuma Palace has also been recognized among the ‘Best of Best’ Top 5 Hotels across the World.

We would like to once again thank you for your wonderful review and look forward to welcoming you back at our Palace for another memorable holiday.

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Girish Sehgal
General Manager
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

The Taj people have again worked their magic! The palace has been superbly furnished and transformed into a hotel with a luxurious pool area. The Taj staff were as always ready and eager to please. The carriage ride up the driveway is rather fun. There is an excellent guided tour of the hotel by a local historian. The views of Hyderabad and the surrounding countryside are stunning.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Sydney
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We stayed here for three nights and had a wonderful time. The hotel/ palace sits above Hyderabad and provides great views, it took 10 years for the Taj group to fully restore the old palace and it is wonderful to wander around and take it in as you please. The pool environment here is really very relaxing with thick lawns and lovely big old trees. Every night Qawali musicians play music and really put their soul into it, this happens on a glass covered veranda that overlooks the old town. A great place for a drink after a hard day at the pool and the palace tour with a glass of champagne. The hotel doesn't have the same knock your socks off customer service that the Lake Palace has, but it is not far behind. The pool attendance was particularly good. The food is very good as you would expect and it is a destination hotel where you don't need to leave, which is lucky as there is not a lot to Hyderabad. I would happily go again.

We both had great spa treatments there as well.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amritsar, India
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

Falaknuma Palace is a breathtaking Taj heritage hotel. To have 32 green acres including a Zen garden in the middle of jam packed Hyderabad is in itself a coup, and that too on a hillock is even better. The pick up at the hotel gate by horse drawn buggies is a delight, the rose petal shower and the run down on the rich past is a pleasure.
Tarry...all this is even before you enter the hotel itself. Step in to witness luxurious libraries and cigar room, the largest dinning table in the world, sprawling gardens, suites fit for royalty and of'course Sufi music on an open courtyard with Hyderabad by night on the horizon.
Falaknuma is defined not just by its regal luxury, but also by the rich essense of the era that wafts through the palace as also by the quite efficiency of the staff that treats you as royalty.

Room Tip: Matters not where you stay at Falaknuma....its all good
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Indian in Paris
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

An aerial view is the best way to see how the Baroque-style palace is actually laid out like a scorpion with two stings spread out as residential wings in the north. The vast gardens are its belly. The suites across the courtyard are named after the swashbuckling Mughals. In the swirl of brocade, balustrades and tinkling cut glass, the emperor’s table is the most gasp-worthy. The 101-seater, the longest in the world, stretches across a vast hall and is set with Versace crockery and silver cutlery, watched over by thousand-piece Belgian chandeliers. The acoustics are such that you can hear every spoken word from the opposite ends. A spectacular location for that once in a lifetime celebration.When twilight descends, the 400-year-old city of Hyderabad, sprawled 2000 feet below ‘lights up’ and you feel like a monarch surveying his kingdom.

Room Tip: Book a room away from the gym on the opposite side.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Bangalore, India
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

The hotel Management from GM Girish Sehgal, Mohit Malhotra and related staff help me plot and plan a surprize Birthday extravaganza for my wife. No hold or expenses barred as the objective was to give her "THE experience of a lifetime". Wife only knew the destination when she got into the hotel Jaguar at Hyderabad airport. Nothing could have prepared her for the 3N/4D experience only accorded to royals that awaited her. Others have described in detail similar experiences, so wont repeat details. In summary, transfer from Jaguar to the Nizam's private horse drawn carriage at hotel gate to be taken up to the Main entrance; exotic welcome drink; escort with coat of arms; rose petal shower, private valet throughout the stay as a single point contact to satisfy every wish and whim for M'lady; the best in class Hyderabadi food at the Adaa restaurant; the freshly baked croissants at the Celeste for breakfast; the High Tea at the Gol Bungalow with spectacular view of the City, 2000 feet below; the Birthday lunch with her closest family members as a surprize; the Romantic Dinner for two at an exclusive private location with a customized Menu, served on the finest china and cutlery in the world; the Jiva Spa with the top of the line 2.5 hour bliss that you would never experience at ANY spa (and we have been to the best around the world). Words or pictures on the hotel website can NEVER do justice to the real life experience, because you NEED to experience the superlative service at the Taj Falaknuma to know that this is the BEST in the world.
I have lived in all the Palace hotels in India and this has the be the very best. After my personal experience, a few close family members and friends who live outside India have planned to have their own experience at this Palace and know what it feels like to relive in an era gone by.

Finally, special mention must go to our personal valet, Minak and our Celeste waitress Sheetal, and Ms. Padma at the Spa, for making this the most memorable and talked about travel experience of our lives!

Ms. Jyoti Narang who heads the Taj Luxury Hotels Group worldwide, thanks for enabling fantasies and dreams come true! GM Girish Sehgal, you and your team are simply the bestest! Grateful thanks!

Room Tip: The historical Charminar Suite, where we stayed, is one of the best. Has a private verandah with a...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

It is the most luxurious experience I have had, right from arrival to departure. The staff at Falaknuma Rikshit, Anmol, Himanshu (to mention just a few) truly make you feel like royalty at this palace hotel.
There is nothing that has not been thought of...little things like a rubber band put along with the shower cap in the bathroom, the tub being filled with hot water for a refreshing bath, the most amazing body scrub, a little silver cup filled with body lotion kept by your bedside at night...and to top it all delicious cookies at night..also a shot of chocolate mousse that we could not even try as we were so full with the dinner..the dinner is amazing set up on the terrace overlooking the city..all lit up like a fairyland..
I could go on, but then I would spoil the surprises that the hotel offers

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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TajFalaknuma, General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace, responded to this review, 26 September 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your kind comments, especially for Reekshit, Anmol & Himanshu. Its feedback such as yours that inspires me and my team to constantly strive for excellence and to ensure that all our guests leave the palace with fond memories.
We certainly look forward to welcoming you back and please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of any assistance.

Girish Sehgal
General Manager
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderaba
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Property: Taj Falaknuma Palace
Address: Engine Bowli, Hyderabad 500053, India
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Region: India > Telangana > Hyderabad District > Hyderabad
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Hyderabad
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hyderabad
#2 Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad
#2 Spa Hotel in Hyderabad
#6 Family Hotel in Hyderabad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Falaknuma Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 60
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