My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon in October 2010 and we still refer to Oberoi hotels as the epitome of service and the benchmark for other hotels to achieve. We've yet to find another that does however.
All Oberois are sublime (having stayed in 4 in Rajasthan and the one in Mauritius) but my personal favourite was the Vanyavilas on the edge of Ranthambhore Park. It is by no means the most grand of the Oberois, being all-tented (if you can call a mini palace a tent). It is VERY relaxing and the spa is beautiful with rooms overlooking a beautiful lily pond. The suites even have a pillow menu - a treat I can assure you when compared to some 5* hotels in Europe.
What made it stand out was when things when slightly wrong for us, the manager stepped up and treated us with such respect we felt more like part of his family than paying guests. We had been in India for a week by this point and 'Delhi Belly' finally hit us (no fault of the hotel at all) and we were treated to a specially made meal to ease our stomachs, brought to our room and served for us.
Then, when our tour organising company had failed to send train tickets to the hotel as promised, the manager offered a chauffeur to take us in one of their air conditioned luxury cars to our next destination - the Oberoi in Agra, about a 4 hour drive away. We said we'd prefer to take the train so we had toilets on hand, so he arranged the best available tickets for us and one of his staff to accompany us to help us as we were poorly.
We kicked ourselves when we arrived at Agra and found we had left something in our room, but the manager at Agra's Oberoi informed us that it was already on it's way to us there.
Basically the Oberois are regularly voted the best hotels in the world for a good reason. They are.
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- The Oberoi Vanyavilas Hotel Sawai Madhopur
- Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore
- Oberoi Sawai Madhopur
- Sawai Madhopur Oberoi
- The Oberoi Vanyavilas India/Sawai Madhopur