Udaipur in June was an unusual choice for a weekend break, but as I planned to spend the holiday only to relax (after months of exam preparation), the stay at Leela Palace Hotel in Udaipur turned out to be perfect.
Leela Palace Hotel is located right at the bank of lake pichola, so in summers when the lake is dry, they offer great off-season discounts (I paid <10K per night for a room, that goes upto 30K in peak season). It was my first stay at a Leela property and I had read very encouraging reviews about the hotel. And my experience turned out to be even better.
Pick up at the airport (with a comfortable luxury car, cold towels, soothing music) set the tone for a wonderful reception at the hotel. As the lake was dry, the car dropped us to the hotel entrance from where we were taken to the hotel lobby in a golf cart. The welcome at the lobby included a welcome song by the folk singers, aarti and a shower of rose petals but what I liked the most was that we were taken straight to our rooms and check-in was done inside the rooms itself (Really appreciated after a long day at the airport/flight!)
The room was very comfortable (all amenities expected from a 5-star and much more) and luxurious. In fact, even the view from the room exceeded expectations. A dry lake gave way to huge field with green grass all over it, which combined with mountains in the background and views of Jag Mandir from the room were beautiful. It was our perfect abode during the hot days when we spent our time reading, while the large swimming pool helped us cool down in early mornings and early evenings, when part of the pool is hidden from the sunlight. The evenings in the hotel were really pleasant, as due to its location, the hotel courtyards are very airy. (I and hubby actually spent hours just walking around after dinner!) Food was delicious (though I would have loved more Rajasthani options).
While I can put a long list of facilities the hotel offered, what I cannot accurately describe in words is the hospitality extended to us by the staff. We were literally pampered throughout our stay. The people at the hotel (right from the cab driver to the GM) treat the guests with a warm smile. In fact you see so many smiling faces in the hotel that the smile never goes away from your own face. They really go out of their way for your comfort. I have been to other 5 star hotels in India (Taj, Hyatt) but the hospitality here really stood out by a big margin. A big ‘thanks’ to all of them for making my stay truly memorable!
One negative point: The approach road to the hotel is in a really bad shape , so if you are planning to take a walk outside the hotel, it may not be very comfortable.
PS: My husband, who is a gym freak loved the gym facilities and says the trainer was one of the best he has seen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Leela Palace, Udaipur, with its breathtaking view of the Aravalli Mountains stands majestically in a natural setting on the banks of the Lake Pichola. The Leela Palace offers its discerning guests an opportunity to experience royal living of majestic times.Evoking a grandeur and opulence of a bygone era, all 80 rooms and suites overlook the tranquil waters of the lake. Heritage and Lake view rooms finely appointed with artifacts and furnishings representing the handicrafts of Rajasthan. The suites evoke a sense of architecture which includes the rich and natural detailing of traditional Indian palaces. ... more less
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