Had an absolutely fabulous 2 night stay here on our trip to India.
This is a remarkable, beautiful, palace. It's a magical spot -- in the middle of the lake, looking out at the City palace and all the other pretty old buildings along the lakefront.
The palace is wonderfully converted into a hotel. The public spaces are just beautiful. The courtyard gardens are immaculately maintained and just beautiful. Lovely waterfall fountains hidden in thick plantings with comfortable benches in nice cool shaded areas where you can hear the sound of water falling. The all-day dining restaurant has wonderful views over the lake. The roof restaurant has just spectacular views and wonderful service -- they had pashminas waiting for us on a cool evening.
The rooms are just gorgeous. Beautiful moldings, beautiful painted walls, gorgeous furniture and fittings, spectacular views out the lake. Just exquisite.
This place is just really spectacular. It's the kind of thing you think of when you think spectacular historical palace.
The service was absolutely terrific, albeit a little overbearing. it seems that in the high-end places in India, they believe that they have to fawn over you to the point that they are obsequious and getting underfoot. For example, they can't leave you to enjoy your meal and just help yourself with seconds out of the platters on your table -- they'll literally take the serving spoon out of your hand to serve you instead. Also, at the Lake Palace, while the service was absolutely wonderful, it seemed also strained in its formality. To be fair to them, it may be that many of their guests expect a very formal, obsequious, type of service.
We really enjoyed attending the evening Indian dance performances in the courtyard by the bar. Remarkable performances -- by the dancer lady and by the musicians.
One thing that we really wanted to mention is how nice and attentive they were to our 8-year old daughter. Everyone fussed over her and catered to her. We came back from dinner one night and found that at turndown they had left her a new stuffed animal tucked in at her pillow -- a plush peacock. I can't tell you how delighted that made our 8-year old princess. They really went out of their way to cater to her, make her feel welcome and really special.
In fact they really made all of us feel so special. From the garlands and rose petal shower at check-in, to the little dessert treats, to the rose petal baths.
It was really remarkable to get to stay in a place like this. Just absolutely magical and wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ethereal Taj Lake Palace affords guests the pleasures of India's bygone princely era. Over the centuries, it has played host to royalty, poets and writers and the Maharana's guests. Trappings like a welcoming vintage car ride to the charming city of Udaipur, the Jiva Spa boat, royal butlers, recipes from traditional Mewari cuisine and arrival by boat - all little facets that make this former pleasure palace the celebrated luxury hotel it is today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taj Lake Palace Udaipur Hotel Udaipur
- Lake Palace Udaipur
- Taj Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur
- Lake Palace Hotel Udaipur
- Udaipur Taj Lake Palace