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Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Ranked #2 of 163 Hotels in Udaipur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We had high expectations for this hotel, and they were exceeded in almost every way. Yes it's very expensive, but you get more than your money's worth.

You get to the hotel by boat. Only guests or guests of guests are admitted to the property. When you arrive you are greeted by a shower of rose petals from the roof. And the spoiling only goes on from there. All the employees were unfailingly friendly, professional, and helpful. It is truly amazing how much attention to detail there is. I left a tour book on our desk, and the turndown service left a bookmarker next to it. I left my toiletry bag on the sink of the bathroom, and they placed a beautifully stitched handkerchief under it. Every evening, in addition to the turndown service, the staff comes by and leaves a small plate of sweets. They just cannot do enough for the guests.

We used almost all of the facilities during our stay. We were upgraded to a royal suite, #217, which had a large king bed, full living room (no separated wall however) and an octagonal windowed turret room, and large bathroom with separate shower and tub, and double sink. It was exquisite, but up two flights of stairs and a few twisty corridors. It looked out over the lake toward the pleasure palace on another island.

The spa is small but beautiful. An hour massage was 3500-4500 rupees, which was quite reasonable. Do book ahead because the spa is small.

The pool area, next to the spa and a small gym, was immaculate and looked out over the lake toward the city palace. Drinks and food can be ordered as well.

The hotel offers a free daily tour of the palace at 4pm (our guide was only so-so), a boat trip around the island to the neighboring pleasure palace island at 5 (which was well worth it), and traditional Rajasthani music and dancing in a courtyard in the bar at 6 (which was excellent).

There are three restaurants: the rooftop restaurant offers continental cuisine (I.e., non-Indian if you need a break from Indian food). Not only is the night view of the lit up city palace wonderful, so is the food. There is a 3 or 4 course menu (about $80-100 each) or a la carte dining. The menu is extensive and the wine list excellent. They also had Indian sparkling wine which was quite good and dry for about $11 per glass.

The coffee shop is where breakfast is served, and also offers all-day dining. The walls and scalloped arches are all marble and beautiful, and the dining room faces the city palace. They offer a breakfast buffet which was large if not lavish, and included an omelette station, and also a menu of mainly Indian dishes like dosas.

There is also a fancy Indian restaurant for dinner, which was excellent and again, reasonable for where you are.

The restaurants are for guests only, but do book ahead, especially for the rooftop restaurant, to avoid disappointment.

There is also a small area for shopping, which includes a jewelry store (fine and silver in a range of prices), a store selling clothes and such (they will make custom shirts next or same day for about $90). And a fancy souvenir shop. They are obviously not cheap, but they don't try and soak you either.

In sum, the property is truly a fantasy, service is extremely high, and they really don't try and gouge you once you are there for other services. My only criticism is that the wifi was not free and costs about $10 per day, which I think should be included. If you can afford to splurge, do it here. It's worth a diversion to Udaipur all on its own. Stay at least two if not three nights. And do pay extra for a room looking out over the lake. Also, try to avoid rooms off the main courtyard garden, as birds come to roost there in the evening and they are really loud (but quiet down by 9 or 10). Our room was not in that area but it have to imagine the noise was intrusive as just walking through that area was deafening.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

This is the second Taj hotel that we stayed in and they did not disappoint. Yet again we were given a special welcome which is enhanced by the boat trip over the lake (very rough & windy when we arrived) but again the staff are charming and our room with the view of the lake just outside the window made you feel that you were in Venice. The beds are very comfortable and it is very spoiling after a mornings sightseeing to be able to sit by the pool in the shade and relax with a delicious lunch. We ate on the roof one evening which is a fixed price menu and not cheap but quite an experience with delicious food and warm wraps & fire braziers provided to keep you warm which was excellent but it is only open for dining at night and l would have liked to be able to eat there for a relaxed lunch as well with some sunshades as they have such a stunning view. Altogether it really was another very spoiling stay & l would definitely recommend it.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

If you dream of staying in one of the finest hotels in India, with one of the most stunning views, then the Taj certainly ticks most of the boxes. Arriving at the hotel by what feels more like a private boat than a taxi service and then greeted with a scented towel and a nice cool drink, you are certainly made to feel special.

The Taj Lake Palace has much to offer - fabulous service, a spectacular setting, a beautiful lily pond, a superb roof-top restaurant view and lots of hidden courtyards and patios to get some privacy.

Where it falls short is the bedrooms - constrained by the architecture of the original building they are beautiful but rather on the small side and the bathrooms feel particularly underwhelming for prices close to £500 per night - and plastic toilet seats. Seriously? Biggest let down, however, was the quality of the international restaurant which does not stand comparison with the rest of the hotel.

Overall, a little short of its 5-star billing.

Room Tip: Check the size before you book.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Arriving at the Lake Palace is an experience itself, when you leave the hotel boat you are greeted with a rain of rose petals! The Lake Palace has been beautifully decorated and restored maintaining many of the original marble features.
We had a very smooth in room check in, the staff are incredibly efficient and friendly. You really feel like a guest of the Maharana, with the staff attending to your every whim and anticipating your needs.
We had a Palace room with a superb view of the City Palace, the room was well appointed and clean, with an effective air conditioner and powerful shower.
The breakfast offered a variety of both Western and Indian cuisine, they serve a very good freshly squeezed orange juice and the quality of the food is superb. The restaurants cater for Indian and International cuisine; if you are a vegetarian it will not be an issue, even if you are intolerant to spicy food, as the staff are willing to cater for your specific dietary needs.
The hotel offers some complimentary activities, such as Cultural Performance and Historic Walk, which we enjoyed. The Historic Walk with Mr Chinmay Dixit was great and informative, it was interesting to learn about the Palace History.
As far as location is concerned the Lake Palace is the perfect choice, as you are short walk away from the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, the hotel boat is always at your disposal whenever you want to cross the lake, we never had to wait for it.
We enjoyed our farewell gift that will always remind us of the wonderful jasmine aroma around the hotel…who doesn’t like a hotel that not only looks good, but smells even better.
Top Marks to the Taj Lake Palace as the service provided is next to none. We would definitely recommend this hotel for those that enjoy luxurious accommodation and quality food in a spotless and beautiful historic building.

Room Tip: Book Palace Room for a great view of the City Palace
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Traveling in the season of summer and yet enjoying a pleasant stay in Rajasthan is something that I cannot forget. The hotel is located in a place that uses the benefits of the microclimate created by the lake and this is something which adds value to the view of the place.
The staffs are very courteous and helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the lake is awesome.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel is out of this world . It's around £500 per night and minimum stay is two nights . It's very excessive sure but worth the visit . We arrived and had to go through checks before boarding our own little boat which takes you to the hotel which is located in the middle of a lake. Once the boat pulls in you are greeted by a tall man wearing a traditional indian outfit who positions you so pictures can be taken and petals come flying onto you from the top. Once inside your welcomed with a drink and taken to your room. The rooms are stunning and sympathetic with the up keeping of the maharajah royal theme. You have an amazing outdoor swimming pool which is heated. They bring you sorbets and drinks complimentary at poolside. The spa is amazin and the family restaurant which has been passed through generations is spectacular. We also had dinner on the roof terrace with beautiful views. You can also request a romantic dinner for two in the middle of the lake . This place is very expensive but you will never experience this kind of hotel and service anywhere else. Also whilst there visit the royal gardens, the maharajahs residence and my favourite is the monsoon palace high in the hills where monkeys roam free. It's a truly magical place and a little piece of heaven.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Always wanted to stay here once, after having been to Udaipur so many times. We chose to make it part of our first anniversary celebrations! The place doesn't disappoint in terms of overall experience. Find a way to arrive at the palace entrance. Everyone knows where the jetty for Lake palace is. We were taken in a jetty to the palace. Upon arrival, flowers are showered upon for a King and Queen welcome! Our room was a lake view room, with Rajasthani art decoration. We were free to roam around in the palace and it is so beautiful from inside that we almost always felt special being inside the palace. In the evening there is a palace tour which takes you through the history of the place. Don't miss it for the wine and snacks served in the end ;) we skipped the sunset boat tour though as we wanted to see the city instead. We took the sunset tour in boat from the city. We stayed for 2 nights and chose to dine in the evening once. We chose the lake view and not the indoor restaurant as the menu was common if required. They treated us special once again and it seemed as if we were having a very special evening besides the lake! Food was great both in dinner and at breakfast. Try the local specialities such as kachoris during breakfast. This was a memorable vacation by all counts and we will remember it for our lifetime for sure!

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Udaipur 313001, India
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Region: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur District > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Udaipur
#1 Family Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Spa Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Luxury Hotel in Udaipur
#7 Business Hotel in Udaipur
Price Range: £304 - £1,012 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Lake Palace Udaipur 5*
Number of rooms: 83
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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