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.
- 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