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Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Ranked #1 of 151 Hotels in Udaipur
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2 reviews
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“Experience to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2008

We stayed at the Lake palace for two nights for our honeymoon and savoured every minute of it. The service was incredible. The view from the rooftop restaurant in the evening was breathtaking. The hindu prayers coming from the mandir (Jagdish) across the lake added to the surrealness of the atmosphere. We actually enjoyed the food of the Indian restaurant more than the rooftop restaurant, not to take away from the latter.

Only downside was the frigid temperature of the pool.

If you can handle the sticker shock of the price for even a night, it is definitely worth the experience, and it justifies its consistent high ranking in world travel magazines...

Stayed November 2008
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2008

A last minute decision to pay a fortune for a room in a truly iconic hotel proved to be a little silly.

The room we had (231) was smaller than the spare room in a dolls house; the need to get bodies on beds we supposed. Then, their key restaurant, a rooftop one, was unable to accomodate us, so we dined in Victorian, and Un-Indian splendour inside; though the Vegetarian Thali was excellent.

The public rooms and the pool are pretty classy; as is the boat ride to the Hotel, and the entrance. They cascade rose petals on you (which the Devi Garh does also). Service is very attentive indeed, so full marks there. The breakfast room, and the brekker that goes with it, is terrific

All in all, over-priced and over-crowded. The Heritage Hotels in the City Palace, which allow you to gaze at the Lake Palace and feel smug about the misguided rich, are eccentric, wonderful and much better value; we moved to the Fateh Prakesh there and loved it.

And the Devi Garh outside Udaipur is real gold plated class. In a wise world, the Lake Palace would struggle; but it won't because of the water!

  • Liked — Lake location
  • Disliked — tiny room
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2008

If you have read any of my other reviews on this site you will know that I am not exactly easy to please.

But the TLP is the business. As good or better than any hotel I have ever stayed in. Magical location . Fabulous entrance by boat with a shower of rose petals. The decor is simply beautiful and the whole thing is understated class. We ate at the standard restaurant and also at the restaurant on the roof where just 20 people eat great food under the stars while taking in the breathtaking view of the main palace on the shore opposite. It was Diwali and we were treated to a non stop firework show as a bonus.

We spent time in the small pool area and its just perfect.

The service throughout is impeccable.

I cant think of a thing to criticise. [ well ok it isnt cheap]

One of our fellow guests was a well known rock star and at the TLP it seems even Mick gets some satisfaction.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Leaving it
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2008

Taj palace in udaipur is one of the best place that u could spend on this earth, taj is suited for its adaptability in various use for example, it is the hot venue for grand weddings. We can look into the incredibility of natural rajasthan. As the lake surrounds the hotel it gives a complete sense of mind pleasure in silence.

u will definitely enjoy the trip so go ahead and have a wonderful stay

  • Liked — facilities
  • Disliked — nothing
Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2008

Stayed at the Lake Palace for 2 nights & had a wonderful time. The experience begins with its private dock & boat ride across the lake. Service is very attentive, including a separate boat for your luggage. The boat is not as luxurious as those used by the Bangkok Peninsula, but nice enough. You then walk through a shower of rose petals into the lobby.

Rooms are nicely appointed, but not very large. Had a lake view room overlooking the City Palace. Overall the feeling is like being on a very exclusive cruise ship. None of the spaces (pool, spa, etc.) are as large as in other Taj palace hotels, but everything is very well appointed. The one difference is that there are countless beautiful terraces, balconies hidden throughout the hotel.

Service is exceptional. The staff goes out of its way to make you comfortable & remember your needs. Little touches were especially thoughtful: flute player in the courtyard in the morning, shadow dancing in the courtyard in the evening, complimentary hot popcorn & sodas delivered with free DVD's. Also took the historical tour (including complimentary champagne & canapes in the bar afterward) and the Sunset cruise .

This is the 4th Taj hotel that I stayed in during this trip & I have become a huge fan of the chain.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Girona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2008

Udaipur was one of our last destinations in India during our honeymoon tour, and we booked two nights in the Taj Lake Palace.
What a great choice that was!
This hotel is incredible - needless to say it has a lot to gain from it's amazign setting, yet with such a bonus going for it, the hotel management still pushes the bar up a notch and you can tell a lot of hard work goes into this place every day to keep it immaculate.
Whilst the bedrooms and facilities are a little on the small side, given that this is built of a tiny island in the middle of a lake, it's very understandable that space is at a premium. Even then the hotel has managed to do something incredible with what it has, and walking through the interior is like visiting a movie set - no wonder "Octopussy" was filmed here!
Youre arrival at the Taj Lake Palace begins with a short boat ride from a town-side pier, equipped with what can only be described as a very efficient and well presented satellite reception. From there you arrive at the front jetty of the hotel, and enter into the main foyer and lounge area. The dream starts here, and in our case the staff even dropped rose pedals from the roof on us as we walked up the jetty into the hotel!
The hotel hosts a tour of the palace every evening, and it ends to collaborate with the daily dance shows every evening in the bar area. After that you can wander off into one of the hotel's restaurants, head into town, or stay in an enjoy what can only be described as incredible room service!
Our first evening we ate in the hotel's inhouse Indian restaurant - and were greeted with what to date is the best Indian food we have ever tasted!
The other restaurants in the hotel do a fantastic job too, and the morning breakfast is an immaculate feast, that always starts the day just right!
The rooms themselves are beautifully decored, and ours was overlooking the town and land-side palace (yes, there's more than one in Udaipur!) over the lake, providing for incredible views both day and night.
During our stay all the staff were very helpful and very friendly, and again the attention to detail in everything was unbelievable - there was a definite pride in the job they did.
Our stay here was just magical, although the Taj Rambagh in Jaipur still trumps this one, mainly because they have more space to use more effectively.
Still, if you have the option, definately definately definately stay here, and you will not regret it!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Can't fault anything
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2008

The lake palace was the first stop on a week long tour of Rajastan and the place is amazing. Our rooms overlooked the lake and the city and whilst the rooms are not huge they are very well equiped and spotlessly clean. The service and food was excellent and surpassed the standards at other Taj properties. The hotel staff could not do enough for us. This hotel is certainly worth its price tag and is one of the best hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in.

  • Liked — location and service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Address: Udaipur 313001, India
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Region: India > Rajasthan > 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 Family Hotel in Udaipur
#1 Romantic Hotel in Udaipur
#1 Luxury Hotel in Udaipur
#1 Spa Hotel in Udaipur
#7 Business Hotel in Udaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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