We enjoyed our stay at Udaivilas more than any other hotel we've stayed at, so far. The hotel rates top on all the basics: location, room, and service. But let's take things one at a time.
First impressions – As they matter a whole lot, our first impressions surely predisposed us for a most memorable stay. We were greeted outside the airport by a friendly hostess and a hotel driver, both dressed in traditional uniforms that were most pleasant to the eye. Their smiles and courtesy, effectiveness and assistance, made the 40-minute drive to the property a pleasure rather than an ordeal, as it well might have been, considering the often chaotic traffic that characterises Indian roads. This treatment was furthered by another set of beautifully dressed staff members waiting to greet us outside the hotel, take our luggage and guide us to the reception area.
Location & grounds - The hotel's architecture and landscaping are simply perfect, with exquisite attention to detail and breathtaking views to lake Pichola, the city of Udaipur, and the distant mountains. The gardens are immaculate and exhibit a wide variety of flora, plus a small nature reserve as big as the hotel itlself, with local flora. The buildings are designed to resemble a Rajasthani palace, with an array of beautiful domes, courtyards, water features, and vantage points. When walking through the hotel, the designers have ensured that there is a splendid view every few steps, making the experience of getting to one’s destination all the more fascinating.
Room & amenities - We were delighted with our "Premium" room, which had a superb bed, spacious bathroom with windows to the private porch, a comfortable desk and sitting area, as well as a private outdoor courtyard giving onto the common heated pool. All in-room amenities, fittings, fixtures, and decor were aesthetically pleasing and functional, with small details enhancing the client experience: a multi-adaptor for international sockets, a fully stocked mini-bar commode, a window-side daybed with a multitude of pillows, and all sorts of little perks like clothing brushes, shoe brushes, separate laundry bags for different garment types, etc. etc.
Public spaces & service – All of the guest areas are finished in local materials, mostly marbles, granites, and sandstones, in intricate patterns and unique designs, while walls are adorned in well-chosen artwork and ceilings are meticulously finished with exquisite paintwork, glass mosaics, and – as rarely as needed – gold leaf. Needless to say perhaps, everything is kept spotless by a brigade of friendly staff members dressed in either flamboyant and attractive local garments or more run-of-the-mill, but nevertheless, clean and tidy workmen’s overalls. We had the pleasure of meeting the hotel manager, who greeted us upon our arrival and before our departure, and it was clear that his work was made all the more easy by the cohesion and effectiveness of his team, which was evident both by their general composure as well as their genuine wish to please and their seemingly endless propensity for smiling.
Food & beverage – We had the pleasure of taking four meals at the hotel, plus one breakfast at the buffet and another in the room, so we enjoyed quite a few of the dishes. As the guides rightly point out, the Indian dishes are better prepared than the international ones, so we stuck as much as possible to local cuisine, which was indeed very tasty. Once again, the service was immaculate. Our only reservation was that the menu might prove to be too repetitive after more than a couple of days’ stay, which we pointed out to our particularly professional waiter, Mr.Yvu, who assured us that our comment would be taken up seriously and relayed to the management for further action.
Spa & fitness – The spa is ideally located so as to enjoy the best views in the house, which is always much appreciated in contract to the usual practice of putting a spa in some dark basement. The outdoor heated pool is an enormous pleasure in the day or night, and free for all guests to use. The thermal cabins are basic, with a small steam and sauna in each of the changing rooms, while the treatment rooms are spacious and functional, albeit somewhat exposed to the sounds of the central stairwell (which is a sight to behold in itself). The two of us had treatments together in one of the suites, and they were good, but as far as spas go – and I say this in all honesty – the Six Senses Spa at Porto Elounda is still the best I have experienced.
Final point – For the rates charged for a room in the information age, internet access should not be charged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a city fabled for its palaces, The Oberoi Udaivilas can take its place with pride. With views over Lake Pichola to the spectacular City Palace, the hotel itself resembles a grand palace. Landscaped gardens and shady courtyards, decorative fountains and reflection pools, cool marble, ornate carving, inlay work and detailed interiors create a marvellous ambience of days gone by. Huge bedchambers with large private terraces, luxury suites with private swimming pools, marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, butler service and 24-hour in-room dining make you feel like royalty. The restaurants serve international and Indian cuisine including regional favourites. A gymnasium, two large swimming pools and a luxury spa offering a range of therapies, add to the ambience of total pampering. The facilities are particularly suited to meetings that might benefit from this exotic location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel Udaipur
- Oberoi Hotel Udaipur
- Oberoi Hotel Udaivilas
- Oberoi Udaipur
- Udaipur Oberoi