Over the years, I've traveled the world and stayed at many 5-6* hotels. If there is a 10 star hotel, this is it! We stayed for three nights and next time will stay for at least 7, using it as a destination resort, before exploring more of India. I do love the Oberoi hotels and have stayed at two in Egypt and their lovely Nile cruiser, as well as six hotels in India, includingding the Udaivilas. I think they're all fabulous, but this one was paradise.
Many reviews before me have written glowing reviews. I agree with all of them. We had a beautiful room with a pool, overlooking the grassy lawn, flowering trees and lake. It was simply exquisite. I loved walking right out the patio door to private loungers with umbrella covering and direct access to a pool. The grounds themselves were beautiful. The staff are indescribably friendly and helpful, including the front desk staff, dining and room service, as well as housekeeping. I had many interesting conversations with these friendly and lovely people. If I started with a list of names, it would be over 20+ long.
At a previous hotel in our journey, I had been served rombutan (an exotic fruit)...my favorite. They had called ahead to future lodgings and the fruit is very hard to get. Finally in Udiapur, the head of food service was able to find a large supply and it was available at all meals and in my room. A great treat and a great many people going to a lot of trouble.
The hotel has a beautiful little boat and we took a ride out onto the lake. As we boarded the boat, one of our friends from room food service appeared with lovely snacks and had specially made iced tea for me. It's not too common to drink iced tea in India, but they remembered my preference and actually delivered it to the boat. These special touches were many and defined the kind of service the hotel provides.
There is a special part of the hotel which hasn't gotten a lot of attention. If you like primitive/naif art you must visit the small round room completely decorated with the most delicate and beautiful paintings of scenery, animals, trees and flowers. I had seen this artist's paintings at the (wonderful-other favorite) Oberoi in Ranthambore. His paintings completely cover two walls of the dining room there and I had asked about him. I was told that he had moved to Jaipur, then on to Udaipur.
As it turned out, our guide in Udiapur was the artist's boyhood friend and I found that he had moved to the south to work on a commission. Our guide did, however, take me to a small, out of the way gallery where I was able to purchase one of his precious works painted on silk.a very special reminder of a very special trip.
One thing that I don't think has been written about is the Fort at the back of the property. It's very old and cared for by an older man who has been caretaker for over 40 years. He is now 80 and takes great pride in his job, which is to protect the art treasures/murals covering all of the walls of the fort. The art, again, was very primitive, much like the paintings in the hotel, but much older and done with natural pigments. Because the man keeps the shutters closed unless he has visitors, the art has been preserved. I don't think that too many people "find" the fort; he was thrilled to have two visitors who were so interested in the building. I think it's a national treasure.
I think that other's have mentioned the excellent food and the courtyard entertainment. I feel like I'm writing a book so I will stop.
I would suggest giving yourself a treat and leaving time to simply enjoy the hotel as well as all of the interesting places in Udaipur. A few nights is simply not enough.
- 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