We had booked a regular room and and I didn't expect anything palatial because we found during previous trips that in hotels like this one the public areas seem to get all the attention whereas the guest rooms themselves are average at best. The same here. Now, I get it that a real palace is an old building and the layout of the room is what it is. I can live with it. BUT: the rooms at the Shiv Niwas need a renovation urgently. Everything is worn down, they need new beds, the old TV sets are past their time etc. The blinds and the fan were dirty beyond description.
I still give it an average rating because of the location. And we did enjoy being able to walk through the palace grounds by ourselves at night, that was special. As another reviewer mentioned, the lounge was spectacular, both the interior design as well as the views to the lake.
Breakfast can be a la carte if they are not busy. If they have enough guests they set up a buffet. We experienced both and they were quite good either way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shiv Niwas Palace offers beautiful, yet differing suites and rooms to choose from 17 individually decorated suites carry original furniture and portraits that have been with the royal family for generations. All the suites look out onto the natural panorama of Udaipur. Unparalleled splendor and spaciousness characterise each room.Guests to Shiv Niwas Palace like to return time and again. The hospitality is unchanged from the not-so-distant times when Shiv Niwas Palace was a royal guesthouse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur
- Hotel Shiv Niwas Palace