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“Pleasant stay at unique hotel derived from Udaipur’s regal history” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Shiv Niwas Palace
Ranked #35 of 151 Hotels in Udaipur
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Honolulu
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4 reviews
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“Pleasant stay at unique hotel derived from Udaipur’s regal history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2010

We stayed at the Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel for one night in Feb 2010 and the experience was enchanting. True to its name, we felt like royal guests invited to stay at the palace compound. The hotel is reached through two security gates all the while scaling up the side of the fort-like structure. The entrance brings you through inter-connected courtyards into a cute but fancy lobby. Upon check-in, we were greeted with flower lei and delicious lychee juice in champagne glasses.

We had a “Palace Room” room type. It was not lake-facing but that did not matter to us. We entered our living quarters through a private outdoor terrace. They provided two keys – one got us into an outdoor terrace with café-style table and chairs, and another got us into our room via a giant padlock. What a unique feature! There was a gold rod that slid into metal loops attached to each of the double doors that lead into the room. A huge golden padlock held the rod into place and physically secured our room. The process to learn using an old-style metal hotel key was quite amusing. The room had a sitting area, desk, king-sized bed, luggage racks, dresser, and generous closet space and still never gave the impression of being over-furnished or crowded. In fact, it was roomy and coupled with the high ceilings, the room felt cavernous at times. Likewise, the bathroom was spacious. The hotel delivered nicely with double sinks, luxury complimentary toiletries, and huge fluffy towels.

I strongly recommend that the hotel rename their advertised “Palace Room” room type to better establish guest expectation. A more appropriate name would be Palace Junior Suite. The room undoubtedly qualified with ample square-footage and furnishings worthy of junior-suite standards and prices.

The location was great as most attractions were a relatively short drive away. All major sites could be seen within a day. As part of the City Palace complex, a major attraction in itself, any rickshaw could easily return you to your hotel. A bonus was that transport prices in Udaipur were markedly lower than bigger cities in India.

Half of me loved this hotel, half of me didn’t. My practical budget-minded side cringed at the $200+/night price tag that failed to get the most bang for the buck. The dreamer in me didn’t mind paying a premium to be whisked away into a novel experience. This was an Indian fairy tale come to life—an escape from reality.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2010

We have stayed in over 15 hotels in India and this was easily our worst experience. We stayed in the basic room and at $200 a night was a very poor value for money. Several outlets didn't work and the bathroom smelled like urine. The food at all of the dining locations was mediocre and extremely over priced. Everyone in our family got sick. To top it off, the service was very poor. We had to call multiple times for even basic things. The experience was so bad that we changed our flights and checked out a day earlier, eating the prepaid hotel cost. We have heard that suites over looking the lake are better, but you are better off staying at the Lake Palace or the Oberoi.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2010

Beautiful rooms, extraordinary views, attentive staff, excellent food, phenomenal location. You couldn't ask for more!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2009

What is there to say that hasn't been said. This hotel is simply amazing. The service, food, location, they were all absolutely stunning. We woke up early in the morning for photos and it's just a beautiful location that overlooks the city on one side and the ajoining property overlooks the lake palace.

Spa was excellent according to my GF and the breakfast was good. The staff was very attentive and the room service was also great. No complaints at all, on the contrary, it was all amazing.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shiv Niwas Palace
Address: The City Palace, Udaipur 313001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Udaipur
#19 Family Hotel in Udaipur
#23 Romantic Hotel in Udaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shiv Niwas Palace 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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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