I do smile when I read some reviews and wonder did they stay at the same place as I did?
What can I say about this wonderful Palace? It is superb beyond words As you approach by road the domes come into view and as you come along the driveway and round the final bend the whole of this superb Palace comes into view. It really does take your breath away.
We received a warm welcome by the efficient staff on reception who informed us that we were being upgraded to a suite. What a lovely start to what was to become a very memorable stay.
Our accommodation was on the first floor. As we had luggage we were shown to the lift. This wonderful piece of engineering has to be seen to be believed. I can best describe it as a gilded cage complete with nicely upholstered bench to sit on.
Our suite comprised a huge room with four poster bed, tv, table, chairs and the like and a separate dressing room/cum dining room. Both of these rooms had original furniture. The bathroom was as big as most standard hotel rooms and still had original sink and bath/shower unit which was a museum piece . We did not use this as there was also a more modern shower unit.
We were also shown the Maharaja's suite by the domestic staff which made our accommodation seem small. This comes at a hefty tag of 50,000 rps. per night.
There was a lovely high ceiling dining room complete with gallery and hooks for punkahs (fans). (I assume these were originally operated by pulley rope ) One definitely felt lost in the enormity of this room amongst the grandeur of the surroundings. The food served was of good quality and the staff were knowledgeable about both the food on offer and the dining room itself.
There was also a well stocked bar which was nice to pop into for an after lunch or evening drink.
The barman was also a font of knowledge on the furnishings contained in the room and the full sized billiard table that was older than the hotel itself and had been transported from Ooty.
The whole place needs to be seen to appreciate what it has to offer. Huge Rooms with 8 foot entrance doors, long wide veranda outside the rooms, spacious corridors and a double winding staircase that brings you down to the lobby.
What else can I say, I absolutely loved the place and without a shadow of a doubt it is the best place that I have had the privilege to have stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Classic Indian-style Hotel, formerly a Maharaja's Palace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lalitha Mahal Palace Mysore
- Mysore Lalitha Mahal Palace