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Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel
Ranked #35 of 104 Hotels in Mysuru (Mysore)
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We had gone to celebrate our first anniversary in the lalitha mahal. Sadly, this turned out to be a terrible experience. Neither were the toilets clean, nor did the people know what the buffet menu was until it is placed on the table. Sadly, this has turned into a government guest house and nothing more. The rooms are not clean, the place need a revamp, the staff need to understand how to treat their guests. I really thought that such a beautiful property should have had the same hospitality.

Room Tip: Avoid if you can as the place is not really worth the effort
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

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.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

The hotel is nestled in a beautiful setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The landscape is well maintained and the guests are given a royal welcome with a shower of flowers and garlands. these are the only positive things about the hotel. From the amenities to the food, nothing seems to live up to the expectations of a hotel that claims to indulge you with a royal touch. The staff seem clueless about some basic questions.The room in which my kids stayed had rodents running around! If you are looking for a stay which takes you to the bygone era, be prepared for disappointment.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

while visit to Mysore this is the best end place to stay. And advised to make direct booking with the hotel and ask for possible bargain on suits. It has got vast area to enjoy endless activities according to your wish and comfort. A drive in a old style horse cart around is a good experience.

Room Tip: Must experience the stay in top end heritage suit
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights, beautiful place but completely let down by the rude reception staff and a smelly room with an even worst bathroom, room 101 is either overlooked or just awful, smelly and a bathroom which was mouldy, broken hair dryer and just grimy! Such a shame. Also our laundry was taken without our consent! Really disappointed!

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking pool have a balcony and good views - but don't get room 101!!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

the lalitha mahal palace hotel stay was a nice experiance. the break fast dining hall extremely good.swimming pool under maintainance.the exterior look of the hotel great .so many tamil movies you can see the palace.rooms are spacies with balcony facing the pool .you can have the horse chariet ride .lift look antique.in front nice park but no sitout.roomservice poor,rooms not have good fragrance.

Room Tip: pool side room is good in the ground floor
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

This property has surely lost it's glory although the sheer opulence of the infrastructure still remains to beckon fellow travellers like us who get excited from the physical attributes of it. On one of my trips, under impression that we were set for a five star property we landed into this very well known property on the suburbs of Mysore. Scantily staffed, poor service and little or no maintainance made us exit it before schedule. While the yester year charm surmounts you with huge chandeliers and long pillers but you find it a goofy place with hardly any guests around. Its time that there is strong revival needed with a professional hotel management group taking over this property to show case one of the most beautiful properties in Mysore!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel

Address: Lalitha Mahal Road, Mysuru (Mysore) 570028, India
Region: India > Karnataka > Mysore District > Mysuru (Mysore)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Mysuru (Mysore)
Price Range: £47 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Indian-style Hotel, formerly a Maharaja's Palace. ... more   less 
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