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Shivavilas Palace, HAMPI (An ITC WelcomHeritage Hotel)
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Its "THE" place to be with your family and friends if you are looking for a perfect, relaxing and a super royal vacation..! My family experienced the royalty and thoroughly enjoyed it! My kids loved the place and the very friendly staff! Thankyou for a very joyful experience!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank Yaminivijayaprasad
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Shivavilas, General Manager at Shivavilas Palace, HAMPI (An ITC WelcomHeritage Hotel), responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2013

Thank you for your very positive and kind comments. We endeavour to maintain the Heritage and our standard of service.

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Reviewed 30 January 2013

from the start to the finish it was the ultimate in pampering by the staff and the manager and the food is very good and very healthily prepared. the rooms are excellent. it is very well maintained and my whole family was realy looked after like royal guests where each of our wish was satisfied

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank primedevelopments
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Shivavilas, General Manager at Shivavilas Palace, HAMPI (An ITC WelcomHeritage Hotel), responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2013

Thank you for your very positive and kind comments. We endeavour to maintain the Heritage and our standard of service.

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Reviewed 6 January 2013

Shiv Vilas palace is a hidden treasure not only because of the property itself being beautiful, well maintained and classy but also because of the legacy the last maharaj (Y R Ghorpade) has left for the people of the tiny town of Sandur! The staff and caretakers ( Mr John Curtis and Sameer) of the palace were par excellence and took very very good care of us!

We recommend this place highly for people who are looking for some quiet downtime, or people who are history buffs and want to visit hampi! Either ways shiv villas will be a great experience.
The only negative are the roads and the approach but hopefully that too will improve in a few months.

Room Tip: 108 is excellent but in case you want to spend more the maharani suite is really good.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank admony
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Shivavilas, General Manager at Shivavilas Palace, HAMPI (An ITC WelcomHeritage Hotel), responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2013

Thank you for your very positive and kind comments. We endeavour to maintain the Heritage and our standard of service.

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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Our stay is one of the most memorable ones. This is a great place to stay and get pampered by the great Hotel staff and explore the scenic beauties of Sandur + explore Hampe.
The manager Sameer and his team were exceptionally good and made sure our stay was very very comfortable and enjoyable. Food is also prepared as per your needs and taste!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Delux room , which had a huge balcony overlooking the Pool. If you have more money to spend, then try the Maharani suite.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank srikrishna717
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Shivavilas, General Manager at Shivavilas Palace, HAMPI (An ITC WelcomHeritage Hotel), responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2013

Thank you for your very positive and kind comments. We endeavour to maintain the Heritage and our standard of service.

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Reviewed 16 November 2012

We were looking forward to staying in this palace hotel ever since we heard that it was getting renovated. We contacted ITC Heritage hotels chain many times to check if it was open and every time we got the reply that it was delayed. Disappointed, we were to look for some other hotels in Hospet.

It was in April this year when we thought of spending the Easter weekend exploring Sandur and Hampi. I thought of giving another try and check out the hotel. Bingo! "The hotel is open sir" comes the reply! We booked two nights and had a memorable experience.

The experience from the time we called till we left was great. We drove down from Bangalore and arrived for lunch. Sameer, the amiable manager of the hotel was there to receive us. We were the only guests in the sprawling palace due to last minute cancellations. We felt like Maharaja and Maharani!!

This is a cute little place in the beautiful valley of Sandur, the erstwhile principality of Ghorpade dynasty. This is not a huge palace like the one you would see in Mysore or Agra or Udaipur. It is small but elegant. Built in Indo-Sarcenic style, the palace is located in a sprawling estate spreading over 25 acres. As many members has rightly written, i was amazed at the attention given to restore this palace to suit modern traveler without losing the old world charm. John and team have done an amazing job.

Let me come to brasstacks. The palace is built around a central courtyard with rooms on the ground and first floor. The lobby and the aisles are tastefully done to reflect the grandeur of the palace at the same time not being gaudy.

The rooms are large. With high ceiling, it gives you a feeling of a "big" place. The decor is fantastic. It is nice to see colouful wall hangings made by local tribals called "Lambanis" giving a character to the room. The beds are large and comfortable. All rooms in the first floor have a lovely balcony where you can relax in the evening with a can of beer. The toilets are modern and large as well.

Sameer also showed us the sprawling Maharaja and Maharani suites each with its own character.

The Dining hall is adequate to cater to the guest and well decorated. You can see antique chinas of royal family dipslayed in the cupboard. The food is served in a china on a lovely antique table made of teak. The food prepared was simple and tasty. Being vegetarians we were happy to taste good veggie cuisine. The best part of the menu was lovely desserts prepared by the chef.

The piece-de-resistance of the palace is undoubtedly the "Billiards Room" with antique Billiards table surrounded by hunting trophies of the royal family. If you are a bibliophile, you will love this place. The royal library has outstanding collection of books some of them being rare and original prints.

A jogging track in the estate will enthuse a runner or walker in you. It is a pleasure to wake up early in the morning and go for a walk in the estate exploring the birds. Let me not forget to mention a clean and cute swimming pool.

This should be THE place for anyone who wants to explore Hampi which is just 25 KMs away. You can also explore Sandur which is known for its beautiful valleys and wild life. The palace estate is home to many species of birds as well.

We did not find any negatives in the hotel. Everything was perfect. We suggested that the tariff should include all meals and they should not charge meals separately as there is no option to eat outside the hotel in Sandur. Hope they have implemented that. When were there, the concrete road to Hampi from Sandur was under construction and was to be completed in three months. This would be a boon as it reduces distance to Hampi drastically.

As i can see from the reviews, the team seems to be doing a good job. Hope they maintain it. I also hope that they will not increase the tariff once they become popular! Sameer being a local boy is of great help to guide to places around.

I would highly recommend this place for anyone planning to explore Hampi. It is a definite value for money. The place has a character and creates a right mind set for exploring Hampi. Sandur will be the icing on the cake.

Room Tip: If you can splurge stay in Maharaja or Maharani suite. Else, the rooms facing the swimming pool on first floor are good option.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Alemaari
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Shivavilas, General Manager at Shivavilas Palace, HAMPI (An ITC WelcomHeritage Hotel), responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2012

Thank you for your very positive and kind comments. We endeavour to maintain the Heritage and our standard of service.

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