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Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Ranked #2 of 165 Hotels in Udaipur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Everything in this hotel was closing to perfection. Service was just astonishing. An incredible luxury experience. Go there.

Of course perfection has a price, and it is rather steep.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Amazing property with excellent service, from check in at the boat pier to check out. Dinner on the rooftop was wonderful too, lots of flickering candles and all the lights around the lake reflected in the water made it feel like a fairytale palace. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. The Maharajas certainly knew how to live!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

A very sad state for a heritage property. Highly overrated. They over estimate their Brand Value.

I was allowed there was dinner, after requests from my hotel to the Taj and after agreeing paying a bomb as cover charges.

The service quality was very laid back and very artifical. We were not welcome there and the staff did not seem interested to my preferences. Other than very basic professional courtesy, we felt like unwanted intruders.

The staff clothing was very dull and faded. The palace was poorly lit. The property environment was like someone died in there. Guest comfort and preference was the last on their list.

Equally bad was the quality of their food and drinks.

The only reason we were there was to fulfill a fancy of being at the Lake Palace, but we were disappointed.

Actually more than anything, the childhood dream/ fancy/ charm/ and everything nice about the Lake palace has ended with a hurt heart.

Room Tip: Dont stay here.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Having gone to a number of special hotels we have always wanted to go to the Lake Palace, it is a destination hotel. We were luckly upgraded to the Maharaja's personal suite (some distant Maharaja, not the current one) which helped firm our view of the hotel, it was like staying in the most tasteful museum interior. Every staff member is highly trained and make you believe that they are there because they want you to, and care about you, having the best time of your life. Truely!!! We would order dinner and then be given a complimentary desert because you really should have desert as well. Or we ordered tea at the pool and were given complimentary rose lemonade, water and chocolates as a welcome while we waited for our tea.

We did bring an IPod only to find that there was no IPod dock, or any other music option. We mentioned this to reception and a little later two wonderful classical Indian CDs turned up for us to listen to.

After we checked out we ordered lunch and then asked for the bill only to be told that, it is sad that it is our final meal so it is complimentary.... oh....gotta love it!

Great food, wonderful location, fantastic architecture/ interiors, brilliant staff. If you can only afford to stay at one expensive hotel in your life this is it.

Are we going back? Most definately! P.S. I am not being pay for this.

Room Tip: Not sure, but we stayed in room 117 which we told was one of the best suites. I think there was anot...
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Check-In: The check-in experience was top notch, from the greeting at the hotel pier to the boat ride... Lugage delivery to our room was also very quick...

Hotel public areas: The hotel is simply stunning.. Especally at night when candles are lit in all common areas.. The hotel aalso has several performances such as traditional dancing aand a puppet show going on...

Restaurants: One regret is that out of the 3 restaurants, the only oneoffering a view is the rooftop restauant, with a prix fixe menu, serving contemporary continental cuisine.. I believe the experience would be better if Indian food were served... Nevertheless, we had diner at the indian restaurant, which opens up to an inner courtyard...

Things to do: We only stayed 1 night and had planned on visiting the Lake Palace... The boat ride from the hotel to the pier is about 2-3 minutes, and then, it's only a 300meter walk to the City palace... This left us with plenty of time to hang out in the hotel and roam around... The sunset view from the hotel terrace is quite beutifull

Service: Was above average.. Every person we ran into was extremely helpful and polite. Out of all the hotels I stayed in India (Aman New Delhi, Oberoi Agra, Oberoi Mumbai) this was probaably the one where the employees where the nicest (albeit service in all these locations was grreat).

Room: We had a standard Lake View room #207 (with a view of the City Palace)... The room was cute but nothing out of the ordinary... From the pictures I have seen, it seems the suites are much more luxurious, in addition to being bigger in size... Honestly, the City Lake view is no necessarily the best view, so no need, in my opinion, to ask for it... Lake views all around the hotel are quite nice...

Bathroom: Was rather disappointing... The bathtub was a small standard recatngle (similar to those one would expect in a US Sheraton or Marriott). Again, picture of the more expensive rooms sho much nicer bathrooms than what we got. I suggest the hotel renovate these soon.

Room Tip: Lake View, no need to ask for City Palace View.. Any Lake View is just as good.
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Additional Information about Taj Lake Palace Udaipur

Address: Udaipur 313001, India
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Region: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur District > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Udaipur
#1 Romantic Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Luxury Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Spa Hotel in Udaipur
#7 Business Hotel in Udaipur
Price Range: €541 - €1,119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Lake Palace Udaipur 5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ethereal Taj Lake Palace affords guests the pleasures of India's bygone princely era. Over the centuries, it has played host to royalty, poets and writers and the Maharana's guests. Trappings like a welcoming vintage car ride to the charming city of Udaipur, the Jiva Spa boat, royal butlers, recipes from traditional Mewari cuisine and arrival by boat - all little facets that make this former pleasure palace the celebrated luxury hotel it is today. ... more   less 
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