This has reference to my stay at the historical Taj Falaknuma Palace, with my wife, in February 2012.
Our first anniversary was much more than we had expected, all thanks to the team at the majestic Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad !
We had heard so much about the Taj property but it only had to be experienced to feel the magic. Right from the moment we arrived at the hotel entrance, we were made feel special, and it was an honour to be welcomed by the general manager - Mr. Ranjit Phillipose.
This palace is just too beautiful & unbelievable ! It is a befitting residence of a once-upon-a-time riches man in the world - the Nizam of Hyderabad ! It has such marvellous beauties & artefacts all over the palace, that it seems unreal ! The Taj Hotels & the heirs of the Nizam's family have painfully rebuilt & restored this palace over 13-14 long years to let commoners experience the magic of 'The Mirror of the Sky - The Falaknuma Palace !!!
Although the GM & the guest services manager - Mr. Reekshit Siddhanta, took special care in making us feel like a royalty at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, there were a score of other staff members who made the stay even more delightful in the way they served us. Ms. Sheetal at the Celeste restaurant was the one who took special care of all our taste & dietary requirements, and we are very thankful to her & others at the restaurants for their courteous services.
The anniversary dinner at the mesmerising Gol Bungalow will always remain special & will stand out in our memories of our first stay at the palace. Mr. Reekshit made sure we had fabulous arrangements there, which were complemented by most-delicious food & beverages by the chefs and with the exceptional service by Mr. Raj Kishore & others. The view from & setting of this place is like no other.
It is also worthy to mention that our breakfasts at the Jade Terrace were fabulous, served in most luxurious manner, by the highly capable & courteous staff. The croissants we had here were certainly the best in India, much better than any other hotel's patisserie, including other Taj hotels ! Here, Mr. Jithin was most helpful among others.
The in-room dining was also made special by Mr. Ashwin & his team. Mr. Gautam at the Hookah Bar was also very courteous & we can't forget the amazing pitted Olives we had there, in a very special setting.
We were made aware of the details, stories, & myths surrounding the grandeur of the Taj Falaknuma Palace & the royal family by the palace guide, Mr. Prabhakar. He took us through the various parts of the majestic palace & made us kind of relive the great times of the bygone era. His story-telling was also exceptional & we love the palace tour, which we've also taken at another Taj palace - the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur.
These names above are only a few that we could remember, but everyone in the team was exceptionally courteous & caring. We loved that.
The Jiva Spa at the palace was fabulous, with exceptional massage treatments given to us by the therapists there. We were also delighted by the superb Indian & Hyderabadi traditional food at the Adaa restaurant. The biryaanis & Mirch Saalan were fabulous !
We were also delighted by some of the aspects that Taj Hotels & the GM had taken care of, in order to make the stay very luxurious. Main among them were: (i) the absence of buffet concept anywhere at the hotel, specially during breakfast, (ii) absence of tea kettles & coffee presses in rooms - but serving tea/coffee at any desired time.
The GM & the staff also gifted us with souvenirs at the time of departure, which was difficult to undertake ! We also wrote in the guest-book there that it would be difficult to get back to reality after spending 3 days at the magical palace, which was very true ! The hotel staff at the airport also made sure that we had effortless entry & check-in, even though we got a bit late !
The staff at Taj Hotels' reservation & Taj Innercircle had been extremely kind in helping us on this special trip.
Our stay at the Taj Falaknuma Palace was made so memorable & wonderful, with all the specially-caring services & the upgrade to a historical suite. Before staying here, we maintained that the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace by Taj was the finest palace hotel in India, with exceptional service. But after this stay, we were forced to change that the Taj Falaknuma Palace is India's best palace hotel !!
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