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“Peaceful hideout with fantastic views” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fateh Garh
4.0 of 5 Castle   |   Sisarma Village, Udaipur 313001, India   |  
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“Peaceful hideout with fantastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The views from this hotel are fantastic. The service was excellent and the breakfast given was good. The only downside of this hotel is you have to climb 2 or 3 steep flight of stairs to get to the lobby. Take it as your exercise for the day..,

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed at the Fateh Garh for 3 nights, 2 full days in mid to late January. On the first full day it rained all day and we were at a bit of a loss what to do. The famous views were stuck behind the mist. That made the second day better when the sun came out. You can see for miles. With a long lens you can get some good pictures of the Lake Palace Hotel and the City Palace behind it. In the other direction you've got the ridges of hills disappearing into the evening light - it reminded me of the Blue Ridge mountains.

Our room was a really good size and absolutely immaculate - at least as good as anything we stayed in elsewhere (Oberoi Agra, Imperial Delhi for instance). It has views on two different aspects.

The service was good, although we did notice that only men were serving in the restaurants and on the front desk (not something we had elsewhere in the top hotels). The food was good too.

We did wonder if we should have stayed in one of the bigger hotels on the lake and we are still not sure. The Fateh Garh is peaceful and has lovely views over the countryside, but is a good 20 minute drive into town. But it doesn't have the lakeside views. That said, we checked on the internet and it seemed to be half the price of the Oberoi on the lakeside.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

The views of the lake and city are stunning and the hotel itself is beautiful but far from town. The service details are lacking. Just try to get internet! You go through a complicated system of tiny slips of paper with gobbly gook passwords for which you pay 500 rupees for 24 hours per device.
The restaurant is expensive and a cheap glass of wine is 600 rupees.
The front desk people don't speak English. Most staff are trying to be helpful. The place should be bought by one of the chains that understands how to deal with tourists. It has amazing potential.
They need proper yoga mats as carpets don't work on slippery marble floors.
The shower water pressure is very low.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Sadly we only spent two nights here - after a late arrival via train from Jaipur, we were welcomed with smiles all round to hear that the restaurant was still open and waiting for us - all after 9pm! What a tasty meal - a tad expensive but welcome after our snacks on the train. Our room was very comfortable (with the twin beds we had asked for) and after a refeshing shower and bath it was bedtime. What a sight over the valley and lake awaited us the next morning! Wow!! A tasty breakfast and we were off for a day of sightseeing and an evening boat ride on the lake. Sadly we did not get a lot of daylight time to explore and enjoy the hotel - I would have loved to spend a few days here lying on the sofa, reading a book and enjoying the spectacular views! That evening we sat under the stars in front of the infinity pool sipping coffee and nibbling the most delicious biscuits!! Regretfully we departed at 4am for the airport but the hotel packed us a food hamper, including more of those tasty bisciuts but sadly the sandwiches were quite dry. Worth a stay for a few days R&R and worth paying that bit extra for the location and ambience, the tasty food, the friendly service and the attention to detail that is evident in everything around you. (PS - watch out for the lift as we got stuck in it and no one heard us ringing for help but it eventually continued groundwards to release us!!)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This hotel is beautiful and we overall had a good experience. The food is very good here and the restaurant manager went out of his way to cater to our needs. It is considered a 5 star hotel but i would rate it more a 3-4 star. They tried to offer great service but it fell a little short. The rooms were cool for December and the water did not get as hot as I would have liked for a shower.
They had no irons in the hotel to use. We stayed there for New Years and it was very very cold to be having a party outside. Although very well done and gorgeous they should have had a back up plan for the cooler weather. We were all in our ski jackets trying to stay warm.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

When you read this review, please remember that there is nothing specifically wrong with this location. We would really only recommend this place to a specific type of person.

You need to appreciate how far this place is from Udaipur city. It is also up a very steep hill. Getting to and from Udaipur is a little bit difficult and expensive. If you stay here, you are basically trapped. I am not, however, suggesting that this is necessarily a bad thing.

Everything you need is on site. The views are amazing and the grounds are very clean and well maintained. The restaurant served us the best food that we had in all of India.

With that said, the restaurant was expensive. Almost ridiculously expensive. Main dishes were 850rs and UP! Drinks wine were 400rs up to 6000rs. They also charged for every bottle of water at 150rs per bottle. This included the water throughout the day. You don't have the option of going to town for water as it is so far away. They charged for every cup of tea. All these extras get pretty annoying after a while.

You may be wondering why I rated this as 3 stars. There were a few basic things that were unacceptable for a place of this caliber. The bed was really hard and uncomfortable. The tub was old, cracked and dirty. The shower had very little water pressure. We were certainly not expecting these things considering how much we paid for our rooms. There was no offer of a tour of the grounds. No maps. No local knowledge. Basically nothing to set this place apart from any other hotel.

If your intention is to find a relaxing place with great views and good food no matter the cost, this place is for you. Otherwise, there are plenty of other good choices in town.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Perched on top of a hill, just a short drive from Udaipur. This hotel has a view of the lake and is dotted with stunning art and sculptures making it a perfect spot for pictures and sunrise and sunset.

The service and hospitality in the hotel and the restaurant were outstanding.

There are also small touches which make this a very distinctive place to stay, like the guy playing flute in the morning on the terrace.

This is a fantastic and memorable hotel. We had been so tempted to stay in one of the more well known hotels in Udaipur and we are glad that we did not.

We did have one issue and this was that we had requested twin beds in one room. The best they could offer on arrival was a king size bed which had been short-sheeted into two separate areas. For travelers seeking twin beds, be careful and ensure that they can meet your needs. This should not be a difficult or complicated request at a luxury boutique hotel and if they could not accommodate the request we should have been told in advance.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sisarma Village, Udaipur 313001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 93 Specialty Lodging in Udaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fateh Garh 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fateh Garh, a Heritage Renaissance Resort - Sanctuary, perched on the edge of Udaipur city in the Aravalli ranges, with 360° commanding views, welcomes guests with style & traditional fanfare. Fateh Garh, a 50 room property offers travelers a spacious, peaceful and quiet refuge from the noisy and crowded urban India. Conde Nast Hot List 2009:- "Until now the best places to stay in Udaipur have been the princely piles on Lake Pichola's shores or its fairy-tale island palace. Fateh Garh offers something different: "Heritage Renaissance" style. Perched on a hilltop 20 minutes outside the city, this newly constructed 51-room hotel incorporates local stone and antique architectural elements culled from abandoned historic buildings. A confection of bulbous domes, sugar-white pillars, crenellations, and intricate jali screens, it escapes the kitschy through its graceful proportions and airy reception areas, courtyard, and verandas—all of which are graced with antiques and delicate frescoes inspired by the style of Rajput miniatures. Lie by the infinity pool, listening to the sound of splashing fountains mingling with live classical shehnai music. The hotel kitchen does best with local Mewari dishes, which are a welcome change from standard Indian hotel fare". ... more   less 
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