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The Oberoi Udaivilas
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hardasji Ki Magri, Udaipur 313001, India   |  
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“Truly Special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Justly rated amongst the best hotels in the world, the property is so huge that one can get lost / confounded by its sheer size. The property is amazingly located on the shores of a lake, and replicates in a realistic manner the opulence and grandeur of the bygone days of the maharajas.
The rooms are large and very well appointed and the bathrooms are as well. the only challenge is that the rooms lead directly off the corridor, so sound does carry a bit.
The lakeside dining experience is unique.
The hospitality of the staff is legendary and the training tells.
The cuisine is excellent and each meal is an experience by itself.
The hotel even boasts a sort of a private deer park which can be seen from a cordoned off area of the hotel. You have peacocks strutting about in all their glory.
There is also a 100+ year old viewing gallery which was built for the maharajas to witness blood sport. The frescos on the walls of this building are amazing and the hotel employee who shows you around has been a part of its history for the past 65 years.
A must stay destination for the special occasion! I was lucky enough to enjoy the Udai Vilas experience as a part of an exclusive business event that was hosted at the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your wonderful and descriptive review.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar, beautiful city surrounded by tranquil water lakes and Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan. We are delighted to know that you have enjoyed your stay thoroughly in this region of Rajasthan.

Our resort is the reflection of the rich heritage of Mewar, designed with Mugal and Mewari architecture. It is build on the hunting grounds of Maharajas and “ Bada Mahal” is the wild life conservatory where our guests can feed the wild animals and birds. I am glad to know that you had enjoyed these moments had the cherished memories.

The team and I look forward to the pleasure of your continued visits and assure you of the best of Oberoi hospitality.

Best regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Udaipur is already a dream city and therefore expectations tend to go really high. Well...Udaivillas matched them and overindulged them! The experience is delivered from the moment you decide to stay there! Pick up from the airport was impeccable and very traditional! The driver and the host that welcomed us were extremelly acknowledgable of the city and its grandeur so we started very well our visit. The welcome to the exciting journey on the boat is to highlight because the staff is incredibly attentive and welcoming. They make the effort to know your names in advance and they even pronounce it perfectly!! The hotel premises are impeccable and in fact astonish! Lovely surroundings, wonderful facilities and the welcome by the Mr Deepak was extremelly warm and proffesional. The rooms are extremelly nice as you get wonderful view, great facilities, spaceful storage and a private fresco area for every room!!! I totally recommend the Spa!!! Great place to relax after a busy but impressive sightseeing day around the Lake City!! Breakfast was extremelly nice however the higlight was that the staff remember exactly what you like and they have it set up in your table even before you arrive! We have the pleasure to meet extremelly pleasant staff and we felt bad because did not managed to say good bye to DJ in the restaurant. Excellent food complimented with a very pleasant and attentive waiter!! At the bar, sudhansho was amazing preparing drinks and delivering experiences!! In general every person you meet is extremelly attentive and transmit a wonderful feeling of the property and even the city!! I can definetely understand why they are qualified as the best hotel in Asia and i feel extremelly happy to have chosen them instead of leela or Taj!! We are certainly looking forward to go back and i if you have the chance to visit this wonderful city ensure to pick the right place to compliment the city wonders!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking out the time for sharing your experience with us . We are delighted to know that you liked our property so much.

Your wonderful feedback has been shared with the team at The Oberoi Udaivilās and they are extremely happy to discover that they were successful in making your stay enjoyable & memorable. The property is indeed ideally situated across lake Pichola overlooking the city palace and the old city, set across 50 acres of land including a wild life reserve.

Your positive and valuable appreciation of our performance inspires us to continue achieving even higher standards of service excellence, serving you and your family with lifetime experiences.

We look forward to welcoming you back at The Oberoi Udaivilās sometime soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The Udaivilas in Udaipur is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever experienced. Rated as the top resort in Asia and the 5th best in the world, the seamlessly gracious service and beautiful environs truly justify these accolades.

In a city that is steeped in Indian history and surrounded by the most beautiful ancient palaces, temples and forts, Udaivilas offers the perfect sanctuary of luxury. It’s stunning setting overlooks the gorgeous blue of Lake Pichola and soothing green of the Aravalli hills. The hotel itself is styled mimicking a traditional Mewari Palace. It houses a wildlife conservatory with rolling landscaped gardens that lead to reflecting pools, open courtyards and many quiet thoughtful spaces of beauty.

Our room was standard. I feel sorry for that name but actually it was well above 'any standard room' definition as it was a mini suite in itself. It had it own sitting area on the pool, a lavish bathroom, a little sitting area and a cozy bed. The furniture was contemporary Indian and was fairly with new royal designs. The bathroom had a Victorian bathtub and a separate shower stall with good water pressure making a perfect royal bath for us.

I thought every meal we had there was pretty darned good. I wasn’t too impressed by the cold buffet breakfast but anything off the hot menu for breakfast was superb. We had our best traditional Rajasthani meal at dinner. Their “Lal Maas”, a meat curry dish is superb and definitely a must try. The desserts were not too impressive. I would stick to the traditional Indian sweets versus western desserts. Chef Aushutosh was personally there to greet us at every meal to ensure impeccable food and service.

So if you ever in the mood to a spoil yourself and splurge, go to Udaivilas. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing The Oberoi Udaivilas, for your stay at Udaipur.

Its beyond doubt and honestly the marvelous words of appreciation have been extended by you. Thank you very much for the beautiful review.

We all are extremely delighted to know that you have thoroughly enjoyed our accommodation, surroundings, food, personalized services and had a memorable stay.

Your compliments about the team and product are the mark of respect and they made all of us to feel proud of being a part of Oberoi and they encourages us to always present our finest services.

We look forward to the pleasure of your continued visits.

Best regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Well just one word for the staff "Fantabulous" though not so great hotel/resort talked about. Have stayed in better properties with much better luxury. The pool was pretty standard and didn't offer any view you would expect for such a luxury destination. Even our dining experience at the breakfast was not so great. Though the chef did try to address the issue. Having said that, the staff is amazing and that's what made the difference at the end. Without this my rating for the property would be negative especially when you would be expecting a luxurious vacation. This may be because of the category of room we chose to stay.

Room Tip: Higher category rooms would be a better choice
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience . It was a pleasure to have you stay with us.

It gives me enormous happiness to share your feedback with the team at The Oberoi Udaivilās and they are elated to fathom that they were able to serve your with best hospitality.

We have noted your appreciation of the property and we will be happy to arrange the preferred accommodation over looking Lake Pichola with a semi private pool.

Please let me know if travels bring you and your family back to Udaipur or take you to another Oberoi destination. We will look after you well and create beautiful memories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We visited the property for one night in August end and immensely enjoyed our stay.
Great work by Mr.Vincent Guironnet and his team from reservations to check out and everything in between.

Wish our stay here was longer. We will definitely keep visiting.

And did I mention the perfect architecture of the palace.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and for choosing the Oberoi Udaivilas for your holidays.

I am delighted to know you enjoyed and had a memorable stay with us. Our hotel architecture is design on Mugal and Mewari culture, with tranquil surroundings, fountains and stunning overlooking lake view, it represents the rich heritage of Mewar.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you wish to organise any Oberoi trip. We would love to see you again soon!

Best regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Haven't seen such a staff in my entire life & specially loved the way they greated us & the main thing is check-in procedure is entirely been done in your room so no need to wait at the reception.Food excellent,service marvellous & location "Short of words"

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your fantastic review. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar, beautiful city surrounded by tranquil water lakes and Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan. We are delighted to know that you have enjoyed your stay thoroughly in this region of Rajasthan.

I sincerely hope that our distinctive service and product will tempt you to return and stay at one of the many excellent Oberoi Hotels and Resorts in the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you wish to organise any Oberoi trip. We would love to see you again soon!

Best regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is definitely the best hotel in Udaipur and maybe in the world with its stunning view of the lake and sprawling grounds! The service is par excellence- we were made to feel like the only guests in an almost full hotel.

After the first day, the staff knew our breakfast choices including what each kid would like made for them. They offered to make anything that the kids liked including shakes, pizzas, pastas etc. The staff was most courteous without being too much in the face.

I have to mention that our stay was made extra special by the manager Mr. Deepak Srinath. He ensured that our stay was the most comfortable possible.

We were travelling with small kids as well as elderly people and all three generation enjoyed the trip thoroughly. We had a room with a semi private pool and the view and comfort was simply amazing.

Well done Mr. Oberoi.

Room Tip: The lake facing pool rooms are the best
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Vincent G, General Manager at The Oberoi Udaivilas, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing The Oberoi Udaivilas, for your stay at Udaipur.

Your words of appreciation in regards to our semi private pool room are truly exceptional. Our room are adorned with modish furniture, original artworks and hand woven fabrics. As already mention by you it offers the pleasing views of the Aravalli ranges, lake Pichola and city palace. I am extremely happy to know that you have enjoyed your accommodation and services.

We appreciate your support and recommendation. Please contact me directly whenever you plan your next travel to Udaipur or to any Oberoi properties.

We look forward to welcome you and your family on your next trip to Udaipur.

Best regards
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Address: Hardasji Ki Magri, Udaipur 313001, India
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Location: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Family Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Spa Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Udaipur
#3 Business Hotel in Udaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oberoi Udaivilas 5*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a city fabled for its palaces, The Oberoi Udaivilas can take its place with pride. With views over Lake Pichola to the spectacular City Palace, the hotel itself resembles a grand palace. Landscaped gardens and shady courtyards, decorative fountains and reflection pools, cool marble, ornate carving, inlay work and detailed interiors create a marvellous ambience of days gone by. Huge bedchambers with large private terraces, luxury suites with private swimming pools, marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, butler service and 24-hour in-room dining make you feel like royalty. The restaurants serve international and Indian cuisine including regional favourites. A gymnasium, two large swimming pools and a luxury spa offering a range of therapies, add to the ambience of total pampering. The facilities are particularly suited to meetings that might benefit from this exotic location. ... more   less 
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