I stayed at Hotel Regaalis two times in 2011 - the last time in October. To be perfectly honest, I did not get much of a chance to explore the hotel and grounds, outside of the room, but from what I did experience, Hotel Regaalis seems like a good place to stay in Mysore for any reason.
Service (3 stars):
Check-in/check-out went smoothly as the company I was visiting was paying for my visit.
All staff spoke at least basic English; most spoke English very well.
I don't know how to put this without sounding like a complete elitist, but staff (particularly check-in/out, bellhops, concierge, etc.) seem to expect a tip (and will wait around and hover until you give them one) for any tiny little thing that they do for you, whether it be open the door or carry your bag three feet from the ground to the trunk in your taxi. I found this to be really annoying, especially after having traveling 24+ hours to get there and not having had a chance to exchange currency yet, and it continued throughout my stay.
I walked around the shops in the hotel as well, and afterward I regretted doing so. I just kind of wanted to see if they had any nice souvenirs for my kids. They didn't have anything that I wanted so I'd try to leave, but the shop owner tried and tried and was so persistent to get me to buy something and barter with me. I didn't want anything, but I am not good at bargaining, and I am also polite to a fault, so it took me a long time to leave.
To be fair, I'm sure these behaviors that I've described above are not unique to Hotel Regaalis and from what I experienced outside of the hotel, it appears to be part of the culture. My suggestion is to try not to be annoyed and be prepared for it (unfortunately, I wasn't - particularly my first visit).
I didn't use any of the other services at the hotel, as I spent most of my time working, eating, or sightseeing outside. In fact, I left my 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door as I often do when traveling for business so I can't even comment on the housekeeping.
Value (4 stars):
As I mentioned, I didn't pay personally for my hotel stay, so I can't really comment credibly on the hotel value. The hotel seemed nice enough.
Sleep Quality (4 stars):
I was able to sleep just fine, given that I was badly jet-lagged and wasn't there long enough to get used to the time zone. I believe, if I recall correctly, that I had two small beds in my room?
Cleanliness (4 stars):
I don't recall the hotel being particularly clean or dirty. I recall a lot of wood in the rooms.
Location (4 stars):
The hotel, I think, is in a very good location if you're going to be visiting Mysore Palace. I did go once but that wasn't the primary reason for my trip. The company that I was visiting was far away on the outskirts of town.
Rooms (5 stars):
Rooms were actually excellent, if I recall correctly. Nice-sized room, decent bed, TV, bathroom, sink, etc.
Breakfast (4 stars):
I do recall eating breakfast, although not every morning. I'm kind of hazy on how breakfast was (I usually don't eat much anyway), but I'll give it 4 stars since I don't remember it being at all bad.
- It's really a shame I didn't get to use any more of the hotel's facilities. The bar and the restaurant looked really nice. I did have a chance to walk around the hotel grounds, finally, the last day on my most recent trip, and the grounds (especially in comparison to the surrounding area) are really beautiful.
- Seems like a lot of people who stay here visit Mysore Palace, and I had a chance to do it. The building itself is absolutely spectacular, and is really stunning lit up at night. Some of the rooms in the inside seem a little staged (I suppose most museums are, though) but for the most part was beautiful as well. If you stay at Hotel Regaalis, even if for business, I highly recommend checking out Mysore Palace. Note, they close relatively early (5 or 6 PM?).
- The food in the area is DELICIOUS, with both plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Seriously, if I ever decided to become a vegetarian, I could easily subsist on Indian food.
If you need a place to stay in Mysore, especially near Mysore Palace, I highly recommend Hotel Regaalis.
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