Read a lot of reviews on TA and other sights before booking, and decided to go with it for two reasons:
1) we were only staying for one night, so if it was as bad as some reviews make it out to be we would be out soon
2) when else will we be able to say that we stayed in a palace formerly used for the Maharaja's guests?
In the end, we were VERY happy with our decision. It was three of us-- wife, myself and our three year old. We were placed in one of the Heritage Classic Suites on the 2nd floor, front facing side (#23). The room was very large and more than met our needs. Much of the furniture were period pieces, which only served to enhance our stay. The bathroom was huge-- no seriously, I have stayed in many hotels (NYC, Paris, SF, etc) where the entire hotel room would have fit inside of this bathroom and still left plenty of extra space. The bed was comfortable, and the room had plenty of spce for a roll-away bed- however we chose not to use one for the little guy.
After checking in, we ordered room service for lunch. Service was prompt and the food was excellent. Not a huge menu, but certainly a variety of choices. After lunch, we decided to head out. As we opened the door, we were greeted by a monkey who "barked" at us as we walked out. He gave us our space and we did the same.
We ate dinner in the grand dining room. The space is simply amazing. Dinner was great and the wait staff very professional. After dinner, my wife spent some time browsing in one of the small shops on the main floor, while the three year old and I took a few trips up and down the vintage lift.
Breakfast was a little underwhelming with only three choices of fruit, two choices of cereal and three choices of pastries at the "buffet.". We were given eggs to order and toast to suppliment, but I was looking forward to a true buffet breakfast with Indian and continental options. Perhaps we were too early (9am), but we were never told a time that breakfast "started at" while checking in.
Only suggestions for improvement would be for the staff to provide a little bit of history of the Palace upon check in or while escorting guests to their rooms. We would have enjoyed to have learned more about this grand building. Additionally, a coat of paint or touch ups here and there might help (noticed a few places that looked a little "rough").
For families: the pool area does not have a "kiddie pool" and the main pool was certainly too deep for our 3 year old to attempt. Heritage suites have plenty of space for roll-away beds... ours also had a chaise lounge that a little one could comfortably sleep on.
All in all, a great experience!
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