Our only gripe - and it is the smallest of things - was that the pool was quite cold; but I suppose that pool temperature is fairly subjective and others may think our cold is 'refreshing'.
Anyway, from arrival to departure we were treated like royalty. On arrival you are showered with rose petals after arriving in a horse drawn carriage and then have rose water sprinkled over you. I thought that they were expecting someone special and that this would all be revealed as some ghastly embarrasing mistake with us expected to pick up the petals but no, each and every guest gets the same treatment.
The hotel is beautiful. All too often an historic building is turned into a hotel by ripping out its guts and putting all the usual hotel accoutrements in. Not on this occasion. This hotel very much remains the palace that it once was but just operates as a hotel. The library, with its collection of rare books and first editions, is there for you to use should you wish. The rooms with their exquisite collections and beautiful furniture are, again, there for you to use. And the 101 seat dining table is laid out as if ready to receive your party,,,,,,should you have 100 other guest with you that is (best of luck with that!)
Our room was opulent - seems the only way to describe it - with all the usual facilities and a great bed.
At the pool side, once we had thawed out, we were served Chai tea and biscuits which was a delightful touch I thought, considering we hadn't ordered it. It turned out to be someone elses order but we had already had it by the time this was discovered and very nice it was too.
The restaurants were lovely. We preferred the more laid back of the two (I can't recall the name) and had a wonderful meal there followed by a drink on the veranda listening to the haunting sounds of Hyderabad at night.
A wonderful stay in a delightful hotel. I would certainly go back again given the chance (and funds of course, it's certainly not the cheapest hotel you'll find).
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