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Taj Falaknuma Palace
Ranked #2 of 317 Hotels in Hyderabad
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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67 reviews
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“Taj Falaknuma,Hyderabad Calling!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

All I was looking forward to was dum biryani and some jewellery shopping. Taj Faluknama Palace,also known as "Mirror of the Sky", turned out to be a real jewel in the crown.Originally, a getaway for the Nizam of Hyderabad,now maintained on a lease by the Taj ,the Falaknuma Palace is a royal treat for it's guests.It's magnificent designs,inspired by European architecture and the picturesque location on top of a hill overlooking the entire city ,could not have asked for a better stay.


The Palace was originally built by the prime minister of Hyderabad in the late 19th century, who went bankrupt building it and finally bought over by his brother-in-law ,Nizam VI.The Nizam VI in 1897 used the palace as a royal guest house as it had a commanding view of the entire city.When you visit the hotel,it's like reliving the era.The Nizam's family has left the palace with it's various antiques ,intact.The sprawling library has some rare books like the original book written by the first survivor of the Titanic,Britannica Encyclopedia first edition and many more.The cars are stopped at the main entrance and from there you are transferred to the main lobby in a antique 'baggi' .The main lobby overlooks three sky gardens which give a magnificent view of the entire city.Not to miss ,are the two old canons along with real canon balls for decoration.


The rooms are reasonably modern with a hint of antique,they are actually old store and kitchen rooms converted .The doors have inlay work with huge 'kundis' or latches.Even small details like knobs,light fitting,fans give you the feel of that era.Apart from this the guests are given a taste of Duppata and traditional attire and jewellery .There is a palace historian who takes you on a historical tour of the palace on request,and you end up in the awe of the Nizams and their grandeur.The world's largest dining table with a seating capacity of 101 people at a time, a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world,jade themed entertainment room,onyx and ivory desk accessories all leave you wishing you were born in that era.Also one thing to note is that nothing in the palace is an Indian influence.


What is interesting is that you can use all these antiques,like sitting on the Nizam's chair,writing on his desk,using the begum's gossip room unlike most palaces which are just museums.Every evening there is a 'qawwali' by a group of very talented singers(who sing without any mike and just a harmonium ) at the celestial terrace,which has the 'Charminar' and 'Mecca mosque' along with the city view in the background.Sipping wine with starry lights and city lights and listening to this spell binding 'qawwali' ,you are transported in a different era.

Other experiences are the super relaxing Jiva Spa which has a special customised 'Nawab-e-khas' treatment for the guests.The staff is courteous and makes sure you feel royal all the way ,even little things like a taste of Indian fruit platter in the morning,'mithai' in the evening and a silver plate with rose petals and cream in the night on your bed ,all add to the experience.

No wonder,that Nizam the VI was named one of the world richest man,with his fleet of 400 imported cars,35 palaces and riches good enough to fill an entire Piccadilly square.The current Nizam the VIII lives in Turkey and only visits occasionally .

The luxury doesn't come cheap though,the rooms are steeply priced starting at 27,000 Rs per night ,but you may look at corporate deals or offers to book online.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Excellet hotel. You are treated like a royal in a palce.

They have a great location which overlooks Hyderabad - you can enjoy breakfast while looking over your empire. The rooms are excellently redone and offer great luxury. The Taj service all visible at every corner and all your needs are taken care of. They also have a pool and a fitness centre.

A place which cannot be described in words - has to be experienced. Make sure you visit it once in your lifetime!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I was lucky to have a one night stay at the Palace, from entry (on horse chariot) to exit everything taken care off really well... that personal touch given, on very small to big things which makes you feel special and royal.

Experience this royal treatment atleast once in your lifetime I would say.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Words are too less to say the experience.received at the gates,transferred to a horse carriage.a five minutes ride through the palace grounds,received again with the best house made welcome drink.was lead the way with a huge person carrying a board from the time how the nizam entered the palace, wow, very hard to describe.... The lobby with all the marble fountains, the huge library with heavy paintings. The room was so great n huge, with everything in the room a person needs. The bath was extremely huge and well equipped with gold plated showers and a huge bath tub, for the prince and princess . A floral bath, then a perfumed bath.the best breakfast, in bed, wow so much to eat in all silver plated utensils. The dining table to seat 101 people at a time, with a dance floor next to it.the food was excellent, with a kawali in the evening.what more, a ride in the jaguar car through the charminar.had a shower of flowers on leaving, to be greater at the airport by the hotel people to do the checking formalities. ....just waiting for my next trip

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Planning a visit to the Taj Falaknuma Palace for lunch means take time, travel at ease and plan your day. There are two restaurants inside the palace and advance booking is necessary. My choice is the Italian joint-Celeste. The food, service, interiors are all very intricate, detailed and such a lovely experience. Travel by a cart to the main entrance and one can see the splendour of the city from a height. One can choose from the expensive wine list, cigars and food list but it is just the overall experience which makes the ordinary extra ordinary. One can make a small tour of the palace(limited to the ground floor for visitors) after lunch and reconnect with ancient culture and history of the Nawabs. Do give it a try as the experience forms a great memory.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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TajFalaknuma, General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Falaknuma Palace!

I would like to extend my gratitude for the wonderful review post your recent visit with us at our Palace. We were delighted to read that your visit was a memorable one, and the Palace was able to help you relive the bygone era. We are glad to read that overall your dining experience was a pleasant and enjoyable one. Thank you also for your warm feedback on our Palace and the services. I have shared your generous compliments with all our team members and I'm sure this would inspire them to aim for higher standards of excellence.


I’m also delighted to share exiting news with you Taj Falaknuma Palace recently has won the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Award 2013 for BEST LUXURY HOTEL CATEGORY in India also has been voted as the Asia’s Number 1 Hotel and Best of Best’ Top 5 hotels across the World in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards – 2012, and as a runner’s up Best Overseas Holiday Hotel in Asia, and as among the Top 40 hotels in the World in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards – 2012

We would like to once again thank you for your wonderful review and look forward to welcoming you back to the Taj Falaknuma Palace for another memorable holiday

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Girish Sehgal
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Banjul, Gambia
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Full marks to the Tatas Taj group for restoring this beautiful palace. Though, in todays world, one would be quite critical of the opulence and lifestyle of the Nizam, this magnificent piece of architecture and workmanship certainly amazed me and my hosts. We had been booked for a dinner at the Indian Restaurant. The experience is amazing.
The food at Adaa, was extremely delicious.
The service a little overbearing to my liking though.
While Id love to stay here, the few thoughts that went through my head were:-
It was a little lonely, and Id advise travelling in a group.
Experience dining out on the far terrace with a breathtaking view of the city. But request them to take care of the mosquitoes before they take care of you.
Photograpy inside was not permitted and that was a pity . Requested that flashless photography be permitted, but they did say it wasnt allowed.
A must for anyone wanting to have a peek into the life style of the Nizams.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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TajFalaknuma, General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Falaknuma Palace!

I would like to extend my gratitude for the wonderful review post your recent visit with us at our Palace. We were delighted to read that your visit was a memorable one, and the Palace was able to help you relive the bygone era. We are glad to read that overall your dining experience was a pleasant and enjoyable one. Thank you also for your warm feedback on our Palace and the services. I have shared your generous compliments with all our team members and I'm sure this would inspire them to aim for higher standards of excellence.

We also thank you for your suggestions with regards to the mosquitoes control, however please be assured that our pest management services has taken up spraying and cutting of grass around the Palace and this has been brought in control.

Let us share with you some more interesting information about the Palace.

The restoration has almost took ten years, and the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has infused new life into the Falaknuma Palace, which is ready to resume its status as Hyderabad’s most exclusive address to offer its guests a glimpse of the regal lifestyle of the Nizams who governed the legendary city of Hyderabad. After 10 years of extensive restoration, and preserving the priceless art and artifacts, Taj Falaknuma Palace now welcomes guests – completely restored, renewed and reinstated to its former glory.


I’m also delighted to share exiting news with you Taj Falaknuma Palace recently has won the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Award 2013 for BEST LUXURY HOTEL CATEGORY in India also has been voted as the Asia’s Number 1 Hotel and Best of Best’ Top 5 hotels across the World in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards – 2012, and as a runner’s up Best Overseas Holiday Hotel in Asia, and as among the Top 40 hotels in the World in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards – 2012

We would like to once again thank you for your wonderful review and look forward to welcoming you back to the Taj Falaknuma Palace for another memorable holiday

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I feel that writing a review on this property would be less. Absolutely outstanding and royal. Once you reach the entrance, you have to get down from the car and then you take a horse ride to reach to the hotel reception. They greet with you with some refreshing drinks and start climbing the stairs. Once you are on the stairs, rose petals are showered from the top. Then the check in formalities and you get into the comfort of the rool which is absolutely royal. Palace tour in the eveing is quite interesting. The view from the restaurant area is amazing. You can see the whole of Hyderabad. The food at the restaurant is amazing. The hotel charges may be expensive but its worth the treatment. One should experience it in a lifetime.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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TajFalaknuma, General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Falaknuma Palace!

I would like to extend my gratitude for the wonderful and detailed review post your recent stay with us at our Palace. We were delighted to read that your stay with us was a pleasant and memorable one, and the Palace was able to help you relive the bygone era. Thank you also for your warm feedback on our Palace and the services. I have shared your generous compliments with all our team members and I'm sure this would inspire them to aim for higher standards of excellence.

I’m also delighted to share exiting news with you Taj Falaknuma Palace recently has won the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Award 2013 for BEST LUXURY HOTEL CATEGORY in India also has been voted as the Asia’s Number 1 Hotel and Best of Best’ Top 5 hotels across the World in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards – 2012, and as a runner’s up Best Overseas Holiday Hotel in Asia, and as among the Top 40 hotels in the World in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Travel Awards – 2012

We would like to once again thank you for your wonderful review and look forward to welcoming you back to the Taj Falaknuma Palace for another memorable holiday

If I can be of any assistance in the meanwhile please do let me know.

Warm regards,
Girish Sehgal
General Manager
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Property: Taj Falaknuma Palace
Address: Engine Bowli, Hyderabad 500053, India
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Location: India > Telangana > Hyderabad District > Hyderabad
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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 Wheelchair access
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad
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Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Falaknuma Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 60
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