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Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Ranked #2 of 161 Hotels in Udaipur
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Incredible and unique”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Unbelievable floating heaven in the middle of a beautiful lake with incredible views of the historic sites located on the banks. Service is sublime, breakfast sumptuous, the rooms though small are very comfortable, and the experience is in two words incredibly unique.

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Florence, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2013

This hotel is like a perfect jewel floating on a lake! This was our anniversary trip to showcase my country to my Italian husband. By the time we got to this palace my husband was having the time of his life!

Upon arrival at the airport, hotel security staff took our luggage and it was delivered to our room after scanning. We hired rental cars with drivers throughout our trip via Makemytrip.com that went off without a hitch in all 11 cities visited. We were greeted at the boat stop by hotel staff and then a short boat ride to the floating lake palace. Once again we were greeted under a royal umbrella and a shower of rose petals, a welcome tikka on our forehead and glasses of pineapple juice. The scent of jasmines pervaded the air, it was all very delightful!

We were shown to the Jal Tarang suite 121. This is the same suite featured in their publicity brochure. The view of the Jag Niwas island from the jacuzzi inside the suite is spectacular. Jag Niwas is the wedding venue of choice of India's super rich. The suite itself was dazzling in it's decor and amazing lake views but the bathroom was just out of this world, with one way glass and amenities by Forest Essentials, India's leading ayurvedic/organic beauty line. We also had our own private verandah to chill out over the lapping water.

Inside the suite in a little niche room awaited a huge chocolate anniversary cake and a dozen red roses. Rahul, our personal butler was so sweet and kind, everything I requested was there for me.

The Lily pond just outside our room was just so spectacular (see pic) we loved every minute of our stay here. The warmth of the staff and the hospitality at any of the Taj hotels is probably the best in the world and the Lake Palace has elevated it to an art form. As a professional travel agent I have stayed in most of the best hotels in the world and I was a very proud Indian, when my Italian husband declared that even the Danieli in Venice could not compare!

Breakfast at the delightful Jharokha on the serene lake was so relaxing and of course I ordered my usual Indian omlette and Indian coffee, two of my most missed tasty delights in California! In fact we had lunch here too, with old friends, the prince of Shivrati and his lovely wife, however chef was kind enough to let us chose the menu from the Neel Kamal restaurant with it's authentic Mewar cuisine. Later we had an amazing European dinner at the open rooftop restaurant Bhairo. We were lucky to do so as it was the last night of service before closing of the season. The four course prix fixe menu at Rs4500pp left nothing to be desired. My foie gras deserves a special mention, it was delicious!

Prior to dinner at 7pm, we had drinks and appetizers in the courtyard where gypsies danced and entertained us for 45 mins. When you watch them sing and dance you will know where flamenco dancing and the music of Gypsy Kings originates!

While in Udaipur we took a museum tour of the City Palace at Rs75pp. The hotel provided us with security personnel to walk up hill to the palace for about 10mins. Most of the palace is still used by the royal family so only certain parts are accessible. The Crystal Gallery is rather expensive at Rs500pp but it is certainly a spectacular collection. After viewing we walked to from the exit to the marble Jagdish Temple, however I would not recommend this walk to anyone, it was not clean or pleasant at all. Later we took a private boat ride at Rs450pp but a shared ride can be had at Rs250pp. We also drove around and saw all the lakes in the area which was rather pleasing in the desert.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

This hotel went above and beyond any of my expectations, the experience was absolutely incredible. From the moment you stepped onto the boat to be taken over to the hotel you felt as though you were some form of Indian royalty, you are then greater by the most incredibly happy, helpful staff imaginable. The rooms are old traditional palace decor, nothing is over done but everything is perfect, there is nothing that could ever be changed to make this place any more beautiful, classy or divine. The sunset over the water each night from the room was spectacular. The rooftop restaurant had some of the best food I have ever had the pleasure to eat, everything was amazing, from the mushroom soup to the dessert that almost looked too good to eat. There is not a bad word I can say about this wonderful establishment. Take the time to go there, it is an amazing hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

I always look forward to my visit to the Lake Palace Hotel every time I am in Udaipur. It's Taj service at its best. The hotel is unique and the staff goes out of its way to provide the best service one can expect.

  • Stayed December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

I've been to some great hotels in my time. Hotel unique in Sao Paulo, Claridges London, waldorf astoria nyc. This place trumps them all. Militant service with real humanity. A location that is indescribably beautiful and an experience I'll never forget.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is without doubt the best hotel we have ever stayed in. Everything about the place - its setting, facilities and (above all) the attitude and demeanour of its staff - was superb. We stayed for two days, arriving rather run down with bad colds. The staff looked after us very well, even recommending ginger tea and advising on what we ought and ought not to eat. We couldn't praise this hotel too highly, and were satisfied with it on every level in every way - not our usual reaction to hotels. While we initially found the staff's attitude excessively deferential, we found that they were happy to chat and we learned that they were not nearly as servile as we initially thought. The dinner on the roof-top restaurant is superb, with a wonderfully romantic setting looking out on the City Palace (in the full moon). The only thing to tarnish our 100% positive review is that in the evening a huge flock of starlings or sparrows infest the tree in the beautiful courtyard, making a racket that just about drowns out the nightly folk dancing display. But part from that, this was a most delightful stay - thank you!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

excellent location!!!
Middle of lake
feel like king
suites are the best
services are best staff are very friendly
best hotel in udaipur
citycentre all places are just outside hotel
ferry ride is superb.......................

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Address: Udaipur 313001, India
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Location: India > Rajasthan > Udaipur District > Udaipur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Udaipur
#1 Family Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Spa Hotel in Udaipur
#2 Luxury Hotel in Udaipur
#7 Business Hotel in Udaipur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Lake Palace Udaipur 5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ethereal Taj Lake Palace affords guests the pleasures of India's bygone princely era. Over the centuries, it has played host to royalty, poets and writers and the Maharana's guests. Trappings like a welcoming vintage car ride to the charming city of Udaipur, the Jiva Spa boat, royal butlers, recipes from traditional Mewari cuisine and arrival by boat - all little facets that make this former pleasure palace the celebrated luxury hotel it is today. ... more   less 
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