I undertook the journey to Udaipur and Sreenath Ji with my family including my old parents and in-laws during the first weekend of January 2012. I chose The Tiger as it had a rating of 11 among all the hotels in Udaipur rated on tripadvisor. The Hotel is located in a cramped locality of the old city at the end of a difficult to find narrow alley, with no space for parking. While cramped, the locality is great for walking the streets, shopping and feeling the pulse of the old city. It is right next to the famous Pichhola lake. There are good cafes and bakeries aound, (one owned by the hotel is just opposite) souvenir shops, Jagdish Temple is 100m away. The place has that buzz of a thriving tourist location.
We booked three rooms for two days. We were told that only "standard rooms" without ac were available. While I had other options I decided that even a lower category room in a highly rated hotel would be better option than otherwise. And who needs ac in winters. It turned out to be a mixed decision. The rooms were really tiny, the smallest that I have ever stayed in, around 10 X 11. While they were probably the cheapest in the hotel, yet for Rs. 2000 per day I was expecting a little more. Though the hotel itself is well maintained. The rooms and the toilet were neat, the sheets and covers were crisp and clean. The staff is very polite and generally helpful. Within the constraints of space and location it tries hard to be liked.The neatness is maintained to the standards of European tourists, who seem to be the primary customer group of this hotel. And there in lies one of the major grouses we had with the hotel. There is a sneaking feeling that as an Indian you are slightly less welcome than the European tourist. While the staff is really polite, they seem politer with the Europeans. The food is too oriented to western tastebuds. Even the Indian dishes. The primary objective in preparation of the food seems to be that it should be inoffensive to sensitive european palates. The continental food (we tried pasta) was also too flat and bland with dominating flavor of white sauce. We all grew tired of the food in one day. But the view from the dining room and the terrace is everything that has been said in other reviews. Just breathtakingly beautiful. It almost makes up for most of the shortcomings.
We had another more serious complaint. Despite having told the staff that we would be leaving for Sreenath Ji at 5 AM, the water in the taps in the morning was barely luke warm. The staff seemed helpless though it seemed they were trying to help. Also there was no hot water mixer in the basins in our rooms. To shave or wash our face we needed to collect hot water in a glass from the 4' high main tap. I have paid lesser for better facilities. If you have to use cold water to shave and luke warm water to bathe at 5 AM on a January morning it tends to colour your opinion about the place.
But again most other rooms have hot water mixers in the basins and are also decently sized. ( I checked out a neighbouring room). So if you are a european tourist in one of the better rooms, I guess you would have very little to complain. But it would be best to check other options as well if only standard rooms are available. While the tenor of this review may seem negative I would like to stress that the heart of the hotel is in right place. I may like to visit the place again someother time if a better room is available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tiger Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Udaipur's main attractions - City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Gangaur Ghat and the lively Bazaars are only a stone's ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Tiger Hotel Udaipur
- Tiger Hotel Udaipur