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WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Kota
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Hotel filled with History and romance of past!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This hotel is located within the city and is In fact best hotel to stay in Kota. A more than 100 year old palace converted into a Hotel! As this is a "Heritage" property, care has been taken to blend modern with the old without affecting the heritage. The lobby has nice high pillars and ceilings are nicely painted with bright traditional colors. The rooms are big with high ceilings! Bathrooms are actually the size of what you get in a standard room in any modern Hotel! The furniture is old and looks tacky- but on closer look you will be surprised that some of the cupboards etc are as old as 60-70 years! Some of you who love state of the art -modern rooms and furniture will be disappointed- but I loved it.
Bathrooms are modern with top of the line toiletries- I carried few with me with due permission of the hotel staff.
There is inner courtyard and I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few Peacocks there! Imagine you share your morning walk amidst nature and beautiful birds. The entire hotel is filled with paintings/pictures and historical memorabilia. The entire experience gives you a flavor of how India royalty used to indulge itself- and you get to stay in real palace!
Food: I found the buffet fast fast quite basic and would have preferred to have a better spread.
Otherwise the food is OK.
A must visit- you will love it.
For families with Children- you can show them lot of greenery and there is a lot of space around for them to play.
Thanks for reading this review and hope it helps you!

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor have a better view!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

What an experience, the Raj family who live in one area of the palace and the guests who live in the other. Rooms are filled with history and romance of days past. Heavy wooden mirrior frames, artistic wooden period furniture....you travel through the columns and pillars to a different time.......................We loved it. Wonderfull service, the restaurant states it serves Indian and international foods, but it is mainly Indian......

Room Tip: Any of them; although I think the ones on the second floor are difficult to get to. We were on groun...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Spent a very interesting 2 nights here on recent trip to India. Hotel is palace of former local king still inhabited by descendants with half converted to hotel. Not for someone who desires modern fell, but my room was clean and very spacious. I had a double bed in a large room complete with decorative arched pillars, a comfortable separate sitting area and large bathroom. Be sure to wander the public rooms--the billiard room is not to be missed. Wander up to the rooftop for good photo op with the resident monkeys. Grounds are pleasant for a stroll. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel were quite pleasant. I would stay here for sure on a return to Kota.

Room Tip: #114 was very nice.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

A delightful hotel indeed a real Royal Palace. The staff are brilliant with high levels of service, it doesn't take them long to know you, your name and your preferences in the bar or restaurants.
Certainly not your modern box, each room is very different. The wonderful multi-quadrant layout was designed by a British Royal Engineer in the early 1900's.
Not my first visit ... I keep returning!
Doesn't have pool or spa

Room Tip: Ground floor in the hot season
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

It was my First Business trip to Kota. There is no luxury hotels in Kota. The best choice for me was Umed Bhawan.
A Welcome Heritage hotel by ITC. Place converted to hotel. Not a Luxuty Hotel- The heritage hotel.Surrended by Nature ( Looks like forest) . You can enjoy Peacock dancing around and monkey playing around. Don't expect any Luxury or Great Service. A nice place to stay and enjoy the indian heritage. The Palace is very nice and not maintained well. Stayed in Royal Suite, Huge Room, at time you feel lonley.

Room Tip: Chhose in First Floor. Good View of nature with Peacock flying around
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

As the tourism season is winding down I suppose it wasn't surprising that there were few guests at the hotel, but it looked like we were the only ones rattling around in this large palace, now a heritage hotel. What made our stay stand out was the pleasant and helpful staff. Couldn't have been nicer to us. The hotel itself needs a lot of money spent to take it into the next category but having said that everything was clean and attended to. Only issue was the noise in the middle of the night (late arriving guests perhaps?) - considering the hotel was so empty it seemed strange that this would be a problem,

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Had a chance visit to Kota, the industrial capital of Rajasthan. The city otherwise gets not much attention as a tourist destination, even though it has a few attractions.

Because of this reason it does not have 5 star properties. The only good place to stay in the entire city and around worth a mention is the Uday Bhawan Palace, a 32 room heritage property converted from a real palace into a hotel and restaurant.

The palace is picturesque with long corridors, beautiful arches, period artifacts on display, well maintained greens. In toto, the place is awesome. The approach road through more than half a kilometer of jungle with monkeys and baboons makes it a little adventurous. Though it does need a little maintenance.

The property is huge as compared to the number of rooms available. The rooms are also huge and very spacious, more than double the size of a good 5 star hotel room. The property is well maintained inside.

What prompted me to check-in to this was the facilities extended by ITC. The other hotels, I heard, have problems with round-the-clock hot water, which I did not have it Uday Bhawan. Also stand-by power does not let you be in dark or cold for even a minute.

The food is good, the breakfast sumptuous. They even provide the package breakfast in room, which most hotels insist and provide as a buffet. To keep us happy they even provided dishes desired by us, not otherwise a part of their menu.

If one is looking for a grand stay in prices comparable with other available heritage or top class properties one must opt for Umed Bhawan.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace
Address: Station Road | Opp Nehru Garden, Kota 324 001, India
Location: India > Rajasthan > Kota District > Kota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Kota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maharaja Umed Singh II, ruling king of Kota in the early 1900s, who resided in the medieval fort within the city of Kota, decided that he wanted a modern palace for his personal use. He commissioned Sir Swinton Jacob, an officer of the Royal Engineers in the British Army to undertake the conception and implementation of this Palace Umed Bhawan. The Palace subtly blends Rajput and Victorian architecture. WelcomHeritage Umed Bhawan Palace, Kota exudes an aura of its own, Lush lawns and courtyards, picturesque ceilings, marble corridors, hunting trophies of yesteryear, along with exquisite royal heirlooms are the special features of the palace. ... more   less 
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