Taj Lake Palace
What We Love
- Sweeping vistas of Lake Pichola’s glittering blue waters
- Four restaurants — the sweet nonalcoholic juices and mocktails are particularly addictive
- Service that's attentive but not officious
- The hotel has done a wonderful job of modernizing but not overrenovating; you’ll never forget you’re staying in an 18th-century palace
What To Know
- The property is reached via speedboat
- There’s something touchingly Old World about the hotel, which means that dressing up, while not required, feels somehow necessary (you are in a palace, after all)
- Probably best to leave the kids at home: the Lake Palace is very much an adult playground
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, romance is in the very bricks and mortar. Completed in 1746 as a hideaway for Prince Jagat Singh II and converted into a hotel in 1971, it’s one of those rare hotels that’s as much fun to get to as it is to stay in. A short boat trip whisks guests from the banks of Lake Pichola to the Palace’s lobby. The prince used marble the way some of us use plywood, and no matter the time of day, the structure seems to glitter from within, casting its sparkle across the lake’s deep blue water. It’s easy to feel transported back to a nobler, more glamorous era in any of the 83 guest rooms, which feature gorgeously patterned silks, four-poster beds, and butler service—not to mention every window gives a view onto the waters below. There’s not a terrific number of distractions at the Lake Palace, but that’s the charm. Scattered around the grounds are dozens of little nooks with plush cushions for whiling away a couple of afternoons reading, dozing, and simply enjoying the scenery. The pool and excellent spa are also diversions, as are the magical views at the hotel’s four restaurants. The authentic Indian cuisine at the fancy, hushed Neel Kamal is particularly good, though you might also become addicted to the brightly colored sherbets at Jharhoka.
In the Area
The area around City Palace makes for good browsing, as do the stalls and shops of Bapu Bazaar (clothing), Bada Bazaar (jewelry) and Chetak Circle (crafts); have the concierge draw you a map. Or, take a tour of the lovely City Palace Museum. It was originally built by King Udai Singh II in the 16th century, back when the city was the seat of the great Mewar Kingdom, and remained inhabited by his descendants until 1959. Check out the Manak Mahal Room on the second floor, which is pattered with colored glass, like a huge disco ball. Rajasthan is famous for its silks and shawls. For some of the best combed cashmere, head to Andraab, a boutique run by two Kashmiri brothers. The prices are high, but so is the quality (and there’s no hands-off policy here; you can try on anything). Some of the most interesting and evocative experiences in India can be had at local produce markets. Take a taxi over to Udaipur’s, where you’ll see vendors in front of mountains of green beans, peppers, eggplants, as well as stacks of bangles that can be had for just a dollar or so. You’ll also get to check out the local fauna: hardworking elephants and camels.
How to Get There
Lovely warm welcome when we arrived and very special taking a boat to the hotel. We were “ upgrade” at a cost to a lake view room and at 3am in the morning were still awake with the banging noise of some loose wood. It was a real shame as it meant we had a terrible nights sleep. The night boat trip was also a disappointment as it had been sold to us as a sunset tour. Unfortunately the guide wasn’t particularly effusive and the island we went to was pretty uninspiring- £20 for 45 minutes is not good value. The restaurant food was amazing and all the staff went above and beyond. Afternoon tea at the bar was a real treat for my two boys.
On a midweek rainy day in the early morning, we decided to spend a night at "THE TAJ". It was 3 hours away from my hometown in India. I read many reviews about this property and decided to spend 1-night stay with my siblings. We booked 3 rooms with my AMX Biz Platinum card and was expecting an upgrade to the royal suite but I didn't get that lucky. As expected, we were treated like royal upon arrival. For my NRI friends, please note that you must take your foreign passport with you, or else get ready for some real trouble( same day PM Modi was in town, so management was very keen on obtaining documents) . After spending almost 40 min at the front desk, we finally checked in to hotel, after providing a copy of our passport and visa ( and we were 10 of us...:(
Evening cruise was memorable ( must do ). I truly wanted to hear Rajastani welcome song, and folk singer totally forgot. I was very disappoited and I couldn't resist listening to "kesariya Balam" song, So I end up making a request and it was fulfilled. the only reason why i give 4* because folk singers werent out standing. Everything else at property is outstanding..location, food ( i like spicy food and my dish was not, i only mention to my wife that its not really hott and manger got me same dish with no time on my table..now thats what i call OUTSTABDING service. wass it worth spending $600 a night stay..answer is i dont know..but we really had good time. My 2 cents to management, Please hire professional folk singers as Taj represent only best.
It was truly an unbelievable experience at the Taj Palace! My father and I felt like royalty! The stunning views, the friendly staff, the top-notch service, the ethnic performances, the floral scent all around the palace, it was beyond 5 stars! It was worth it and I will definitely be back.
A perfect getaway with family if you want to enjoy the pampering in one of the most beautiful locations for a hotel. The incredible location is well matched world class service and courtesy. Attention to detail is note worthy!
You are staying in a real maharaja palace on a lake, need one say more! It is breath taking. The breakfast by the fountain with live flute music is an experience not to be missed. Promod, Sunanda, and Himanchu spoilt us. The food was devine! One of my 3 best breakfast experiences, the other 2 are Ritz Half-moon Bay in San Francisco, and Shangri La in Singapore (the Maldives gets honorable mention).