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
This hotel evokes so many emotions and touches your senses at every point. Yes, it’s location helps and the fact that you can only access it by using the hotels water taxis, giving you the feeling that you are a special guest.
Ok, it’s a wee bit tired but that doesn’t detract from the exceptional levels of service. The food isn’t Michelin star but it’s still very good. The views at any time of the day or night are breathtaking.
It’s a must stay location.
We had a wonderful experience at the property, right from the showering of rose petals to the welcome drink to the gorgeous rooms and the efficient staff. The jetty ride to the hotel was a unique experience in itself, as the hotel is situated in the middle of the lake and has a 360 degree view of mountains, palaces and the city of Udaipur. The nights were especially very enjoyable as the city lit up. Absolutely amazing food, views and hospitality.
From the imperial Raj greeter to the cascading rose petals to the welcome beverage, guests are treated like visiting royalty. Classic palace architecture, all rooms with a view of the lake. Superb breakfast!
Absolutely amazing hospitality combined with the Luxurious experience !! Awesome location in the middle of the lake !
Excellent, efficient & courteous staff & Delicious food !!!
The tour of the Palace Hotel by their guide was really informative & interesting - followed by the boat ride to the then Maharaja’s Holiday Resort Palace.
Exceptional hospitality and wonderful experience with the property and the entire team there, it was extremely wonderful and enjoyable, had a great time with family and friends, a must visit to experience