The Leela Palace Udaipur
What We Love
- It’s home to the India’s only tented luxury spa
- The daily morning puja, or prayer ritual, which unfolds inside the property’s own Shiva temple
- An aromatic welcome: upon arrival, guests are showered with rose petals
- Indian-accented French cuisine at The Dining Room, the hotel’s main restaurant
What To Know
- Cars can’t access the property entrance, though the hotel can arrange for a buggy or rickshaw transfer from the drop-off point
- Visit during the Indian winter months (November to February) to avoid the intense desert heat
- For an expansive wrap-around balcony, book Suite 114 in the property’s Heritage Wing
- There’s a kids’ buffet and play area offered during Sunday brunch
- Parking On Site
James Bond fanatics may do a double take as they’re ferried across India’s Lake Pichola to this enthralling palace (the body of water played a starring role in the 1983 classic, Octopussy). Chances are, you’ll remain just as awe-struck for a majority of your stay at Leela Palace Udaipur, thanks to the exceedingly royal furnishings that evoke a bygone era of grandeur including silver thrones, crystal chandeliers, and copious amounts of black and white marble that cover its lavish interiors. Guest rooms are just as majestic, thanks to locally made gilded furniture, a special pillow menu, and round-the-clock butler service—not to mention those spectacular lake views. The escapist, otherworldly atmosphere is further fueled by the onsite spa, whose nine air-conditioned tents wreath the hotel pool and where the comprehensive menu includes Ayurvedic treatments and hot stone massages. Over-the-top hospitality also reveals itself in the form of bespoke experiences, like a session with the resident palace astrologer, a children’s puppet show (the concierge can arrange upon request), or, the most popular—a traditional Mewari dinner, complete with house-made pistachio ice-cream in a patio overlooking the property’s guava garden.
In the Area
You’re in India’s most romantic city, rich with ancient marble havelis, or mansions, kaleidoscopic marketplaces, and a tangle of crooked, medieval lanes. A number of carefully preserved 15th-century Hindu and Jain temples (which the hotel can arrange chauffer-driven trips to) and wildlife sanctuaries are also nearby. If you’d rather stay in Udaipur itself, the not-to-miss list includes an atmospheric sound and light show at the City Palace, and Sajjangarh, a crumbling but impressive hilltop castle that was once a monsoon getaway and hunting lodge for a 19th-century Maharaja.
How to Get There
This is by far the best hotel on our tour of Rajasthan. Fast and reliable wifi.
The service at the restaurant and hotel is the best we have experienced in Rajasthan. It has more female waiters and receptionists. Very friendly and courteous. Best trained staff we have ever seen in India.
Good to employ ladies; it empowers them!
Keep up the great work and service. The other hotels should send their workers here for training!
Would have given this hotel 6 stars if it was available!!!
From the moment we arrived and travelled across the lake we were treated like royalty. Nobody could do enough for you. Our room had a stunning view across the lake and we enjoyed sitting watching the sun come up across the lake. Our butler Ram was extremely helpful and very attentive.
We had dinner on the first night in the dining room. The food was great but we seemed to be the only guests in there as lots of guests were attending an Indian wedding in a nearby hotel. The second night we ate at the Sheesh Mahal which is the open air restaurant by the lake. This was truly special. I thought the restaurant prices would be crazy and they are expensive for India but not compared to a meal out in the UK -about £60 for two of us having one course, a gin and tonic each and one beer.
I would definitely recommend the hotel for a luxurious experience in a beautiful city.
Once we stepped onto the boat to carry us to The Leela, the fairytale began. The arrival ceremony was magical. Staff could not have been more professional or helpful in providing for our every whim. The food was delicious with a huge range of options for breakfast and an equally wonderful evening dining experience. We were upgraded from a lakeside view room to a lakeside with balcony room, with beautiful furnishings and decor. The lounge was sumptuously furnished and the grounds were beautifully laid out and manicured. A delightful stay.
Beautiful Hotel. Courteous staff and great hospitality. Wonderful location and grounds. Meals were superb and the chefs were both accommodating. Would recommend to family and friends. Good Value for your hard earned money
7 star rating is what I give to summarise our experience at Leela Udaipur ! We have stayed their before as well as a couple and the experience was equally awesome
They made such a yummy cake for my father just the way he liked like it and felt it was home cooked with love and care ! Treated him like a king ! The staff is very attentive and takes details very seriously! Highly recommend for a good guaranteed time ! Thanks you Sagar of Ensuring everything to be perfect