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
I stay in many hotels every year and this is one of the best. The room was well designed with a fabulous dressing room. The views of the lake are wonderful. The service was excellent from all staff. If you go to Udaipur stay here.
Rooms were clean and tidy. Room was lake facing. Huge room. Four compartments in the room. Bath Tub,Wash room,Bath,and closet. Arrangement for room was excellent .
Service was exceptionally good. The staff was very well trained well updated and even the check-in was a breeze.
I went to attend a marriage for cousin’s son. The decoration was splendid and very well done. Superb arrangements of food as well.
Food was excellent.Superlative breakfast.
It was an amazing experience and a wonderful stay right from the entry to exit!! What an entrance and great property with mesmerizing view of the lake Pichola! We stayed at the property this November for a wedding and had a memorable experience there. The food, the hospitality was very nice. The staff is very courteous and trustworthy and always ready to help. They make you feel so much at home the we attended the wedding stressfree. The rooms were spacious and had the right blend of Indian splendour with the western amenities. We definitely feel like the ROYALS of Rajasthan!!
Had to Leela Palace Udaipur in November. The Leela Palace was just amazing. The rooms were luxurious and huge. Loved the attention to detail e.g. water bottle near the bed – both sides. The inner courtyard had such a great ambience and the lawns against the backdrop of the setting sun were just too good.
The boat ride from the Jetty to the Leela on arrival and from Leela to Jetty on the way back is simply mesmerizing.
Woke up early one day, in the cool winter morning, to walk around the Palace gardens adjoining the lake. It was a beautiful atmosphere with the Coots in the lake and Lapwings around and with a cup of morning tea – served at the edge of palace gardens where there was a sit out built into the wall adjoining the lake. It was great to be both in the lap of nature and luxury at the same time!!!
All the staff was very courteous, taking extremely good care of us.
A big thanks to the management team and staff of Leela for making our stay memorable.
Superb hotel will excellent service and location.
Right from the boat ride to the hotel and the welcome was amazing
it was an experience one must
Thank you to Leela Udaipur staff.
will come back for sure