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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
A high end hotel by the lake with amazingly well appointed rooms, superb service, a great gym (with complimentary personal trainer - who really knows what he is doing) and enjoyable evening entertainment.
You have to be somewhat well heeled to afford this place and the only thing I did not enjoy was the aloofness of the rich and not to famous who come here. There was no warmth or a willingness to mingle. I also witnessed two instances of rude, garishly dresses Punjabi women shouting at the hotel staff and treating them like dirt for no apparent reason......Just proves that having money does not equate with grace, intelligence or class.
Food could be a tad bit better - it did not have the wow factor. But I am nitpicking
While I visit Udaipur every year, I stayed for the first time in Leela Palace this year. Leela palace not only surprised us with its suit but also the quality of hospitality. Had requested for Jain food and throughout our stay we were served pure jain food with great precautions. If you are staying in one of the top 5 stars in Udaipur, you will experience very charming evenings and mornings with soothing music so Leela is no exception to maintain that tradition. For my wife and me, the most important thing was the hospitality of the staff. We were simply pampered. Must thank my friend Butler Sunil Vaishnav (yes I made a new friend) and Executive Asst Manager Prateek Swarup for making our experience memorable. You guys rock! Will see you sometime soon!
I have travelled world over but no where was I so touched by the personalised care that this team provides...each element of our stay on my birthday weekend was planned impeccably by Ramiz and other team members including Samesh and Suryamal. The food is delicious specially at Sheesh Mahal. Each dish was so flavorful, table done so beautifully and the server taking care of our taste choices.
The room was spacious, airy and tastefully done. We didn't have to remind them ever if we requested for something..the pictures on the website do not do a justice to the serene and gorgeous place on the lake Pichola. The boat ride at dusk was amazing and so was the yoga session in the Guava garden. I would love to go back anyday to enjoy the relaxed, personalized luxury