Taj Falaknuma Palace
What We Love
- Old World grandeur from a mix of styles: European, Rajasthani and Mughal
- The complex has a unique scorpion-shaped design, built on 32 lush acres
- A royal welcome: Rose petals and ginger-coriander lemonade are part of your entrance
- Panoramic views from marble terraces at the Gol Bungalow (where breakfast is served) and from the tiled Jade Terrace
- Modern amenities, like 24-hour room and laundry service, plus a pillow and bath menu
What To Know
- Hyderabad is a tech-friendly city (Microsoft, Google and Dell all have offices here), so expect business travelers
- The airport is a 20-minute drive; private transfers are about $57; taxis are $29
- October through March is the best time to visit this area; monsoon season is June through September
- Hyderabad is a Muslim-majority city, so women should be prepared to dress conservatively
- Note that rooms vary a great deal in size
- Free WiFi for up to three devices
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With a stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad (Falaknuma), you’ll be close to Nehru Zoological Park and Charminar. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Chowmahalla Palace and Sudha Cars Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 60 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and DVD players. 42-inch LCD televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a 24-hour health club and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel’s 4 restaurants. While enjoying a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Guests may use a shuttle from the airport to the hotel for a surcharge, and free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
This place is amazing. When you arrive you are transported in a white horse-drawn carriage from the gate to the entrance across the beautifully groomed grounds. Its sound naff but it takes you back to a different era. You are then drenched in scented rose petals before arriving in the most beautiful reception area: fabulous trompe l œil on the walls and ceiling, white marble fountain and exquisite parquet flooring. This is another world. The rooms are lovely, beds and pillows very high end. The service is beyond exemplary. Really.
The swimming pool is large and well maintained. Cocktails taken in the « museum » part of the hotel were delicious and crafted especially for us. We had dinner on the terrace overlooking the city - Indian food at its best. The only let down was breakfast. Overcooked fried eggs and undercooked soft boiled eggs.
A small point. You will never have stayed anywhere like this and you will remember it and the charm of the staff always.
The whole experience was absolutely worth it. The food and the people plus the view made the trip a memorable one. Was a family vacation and everyone enjoyed it . The palace tour was the best...so much history in this place
Having travelled extensively and experienced luxury across the world... our recent visit to the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad which is managed by Taj Hotels (unfortunately only for Lunch) was definitely right up there amongst one of our more memorable meals. It is rare to sit in a restaurant and find perfection - But the hotel and the staff managed to turn our visit into something really special. From the time we got out of our car at the main gate and were whisked up in the Royal Buggy to the main hotel entrance. Rose petals are showered on you from above as you enter the Palace Lobby. We were fortunate enough to run into Mr Parvinder Bual, General Manager of the hotel who has recently taken over charge there from his earlier stint at the Taj Madakeri property in Kerala. This was followed by a detailed and hugely interesting walk around of the spectacular public areas of the Palace with Mr Faiz Khan who was earlier heading the erstwhile Nizam's body guard. He is a keen historian full of anecdotes of the days gone by including the history on how the Palace was built and furnished and financed by the Nizam and family. The 1 hour walking tour allowed us to build our appetite for the lunch that followed at Adaa, the speciality restaurant at the hotel which showcases the Nizams cuisine. This is where the hotel really outdid itself and special mention and cudos to Chef Sajesh Nair for the food that came to our table. We could not fault anything at all.
We definitely look forward to going back again someday and this time to stay there as well and not just to have lunch
Do note you will need to call the hotel and book a table in advance for yourself if you decide to visit as you cannot just walk in
On a 600 meter high hill, in the city of Hyderabad is Taj Falaknuma Palace. Built in 1894, as the former palace of the Nizam. You overlook the city, also knows as the City of Pearls.
After arrival you will get in a horse-drawn carriage up to the palace where you enjoy outstanding service, hospitality and tranquility. You feel as a royal and if you want to escape from the hectic live that's a place to recommend.
Hyderabad has two faces, the old town with it's buzz and real Indian lifestyle and a contrast to see the new Hyderabad. You may want to see both, India on it's best to see extremes.
Also great thanks to the excellent service, the upgrade to a suite and a special thanks to Prakash. He is an excellent service associate, very friendly and very nice.
Staff accommodated us by allowing us to take victoria carriage up to the palace. Little ones felt like royalty arriving! The grounds are meticulously maintained and all the staff was wonderful even though we were only there for high tea. Everything we had during our tea service was wonderful. We toured the palace afterwards and was very interesting to see all the royal rooms and furniture. This was our second trip but first for kids and they loved every minute.