Taj Lake Palace Hotel

, Udaipur, India
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Taj Lake Palace Hotel

, Udaipur
5 star

Rooms: 83

P.O. Box No.5, Lake Pichola (Rajasthan) - Udaipur - 313 001 - India Hotel Website | | 0294 - 2528800
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A wasted opportunity

from N2traveller
The Lake Palace has one of the best locations right in the centre of Lake Picola, a lovely place surrounded by mountains and with the stunning City Palace on the shore. However, the two restaurants are inside as is the bar. The only place to sit out and see the view is a small area to the right of the jetty but even then the view is restricted and you have to lean out to look around the corner of the hotel to see the rest of the lake. Arriving there is like something out of a glamorous movie, a boat takes you across but once you're there you could be in any 5 star anonymous hotel in the world, you certainly wouldn't know that you were in India in one of the most fabulous locations it has to offer. Over the water is the Shiv Newas heritage hotel which felt much more authentically Indian with OTT opulant rooms. I'd stay there next time plus they have a terrace area to dine and look over the water. I certainly wouldn't go back to the Lake Palace. It has totally wasted its prime appeal and that's its location. We dumped our stuff and got straight out to somewhere where we could actually see where we were.
Go and have a coffee there if you must just to prove to yourself that you're not missing out but don't waste your money staying there. If all the mods cons are a huge priority then stay at the Oberoi hotel. If you don't mind somewhere funkier, then try the Shiv Newas.

awful rip-off

from mary1960
I wish I read Trip Advisor. At the urging of Udaipur locals I stayed here and it is without a doubt the biggest hotel rip-off in hotel history, even worse than New York City. I paid $400 for a tiny, cramped, poorly appointed room with two twin beds. Food is really bad and horribly overpriced, even by US standards - I won't stay at Taj Group hotels again. Staff is very nice, but I think get rid of the guy who holds the umbrella over you when you come off the boat and improve the food. I had a very small watery watermellon/banana smoothie and a cup of tea and it was $14. Frankly, this a a really bad hotel for the money and I should have checked Trip Advisor and sayed in the Oberoi.

Out of date, over priced

from jongar
Well stayed for one night, the place was once so much more than it is now, the rooms are pokey, the service lacklustre. In fact I belive hy only ready their own hype. Do go for drinks there, but no dinner, the food is best described as insepid and unimaginative. I heartily recomend the Oberoi or even better Udai Kothi

Stay at the Oberoi Rajvillas instead!

from Craigalexander
Wildly over-rated, and a disgrace to the Taj Group. Of the two restaurants, the only nice one (overlooking the lake) was closed on all three evenings. Service in the restaurant was shambolic; individual members of staff were very helpful, but nothing was co-ordinated or arrived on time. The food was a terrible disappointment except at breakfast. We resorted to going over to Shiv Nivas Palace where it was much better. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is a strong whiff of them doing you a favour, and when we left, we were more or less hassled at the front desk to leave a tip ontop of the already extorniate prices. Would never stay agin, notwithstanding the beautiful setting, and most other travellers recommended the Oberoi as being hugely superior.

closest place to heaven

from jaiselmer
I first stayed at the Lake Palace Hotel in December 2004 and loved it so much that I came back. And Came back. And kept coming back. I have now stayed there about 10 times this year. It is one of the most luxurious hotels I have ever stayed in: the rooms are beautiful, the gardens stunning and the staff cannot do enough for you. It is not cheap but worth every dollar. Go spoil yourself.

Lunch at the lake palace hotel

from leonies1
One of the lunch stops on the Palace on Wheels was the Lake Palace Hotel - it was stunning - surrounded by a beautiful lake (yes the monsoons finally came a few weeks before we arrived and before that the kids used it to play cricket in. Locals told us that children of 10yrs old had never seen it as a lake only a playground)
The lunch was a sumptious buffet of both India and English cuisine, the views stunning. We were allowed to roam all over the hotel and it had obviously been upgraded from when the other reviews had been written. They still have artisans working on the antique mirror work and other restorations. The sevice was great - we loved it.
L Norton

Lake Palace believes its own press

from acclaim
In the latest Taj Hotel magazine it states that the "Lake Palace has been retored to its former magnificence" I beg to differ. On one of the upstairs terraces there are uncovered electrical wires and you can sit on plastic chairs with tears in the seats. This hotel sells itself as all about service. I found the hotel staff smiling but smug. It was almost as if they were doing you a favour by allowing you to be there. Even though breakfast is by far and away the best food on offer in the hotel, the service was very patchy and slow. Laundry did not return at the right time, the mini bar was never replenished properly, glasses disappeared never to return and there are no tea or coffe making facilities in the rooms. You can of course order room service for your morning tea! Also the place is seriously overpriced and does not deliver some of the experiences you might reasonably expect from a hotel in this situation, charging these rates, unless you pay more. You might expect to be able to eat outside in the fresh air with a view of the lake. Both restaurants have sealed windows and the a la carte restaurant is internal, no lake views, so to have a view you have to suffer the buffet. You can for an extra US$100 per person eat in the Lily Pond garden. You can for an extra US$130 eat on a pontoon on the lake. There are no snacks served in the open air bar except for the free nuts.
You are able to take a boat trip for 450 rupees to the other island in the lake. This takes 45 minutes and is, in all essentials, identical to the trip you can take by local boat for 150 rupees.
Now to some circumstances relevant to our particular stay. We arrived to a film crew shooting at the hotel in the Lily Pond Garden and on the upstairs terrace. Next day the upstairs terrace was used for a VIP dinner and the following morning for a VIP breakfast. These activities rendered these areas almost out of bounds.
However the biggest disappointment was the closed pool, closed for renovations. We had chosen to stay at the hotel at the end of our trip and had decided on extra time to relax and swim. We were not notified of the pool closure prior to our visit. It seems to show a lack of foresight that one of the main facilities of the hotel should be closed in the height of the tourist season and during Diwali. There was an arrangement with the Shiv Niwas hotel to use their pool which is a boat ride and car trip away and is situated in the middle of that hotel's casual dining area. Hardly a viable alternative. Many guests were angry, the pool appeared complete and some guests did manage to be able to sit round the pool, enjoying the view for one day only. The hotel solved this problem of pesky guests by shifting the sunbeds and chairs during the night. We saw them being moved, when we returned from dinner in the town at 11pm. There was no compensation offered for this lack of a major facility, perhaps a free boat ride might have been in order?
We paid more for drinks, especially wine and beer than at the Rambagh Palace. A word of caution, there is a hefty cover charge for non hotel guests for lunch.
The hotel is splendid architecturally and is romantic. The lake is full and likely to remain so for some considerable time. I am sure people will still want to stay at the Lake Palace, but don't expect the hotel to live up to the hype. Have your meals elsewhere, and go in the knowledge that the Lake Palace has a long way to go to match its publicity.
We did voice our complaints and a bottle of wine was delivered to our room but no-one actually spoke to us personally about any of our concerns. No apologies were offered. We are not super critical travellers but top rates should indicate more than the Lake Palace offers.

wonderful stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were very nervous about staying at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur as we had heard there was no water around the hotel. Fortunately the monsoon had blessed Udaipur with plenty of rain in August and September. The hotel was excellent and we had a wonderful stay here. We did stay one night at the Udaivilas and found it too over the top with no soul. If you want to stay in a hotel that will stir your emotions and make you feel like a maharajah, this is the place for you!!

Great Disappointment

from Lanomade
We stayed at the Oberoi Vilas all over India. They are the finest hotels we've ever stayed in. The Lake Palace was the one divergence, other than the terrific Imperial in Delhi (Highly Recommend this one!!). I had wanted to stay at the Taj Lake Palace since I was a little girl. The room was really neat - view across to Udaipur, terrific furnishings. Some of the staff were ok, but all in all, this hotel has too many tour groups and the staff is worn out. They were the most apathetic staff we saw in India. Food mediocre. Gardens let go.
Stay across in Udaipur, and visit the hotel for lunch. Keep this one as a fantasy.

Dilapidated

from VASaveur
I actually stayed there 10 years ago. I was hoping things would have improved by now. My impression was very little real marble. Mostly just painted plaster and concrete. Not really plush like one would expect a palace to be. Poor upkeep has made this otherwise well located hotel/palace a lousy place to stay. I know there are far better palace hotels all over Rajasthan.

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  • Address: P.O. Box No.5, Lake Pichola (Rajasthan) - Udaipur - 313 001 - India
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