Having come from the award winning Oberoi in Jaipur just a few days before, expectations were high for the Leela Palace in Udaipur. We were not disappointed at any point and I daresay, the Leela Palace is now our favourite hotel experience to date.
From the rose petal shower welcome, we were treated like royalty at every turn. Staff were amazingly kind and accommodating without being overwhelming; they really make the experience what it is! Jitender, who looks after guests at the pool, was especially sweet and we loved just spending time having drinks and listening to the birds sing while he lavished us with complimentary juices and iced fruits.
The setting is beyond compare - surely one of the best views in Udaipur, you can see the City Palace and Lake Palace from the grounds (and from our lake view room) and the site has been built around a 400 year old Hindu temple. Everything is done tastefully and has clearly been thought out aesthetically.
Our room was perfect - again, tasteful, romantic, with very modern features like lighting level adjustments at the touch of a button. The bed faced the lake which was lovely, and the separate bath/shower/walk in wardrobe/water closet were wonderful.
We had massage treatments at the spa and these were absolutely top notch. We also ate at the Sheesh Mahal restaurant and had not just a fantastic meal but a real experience, from the hand washing ceremony to the bracelet tying at the end of the meal.
Though it's hard to leave the hotel, the location is perfect because if you depart from the service entrance you can easily walk around the city and watch the locals (and cows!) walking around, and easily walk to the City Palace. There is also great shopping along every road and Udaipur has a lovely feel.
I could go on forever about this experience - there's a reason why it gets 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor, choose this one if you're going to Udaipur!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Leela Palace, Udaipur, with its breathtaking view of the Aravalli Mountains stands majestically in a natural setting on the banks of the Lake Pichola. The Leela Palace offers its discerning guests an opportunity to experience royal living of majestic times.Evoking a grandeur and opulence of a bygone era, all 80 rooms and suites overlook the tranquil waters of the lake. Heritage and Lake view rooms finely appointed with artifacts and furnishings representing the handicrafts of Rajasthan. The suites evoke a sense of architecture which includes the rich and natural detailing of traditional Indian palaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Leela Palace Udaipur Hotel Udaipur