The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur

Opp. Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313004, India
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Doesn’t quite live up to its pretensions

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 18, 2016

This rather grand old hotel is part heritage property, part newer. We had a room in the newer (cheaper) wing, but with a lovely lake view that more than compensated for any lack of character, and a window seat from which to enjoy it. The room was large, with a massive bed and all mod cons - air conditioning, TV, mini-bar, safe, etc. The bathroom had a walk-in shower and was well provided with toiletries.

Wifi is available, and is very fast, but this comes at a cost - at 800IR for 24 hours, for three devices, it was one of the most expensive we encountered on this trip.

While our reception here was welcoming it was also a bit stifling. A friendly girl from reception showed us to our room, and the bell boy followed with the luggage and showed us all the facilities (expecting a good tip, of course) and also explained how we could give feedback and mention him by name. While he was still doing this the phone rang - it was reception wanting to know if we liked our room. And as he left a lady from the spa arrived to tell us that we could book a massage and the prices were displayed in the room (so clearly that we hadn't needed her visit to point this out!) This over-solicitousness continued throughout our stay - for instance, one morning at breakfast three different staff members hovered over us offering to fetch coffee, bread, pancakes etc., despite it being a buffet! While well-meaning it became a bit wearing at times.

Evening entertainment is provided in the rather incongruous form of bagpipers who played "Scotland the Brave", among other tunes, as the sun set over the hills on the other side of the lake! I just had to make a video of that. Later there was a puppet show and later still the ubiquitous Rajasthani cultural performance.

The hotel has three restaurants: one, Padmini, is buffet-style serving international cuisine; one, Aangan, serving Indian food; and a third new one on the lawns below the building, the Garden Grill. Aangan also has outside seating with views of the lake. We ate there on our first evening - the food was OK but the menu very limited as they were having a kebab festival which meant that you could choose only between a set platter of meat kebabs or one of vegetarian ones, with both of us having to eat the same. Prices though were reasonable (we paid 3,200IR which included three drinks and a three course set meal).

On the second evening we chose to eat at the Garden Grill restaurant on the lawns. Tables are set out among the trees and there is a nice view of the palace that houses the hotel, but not of the lake. Service was again stiflingly over-attentive (we were the only guests dining there as the hotel was quiet that night) and the food, which is "multi-cuisine" but all quite spicy (think Cajun chicken and Indonesian satay), was merely average.

On balance we probably liked this hotel among the least of all those we stayed in on this trip. It looks very grand, and has wonderful views - these are its best feature. But it lacks some of the facilities you would expect of a hotel with these pretensions, such as a proper bar (!) and swimming pool (it would have been better by far to use the lawns for this purpose than to add a third unnecessary restaurant). And although spa services are offered, as I have mentioned, these are in your room - there is no actual spa. Also, while I did feel staff really wanted to be helpful, the attentive service seemed drilled rather than genuine.

Next tip: Udaipur sunsets.

Directions: On the south east shore of Fateh Sagar Lake

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