The City of Palaces has hotels to suit every style and budget. We pick the best
1. Oberoi Udaivilas
Your royal treatment begins as soon as the boat-ride across Lake Pichola deposits you into the caring hands of the staff. Huge courtyards, tinkling fountains, hand-painted frescos and stunning mirror-work greet you as you enter. Each room has a terrace with a semi-private swimming pool; if you take a suite, you will have your own. The spa, with its massage treatments, yoga sessions, and trained therapists to pamper you, might just become your favourite nook, which you will never want to leave. So why delay booking into The Oberoi Udaivillas in Udaipur for your much awaited vacation with family? Book quickly before the rooms get fully booked.
2. Taj Lake Palace
It starts with a boat ride over a ghostly, mist-laden lake headed towards this magical palace backdropped by hills. And then it just keeps getting better. The rooms scale upward from mere luxury to the Grand Presidential Suite, a 1,700-sqft showpiece of royal grandeur. Choose from taking a candle-lit sunset cruise like a Maharajah, or let your private butler take you on a shopping tour of the Palace City—any experience here will be better than your wildest dreams of living life king-size. It is a great idea to book into Taj Lake Palace Udaipur for a couple of days. The hotel offers all modern facilities and you can rest for the night there. Next morning, you can go and view the sights in this place.
3. Jaiwana Haveli
It may be the erstwhile home of lesser royalty, but it makes up for that with location and legendary hospitality. Most of the 24 rooms offer stunning lake-views, with interiors marrying modern tech with traditional interiors of Rajasthan havelis. Walk up to the roof-top restaurant for authentic Mewari cuisine against a backdrop of the Aravalli Hills, the various lake palaces, and a magnificent sunset. Take a boat-ride on Lake Pichola, or browse the local markets that just a walk away. Live the life of the Thakur of Jaiwana for a few days. Book into Jaiwana Haveli in Udaipur. It is a great hotel that has all modern amenities as required by modern tourists.
4. Mewar Haveli
Another converted royal house on the banks of Lake Pichola, this one comes with the added attraction of an elevator. The views from all its 11 rooms are stunning, mostly of the picturesque lake, and others of the Old City, with the ancient Aravallis looking on. Modern technology in each room marries well with the ornate, princely décor, as perfect for a business traveller as for a tourist. Two restaurants offer sumptuous cuisine and unbeatable views of the lovely lake city. If you are planning for a stay in heritage structures of India, the Mewar Haveli in Udaipur is a good choice. You can stay there with family too as it has all modern facilities anyone expects.
5. A celebration of Rajasthani culture amidst luxury
LaLit Laxmi Vilas Palace
Perched upon a ridge in the womb of the Aravalli Hills, with sweeping views of the Fateh Sagar Lake, is this 1911 home of Maharaja Fateh Singh, now a world-class luxury hotel. All of its 55 rooms offer unparalleled views, either of lake, valley, or the dazzling palace-filled skyline of the city. Authentic Rajasthani culture is brought to your doorstep with horse and camel rides, puppet shows, and a Rajasthani-Scottish band tooting bagpipes at sunset. To experience the true beauty of Rajasthan , you must reside in The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur. It is a place that helps you enjoy world class facilities while residing in heritage rooms with traditional INDIAN decor.
A boat-ride on Lake Pichola is a must, even if it is not part of the hotel package. Negotiate your own rates and have a beautiful experience, particularly around sunset. Udaipur is known for its yoga; your hotel will organise a one-on-one session with an experienced teacher, often on the banks of the lake.