If you’ve read our blog post on planning a trip to Udaipur, you may remember that we had decided to put up at the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace for a night. So on the penultimate day of our 4 days trip, we shifted base. There was no way we were going to miss out on an opportunity to experience staying in a historic palace.
The Laxmi Vilas Palace was originally built by Maharana Fateh Singh in the year 1911. Perched on top of a hill, this sprawling heritage property was later turned into a hotel. Built as a residential palace fit for a king, the interiors of the hotel have a distinct architecture, characteristic of the bygone Rajput era.
The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace is unarguably one of the finest luxury properties in Udaipur. It directly overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake, with a backdrop of the mighty Aravalli Hills. So when we managed to book a lake-view room here during peak tourist season, saying that we were really happy, would be an understatement. 😀
The Royal Welcome
We were welcomed to the palace with a refreshing cup of warm herbal black tea. The very helpful porters swiftly took over our luggage while we proceeded to check-in at the reception. All their staff members were extremely warm and quickly briefed us on the facilities available at the hotel. But what they did next, was something we wouldn’t have imagined in our wildest of dreams!
Call it the will of the holiday Gods or sheer good luck, but the receptionist announced that we have been given a free upgrade to their Maharana Suite, at the cost of the lake-view room we had booked earlier! Sort of an anniversary gift for us since we had mentioned to them earlier that this was our anniversary trip. We did tell you it was a royal welcome, didn’t we? 😀
The Maharana Suite
The Maharana Suite is the largest, most luxurious accommodation at the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace, Udaipur. Spread over a massive area of about 1200 sq. ft., the suite is palatial, to say the least.
The antique wooden doors at the entrance open into a massive drawing space, adorned with plush furniture and exquisite decorative pieces. With an 8-seater teakwood dining set in place, equipped with a television, mini-bar, and espresso machine, this is a perfect place for hosting a few guests during your stay.
By now, as you can imagine, we were completely floored by what we were witnessing. But hold on. This was just the beginning! As we walked into the bedroom, we were left awestruck. The Maharana Suite was really living up to its name. Furnished with a bigger-than-average antique teakwood bed, luxurious furnishings and linen, this indeed looked like it’s right out of the pages of a history book. Dreamy is the word!
That old-world charm of the hotel was also coupled with all modern amenities you would expect to see at any luxury property (Of course I’m referring to those insane JBL speakers by the bedside! 😉 ).
Once we got done with admiring the bedroom, we quickly moved on to check out the dressing area and the washroom. These guys at the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace seem to have taken the ‘room’ in washroom very seriously. 😛
Goes without saying that the washroom was HUGE, and looked nothing short of spectacular! A fully equipped private jacuzzi with a rain shower in tow, I already knew where I was going to spend most of my time. 😉
The suite also came with a sprawling verandah attached to the bedroom, overlooking the vast expanse of Udaipur city. Perfect spot for lounging around lazily on days you don’t want to get out of your room, but could do with some spectacular views!
Another highlight of this suite was the access to a private balcony, intricately carved in white marble, looking right into the Fateh Sagar Lake. Strategically located just outside the main entrance to the suite, we had this space entirely to ourselves during our stay. If you’re looking to spend a quiet moment while admiring the beautiful vistas, this is where you should be.
The Royal Hospitality
The Lalit chain of hotels is known for their warm hospitality, staying true to its core values. But honestly, for us, it’s the little details that matter the most.
On the night of our stay, post dinner, we walked into our suite to be welcomed by a yummy anniversary cake waiting for us! I have to say, these amazing hotels are getting us used to this whole complimentary cake thing everywhere we go. Keep them coming, we say! 😉
Next afternoon before check-out, we were sent another surprise platter of handmade chocolates and fresh fruits, before we could even properly get over the overwhelming buffet breakfast! These are the kinds of gestures that really leave a lasting mark and want you to keep coming back.
The Palace Interiors
The beautifully adorned corridors of the palace, the wall murals, the delicate chandeliers – all take you back to an era of opulence and royal elegance. We strolled throughout the entire property and couldn’t help but marvel at the decor and how it all lent to the palace’s old-world appeal.
What we loved most about the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace is that they were so attentive to every detail to make our short stay memorable! Large hotel chains sometimes tend to get slightly mechanical and lose that human touch. But gladly, that was not the case here. The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace has seamlessly blended heritage with luxury living, without undermining the historic value of the property.
With this, our Udaipur journey came to an end. We are so grateful to have gotten a chance to experience the royalty this city is known for and left with a heart full of memories, love and a unique take on hospitality. Needless to say, if we are back in Udaipur again, we know we have a ‘palace’ to call home 😉
Have you ever had an experience of staying at a historic palace? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to know!