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Leela Palace Udaipur, any recent experiences?

Old Nov 10, 19, 12:07 pm
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Leela Palace Udaipur, any recent experiences?

I found a 10 year old thread about the Leela Palace in Udaipur but was looking for recent experiences. I will be in Udaipur after this Thanksgiving and just found out the hotel we booked at, the Udaivilas, is being used for a wedding and so they are moving us to the Leel Palace and proving some customer service gestures at other Oberoi properties on our travels. The Lake Palace is also unavailable for a wedding, wanted to nook there originally as I've stayed before and really liked it. Apparently the Leela Palace has just been voted best hotel in the world by Travel and Leisure, but it doesn't look as appealing to me. I guess I don't like that it's a tall building with what I think is ugly architecture and wondering if being here you get a different feeling or sense. I'm tempted to change our travel plans and go somewhere else instead. Thanks!
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Old Nov 10, 19, 1:50 pm
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I stayed at the Leela in Udaipur in 2016. I have also stayed at Lake Palace hotel and visited the Udaivillas. I preferred the rooms at the Leela. The hotel is new so it does not have the historical feel of the Lake Palace, but it is very nice. We loved the hotel and actually preferred the food to the Lake Palace hotel. The lobby and the other common areas were beautifully decorated with a lot of antique silver. If you go, make sure to eat at the Udaivillas, the food at the Indian restaurant is excellent.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 4:22 pm
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Thanks for the info. Chances are we'll stay there. Other option I'm looking into is going to Ranthambore for those 2 nights instead.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 4:44 pm
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Welcome. I have been to Ranthanmore, it is nice, but Udaipur is one of the most beautiful cities i have visited in india.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 4:29 am
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We were also shifted to the Leela palace when Udaivilas was booked out for a wedding.
(sensing a theme here)

We were given the royal suite, featuring an enormous domed ceiling, chandeliers, silver plated furniture, a kitchen, dining room, extensive entertainment area, 1.5 bathrooms and a butler.

Couldn't fault the service and the food was great.
I also really enjoyed the interior courtyard area at night as well as the waterfront dining.

Overall Udaivilas had better public areas but service and food was similar to Leela.

The Taj is a strange property that has no life to it at all. We had dinner in a restaurant with only 5 other tables occupied, with Grandma's house decor and below average food quality. A pretty depressing way to spend an evening. Nothing of note about the property other than the unusual location and small rooms.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post
We were also shifted to the Leela palace when Udaivilas was booked out for a wedding.
(sensing a theme here)

We were given the royal suite, featuring an enormous domed ceiling, chandeliers, silver plated furniture, a kitchen, dining room, extensive entertainment area, 1.5 bathrooms and a butler.

Couldn't fault the service and the food was great.
I also really enjoyed the interior courtyard area at night as well as the waterfront dining.

Overall Udaivilas had better public areas but service and food was similar to Leela.

The Taj is a strange property that has no life to it at all. We had dinner in a restaurant with only 5 other tables occupied, with Grandma's house decor and below average food quality. A pretty depressing way to spend an evening. Nothing of note about the property other than the unusual location and small rooms.
Thanks for the additional comments. We've decided to give the Leela Palace a try, my understanding is the Udaivilas will give us regular rooms with balconies at the Leela Palace but will upgrade our rooms at the other Oberoi properties we are staying at.

As for the Lake Palace, we really enjoyed our visit there 10 years ago. We thought it had a lot of character in addition to the uniqueness of its location and wanted to bring back our extended family to experience this. I also understand that we are not able to visit the Lake Palace or Udaivilas as they are both bought out for weddings.
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