Built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1911, the beautiful Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace is a recently restored luxury 5-star heritage hotel whose architecture and decor reflect the culture, charm and grandeur of a bygone era. It boasts a fabulous location on a hilltop nestled in the Aravalli Hills with captivating views of Fateh Sagar Lake. It’s also just a short drive from Udaipur’s city centre, international airport and nearest railway station.
The hotel’s 55 well-appointed, spacious rooms have all recently been renovated and boast a homely decor that blends traditional elements, such as hand-carved wood furniture and contemporary touches such as a neutral palate and various modern amenities. Palace suites have a master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a dining area. They offer panoramic views of the hotel’s sprawling gardens, Udaipur skyline and Fateh Sagar Lake through large bay windows. They all have a private balcony, 40-inch LCD TV with DVD player, complimentary fruit basket, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, safe and well-equipped bathroom.
The city centre of Udaipur is just 4km from the hotel, so its attractions are within easy reach. These include the flamboyant City Palace, the Monsoon Palace, Crystal Gallery, Sahelion Ki Bari, Shilpgram arts and crafts complex and the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal - to name a few. There’s also the option to relax by the hotel’s pool, or keep in shape in the gym.
For a varied multi-cuisine menu served 24 hours a day, head to Padmini, named after a Rajput queen for her legendary beauty, courage and wit. The menu, which includes authentic Indian and Rajasthani delicacies, are served in opulent surroundings decorated with artefacts from the era of Padmini’s reign. For something more casual, the Aangan Bar is the place to enjoy indoor or alfresco dining with views of the Sajjan Garh Fort and Fateh Sagar Lake. It has an open-plan kitchen which allows guests to watch chefs at work which enjoying authentic traditional Rajasthani folk dance performance.