One of the principal sights of Mysore is the City Palace, which is not only impressively large, but also a fantasy of eclectic styles.
Built exclusively for British guests of the Maharaja of Mysore in the 1920s, the Royal Orchid Metropole still retains much of its colonial character and charm, with arches, pillars and ornately decorated corridors found throughout the property. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated in subdued tones and furnished with dark wood furniture and silks, creating a warm and authentic atmosphere, and there are plenty of spots around the property in which to relax after a busy day of exploring.
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There are three room categories for guests to choose from: Royal, Heritage and Maharaja. All feature a satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer, electronic safe and en suite bathroom. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi access.
Heritage rooms are more spacious than the entry-level Royal rooms, featuring a four poster bed and a sitting area, as well as a free-standing roll top bath tub, while Maharaja Suites offer even more space, including a small study area, a sofa and an outdoor dining area.
This property is well located in Mysore, being just a five minute drive from the railway station and close to Mysore Palace.
Food and drink
The restaurant, Shikari, offers barbecued food and exotic dishes, served al fresco in a relaxed setting. Guests may also choose to dine in the privacy of their room. Meanwhile, the hotel’s bar makes a great place to unwind with a drink at the end of a busy day.
The hotel offers a baby sitting service.
Facilities and activities
The hotel has a fitness centre and a pool. It also offers a laundry and dry cleaning service, valet parking and currency exchange.
An attractive heritage hotel, this is our favourite choice of accommodation in Mysore.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.