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Leela Palace

Leela Palace

The Leela Palace is a truly opulent option in a fantastic location on the banks of Lake Pichola. All of the rooms here offer views across the lake, as does the al fresco restaurant, Sheesh Mahal, which serves a selection of international cuisines. City sightseeing is on the doorstep, and there are a whole host of facilities to keep you busy, as well as plenty of relaxing spaces in which to sit back and enjoy the views.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

All rooms and suites at the Leela Palace are lake-facing, providing views across Lake Pichola to the Aravalli hills beyond. The spacious rooms are beautifully finished to a high standard and are dressed with sumptuous furnishings, offering a modern feel but with a traditional Mewari twist. Bathrooms are also spacious, with the large bathtubs ideal for a soak after a long day of sightseeing. Most of the rooms have a balcony, allowing you to take advantage of the views.

Suites offer significantly more space than the rooms, featuring a dining room, living room and study, as well as a private plunge pool on the balcony. The Royal Suite has a four-poster bed and private Jacuzzi, while the grand Maharaja Suite comes complete with its own massage room, pantry, gardens and butler service. It can also connect with another room to provide even more space for a family or group of friends.

Location

Ideally situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, the hotel is within walking distance of the city's main attractions, including the City Palace. As it’s on the lake, you can also travel by boat to and from the city, which is particularly picturesque in the late afternoon as the sun goes down.

Food and drink

The traditional dining room serves a wide range of international dishes and is open all day. The breakfast is particularly good, offering a variety of cuisines and dishes. If you prefer to dine outside, the Sheesh Mahal offers an al fresco option with dreamy views of the illuminated city palace. For more casual drinks and snacks, the Poolside or Library Bar are ideal, or for something a little more romantic you can arrange for private dining within the hotel grounds. Evening canapes are also offered, and you can enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel's courtyard.

Honeymooners

The spa here has private Couple and Palace Suites with their own pools and gardens, where you can enjoy relaxing spa treatments in a more intimate setting.

Facilities and activities

The indulgent spa and salon offers treatments in a number of different locations depending on your preference, as well as hair and beauty care. The hotel also has a large outdoor swimming pool, croquet, bocce and chess facilities. Rajasthani folk dances are performed regularly, and you can learn about the area's history at one of the educational sessions. For an additional charge you can also take part in daily yoga sessions, boat rides, cooking classes, private astrology lessons and evening puppet shows.

Our opinion

One of the more opulent accommodation options in Udaipur, the Leela Palace is rightly popular due to the stunning lake views from all of the rooms. The quality of the rooms and facilities makes this one of the best options in the city, and a firm Audley favorite.

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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.

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      The city palace, overlooking Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and houses a thoroughly impressive range of interior decoration, as well as a section on royal paraphernalia, toys and miniatures.