Readers' Favorite Hotels 2009

8. Oberoi Udaivilas, Rajasthan, India

If you've got the audacity to build a hotel within sight of the Taj Lake Palace, you'd better come up with something spectacular. And that's just what P.R.S. Oberoi (Biki, to his friends) did in 2002 when he built the 90-room Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan. With its toadstool-like profusion of turrets and cupolas, hand-sculpted columns and graceful arches, and pale gold exterior—all set in a soft green landscape that rises above the shore of the lake—this may be one of Rajasthan's best examples of contemporary Indian architecture. The domed lobby, with its white marble fountain, and the spa, which looks like a temple, are so beautiful they belong in a museum. (After a day on jarring Indian roads, you'll appreciate the spa for other reasons.) Set on 30 acres, Udaivilas's grounds and rooms have a more spacious feel than those of its famous neighbor just across the water (of which, one suspects not by accident, there are few good views).'s Rajasthan travel guide

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Oberoi Udaivilas
Udaipur, India
Tel: 91 294 243 3300

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