Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the most photographed hotels in India, the 83-room Taj Lake Palace rises from a rock foundation within the green waters of Udaipur's Pichola Lake. The 250-year-old former palace, one of India's best heritage hotels, is built of polished white marble, but as seen from the shore of the lake, it looks like a painted ship upon a painted ocean. Guests arrive in grand fashion aboard a shiny, polished hotel launch with a scalloped sun canopy. (Make an even grander entrance by rolling up to the boat in the hotel's chauffeured vintage car, on call for airport and train station pickups.) The Taj Lake Palace's unique location doesn't limit guest activities: There's a pool, a spa, and all manner of shore excursions, from shopping for Udaipur's famous miniature paintings to horseback riding in the Aravalli Hills. For romantic lake dining, opt for a private dinner on a pontoon platform anchored some distance off the hotel (that way you can enjoy the views of the hotel, too). When choosing your accommodation, enhance the feeling of being at sea by opting for an outside room, facing the city. Even the smallest, trimmed in natural wood, are reminiscent of the glory days of the P&O steamers.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 94.4
- Design: 96.5
- Food: 90.4
- Location: 98.2
- Rooms: 94.7
- Service: 92.1
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
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