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Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur, Udaipur 

Lake Pichola
India 313 001
Tel: 91 29 4670 1234
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The newly built Leela is even more flamboyantly domed and landscaped than the 20-acre Oberoi Udaivillas, its rival faux-palace hotel on the shores of Lake Pichola. The high-ceilinged reception rooms with silver settees and the dazzlingly tiled open courtyard with a wall of water are gorgeously evocative of Mogul style, as are the canopied dining terrace with reflecting pools and the pool and tented spa areas. The 72 rooms are comparatively simple, furnished in dark wood, with beige and pewter silks, and marigold-colored armchairs and pillows; there are also eight suites. Breakfast and meals of both Western and Asian styles are served in the Dining Room; the place to be in the evening is Sheesh Mahal, which serves refined local cuisine by the lake with an utterly romantic view. You'll not lack for service, be it from the butler hovering near your door or the thoughtful pool attendant. Your comfort is less assured when reaching the hotel by boat—turnaround time is a half hour, which can make for a chilly wait in the early morning or the evening. Road access through the city is even slower.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: A Lake View room for an unimpeded water vista or a Heritage View to see over the spa toward the historic palaces and city.

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