Had a chance visit to Kota, the industrial capital of Rajasthan. The city otherwise gets not much attention as a tourist destination, even though it has a few attractions.
Because of this reason it does not have 5 star properties. The only good place to stay in the entire city and around worth a mention is the Uday Bhawan Palace, a 32 room heritage property converted from a real palace into a hotel and restaurant.
The palace is picturesque with long corridors, beautiful arches, period artifacts on display, well maintained greens. In toto, the place is awesome. The approach road through more than half a kilometer of jungle with monkeys and baboons makes it a little adventurous. Though it does need a little maintenance.
The property is huge as compared to the number of rooms available. The rooms are also huge and very spacious, more than double the size of a good 5 star hotel room. The property is well maintained inside.
What prompted me to check-in to this was the facilities extended by ITC. The other hotels, I heard, have problems with round-the-clock hot water, which I did not have it Uday Bhawan. Also stand-by power does not let you be in dark or cold for even a minute.
The food is good, the breakfast sumptuous. They even provide the package breakfast in room, which most hotels insist and provide as a buffet. To keep us happy they even provided dishes desired by us, not otherwise a part of their menu.
If one is looking for a grand stay in prices comparable with other available heritage or top class properties one must opt for Umed Bhawan.
- Also Known As:
- Umed Bhawan Palace Kota
- Umed Bhawan Palace Kota, Rajasthan
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