Palaces, villas and other stately homes converted into hotels abound throughout the world and my husband and I have stayed at many. The Falaknuma Palace stands apart, perhaps due to the successful collaboration between the current Nizam's stylish ex-wife and the professional Taj hotel company. The expansive palace was built and furnished in 1884. Starting in the mid 1900's, it was unoccupied, with most of its treasures locked inside. The restoration of its ceilings, furnishings, art work and the like and the adaptation of the outer sections into luxurious accommodations took ten years. The princess selected every carpet, fabric, trim. The entire space fascinates.
Although we have had decidedly mixed experiences at other Taj hotels, this one does not miss a beat. The service is impeccable, the grounds beautifully maintained, the serenity a welcome respite from the hubbub of the city below. Indeed, you might choose to ignore the city and stay ensconced in this aerie.More
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included