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“Stunning but threadbare” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Udai Bilas Palace

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Udai Bilas Palace
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dungarpur
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Perth
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Stunning but threadbare”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

This hotel is visually stunning without doubt: infinity pool and breathtaking lakeside position and architecture. An exquisite delight just to be here. The rooms are pure 1940s: just before the British left their Raj. The dining room is bizarre and unique. But there was something just a little sad and neglected about this place we felt: it is in real need of investment on its interior furnishings and fabric: faded splendor with the emphasis on faded in truth. Service was willing but a little inept. But all this said this was a real experience. Stay here for the location alone but two nits was more than enough.

Room Tip: Make sure of a room with a lake view
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Moab
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

As our car left the small town of Dungarpur along the country lane on the lake shore, we knew the Udai Bilas Palace was going to be something special. We were not quite prepared for the quiet, old-world (finished in 1911) luxury that we experienced. We choose a wonderful room overlooking the lake furnished with beautiful fabrics and antique furniture, enjoyed a snack by the pool and rented bikes to continue to explore the country lanes. The family continues to live in one wing of the palace and maintains organic gardens and a wonderful collection of their old vehicles and hunting trophies. In the morning, we toured the old palace high on the hill above town. The family moved down to the new palace in 1911, but left the old place intact. We were the only ones there and marveled at the views from the ornate rooms with frescos, tile work, carvings and paintings. The food was very good and dinner was served at an amazing lilly-pond table in an open courtyard. This was one of our best stops in our 5 weeks in India.

Room Tip: Lave views are wonderful. All are quiet and serene.
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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370 reviews
148 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 627 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

We stayed here for three nights before going on to Udaipur. The hotel is as described by other reviewers - a quiet spot on a lake at the edge of Dungarpur. The rooms, ambience and comfort are all first rate in this old palace building. It makes a nice contrast to the more brash 5 star modern hotels. We enjoyed perfectly adequate food and the attractive but unheated swimming pool was warm enough for this old softy to enjoy a swim. A very good massage and yoga on the lawn one night made for a very pleasant stay indeed. The Maharaja and his wife had dinner with us one night and we enjoyed a drink in his garage bar amongst his interesting car collection. We enjoyed a good walk around Dungarpur including getting Sunday Mass at the very crowded Sacred Heart Church in town.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

We arrived to Udai Bilas Palace late one evening and it was magical - a superb setting with the palace overlooking a lotus flower filled lake complete with a stunningly beautiful temple built in the Lake. The rooms were of older style but perfectly clean and spacious. It has a wonderful pool overlooking the lake within the bird and flower filled grounds. We took a walk into the nearby village of Dungarpur, visited some nearby temples and also we were invited to take the launch out one afternoon. The Dining room is breathtakingly special, we have never seen such a room - even having seen a photo on their web site could not prepare for such an increible room - absolutely stunning - and the food was good too. On an extended trip based on the Golden Triangle this has to be included - so much more peaceful than Udaipur - which if visited will come as a shock after the tranquility of the Udai Bilas Palace in the quieter Dungarpur. Sorry for the late review - we visited here in September '09.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

I went for my Honeymoon to Udai Bilas Palace in January 2011, stayed for 3 nights, and were blown away simply. Its a midblowing place, dont have words to describe. Fantastic service, superb ambience.. the palace is really beautiful. Swim pool is large and there are table tennis and lawn tennis facilities just next to it. A small pool side restaurant adds to the flavor. The open air Dining area was heavenly and the food cant be better.. nothing can beat it. We were really impressed with all this, but the best was yet to come. One evening we visited their theme bar (with vintage cars etc.) I can bet that no theme bar can be better then it. the ambience was extraordinary good. Will go back there for sure. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from our side

Room Tip: do not opt for the smaller rooms as they are really small.
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Udai Bilas Palace

Property: Udai Bilas Palace
Address: Dungarpur, Dungarpur 314001, India
Region: India > Rajasthan > Dungarpur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dungarpur
Price range (per night): ₹ 17,004 - ₹ 18,079
Hotel Class:3 star — Udai Bilas Palace 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Udai Bilas Palace Dungarpur, Rajasthan

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