. . .but she is still graceful. Nilambagh Palace provides a very graceful foyer lounge. The courtyard is a treasure, though when we were there there was no water in the fountain or display pond.
Set back from a busy road, the large rooms with high ceilings are relatively quiet. Air con and ceiling fan provided but wi-fi or Internet is not available. All rooms open on to a large, shaded verandah, some of which have seat swings. Unfortunately, the charm of the verandahs is often shattered by the loud noise of old air cons whirring away.
The rooms are equipped with old furniture: we didn't mind this as it added to a pleasing dated feeling of the former palace. I wouldn't call it Raj, more like early Independence.
The inside dining hall was pleasant enough though the food pedestrian. However, the evening Garden Restaurant served a tasty and more local style that attracted a number of local diners (at least on the veg side; non-veg is segregated and fair enough too!).
Dare I say that a maintenance program would be a good idea but it seems to be an Indian norm to let buildings run into the ground.
Overall, I'd give the N Palace a 3 1/2 and recommend a stay if in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nilambag Palace Hotel is the only heritage hotel and leading hotel of Bhavnagar City. Home to the royal family of Bhavnagar, it has been converted into a heritage hotel since the 1980's. Famous with celebrities and well known personalities like His Holiness Dalai Lama, the king and queen of Greece as well as the fashion family of the Hermes, Nilambag Palace Hotel is one of the leading heritage hotels of Gujarat. The property is owned and managed by the royal family and along with the hotel they include a tour of Gujarat state as well destination weddings and royal weddings at the palace as well their sea side property which is 60 kilometres from Bhavnagar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nilambag Palace Hotel Bhavnagar, Gujarat