Being someone who travels quite often, I have seen my fair share of hotels. They’re grand and glamorous but what do i miss the most? My Home. The comfort of my lovely Home. Yes, I travel to seek adventure but when I am back to the hotel room, all I want is to feel cozy and comfortable. This is one of the reasons why I choose hotels that are big on hospitality and service.
As you might be aware, I traveled to Udaipur recently and stayed at the prestigious The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace. The Lalit hotels & I share quite a history – Remember my stay at The Lalit, Goa & Chandigarh? So, I am quite accustomed to their service and hospitality but they always manage to surprise me. The Laxmi Vilas was constructed in 1911 by Maharana Fateh Singh and has a spectacular view of the Fateh Sagar lake. Imagine waking up to the serene view of the magical lake amidst the Aravallis. Well..doesn’t it sound like a perfect vacation?
Personally, what made a huge difference when I stayed at Lalit is the hospitality. Yes, they have gorgeous rooms. Yes, the interiors of the heritage property is beyond dreamy but the hospitality is what makes me want to stay here often. From the moment I entered the property (where I was welcomed with rose petals) & till the time I checked out – All I was showered with was smiles, warmth & kindness. Every single person always said “Namaskar” and greeted us like family.
When it came to the food, most days we dined at Padmini which is an in-house restaurant that served North Indian, Continental & Chinese / Thai food. What makes having lunch at Padmini so special? The live music. While we listened to the sweet sounds of the flute played by a talented musician, we devoured in some Dal bhati churma, Ghate ki Sabzi, Makai pulav & more
Udaipur has so much to see. We had made a whole list of places to see but unfortunately, we only ended up going to the City Palace. The unpredictable weather was also one of the reasons why we kept our itinerary quite short. Honestly, I never imaged City Palace to look so magical in person. I was in awe of the architecture and the sculptures. This is one place that I would love to visit again as just one visit isn’t enough.
Until next time, Udaipur!