66 Best Hotels in Rajasthan, India

Killa Bhawan

$$$ | 445 Kotri Para, Jaisalmer, 345001, India

The location of this lovely, ancient, characterful hotel, built into the walls of the fort, could not be better---the views are great. Rooms and public areas are tastefully decorated in traditional but elegant Rajasthani style and are comfortable. The warm and helpful owners, who are always around, harvest rainwater, making the property admirably eco-friendly.

Pros

  • Views from the terrace
  • Room rate includes breakfast
  • Excellent service

Cons

  • Steep stairs
  • No televisions and phones in the room
  • Some rooms have common bathrooms
445 Kotri Para, Jaisalmer, 345001, India
02992-251–204
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Lake Pichola Hotel

$$ | Udaipur, 313001, India

Especially surprising given its price, this hotel has some great features, including a wonderful lakeside location, rooms with private terraces, suites with Jacuzzi or steam room, an Upre restaurant, and a rooftop pool. The rooms are homey, though not strongly designed, and many of them have great views. There are various options, including deluxe rooms (best value) and suites. The small pool gives the place an edge over the neighbors, and the restaurant menu ranges from standard Indian fare to Mexican food, with a large, reasonably priced wine list.

Pros

  • City and lake views
  • Elevator
  • Well priced and nearby the Old City with shops and cafés

Cons

  • Difficult approach through narrow, crowded lanes
  • Noisy at times
  • Decor shows age
Udaipur, 313001, India
294-243–1197
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel

$$$ | Old Agra Rd., Bharatpur, 321001, India

Rural and old-fashioned, this cozy, memorable heritage hotel is the best place to stay in the city and is still home to descendants of the former maharaja of Bharatpur. The palace, a two-story rambling haveli built in 1887, sits on 50 acres of mustard and wheat fields. The interior blends Mughal and Rajput styles—each room is different, and many contain fireplaces, old brass beds, antique furniture, original tiles, and painted walls. Cheaper rooms, still pleasant, are smaller with newer furniture. The Keoladeo Park is 2 km away and the hotel organizes Jeep safaris or excursions.

Pros

  • Excellent value
  • Impressive architecture
  • Pool and gardens

Cons

  • Lacks the luxury of fancier hotels in its category
  • Slow service
  • Food is average
Old Agra Rd., Bharatpur, 321001, India
5644-223–523
hotel Details
75 rooms and suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Mahal Khandela

$ | D--219B, Bhaskar Marg, Jaipur, 302016, India

The well-priced rooms---all with Rajasthani decor and period-style furniture---are the main reason for heading to this Bani Park haveli-hotel. While it might not be a real Rajasthani mansion, the comparatively austere lodging does still lend the haveli atmosphere---though there are more traditional offerings closer to the city. Enter through an ornate gate, and the main hotel, embellished with all the Indo-Saracenic touches, is just beyond, where the rooms face a central courtyard. The super-deluxe rooms, only a shade more expensive, are decently large with big bathrooms.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Central courtyard
  • Pool

Cons

  • Bani Park is a few miles from the center of things
  • Attracts families in high season and can be noisy
  • Bathrooms show signs of wear and have low water pressure
D--219B, Bhaskar Marg, Jaipur, 302016, India
141-228–1748
hotel Details
27 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Mandir Palace

$$$ | Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer, 345001, India

Like something out of a fairy tale, this rambling 200-year-old palace-hotel at Gandhi Chowk with comfortable, neat, and clean (but not luxurious or memorable) rooms has a breathtakingly beautiful carved exterior that incorporates turrets, arched doorways, windows, and balconies. Its wedding-cake-looking Badal Vilas is the tallest structure outside the fort and includes the Tazia Tower, a delicate five-tier pagoda carved by Muslim craftsmen; each tier has an intricately carved balcony.

Pros

  • In the center of town near better restaurants
  • Authentic ambience
  • Nice pool

Cons

  • Rooms do not reflect the character and heritage of the place
  • More expensive than other Jaisalmer hotels
  • Inconsistent Wi-Fi
Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer, 345001, India
2992-252–788
hotel Details
28 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Master Paradise

$ | Master Colony, Panch Kund Rd., Pushkar, 305022, India

This oversize pink bungalow is in a neat garden in the leafy Panch Kund road enclave of Pushkar, surrounded by hills. The contemporary standard rooms open out onto a courtyard garden; you might want to opt for a slightly more plush deluxe room, though most are roomy and comfortable. Wi-Fi is an additional charge.

Pros

  • Pool
  • Close to the desert
  • Well priced

Cons

  • 3 km (2 miles) from the main town
  • Hot water can be problematic
  • Rooms and bathrooms could use an update
Master Colony, Panch Kund Rd., Pushkar, 305022, India
145-277–3931
hotel Details
63 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Nachana Haveli

$ | Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer, 345001, India

A 10-minute walk from the Golden Fort, this 18th-century haveli exudes old-world charm and is owned and run by descendants of the Maharaja Kesri Singh, who ruled over Jaisalmer during the 1700s. Rooms vary in shape, size and style; most of them contain antique furniture and authentic family portraits, but quite a few lack windows. Built of compact golden sandstone, the property sits bang across the Jaisalmer "0" milestone (from where distances are measured), and has two small courtyards, fountains, and a lounging area with interesting, quirky antiques, trophies, and portraits.

Pros

  • Central
  • Reasonably priced
  • The rooftop Saffron (one of the better restaurants of the city)

Cons

  • No pool
  • Basic amenities
  • Some windowless rooms
Gandhi Chowk, Jaisalmer, 345001, India
299-225--2110
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Neemrana Fort Palace

$$$ | Jaipur, 301705, India

This 15th-century Rajput fort turned heritage hotel, set on 6 acres in the Aravali Hills between Delhi and Jaipur, is one of India's acclaimed retreats. The rooms and suites, each with a different name and varying in size and price, are masterpieces, and the architecture is fascinating and fun to explore. The main restaurant serves Rajasthani and decent European dishes and is open to nonresident guests with reservations; meal times are fixed. There's a dilapidated yet charming stepwell to discover nearby (ask for directions). Room prices vary greatly from average price small rooms, to suites that go for double or triple the price. Activities such as zip-lining and hot-air ballooning can be arranged.

Pros

  • Lovely views and stunning sunsets
  • Complimentary morning and afternoon tea with cookies
  • Spa

Cons

  • Original building full of stairs and steep ramps
  • Can get crowded on weekends
  • No room service or TVs
Jaipur, 301705, India
1494-299–900
hotel Details
74 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Oberoi Rajvilas

$$$$ | Goner Rd., Jaipur, 303012, India Fodor's Choice

This fabulous 32-acre luxury retreat, 20 minutes outside Jaipur and set against a hilly backdrop, is a destination unto itself, whether you want to splurge on a private villa with its own pool, enjoy a spacious standard room, or revel in a romantic luxury tent with rich wood fittings on grounds that are home to hundreds of peacocks. Re-created to look like a grand heritage fort, the resort brings back to life a certain majesty and romance of another age. Honey-gold buildings, orchards, reflection pools and fountains set the tone, though the marble-and-stone carving blends well with the arid environment. Standard double rooms are minimalist in concept, but the real standout is the sunken marble bathtubs, which look out over private gardens.

Pros

  • Large spa and beautiful pool
  • Impeccable, personal service
  • Lavish breakfasts

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Far from the airport
  • Traffic jams hamper getting in and out of Jaipur for sightseeing
Goner Rd., Jaipur, 303012, India
141-268–0101
hotel Details
80 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Oberoi Vanyavilas

$$$$ | Ranthambhore Rd., Sawai Madhopur, 322001, India Fodor's Choice

On the edge of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, this resort, one of the best in all of India, is ideal for those who want to "camp" in sheer luxury. A ceremonial gateway leads to a magical lobby with beautiful frescoes and a splendid residential area, where sumptuous, romantic a/c tents evoke all the magnificence of the former royal lifestyle. The tents have teakwood floors, walled gardens, private decks, and claw-footed bathtubs as well as modern conveniences like televisions, DVD players, and electronic safes. The spa offers massages, scrubs, and ayurvedic treatments. The resort requests you to book your jungle trips in advance. Guided tours of the grounds can be arranged with staff.

Pros

  • Natural surroundings and camping-like experience that doesn't skimp on luxury
  • Service-oriented staff
  • Less than 10 minutes from Ranthambhore park

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Book in advance
  • Food is good but does not quite match the luxury setting
Ranthambhore Rd., Sawai Madhopur, 322001, India
746-222--3999
hotel Details
25 tents
Rate Includes: Closed July–Sept. during monsoon season, Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Pal Haveli

$$$ | Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, 342001, India

Scoring high on location and heritage, this 300-year-old rambling haveli with an opulent feel is close to the clock tower in Old Jodhpur and has views of Mehrangarh Fort. The spacious rooms---most of which have been recently given a facelift---are decorated in traditional designs and packed with modern amenities. Some rooms have views of the fort or bazaar and most overlook courtyards or verandas with fountains. The public spaces have some very unusual antiques on display. The rooftop restaurant, also the spot where breakfast is served, is one of the best in the city for views, though the food is just OK.

Pros

  • Centrally located
  • Moderately priced
  • Luxe decor and service staff

Cons

  • No pool
  • Congested traffic can make getting in and out difficult and must be done by auto-rickshaw
  • Larger rooms, even with a/c, remain warm in summer
Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, 342001, India
291-329–3328
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Palace Hotel (Bikaner House)

$$$ | Delwara Rd., Mount Abu, 307501, India

Set on 20 acres of grounds and featuring activities such as tennis and billiards, this family-run heritage hotel, built in 1893, is a sophisticated and hospitable getaway with something of the feel of a regal hunting lodge. Rooms are large, light, and beautifully decorated; suites, which each have their own special color scheme, are majestic. Besides once being the summer residence of the Maharaja Ganga Singhji, the maharaja of Bikaner, this building was for decades the center of Mount Abu's aristocratic social life. There's an elegant restaurant serving Indian, Rajasthani, Gujarati, and continental cuisine.

Pros

  • Service is excellent
  • Spacious rooms
  • Lovely grounds

Cons

  • No pool
  • Conferences may have an impact on the experience
  • Internet is spotty
Delwara Rd., Mount Abu, 307501, India
297-423--8673
hotel Details
33 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Pratap Bhawan Home Stay

$ | Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Jaipur, 302001, India

Perfect for foodies, wildlife enthusiasts, and those who like to engage with locals, this cozy homestay, in the upscale C-Scheme residential area, is run by an energetic young couple, the Rathores—one a naturalist who runs wildlife tours, the other a food enthusiast who offers cooking and rangoli (a form of folk art) classes. Rooms are simple and modern but comfortable and very clean, with coordinated color schemes and large bathrooms; the upstairs rooms have a rooftop patio. Outside there's a lush garden with a swing. A simple but enriching continental or Indian breakfast is included, and dinner is an option that's well worth taking up. The homestay is a little hard to locate, so call for directions before arriving.

Pros

  • Warm, personal service from knowledgeable owners
  • Home cooking
  • Good value

Cons

  • Simple, basic facilities
  • Horns from nearby railroad can disturb light sleepers
  • Book in advance during high season
Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Jaipur, 302001, India
98290--74354
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Pushkar Resorts

$$$ | Motisar Rd., Pushkar, 305022, India

The spirit of the countryside blends well with the comforts of resort living here, and guests can relax poolside under the shade of a palm tree in rustic environs, or wander the 32 acres, far from Pushkar's chaotic main bazaar, a 15-minute Jeep ride away. European-style rooms (in cottages) are modern and have views of the Savitri Temple that crowns a mountain near the resort. Because of its location—technically beyond town limits—the hotel serves meat dishes and alcoholic drinks, in an otherwise dry and vegetarian town.

Pros

  • Rooms with a view
  • Nice pool
  • Alcohol

Cons

  • Need a car to get into town
  • Some rooms allow smoking
  • Wi-Fi is spotty
Motisar Rd., Pushkar, 305022, India
145-277–2945
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Raas Jodhpur

$$$$ | Tunwar ji ka Jhalara, Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, 342001, India

Located on the periphery of the older northeastern quarter, with marvelous views of Meherangarh, this pricey hotel is away from the thick of the commotion of Jodhpur, yet still offers a real flavor of the city---and the personal service is amazing. Combing a skillful blend of old and new elements, the hotel lobby and plush rooms are housed in new buildings, while the restaurants and bar are out back in 18th-century havelis. Raas has probably the only pool in Jodhpur with a sumptuous view of the fort.

Pros

  • Top-notch service
  • Views
  • Spa and pool with a view

Cons

  • You need to get here by auto-rickshaw (hotel can make arrangements)
  • Some rooms don’t have fort views
  • Expensive
Tunwar ji ka Jhalara, Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, 342001, India
291-263–6455
hotel Details
38 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

$$$$ | Bhawani Singh Rd., Jaipur, 302005, India

Set on 47 acres of lawns punctuated by arcaded patios with fountains, courtyards, long colonnades, and prancing peacocks, this wistfully romantic palace was one of the first in Jaipur to be converted into a heritage hotel and is one of the most classically elegant properties in India. Simply the best address in town, it was once home to the last maharaja of Jaipur and his legendary and beautiful wife, Gayatri Devi, and preserves much of its history while providing up-to-the-minute comforts thanks to being run by the Taj group. You are nothing less than royalty yourself when you check into 19th-century Rambagh Palace, as shown by such details as the shower-of-petals welcome to the room butler (in some rooms) ready to attend to your every need. Standard rooms are spacious and largely contemporary, while opulent historical and royal suites have traditional furnishings and Shekhawati-style frescoes. Public spaces are packed with marble, domes, dainty arches, filigree work, and antiques. There's even a train parked in the corner of its grounds that has been converted into a fun restaurant, Steam.

Pros

  • Lovely original indoor pool and newer outdoor pool
  • Efficient, helpful service
  • Excellent dining options

Cons

  • Not within walking distance to the tourist sites
  • Expensive
  • Rooms above restaurant can be noisy
Bhawani Singh Rd., Jaipur, 302005, India
141-238–5700
hotel Details
100 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Ranthambhore Regency

$$$ | Ranthambhore Rd., Sawai Madhopur, 322001, India

This is the most comfortable midprice place on the Ranthambhore Road, 10 km (6 miles) from the park, in an elegant heritage-style building. A long line of rooms is set against a rectangular courtyard with a pool, and a restaurant serves buffet meals (all are included in rates), and staff will arrange safaris for guests, including sending you off with a packed lunch. There's also a barbecue outside and bar area where travelers congregate at night for ice-cold beer. The rooms are spotless and large, with bright Rajasthani furnishings.

Pros

  • Friendly staff
  • Local advice
  • Pool

Cons

  • Meals are buffet only
  • Best to book weeks to months in advance during peak season
  • Check with staff about timing of hot water
Ranthambhore Rd., Sawai Madhopur, 322001, India
7462-223–456
hotel Details
75 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Rohet Garh

$$$$ | Rohet House, Rohat, 342001, India

A great place to experience the lifestyle of Rajput nobility, this 17th-century desert fortress 40 km (25 miles) south of Jodhpur is both a heritage hotel and the home of its Rajput family, whose members are your hosts. The public rooms are decked out in original paintings, family photographs, and weapons, while guest rooms have traditional carved furniture and colorful hand-blocked prints, and some even have swings. Horseback safaris (Rs. 2,500 for about two hours) are a specialty, as there are plenty of bird species and other animals nearby—keep an eye out for the peacocks strutting on the hotel lawn. Trips can be organized to Bishnoi (tribal villages) and cooking classes are also available.

Pros

  • Rooms are spacious and suites are exceptionally large with tons of character
  • The bar area is like a semi-outdoors living room and has lovely views of the gardens
  • Meals are included

Cons

  • Small pool
  • Not much to do at the hotel unless you venture out on an organized village safari
  • No refrigerator in rooms
Rohet House, Rohat, 342001, India
844-828--5349
hotel Details
38 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Samode Haveli

$$$$ | Jaipur, 302002, India Fodor's Choice

Hidden amid the lanes of the Pink City, this stately and rambling heritage hotel built for a prime minister of the royal court in the mid-19th century preserves its Rajasthani character and harbors a few surprises, including elegant gardens and a beautiful open-air pool with poolside bar. Rooms are spacious and opulent, including the luxurious quarters of the local Rajput himself. Arranged around two courtyards, the hotel contains some original frescoes; low arches and mazelike corridors also add to the character. Walk up the elephant ramp entrance, built to accommodate the pachyderm-riding guests at a Samode clan wedding, and you are arriving at a royal manor built in the popular Indo-Saracenic style of the time.

Pros

  • Charmingly decorated main dining room
  • Huge rooms
  • Grounds have swings for kids

Cons

  • Fancier rooms are very expensive
  • Vehicle access problematic during rush hours
  • Rooms near mosque can be noisy
Jaipur, 302002, India
141-263–2407
hotel Details
39 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Shiv Niwas Palace

$$$$ | City Palace Complex, Udaipur, India

Once the royal guesthouse, where the maharaja of Udaipur had his guests stay, gracious Shiv Niwas on Lake Pichola is another part of the City Palace complex, and still features plenty of antiques and royal memorabilia in its decor. The white stone pool and the gardens add to the magical ambience. Half its accommodations are in the better-maintained suites, but even the regular palace rooms are chic and large with a sitting area and a desk. Some rooms are dated and could benefit from a renovation, so ask to see a couple of options.

Pros

  • Pretty pool and poolside restaurant with live music
  • Spa
  • Centrally located

Cons

  • Some rooms lack views
  • A touch expensive for what you get
  • Breakfast buffet okay but not spectacular
City Palace Complex, Udaipur, India
294-252–8016
hotel Details
50 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, No credit cards

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Singhvi Haveli

$ | Navchokiya, Ramdeo Ji ka chowk, Jodhpur, India

More than 500 years old, this budget and mildly eccentric hotel is located at the highest point of the Old City, just below the fort, and has a great vibe—traditional, local, and chilled out. The haveli lodging has basic accommodations yet opulent decorations, sprawled across many levels, with each room having a distinct look. The highest rooms, which are spartan, open out onto a terrace and have wonderful vistas of the Blue City; other rooms open onto a second-floor sitting area or into the courtyard. The house was gifted by the maharaja of Jodhpur to his army commander Shri Akheraj Sa Singhvi in 1778.

Pros

  • Close to the fort
  • Nice views
  • The hosts organize excellent village tours

Cons

  • Lots of steep stairs
  • Bathrooms are average
  • Few amenities
Navchokiya, Ramdeo Ji ka chowk, Jodhpur, India
291-262--4293
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: No credit cards

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SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

$$$$ | Sardar Patel Marg, Jaipur, 302001, India Fodor's Choice

This lavishly restored hotel has a long history of serving royalty (Queen Elizabeth once stayed here), though it’s much more opulent now than it was in the 1960s. The ultra-luxury palace (it’s still owned by Jaipur royal family) has just 14 rooms outfitted with marble bathrooms, chandeliers, and custom-made wallpaper to reflect a modern interpretation of Rajasthani grandeur. Be warned, it’s one of the most expensive hotels in all of Rajasthan, but if you want to splurge, or are visiting during off-season (when it’s highly discounted), you’ll be treated to high tea and even higher levels of service. There are three restaurants and a bar. The 51 shades of pink room, with sparkling wallpaper, is a favorite spot for breakfast.

Pros

  • Ideal for honeymoon or special splurge
  • Expansive swimming pool
  • Attention to detail and service

Cons

  • One of the most expensive hotels in Jaipur
  • Need to book well in advance during high season
  • Interior rooms can be a little dark
Sardar Patel Marg, Jaipur, 302001, India
11-4617--2700
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Suryagarh

$$$$ | Kahala Phata, Sam Rd., Jaisalmer, 345001, India

Like a mirage in the desert, this contemporary, elegant fort turned enormous hotel rises out of the sand, luring you to its ramparts. The interior is equally impressive: built in old-world style and constructed and carved breathtakingly from yellow sandstone, it features high ceilings, sweeping marble floors, arches, antiques, enormous courtyards, reflection pools, and spacious, richly furnished rooms. Located on the road going out to the Sam dunes, Suryagarh, it is isolated from Jaisalmer. Given that you are marooned in the Thar, many an amenity has been provided for—billiards, gym, pool, spa, a bar, and several restaurants. The staff also organizes a wide variety of excursions.

Pros

  • Scenic location
  • Good service and food
  • Indoor pool and spa

Cons

  • 13 km (8 miles) out of Jaisalmer in the middle of nowhere
  • Need a driver to go into town
  • Expensive, but worth the cost
Kahala Phata, Sam Rd., Jaisalmer, 345001, India
299-226--9269
hotel Details
90 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Taj Lake Palace

$$$$ | Udaipur, 313001, India Fodor's Choice
Lake Palace, Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace

This ultraexclusive 250-year-old white-marble palace—location for the James Bond film Octopussy—floats like a vision in the middle of Lake Pichola, and you arrive, of course, by boat. A stay here is one of those do-before-you-die experiences—a blue lake, views of fairy-tale havelis, serenity, beauty, and majesty will be hallmarks of your stay. It is easily one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Rooms range from standard (contemporary but elegant) to opulent suites with private butlers and lake-facing Jacuzzis; most have lake views while others overlook the lily pond or courtyard, the scene of nightly folk dances. Romantic boat trips include onboard spa treatments, and there's a lakeside veranda where you can sip martinis, James Bond–style—but there's a catch. You must be a guest at the hotel to indulge in any of these luxuries.

Pros

  • Exemplary service to match unique palatial setting
  • Boat service to shore available all hours
  • Spa on a boat

Cons

  • Astoundingly expensive, and taxes can push up food and beverage costs by 25%
  • Must book in advance for high season
  • Some rooms have modest bathrooms
Udaipur, 313001, India
294-242–8800
hotel Details
83 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace

$$$$ | Opposite Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, 313004, India

Sumptuous lawns and views, grand terraces, palace pomp, and an interesting range of activities for guests—horse dancing, bagpiper recitals, puppet shows, snooker—are the highlights of Laxmi Vilas, a former palace constructed in 1911. Located on a gentle hill facing Pichola's sister lake, the Fateh Sagar, it was built by the worthy Maharana Fateh Singh, who constructed many of the mahals in this town. He also built the Connaught Dam as a small welcoming present for Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria's son who visited in 1889. Its rooms are large, many with lake views and window seats and attractively furnished in earthy colors with pretty wall screens. The hotel company has also undertaken social responsibility initiatives, including an employment program for acid-attack survivors and LGBT rights and awareness programs.

Pros

  • Tranquil
  • Enviable location
  • Breakfast buffet included

Cons

  • No pool
  • Dining service can be slow
  • Bathrooms are lackluster
Opposite Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur, 313004, India
294-301--7777
hotel Details
55 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Oberoi Udaivilas

$$$$ | Udaipur, 313001, India Fodor's Choice
The Oberoi Udaivilas

On Lake Pichola, with sublime views of the Lake Palace, City Palace Complex, and ghats, this 30-acre property—a contemporary palace in its own right, reflecting the beauty of Mewar artistry—is one of India's most luxurious (and expensive) hotels. If the hotel organizes your pick up, you will arrive by boat. For the ultimate experience, take a suite with butler service and a semiprivate infinity pool, and watch deer approach the edge of the hotel's private wildlife reserve. Traditionally dressed staff reflect old-world courtesy and display acute attention to detail, and the restaurants serve delicious continental and Indian food. The Oberoi consistently makes the lists of most luxurious hotels in the world and has been used as the opulent background for many a Bollywood movie.

Pros

  • Luxurious spa
  • Great service and surroundings
  • Expansive garden and sanctuary

Cons

  • Extremely expensive
  • Rather remote from the Old City (but a boat provides a shortcut)
  • Need to book far in advance for peak season
Udaipur, 313001, India
294-433--300
hotel Details
90 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, No Meals

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Tree of Life

$$$$ | Delhi–Jaipur Hwy., Jaipur, 302028, India

Nestled in the Aravali hills within an hour's drive of the city sights, this haven from the chaos of Jaipur offers secluded villa accommodations, spa treatments, and a chance to interact with the community. Dotted over 7-acres, 13 traditional-style domed villas have large bathrooms, walk-in closets, and high levels of privacy and relaxation; most have a private pool. Spa treatments are customized to suit each guest. Some of the fresh produce used in the hotel is from its attached organic garden, which you can visit. The resort supports a local school and guests are encouraged to interact with villagers—and even volunteer to teach the children if they wish.

Pros

  • Professional, personal service by owner and staff
  • Stylish and modern
  • Yoga and cooking classes

Cons

  • 45-minute drive from Jaipur
  • Not best suited to one-night stays
  • Located in a small village, making food options limited
Delhi–Jaipur Hwy., Jaipur, 302028, India
1426-217--561
hotel Details
13 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Trident

$$$$ | Amber Fort Rd., Jaipur, 302002, India

While a stay at Trident—built to look like a rambling haveli 5 km (3 miles) from the center of town—does not offer the authentic royal experience, it does make for an interlude of gracious living. The property looks out onto the Mansagar lake and its exteriors are of light pink stone. Interiors feature the finest Rajasthani marble, with rooms furnished in soothing colors; opt for a lake-facing room.

Pros

  • Good location
  • Close to Amer Fort but not too far from town
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Service suffers in high season when this large hotel gets busy
  • Decor is on the generic side
  • Some rooms show signs of age
Amber Fort Rd., Jaipur, 302002, India
141-267–0101
hotel Details
134 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Trident Hilton

$$$$ | Haridasji Ki Magri, Udaipur, 313001, India

A more moderately priced option among Udaipur's luxury hotels, the Trident is removed from the downtown bustle, amid acres of beautiful gardens on Lake Pichola. The architecture is striking, but the lobby, decorated in white marble arches lacks grandeur. Rooms, done in mainly white, facing the garden or pool, are well equipped and modern, but nondescript, with no views of the lake. At Bada Mahal, the adjoining hunting lodge, you can watch deer and wild boar being fed every evening by a caretaker. The restaurant serves Indian and continental dishes (buffet and à la carte) at lunch and dinner.

Pros

  • Heated pool is pleasant day or night
  • Attentive service always comes with a smile
  • Well priced for a luxury hotel

Cons

  • Uninspiring rooms are on the small side
  • Location is not central
  • Must purchase Wi-Fi
Haridasji Ki Magri, Udaipur, 313001, India
294-243–2200
hotel Details
145 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Udai Kothi

$$$ | Hannuman Ghat, Udaipur, 313001, India

It's hard to pass up regal accommodations at moderate prices in luxury-driven Udaipur, particularly when the hotel's rooftop is one of the liveliest places in town. Every room in this towering boutique hotel across Lake Pichola from the City Palace, re-created to look "heritage," is decorated with antique furniture and art that relate to specific regions and people in Mewar history—evidence of personal involvement of the Rajput owners. Most of the rooms lack lake views, but from the hotel pool and from the rooftop restaurant, which serves Indian and international cuisine, you get spectacular views of the Udaipur skyline. There's also a center courtyard garden to while away time.

Pros

  • Moderately priced for Udaipur
  • Beautiful rooftop pool
  • Elevator

Cons

  • Only the suites have lake views
  • Not central
  • Must use tuk tuk, not car, to access small streets to hotel
Hannuman Ghat, Udaipur, 313001, India
294-243–2810
hotel Details
50 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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