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Udaipur can be found in western India, in Rajasthan. Its origin can be traced to 1559 when Maharana Udai Singh II founded it. Udaipur is known for its artificial lakes and impressive royal residences, especially the City Palace.
With such lavish surroundings, it comes as no surprise that Udaipur provides a wide selection of opulent boutique hotels.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Udaipur
Price: From $94 per night
Originally built in the 18th century, the prestigious Amet Haveli is now a luxurious boutique hotel on the banks of Lake Pichola. Offering amazing views from many of its rooms and from its fine dining restaurant, Amet Haveli provides an unforgettable way of experiencing Udaipur.
The hotel includes a bar and a private garden full of magic. Rides on Lake Pichola on the hotel’s own boat are available for guests to book.
Accommodation options include heritage suites, super deluxe rooms, and deluxe heritage rooms full of opulent modern amenities and old-world charm. Each room includes air conditioning, a writing desk, a safe, fresh towels, a flat-screen TV, and a drying rack. Suites add a separate sofa, a tea and coffee-making machine, and designer toiletries.
Blu Feather Hotel and Spa
Price: From $76 per night
The Blu Feather Hotel and Spa can be found close to the airport, on the highway between Ahmedabad and Udaipur. This convenient location gives visitors great access to the city while offering a peaceful setting full of luxury amenities.
There are 3 dining options at the Blu Feather, including fine dining and barbecue. In addition, the on-site spa has a steam and sauna room, a Jacuzzi, and a meditation area. There are also premium wellness packages available to guests.
The stylish rooms feature modern interior design enhanced by views over the surrounding landscape, including the mountain range. Each room has an LED TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a minifridge, a tea and coffee maker, premium toiletries, and a writing desk. The legacy suites at the Blu Feather include a personal Jacuzzi and a separate living space full of comfort.
Price: From $190 per night
Newly built in a traditional style, Bujera Fort can be found on the western side of Lake Pichola, in the scenic Aravalli Hills. This luxurious boutique experience offers amazing views over Fateh Garh Castle, City Palace, and Lake Palace. This hotel is only a short 15-minute drive away from the City Palace and around 40 minutes from the airport.
Bujera Fort was built with hand-carved stone columns, with the addition of many original elements like doors and windows. The hotel is open only to guests and residents and features a swimming pool, a shop, a library with a fireplace, a spa, and a drawing room with a grand piano. In addition, there are yoga sessions available, as well as physiotherapy treatments.
Rooms at Bujera Fort include a luxurious bed, an opulent bathroom with a bath or shower, a pillow selection from the White Company, and a private balcony.
Price: From $152 per night
The gorgeous Chunda Palace is built in the Rajasthani style in the Aravalli hills. It features amazing views over the surrounding landscape, including Lake Pichola and the City Palace. Featuring traditional architecture and amazing hand-painted interiors, Chunda Palace offers guests a way to step back in time while still enjoying all modern luxuries.
There are 2 swimming pools, a gym with high-tech equipment, a shopping arcade, and a library on the premises. Concierge services are available to provide personalized attention and recommendations for the best things to do while in the area. There are 4 dining options to choose from, including alfresco and in-room choices.
Some of the opulent rooms at Chunda Palace include views over the Aravalli range or toward the City Palace. They also include handcrafted furnishings.
Price: From $115 per night
Gogunda Palace is an incredible location in Udaipur. Dating back to the 16th century, this luxurious boutique experience celebrates its history as a strategic fortress. The trendy Bougainvillea Bar serves a curated selection of wines along with decadent hors d’oeuvres.
The on-site restaurant offers fine dining designed for royalty. In addition, in-room dining from the gourmet menu is available to guests who wish to eat late or who are seeking a more private experience.
Guests can also partake in a high tea ceremony outdoors by taking a hamper for a ride in a vintage SUV. A careful restoration process of over 7 years preserved many vintage details in the palace while bringing back its full splendor.
The gorgeous rooms at Gogunda Palace are all unique and full of stunning details. They each feature complimentary Wi-Fi, a kettle, a large flat-screen TV, and a minibar. Each guest will feel like royalty.
Price: From $83 per night
The scenic Hotel Lakend can be found on the shore of Fatehsagar Lake in Udaipur. This exclusive location is great for the discerning traveler looking for a luxurious boutique experience in the city.
The on-site spa features western and Ayurveda wellness and beauty treatments. There is a fitness center available, as well as yoga sessions for guests to join whenever they wish. The beautiful swimming pool can be found right on the lakeshore, providing a mesmerizing and relaxing experience.
There is a rooftop restaurant with a greenhouse design serving cocktails and light meals, as well as a fine dining restaurant focusing on Pan Asian cuisine and local dishes. In-house farming provides many of the fresh ingredients used at the on-site eateries.
Rooms at Hotel Lakend have great views and feature air conditioning, hardwood floors, a tea and coffee maker, an LED TV with premium channels, and a bottle cooler.
Hotel Swaroop Vilas
Price: From $42 per night
The elegant Hotel Swaroop Vilas can be found opposite Lake Swaroop Sagar, comfortably located between the old and new sides of Udaipur.
This sprawling property features a multi-cuisine restaurant, a spa with Ayurvedic and western treatments, and a selection of shops with local delights. The hotel also includes a swimming pool and a sauna for guests looking to pamper themselves in full.
The sophisticated rooms at Hotel Swaroop Vilas blend Rajasthani decor with modern convenience. Accommodation options include deluxe and super deluxe guest rooms, along with suites. Each of them includes vintage furnishings, arches, curated artworks, and a private balcony to better enjoy the lake views. Super deluxe rooms add a reading nook, while suites add a pillow-top mattress, upgraded designer toiletries, and traditional work and comfortable seating area.
Price: From $40 per night
Just 4 miles away from Udaipur, the Krishna Ranch offers a secluded alternative boutique experience to those seeking to unwind fully. This beautiful, rustic chic property can be found in the Aravalli hills and provides a perfect escape.
Guests at the Krishna Ranch can enjoy guided horse safaris, cycling, birdwatching, and a half or full-day hiking trip through the hotel’s amazing landscapes. The property is set on 2 acres of working farm, and guests are invited to experience how it runs.
Accommodation at Krishna Ranch is in private cottages decorated with regional crafts. The cottages also feature solar-powered and a private terrace perfect for relaxing and basking in the atmosphere at the ranch.
There is a laundry service, a book exchange service, and free parking provided to guests. A doctor on call is available at any time.
Lake Pichola Hotel
Price: From $64 per night
The charming Lake Pichola Hotel is an Indo-Islamic boutique experience right on the banks of the lake it is named after. There are latticed windows and traditional arches, along with plenty of modern amenities to make the stay a highly comfortable one.
Only a short walk away from the City Palace, and a little over a mile away from the Taj Lake Palace, Lake Pichola Hotel keeps guests well-connected to the rest of the city. The hotel offers free parking, business services, currency exchange, and car rental options on the premises. There is a laundry and dry cleaning service, along with a massage center and a 24-hour front desk. A swimming room and a sunbathing deck are available to guests.
Rooms at Lake Pichola Hotel include Rajputana-style furnishings and traditional fixtures. Each of them includes a private balcony with stunning views.
Price: From $40 per night
Madri Haveli is a heritage boutique hotel that is over 300 years old. Located in Ganesh Gati, the hotel went through an extensive restoration process that lasted over 6 years and used only period-typical methods and materials. This ensured that the building preserved much of its original beauty.
The rooftop restaurant provides fine dining with Mughal and Italian flavors, all with panoramic views over the gorgeous surroundings. Accommodation options at the Madri Haveli include standard rooms, deluxe rooms, and suites.
Each stylish room at Madri Haveli includes a bath or shower with premium toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi, fresh towels, a telephone, and wake-up service on request. Each guest is treated to a welcome drink on arrival and to a gourmet breakfast every morning. The heritage suite adds 300-year-old antique painted decoration, along with air conditioning and an iPod dock.
Price: From $34 per night
The Sierra is located near Lake Pichola, with the beautiful backdrop of the Aravalli hills. This sophisticated private oasis is full of luxurious amenities and amazing views. The hotel includes a fine dining restaurant serving Rajasthani cuisine.
There is a swimming pool, as well as a bar with a fine selection of spirits and wines. In addition, a tour desk is available, where guests can get personalized itineraries and bookings depending on what they most want to see in the area.
At The Sierra, there are 3 accommodation options: executive guest rooms, suites, and the sumptuous Sierra suite. Each of them includes views over the lake, along with flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a cozy seating area. Family suites add a personal Jacuzzi. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in every space of the hotel.
Visitors can enjoy Udaipur’s rich culture and history from all corners. The City Palace is one of the most impressive landmarks, but there are numerous forts, temples, and incredible gardens to explore. After a day of exploring Rajput-era palaces, a boat ride at sunset on Lake Pichola is the perfect way to relax.
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