Established in 1986, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts operates nine award- winning properties in major business and leisure cities across India. It currently has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland. The group’s Udaipur property opened in 2010.


Royal. Arriving at the hotel by boat, I was welcomed amidst traditional Rajasthani customs. Its imperial reception designed in a circular pattern branches out into a lounge on the left, the elevators straight ahead and its restaurants to the right. The furniture is adorned with artwork created by original techniques of Rajasthan such as tarkashi and thekri. Attention to detail is fundamental; hues of gold are infused with patterned monochrome flooring amidst curios of the state. Picture intricate chandelier lamps, majestic domes and elephants in silver. The candlelit inner courtyard near the restaurants hosts customary performances every evening. Walking through the hotel is like exploring a museum of design and culture.


Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola alongside other luxury hotels, The Leela Palace’s location is iconic. Guests can access the property by a dedicated boat service that drops you in the city. The hotel also has a back entrance that leads to the banks of Lake Pichola and the old-city. Udaipur’s airport is about a 45 minute ride from the port.


All the 72 rooms and eight suites of the hotel face Lake Pichola. The room (45-58 sqm) categories are Grand Heritage Lake View rooms and Grand Heritage Lake View rooms with Balcony; while the types of suites are Luxury suites (89 sqm), Duplex suites (118 sqm), Royal suite (167 sqm) and Maharaja suite (333 sqm). The hotel has two wings namely Palace wing and Lake wing, which are separated by a pathway embellished with miniature art that will make you stop and stare. The partially carpeted Grand Heritage Lake View room (45 sqm) that I stayed in was embellished in contemporary furniture alongside artefacts and paintings. The wardrobe and bathtub area are on the right and the marble washroom is on the left of the pathway, that leads to the desk placed in-front of the bed. Designed in a vertical fashion, the bed adjoining the lounge area is right in front of the window that opens to a stunning view of the outer courtyard and Lake Pichola. An LCD television (Sony Bravia, 40-inches) is mounted besides the window along with a BluRay player. Bedside charging points are convenient while lighting in the room can be controlled as per preferred brightness level. RESTAURANTS AND BARS Breakfast is laid out at The Dining Room, which also serves a range of world cuisines. Sheesh Mahal, its fine-dining restaurant, is idyllically located by the lake. I enjoyed a quintessential Rajasthani dinner here that included some delectable laal maans (meat curry), gur ki roti (?aggery flatbread) and traditional kebabs. The hotel’s Library Bar furnished in wood is a private space for casual corporate meets. The Leela ?alace also offers destination dining at various venues of the property.


This is a befitting property for discerning corporate events. Its Marwar (120 sqm) and Mewar (158 sqm) conference halls on the ground-floor can accommodate 60 and 100 people respectively. In addition, it has a Royal Boardroom (50 sqm) on the second-floor and rooms namely Payal (37 sqm), Bindiya (49 sqm) and Kangan (51 sqm) on the first floor.

Keeping up with the rest of the group’s properties, the Udaipur hotel also focuses on its leisure facilities. The hotel’s spa by ESPA is a tented space with a luxurious ambience. It houses opulent suites with private pools that face Lake Pichola. The hotel also has a fitness centre with Technogym equipment and an outdoor pool designed beautifully featuring a patterned monochrome flooring.


Unparalleled luxury for intimate corporate affairs. From arriving at the property by boat to the exotic tryst with the culture of the state amidst a modern setting, this is an experience more than just a stay.

80 — 25 Grand Heritage rooms, 47 Grand Heritage rooms with a balcony, four Luxury suites, two Duplex suites, one Royal suite, and one Maharaja suite


Palatial architecture, iconic location and complimentary wifi.


Internet rates for a midweek stay in a Grand Heritage room in September started from₹17,680.


Lake Pichola, Rajasthan; tel: +91 0294 670 1234;