Is a luxury hotel worth smashing your low budget over?

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Is a luxury hotel worth smashing your low budget over?

Is a luxury hotel worth smashing your low budget over? India Miker steven_ber asks and answers his own question in this great article on what staying at a luxury hotel in India is like, and whether the overall experience is worth the money spent. As he puts it, you may be surprised by some of his conclusions in this article.

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great stuff steve, salivating at the thought of a stay there.

Not surprised you got food poisoning, should have stuck to the street food. (Whoops, I can feel some acrimonious correspondence from "Peak XV" coming on...........


Useful to point out that the idea of staying in a luxury hotel and then slumming it are not incompatible. My usual trips consist of the Imperial in new Delhi, the Indus Guest house in Leh, great people but somewhat basic - I have repaired the cistern on several occasions - and a tent.
On this topic can I give a shout for the Imperial. Dead convenient for CP and the usual Delhi sights, a couple of stops from Pahaganj/Red fort on the metro and a brilliant evocation of Raj India inside. The public spaces have a great collection of watercolours and prints that are worth an afternoon's stroll alone, 19th and 20th century Orientalism, although the heroic British consistently triumphing over the native population gets a bit much (get over it, we lost.........) Great staff, a massage that my wife, a spa junkie rated as the best she had ever had and a barber's shop that does a head banging session that reduced me to a happily somnolent jelly. The bell desk got me a working cellphone in an hour. Minor gripe, the baths in the standard rooms are too small for a wallow.


As you say the secret is avoid the alcohol, (address the concept of the 10 beer....) Bring duty free or a hipflask or have a few pints in the Blues Bar at the south end of CP a 10 min walk away. The resturants are expensive, why bother with Italian unless you have been curried for 6 months, but the North Indian one is great for those who like meat and cream in abundance. Wasnt wild about the South Asian last time. I think the breakfast buffet can be indulged even if you are not staying there - where else can you start the day with decent granola, follow it with some idli and then hit the fry-up?
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I'd love to go stay at the Taj Palace in Udaipur. Far too expensive though. Maybe I can go just for a meal or drink instead. I bet it's luxurious place for afternoon tea.
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It is. But the spectacular view, esp at night, of the Lake Palace is only offered from the opposite bank - ie/ looking at it, not from in it. We stayed at the Raj Niwas. Idyllic.
Far cheaper, but the bring your own liquor rule will still apply, although in this case its quality not price that is the deciding factor
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post I'd love to go stay at the Taj Palace in Udaipur. Far too expensive though. Maybe I can go just for a meal or drink instead. I bet it's luxurious place for afternoon tea.
FingFang - I can't find the reference for this - however my memory says you cannot go to the Taj Lake Palace Hotel unless you are a guest of the hotel. Not for a meal, not for a drink, and certainly not for a look around.
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Oh no, how disappointing. Never mind. If I'm lucky enough to win the lotto then I can go.
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I loved the write up steve...
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post I'd love to go stay at the Taj Palace in Udaipur. Far too expensive though. Maybe I can go just for a meal or drink instead. I bet it's luxurious place for afternoon tea.
As Karl Pilkington says "you're better off living in the hole looking at the palace than living in the palace looking at the hole".

Having been to Udaipur it couldn't be more fitting. The lake palace is stunning from the other side.

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If you are desperate to get a closer view of the Lake Palace Hotel take one of the sunset cruises on Lake Pichola. Otherwise book a hotel with a good view over the lake.
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Dr Rudi,
sure we drank there, a might dissapointing given the better view from the bank.

Now all youi world citizens, suggest trip though some of the south for 2-3 week. it is our 23 wedding anniverary year and sh's 50 this birthday It must conta few days quiet beach though we lovr to visit Juhu or Chowpatty for culinary reasons.It needs to go to supplying the odd wealth hotel and spas temples But in between the swishh we are happy to rough it. Mumbai entry and exit. from the UK
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Hi Steve,

Nice to hear this review about the Vivanta (by Taj) Hotel. Would have loved to meet you in Mumbai again if you were passing through my city!!! Hope all is well with you.

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Hi Steve, Great review thanks for sharing. We stay at the Taj Exotica in Goa for a few days of luxury at the end of our India trips and I recognise much of what you say. It is so relaxing. We only eat in the restaurant occasionally as the local beach shacks are so very good and have in many ways a nicer atmosphere.....much cheaper too. Breakfasts there are awesome, the Marsala Dosas are something else, we always get a mix of curiosity and envy evident on the faces of other westerners when we order them and they are delivered with a flourish! Heading back in November, can't wait!!
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Ok it was 18 years ago, but my budget then was around the Rs 100 level.

The only upgrade was the Diggi Palace in Jaipur - it cost Rs 250 a double!

I appreciate that prices have risen over this time, although the rupee is now 100 to the sterling instead of the 45/ that is was then, but Rs 10,000 a night per person? Maybe if one had a week to spend in India, instead of 3 months....
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luxury hotel prices

Im afraid I would find it very difficult to pay them prices in India even in the UK
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Very nice Article,Thanks for sharing this information.
The most difficult part of travel preparation is picking the right Hotel.
Before you book your stay,this review will definitely help you in selecting the best Hotels.

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