Udai Kothi is in every design-lover’s black book. Unlike other hotels on the block, this one has been made with a vivid use of colours, patterns and even tiles. The highlight of staying here, besides the cosy rooms and attention to detail is access to its rooftop pool, the only one of its kind in Udaipur, and restaurant. Sit back on a cushioned divan, order a glass of wine and soak up Udaipur.
Accommodation starts at approximately ₹ 4000 for the basic rooms.
The Oberoi Udaivilas
It would have to be a pretty gigantic rock to be living under, to not have heard of this Oberoi luxury hotel. Udaivilas is a sprawling property spread across 50 acres, it has beautiful architecture that takes inspiration from the city’s heritage palace, and it’s hard to believe that it is all made from ground zero. The interiors, are exquisitely done with the most attention to details, from the stunning lotus pond to the sparkling domes, lawns and of course, the rooms.
Accommodation starts at ₹ 32,000 per night
If you want a traditional box-hotel experience and luxury at the same time, the Trident Udaipur is your best bet. The 5-star hotel is in the same compound as the Oberoi Udaivilas property, and offers a beautiful view of the lake. And if you need a dip in the water right away, there’s always the swimming pool.
Accommodation starts at ₹ 10,000 per night
There’s little not to love about Amet Haveli, a palace-turned-heritage hotel that has made the banks of Lake Pichola its home. The beautifully done up property is always in bloom, with bright orange flowers in its courtyard and more to follow inside. It boasts a spa, a pool, Udaipur’s most wanted restaurant, Ambrai (hint: it’s for the view), a Mexican restaurant, Amber, and in our humble opinion, some really delicious fries.
A backpacker’s delight, Zostel has made its way to Udaipur as well and sits pretty on a hill in the City of Lakes. Just a hop, skip and tumble away from the Swaroop Sagar Lake, and not too far from Lake Pichola either, Zostel opens out to the bustling markets in the old city.
Go bunk-bed in a dorm, get some privacy in the singles room or sit at the rooftop cafe—it doesn’t matter. Wherever you go, the lake will follow.
Accommodation from ₹ 399.
If you want a beautiful hotel with a view of Lake Pichola, yet are strapped on a budget, pick Jagat Niwas. This restored haveli has all the makings of a good holiday – a great location, well-maintained, clean rooms, prompt service and good food. Make sure to have a meal at their rooftop restaurant, and pick a lake-facing room for the best experience.
Accommodation starts at ₹ 5000 per night
At Justa Sajjangarh, you won’t get a glimpse of the blue that a lot of people travel to Udaipur for, but it more than makes up for it with its view of the Sajjangarh Fort (or the Monsoon Palace as people know it). This box-hotel is a departure from the havelis, and is for the modern traveller. It focuses on the delicious new-age food at its all-day dining restaurant Sabor. Go for the view, stay for the food, we say.
Accomodation starts at ₹ 8000 per night for a Superior room