Review of Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel in Mysore – stay like a royalty

I stayed for two nights at Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel in Mysore a few months back and I can assure you that the experience is worth your time at pocket friendly price. Maintained by ITDC, this palace turned hotel is near to many landmarks of the city. A beautiful property tucked in the lap of nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the main city gives panoramic view of the Mysore city as well as the Chamundi Hills. It is also open to visitors not staying at the hotel for a nominal fee. Made by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1930’s this palace is simple yet elegant.The former stately rooms are individually decorated with antique-style furnishings and plush fabrics. All have TVs, and most have balconies. There’s an opulent fine-dining restaurant, an al fresco eatery and a grand bar. Other amenities include a fitness room, an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a billiard room, plus landscaped gardens and a helipad. So did Lalitha Mahal Palace impress me? Let’s find out.

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Lalitha Mahal Palace Mysore

I stayed in the Deluxe Room that included breakfast. The room was fairly large with vintage decor. (Check the video for details). It had a balcony overlooking the Chamundi Hills. The outdoor pool and a fountain was visible from the large room windows. Though, I found the pool was average, without any pool manager or a life guard. The lounging chairs were kept haphazardly.

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And you were suppose to carry room towels to the pool. How can they do this? I liked the room though it wasn’t anything like a stately room. (But suites are definitely stately, more on that later in this post.) The bathroom in the deluxe room was unkempt with old fittings. The flush was not working. And in one of the rooms the lock was broken. So when I checked in, I was rather disappointed. But the staff was prompt enough to change the room.

You can watch my travel experience and short hotel review here:

So after a bad start why do I still recommend this over other hotels? Well, the answer lies in the overall princely experience. The property still retains its royal grandeur. You can take a virtual tour here to see how magnificent it looks in certain areas. The interiors are decorated with elaborate carvings, immaculately polished venation marble floors, priceless carpets, ornate Rosewood furniture and the stately balustrade staircase that sweeps up to the upper floor. It reminds you of the beauty of the bygone era when royal guests would throng the palace on occasions demanded by the king.

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Viceroy Room

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Powder room next to the huge bathroom

The central hall is adorned with life size portraits of the royalty, lithographs portraying Tipu Sultan’s skirmishes with the British, decorative motifs on the walls and ceiling, carved wood shutters, wall panels and myriad touches of regal embellishment.

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The accommodation at this heritage hotel consists of 54 stately suites and rooms. The Viceroy, Vicerine, Duplex Suites and rooms of the hotel are of princely proportions. They are cool, airy, with high ceiling and plenty of natural light. The rooms are decorated with period furniture, four poster beds, deep velvet covered arm chairs, gilt framed Belgian mirrors, etc. The huge awe inspiring bathrooms are equipped with original shanks of Scotland plumbing fixtures in the suites. To reach the suites, guest are taken in a vintage elevator which operates rather swiftly.

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Lalitha Mahal Palace review, best hotels in Mysore, Mysore travel tips, Indian palaces

Duplex Suites

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The erstwhile ballroom has been recreated into a gourmet restaurant called Sapphire, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The stunning ‘Durbar’ like ambience with rich lace curtains and jharokas of the restaurant are mesmerizing. In the porch you will find pictures of all the Kings in the Wadiyar Dynasty (24, down the line) in malleable gold.

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Sapphire restaurant

Service staff is usually in traditional ethnic attire. Amongst the most sought after dishes is the Mysore Maharaja Thali which I tried but couldn’t finish. A must try for people with serious appetite.

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You can also take a royal horse carriage ride in its compound for Rs 100/person.

Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore

I would highly recommend that you stay in this heritage hotel than other commercial five star properties for an exclusive experience. The city is very beautiful and stay with Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel is like icing on the cake.

Have you every stayed in a heritage hotel? Do give your recommendations for my next trip.

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