Memorable lake view, not so memorable cottages
on Dec 17, 2017
The hotel has a splendid view of the lake. The 'dinner by lake' is an incredible experience. The food is delicious. The rooms/cottages, though have nothing 'luxury' about them. Can easily get a better room for as much. Especially, the lighting or the lack of it in the rooms was a major damper for me. Too dimly lit rooms with not even a reading light! The house-keeping is good enough and the bathrooms are opulent compared to the cottage.
Great Location, Great view , Good complimentary breakfast, Poor approach road
on Dec 13, 2017
The food, the service, the location was all good. You have a great view of the lake and the palace. One demerit is the approach road. You have to take the narrow galli through the village to reach the property. The rooms were neat and clean. One issue with the room is the ceiling (the tent) was quite dirty. It needs to be cleaned regularly. The complementary breakfast is a thumbs up!
Beautiful location, excellent service and food
on Dec 6, 2017
Rooms - awesome tents type rooms. awesome view of lake from room. nice bathtubs but, the rooms are little cold as its a tent from above otherwise they are awesome.
service- staff goes out of their way to give service. very polite and helping staff.
food - lake side restuarant is very romantic + the food is very delicious.
Value for money, beside Lake Pichola. Amazing experience.
on Dec 3, 2017
I had great experience at Raas Leela, because of multiple factors like- Tent shaped rooms, cleanliness, Beside Lake Pichola and front view of Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir. Night they have Bon-fire grills and candle light dinner, you can reserve table in advance. Food- we ordered Tandoori Chicken which was really great, however baked vegetable was not upto our expectations and we informed hotel staff and they easily change with alternative option of Pasta.Only drawback, I would say they do not provide complimentary tea/coffee in rooms and breakfast is not buffet as you have to order from standard menu and that too very limited options available. Night view of lake pichola from camp is mesmerising. Whenever in Udaipur, I would love to come back to same place.
Accessibility and location are the biggest handicap for this hotel
on Nov 25, 2017
I booked this hotel after seeing such high reviews on the Tripadvisor. The favourable reviews combined with pictures of lakeside cottages were indeed enticing. While the cottages do have a beautiful view, the overall customer experience was indeed disappointing.
I have stayed in budget friendly and mid-budget hotels at various cities in North America, and have a certain expectations from the hotels depending upon the price I pay. For the price I paid for Raas Leela hotel, my experience fell far short of the expectations I had from this hotel.
The location is the biggest handicap for this hotel. The entrance is tucked away amid the narrow criss-crossing downtown Udaipur streets. The car only goes until certain point, and after that you are dependent upon a rickshaw that takes you to hotel. The rickshaw ride is not for the faint of the heart and a walk through dirty streets of Udaipur isn't that fun either. The foreign travelers may consider this ride/walk as a part of the "Indian experience", but for Indians living abroad, this ride definitely shows India in a poor light.
If you are carrying excess luggage with you, have difficulty walking or need special assistance such as wheel chair, this hotel is not for you. There is no handicap access, and you have to get down the stairs to get into the rooms. The reception is a cubicle, where you have to register in an old-fashioned register. It is 2017, and the reception does not have a computer.
The rooms are spacious and clean. Our room had a king sized bed and an extra mattress for a third occupant. The room has basic amenities - drawers, cupboard, TV, mini-fridge. There is no coffee-maker, you have to order it using room service, that too after 6:30 AM. There is no safe to lock your valuables.
The washroom is spacious and clean, although the cement/earthen looks very dull and depressing. The washroom has a large tub, a decent sized basin and a commode. The hotel provides basic toiletries and towels/napkins. The hotel provides bath foam, but does not provide any wash cloth to go with the bath foam. The bathtub has an overhead shower and a hand held shower, but no shower curtains. If you are the first person to use the shower, the washroom turns into an unsafe zone for remaining users, as all the splash water goes out into the washroom floor, and the bathmat is very small to absorb the water. You have to use the used towels/napkins to make bathroom safe.
The hotel provides free à la carte breakfast, but only until 9:30 and you have to order in advance. The breakfast is indeed delicious and served in huge quantities. However, the breakfast is prepared in advance and hence if you go late, you will have to content eating cold breakfast. The hotel also serves lunch and dinner, and the servings are ample and delicious. However, it was odd that they won't serve dinner in the breakfast room in the evening. They would only serve dinner in the garden restaurant, and it gets quite chilly in November to enjoy an outdoor dinner.
Don't get fooled by the free WiFi offer. The WiFi is a joke, it was very slow when operating, didn't operate for majority of the time when I stayed there, and the hotel switched off Wi-Fi during night - not a good thing for a person who wakes up early in the morning or has a jet lag. If you plan to work from this hotel, don't count on the WiFi to be cooperative.
Similar to WiFi, the hotel shuts off hot water in the evening and does not turn it on until the morning. So if you are in a mood for hot shower after a tiring day, you will be out of luck.
The hotel is small and has couple of cottages. If you are a light sleeper, avoid this hotel as the cottages are not soundproof. The noise coming from adjoining cottages will wake you up. Also, the neighbourhood mosque likes to play "azaan" (morning prayer) at 5:30 in the morning, which will wake you up. Similarly, the hotel likes to play music for its restaurant patrons, which can be annoying if you plan to go bed early. The
The staff is cordial and met all our requests. They accepted the payment in credit card, and the manager was kind enough to listen to my feedback.
To summarise, if you are an international traveler, keep your expectations low from this hotel. Try comparing price of this hotel with price of hotels like Travelodge/Comfort Inn in cities like Chicago/Toronto. If you are paying more in Udaipur than you would pay in Chicago, consider avoiding this hotel and find a better priced hotel.