This is actually a pair of buildings, the Laxmi Niwas and Laxmi Vilas, which is a second building next door. We stayed in older original building. The Original building is a converted palace. The rooms are old, with padlocks to lock to ancient doors. However it was clean and charming and we would have slept well if the noise level was better controlled. There was much banging of doors at various hours of the night.
Wifi was weak, but this may not have been in their control.
Dining room was grand, but the buffet dining was good but not great. They did have a bar, but limited choices or beer/ wine, more choices for hard liquor.
The rooms are huge and modern. The bathrooms too are clean and modern. The hotel itself, has an old-school, haveli type feel to it. It has no elevators so you need to climb a number of stairs to reach the higher floors. It has a pool which is decent sized.
We were there last weekend. We had booked a suite and the room was huge and beautifully furnished. All the buffets were good. It wasnt lavish but there was enough to choose from and the quality was good. The dinner buffet was particularly inviting with chicken tikka and laal maans also featuring on the menu. The pool looked clean. The spa offers essentially different types of Ayurvedic massages. My husband had a good experience but the lady masseuse was just average and service provided was very average. The gardens are beautifully maintained. Our main issue was with being our room almost overlooking an area where a party was being hosted the night we stayed. We were categorically told that the music would be off by 10 pm but despite our repeated complaints, it went on well past midnight. While food and pretty rooms are great, a good nights rest is of greatest concern for those looking for a break. We dont really eat poor food at home nor are our homes badly furnished. We go for a holiday, looking for rejuvenation. That was made impossible by the noisy night and the management simply did nothing about it. Quite a shame.
We came to Bharatpur by car from Agra, via Fatehpur Sikri, intent on visiting the Keoladeo Park & Bird Sanctuary. The main road that this place is located is a mess and we had to drive (everybody that is) on the right-hand-side to get here.
Now researching this place (back in late 2015 for a Spring 2017 trip) proved a challenge Laxmi Niwas Palace and Laxmi Vilas Palace have separate Entries (as if separate Hotels, even if shared ownership), but have the same address, appear in identical Locations on the Map, exhibit a range of strikingly similar Photos and yet have different prices on Booking.com, anyway. Two different Entries on TripAdvisor too, with different ratings and Reviews. Am now from confused.com.
This (Niwas) we were advised was the best place in town, and Vilas was being renovated, so OK.
When we arrived, it seems our timing was off and they were not expecting us or at least the Booking could not be found (or the system was down). Our Voucher helped. Copies of passports were required, as, despite admitting that they had them already, they could not be located and new copies were required. Shortage of printer ink then confounded that for a good while, by which time the previously supplied copies were located.
After this farce, which took 40 minutes was over, we were invited to be shown around and to our Room. A dark, unwelcoming lounge, then bar (both empty). I think, but admit to guessing, that this Building was Laxmi Vilas Palace. We then crossed past the pool (no one around) to the other building (Laxmi Niwas Palace ..... ? ) and upstairs to our Room, accessed after using a key in the padlock and sliding back the not insignificant bolt. Giggles were suppressed, but only just.
Our Room (No 58 on 1st Floor) was huge - 4-poster, day bed, sitting area, windows to the outside (see the view in Pictures), desk, fridge, kettle etc, wardrobe and bathroom. But lacked any soft touches or decor, except a god-awful ceiling light fixture very Art Deco.
The Room was extremely hot and stuffy, so we prioritised getting the temp down and some fresh air. Tricky the power went off if you were not in the room, so the AC only worked if you stayed and suffered. Charging any cameras or iPHONEs etc was also not possible, except while you were IN the Room. The fridge proved nice and warm (aka hot), as it had been turned off at the mains and so we were unable to cool drinks down (water for our following day) NB. Power turned-off the moment you left the Room.
Hot water only available during certain hours-of-the-day too. 05.00 10.00 and from 17.00 22.00.
We think their economy program is in over-drive.
Cosmic, so off we went off for our pre-arranged Birding Safari in Koeladeo Park, rendezvousing with our Rickshaw and Bird Guide at its Entrance. VERY good it was too & I would commend this activity to any Birders preferable to any City Centre Tour.
Then back to our Oven, a cold beer (swarmed by mosquitoes) in their bar, before heading for Dinner in their Restaurant. Luckily enough they could squeeze us in. In a dining room with capacity for over 75 folks, we made the grand total - 12. A buffet service of very traditional local fare seemed fine so we stayed, only to be flabbergasted at being asked if we could be out by 8.00pm, as they had a Party of VIPs coming. Boy did that make us feel special or what.
We retired, breakfasted early (& simply), checked-out, took a couple of pictures and left for the Station.
In its heyday, this was probably some place, but time has not been kind. It desperately needs a make-over, huge modernisation programme and a massive dose of TLC. Upgrading the pool and surrounding area (done) and the construction of a Banquet Hall for big Weddings was not what we had in mind, but we were only Guests expressing personal opinions, as one tends to do in writing a Review. Your place your call.
I have looked at others Reviews of this place and can only conclude we were at different places, the variance is so huge. We must have been incredibly unlucky, but I stand by these opinions/views.
Whats with the red water in the channels running down from the Fountains very odd.
What an amazing place to go. If you go visit the Taj Mahal, you need to spend a night over there.
People are very nice and helpful, the rooms are just perfect and the swimming pool so great.
The building is so much filled with history, it's quite and peaceful, what a change after having been to the Taj Mahal!