The Place - We decided on this place over other 4 star hotels in Mysore because this is a palace. It is a good experience to stay like a royal once in lifetime. The palace per say is good. The dining hall is awesome with shades of royal blue everywhere. Some of the rooms have that royal touch with four poster beds and antique finish. Our room in older wing however was smaller in size and bathroom had signs of wear and tear. Food - The quality of food is strictly okay. As compared to quality and spread of breakfast available at other comparable hotels, the spread here was limited and quality just about okay. The staff is not rude but not best of the breed too. Especially restaurant staff is curt. Others are trying to get money out of you by offering a guided tour of Brindavan Gardens after their duty etc. Who needs a guide to see these places? There was some movie shoot going on when we visited so could not capture real beauty of the palace in the camera due to stuff littered all over. Sad to say that we were expecting little more than what we got even though the experience was not bad. May be ITDC should not manage the palace and give it to a private company to manage. That will make the difference.