Went to this place on new year eve for new year party. Loved it!! The location, aura of the place is so intriguing and inspiring and lets you relax and enjoy your time to the fullest!! Awesome place.. Recommended to ALL.
The rooms are well made but the service is really slow and location is slightly inconvenient to roam in udaipur. The hotel during our stay was busy with events hence service was very slow. We also had rat in our rooms but thankfully hotel staff managed to get it out.
The resort is excellent for a peaceful stay, a little away from the main city, the decor is in traditional Rajasthani palaces style.The rooms are spacious and clean.Breakfast buffet on the rooftop with a live flute recital is wonderful. Would like to thank Mr Bhagwan for taking very good care of us.
As I have just visited an anomaly for otherwise professionally hospitable Rajasthan, I am tempted to commence my hotel reviewer career with a strange facility going by the name of The Royal Retreat.
I am tempted to borrow the text from its website (website text is placed between two apostrophes) to juxtapose it with reality.
"Flanked with the towering majesty of Aravalli Range, The Royal Retreat is a place to be experienced."
Unfortunately, it is also flanked by two villages with one-car narrow streets, cows, open drains and digging (if you are unlucky like me) making your attempts to reach it without a couple of flutters in heart is impossible provided you are driving a car that you love.
"The place which was actually meant to be the dream bungalow of an art connoisseur and an antique dealer, now serves class, royalty and joy."
As it is Rajasthan, I accept the poetic liberty taken in using the word "antique" as this place is clearly owned by one of the typical an "antique" dealers populating Rajasthan and doing our nation a great services by manufacturing "antiques" for the drawing rooms of our white-skinned cousins.
But the use of word "connoisseur" is stretching it a bit too far. The entire resort is a nightmare for any one with artistic eye and liking for Indian art in its original form. It is so full of stuff trying to look old that it ends up looking like attic of your old aunt who refuses to throw away stuff, only slightly more unkempt.
"Escape from the hustle of the city, take a long drive and move into the lavish yet serene spaces of The Royal Retreat!"
By which the busy poet means that you got to drive really far from Udaipur while desperately hunting for signage of the resort and wondering if google map is trying to get you lost or not.
"Adorned spaces of The Royal Retreat are absolutely in-sync with the blissfully pleasant surroundings. No matter whether it is your Royal Suite or the drawing-room, every space is passionately created and thoughtfully designed."
This is where the poet has just crossed all the limits as the the place come close to being an godown of (mostly fake) art-pieces but more cluttered. You need to be a foreigner to really take this chaos as in-sync with something. At the best, it looks like an Indian Jones set that needs serious dusting.
That was dismembering of the webpage claims, but the real horror is in terms of how it is designed.
The resort is also a great example of why architecture is a job of a professional that should not be attempted just because you are buying and selling what you call "art".
The "bungalows" are just a set of rooms placed around a dark enclosed hall with hardly any natural light and mostly a horror show of "art". (While it could have been a wonderful open courtyard).
Room design is comic in every sense, provided you find demise of your privacy a laughing matter.
The ground floor room that I had the pleasure of occupying allows you the unique Indian experience of sleeping on the street as its (only two) windows open onto the "street" with constant movement of various labour forces employed by the management (possibly to produce more "antiques").
For their visual delight, the bed is located close to these windows, whereby offering you two choices, learn to live in darkness or accept a constant stream of peeping toms while you are on the bed.
It is clear that resort runs on a clear principle of No Privacy, as the beds are also placed exactly opposite to the main door to ensure that every staff member visiting your room gets to inspect you in bed.
When you get to the bathroom, it gets really interesting, as it is "ventilated" only through a window abutting the same busy street, so if you desire to ventilate your bathroom, you have to open yourself to possible prosecution under acts barring public display of nudity; or you live with a bathroom with no ventilation.
The bathroom layout itself defies gravitational laws as it has placed drain-holes in the middle. I suspect that guests are expected to pray to water to go into them.
As they have not heard of dry and wet separation, you learn to live with a constantly wet floor and a stand-alone glass sheet to hold onto if you slip.
The most amusing thing about the room is a likely possibility where electrical layout was made on the mirror image of furniture layout. So there is NOT EVEN ONE switchboard where it should be, but is in a place exactly opposite to it.
If you think this experience is dampened by typical Rajasthan hospitality, you are not that lucky.
Though it serves really good food (at times), it has what it claims "local" staff to appointed to generate local employment. So any expectation of finding basic hospitality awareness is useless.
If you arrive with drivers, they will tell you there is no place for drivers to stay. If you expect some smooth talk from restaurant staff, you would encounter wonderful rudeness. If you look at live egg-counter, you will realise that they have not heard of nonstick utensils. You would get red ants on toilet seats. And, it has a mysterious "manager" who manages to stay out of sight.
So, it is a resort to go to with a huge group of people with a lot of sense of humour. That is the only way you can enjoy the royal......
the location of my room was very far from reception and dining hall. and also they were preparing the ground for 31st party due to which the noise also bothered us at night time, which was also brought to their notice but in vain.
they had golf cars service also but very poor. after calling for it, it never came .
overall breakfast and dinner (inclusive in package) options were very poor. and room service was terrible. whether it is for food or for any housekeeping also same.
so better one should stay away from this hotel as this also is located apprx 8 kms inside the village. and nothing nearby.
I complained many times about change for my room but in vain.
i complained 2-3 times for food options also but again in vain.
if the payment was not done fully, i would have first day only had changed the hotel(they call it a resort)....