|Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace Mysore
Travel to Mysore and stay in Lalitha Mahal Palace hotel of Mysore to
make your trip comfortable in India.
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Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace Mysore
His Highness Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar Bahaddur IV built Lalitha Mahal
palace situated at the foothill of Chamundi hill in 1921 to house his
important guests. Lalitha Mahal Palace is an imposing structure designed by
Mr. E.W. Fritchley an English architect of contemporary fame. Several minor
ornamentations in this building are reminiscence of British Palaces. The
imposing domes are modeled on the St. Paul's Cathedral of London.
On a low hill, just outside the royal city of Mysore, stands a shimmering
white palace - a splendid Italian palazzo, double columned and domed-set in
sprawling terraced and landscaped gardens. This is the Lalitha Mahal, built
by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore to host his most important guest, the
Viceroy of India. The Lalitha Mahal is now one of India's most opulent
hotels. India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has converted the
Lalitha Mahal Palace into a Five-Star hotel managed by the Ashok group of
Set amidst palaces, collonaded markets, statue circles, temples and lakes
is the prestigious Lalitha Mahal Palace hotel, with 54 rooms with original
atmosphere and charm and modern luxury of the highest standard with
impeccable service. It has a very elite banquet hall and a marvelous ball
The enchanting 300 room hotel offers a glimpse of princely living to anyone
who chooses to stay here. My family and I decided to experience a taste of
this bygone era, for just one day when we visited Mysore last month.
Our suite had a very generously proportioned living space that led into a
bedroom on the left through a colonnaded archway, and to the dress, and the
bathroom on the right. The living room housed a sofa, two chairs, a coffee
table, a work desk, a TV, and an armoire that discreetly housed a
refrigerator. Black and white prints depicting the colonial raj era graced
the walls. A basket of fresh fruit awaited us when we entered our suite.
The bedroom had a four poster bed, two nightstands with marble countertops,
a velvet upholstered chaise lounge, and a rosewood table with ivory carving
in it. And yes, there were chocolate éclairs on the nightstand.
All the furniture pieces were genuine antiques, and made out of either
rosewood or teakwood. The drapes, the bedspreads, and rest of the
furnishings were done up in raw silk, in a color scheme of browns, and
beiges. The 25 foot high ceilings, the Persian rugs, and the rosewood
wainscoting added to the grandeur of the space.
The dressing space was again an elaborate affair on two armoires, a shoe
stand, and a sit down dressing table with a Belgian mirror, all made out of
rosewood. The very spacious all-marble bathroom had an old fashioned wash
basin, and a really huge bathtub. The upscale toiletries had a sandalwood
scent, and were a pleasure to use.
The erstwhile Ball Room has been recreated as a gourmet restaurant and the
central hall is adorned with life-size portraits of the Royals, lithographs
portraying Tippu's skirmishes with the British, decorative motifs on the
walls and ceilings, stained Belgian glass domes, carved wooden shutters and
myraid touches of regal embellishment.
24 hr coffee shop, Laundry, Gymnasium, Games, Jacuzzi, Sauna Steam ,
Swimming Pool, Beauty Parlour, Halls, Bar Pub, Baby Sitting, Doctor on Call,
Safe Deposit, Shopping Arcade
appointed room with elegant furniture.
Banquet Facility, Executive Lounge, Conference Facility, Money Changer,
For sports enthusiasts there are many facilities like swimming pool,
billiards room, tennis court and jogging track. There is a health spa for
the health conscious.
Room facilities include air-conditioned mini bar and refrigerator,
telephone, television, personal safe and tea/coffee facility.
Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, coffee shop, swimming pool,
babysitting, Business services, guest laundry, 24hr reception and child
Mysore is a charming city in Karnataka, a southern state in India. In this
formerly princely city, opulence is often taken for granted; it is not very
unusual to see a palace or a fort perched on top of a hill, in almost every
part of the city. However, other than the main palace of the city, the
Lalitha Mahal Palace is perhaps the most regal, in this city of palaces.
In the year1920, Sri Krishna Raja Wadiyar, the erstwhile Maharaja of
Mysore, hired a British architect named, E.W. Fritchley to design a special
palace to house his royal guests, the most important one being the Viceroy
of India. Almost ten years later, the architect saw this magnificent
building to fruition, and the building was named Lalitha Mahal.
Since the hotel is located on a hill, it overlooks the romantic Mysore
skyline. On left side of the hotel, you can see the Chamundi Hill with its
ancient temple, a huge rock carving of Nandi the Bull and the smaller royal
summer palace. The Brindavan Gardens, the Ranganathitoo bird sanctuary, and
the fort and summer palace of the legendary Tippu Sultan, are all a short
drive from Lalitha Mahal.
The circular lounge itself is a magnificent space right under the central
dome of the building. Polished marble floors, painted and chandeliered
ceilings and antique furniture grace this regal space. A bifurcated marble
staircase, which is the focal point of this lounge, literally sweeps you up
to the grand upper floors of the building. Do check out the quaint elevator
also, which is equipped with a seat upholstered in velvet, and takes you up
to the upper floors in style.
Restaurant, and the Tea Lounge
The restaurant was originally the Banquet Room of the palace, and is a
grand space done up in blue and white, with dining areas under stained glass
The Lalitha Mahal has a nice bookstore, and three other stores that sell
jewelry, silks, and Indian handicrafts respectively. Except the bookstore,
the other stores are a little overpriced, even though they have some really
The Grand ballroom of the hotel has now been converted into a conference
room, which can hold up to 150 people. We did not have time to check out the
Game Room which offers billiards, cards, and chess, or the Bar. The hotel
also has an outdoor swimming pool, and tennis courts.