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Lalitha Mahal Road, Mysore 570028, KA


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The Royal family for entertainment & leisure, as well as for housing the VIP guests used LMP, the Royal retreat, and a palatial mansion of Mysore Maharaja. Maharaja gifted the building to Karnataka government, who in turn leased it out to ITDC, and ITDC converted it into a heritage hotel, for the crème-de-la –crème in 1974. Originally it had only 18 rooms consisting of 2 Royal suites, and 16 super deluxe rooms. ITDC subsequently added 36 more rooms. The additional construction thankfully has not damaged the grand architecture & style of the original building.

LMPH, normally is out of reach for we, upper middle class folks, but the off season packages from 1st April to 30th Sept every year, make it affordable. The weekend /family holiday package of 2 nights and 3 days for a couple plus 2 children below 12 years, costs Rs.8500/-, including Rs.1000/- worth food coupons which rarely last for a single day breakfast. Since my children are above 12, I had to shell out another Rs.2500/- for an extra bed. The total tab of nearly Rs.15000/- was worth every rupee! It was an unforgettable, “once in a lifetime “ kind of an experience.

The Palace Hotel is grand, opulent and luxurious. Plush well appointed rooms, 8kms away from the city located in the middle of nowhere overlooking the Chamundi Hills, beautiful parks surrounding the hotel, courteous and very friendly staff (an exception for ITDC), a nice small swimming pool, the giant corridors full of paintings depicting the grandeur of a bygone era….all this make you feel like a pampered Royal Guest.

ITDC, the public sector behemoth, with it’s bureaucratic,lethargic work culture can f… up any place or palace on the earth! Thankfully they haven’t been able to do much damage here, but the systemic deficiencies and flaws can’t be helped.

During the tourist season (Oct to Feb), the hotel is bursting at seams, impossible to get a reservation even if you are willing to shell down Rs.8500/- per day for a double room, Off-season we went and there was hardly 30 % occupancy. We had the full Palace, and full attention of the staff to ourselves! Right from Gagan Seth the flamboyant Manager to Siddaraju in house-keeping, everyone was extremely cordial, friendly and helpful. We were given a conducted tour of the Vice Roy suite (costs Rs.45000/- per day) with its regal furniture, Belgian cut-glass chandeliers, Scottish furniture , et all still intact.

We were lucky to have landed up during the Baisakhi celebrations. LMPH had organised gala evening of dance,music, and buffet dinner, a sumptuous spread of Punjabi cuisine. Hoi polloi of Mysore showed up and it was a gala evening full of fun and celebration.

LMPH is a place to lusuriate,relax,lieback & enjoy, and definitely worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. Do not cram your itinerary with too many outings and “things to do “. Carry some books which you never had time to read, just relax, eat, drink,take long walks, have a swim, lie down poolside with a beer and a book, wow! Great time!

The place can do with many improvements, people like us have to visit, make suggestions, be demanding, and hopefully things will happen. If and when privatisation happens, definitely it will become a place out of this world, but then, it may become out of our reach. So, before that happens, pack your bags, go and have a great time. My kids have decided to post their own reviews, I am sure you will find them interesting.

Food is OK. Breakfast is nothing to write home about, it costs a lot, but you have no choice. Food is expensive, better to go out for lunch, and have dinner only in LMPH.

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