Originally named Jag Niwas, the Lake Palace is located on an island on Lake Pichola, Udaipur. Built in the 18th Century it continued to serve as the summer residence of the Maharanas of Udaipur until 1955, and in 1959 reconstruction work began to convert the palace into a hotel.
Comprising of 86 guestrooms, of which 23 are suites, the palace also offers two restaurants, a bar, reading room, courtyards with performance areas, swimming pool, treatment rooms, conference room and the Gangaur Boat for functions and fine dining on the lake.
Before renovations commenced, the majority of the hotel's standard rooms had very basic finishes and furnishings, which failed to capture the essence of a palace for visiting guests. Combined with public areas that were also lacking the palatial feel, the experience for the visitor was a little disappointing.