Heading back to history, the Historic Resort Hotels (HRH) Group of Hotels was primarily formed to preserve the palaces, island-palaces and retreats of the former royal family of Mewar, Udaipur. Ever since its advent, the hotel group has taken giant strides for influencing the advanced classification of luxury hospitality with a regal touch. Taking the legacy ahead, Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Executive Director of HRH Group of Hotels shares how the group is further accelerating toward gathering the high-end guests seeking uber luxury
Foraying with the distinct selling proposition of making its guests ‘Experience the Original in the Abode of Kings’, HRH Group of Hotels is reinstating royalty through serving the wealthy guests with the much-required luxurious hospitality in the ‘City of Lakes’. Under the in-depth supervision of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar who is also the Chairman & MD of HRH Group of Hotels and Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, the group is consistently enhancing the extravagance front. “Imagine, after a son et lumière at the Palace Grounds, our guests are ferried in boats to Jagmandir Island Palace for a sumptuous dinner at The Darikhana Restaurant. It is memorable for them in many ways; this is where our luxury heritage hospitality remains truly unique,” exclaims Mewar of Udaipur.
The group’s iconic palace-hotels such as Shiv Niwas Palace’ and Fateh Prakash Palace are classified ‘Grand Heritage Palaces while Jagmandir Island Palace in Udaipur and Gajner Palace, Gajner (near Bikaner) are classified as ‘Heritage Palaces’. Like the founder’s forerunners claim, HRH is best poised to offer heritage experiences, which are unique and authentic. Their strength lies in the ‘experiential tourism’ products like Regal Weddings and MICE events at the heritage venues.
“2019 is a landmark year for us! Our most-preferred Sunset Terrace Restaurant now has an air-conditioned seating area overlooking the Lake Pichola. This aesthetically-designed extension can now cater to over 75 guests, enjoying their lunches and dinners in the temperature-controlled ambience. Our chefs at the Sunset Terrace Restaurant will ensure that their culinary offerings will continue to delight your guests,” informs Singh and continues, “The ‘Dovecote Premier Suites’ have added yet another facet of the luxury offerings from our iconic Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur. The suites are well appointed with period furniture in spacious settings. Large beds with ornate carvings, elegant interiors add to the decor of the suites that are spread across 500 sq. ft., rather more. Original paintings and artworks create an elegant ambience to cocoon the guests in the warm of our distinct hospitality. The Dovecote rooms are also being refurbished. At Fateh Prakash Palace, there is always a buzz in the air!”
In early 1960s, His late Highness Maharana Bhagwat Singh ‘converted’ the family’s island palace, the Jagniwas, into Lake Palace Hotel (now under management with the Taj Group of Hotels). Subsequently, his successors further enhanced the platforms that had been created, thus developing the HRH Group of Hotels into India’s largest and only chain of palace-hotels under private ownership. “Through the HRH Group, we are able to preserve the heritage of Mewar and Rajasthan, giving our guests the opportunity to Experience the Original in the Abode of Kings,” boasts Mewar of Udaipur.
Headquartered in Udaipur, on the banks of Lake Pichola, HRH Group of Hotels is preserving palaces and sanctuary – resorts. The group offers regal experiences in island-palaces, museums, galleries, car collections and much more. Besides our iconic palace-hotels of Shiv Niwas Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace and Jagmandir Island Palace in Udaipur and Gajner Palace, Gajner (near Bikaner), the group has a significant presence across Rajasthan. Additionally, Shikarbadi Hotel, Udaipur; Garden Hotel, Udaipur; The Aodhi, Kumbhalgarh; Fateh Bagh, Ranakpur; Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer; Karni Bhawan Palace in Bikaner are the ‘royal retreats’ that the group vaunts of. “Undoubtedly, our palace-hotels in Udaipur are our flagship properties, being authentic palaces where royalty once lived and entertained their guests,” exclaims Singh.
This group of hotels is currently standing out in the luxury hotel market in terms of its service and royal touch that makes the brand name catch the eye of the crowd. “Our palace-hotels and resorts are the best-in-class and have been richly rewarded by innumerable prestigious awards since the early 1990s. From the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Government of India Awards’ to renowned international groups, our hotels have been acknowledged for their warmth, hospitality and services that are on par with the best in the world. Speaking about Singh’s personal input that he would want to supplement in the current ethos of the group’s business, he interprets, “We are professionals and are continuously professionalising our services. I believe that more committed and dedicated people in the midst of a workplace make for an inspiring environment to work and deliver beyond the satisfaction of guests.” Having been completely involved in all areas of the group’s operations, starting from F&B or sales and marketing, he continues to give his best to the group and is keen on learning the new facets about hospitality, every single day.