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Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

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Relive the grandeur of days gone by during a visit to Taj Falaknuma Palace, an ornate old building that now acts as a luxury hotel. Completed in 1893 according to a design by an English architect, the building has several interesting external features, including the fact that the whole thing is meant to look like a scorpion when seen from above, with two wings acting as the stingers. Take a tour of the erstwhile palace to see the Italian and Tudor influenced interiors, then treat yourself to a spot of high tea--a meal much enjoyed by the upper classes during the colonial era. Make Taj Falaknuma Palace a part of your Hyderabad vacation plans using our Hyderabad vacation builder.
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  • Having read about Taj Falaknuma Palace on TripAdvisor as well as on other sites, it was unsurprisingly near the top of my wishlist for long and I finally got the chance to visit the place recently as ...  more »
  • very beautiful place for movie cinema shootings. very attractive, and useful for all type of friends. visit guys.  more »
  • A beautiful former Palace on the hilltop, now converted into a hotel. Without booking lunch or tea party explore the Palace of impossible. The minimum that you must pay for 1 person-RS 2500 + taxes prices are very high. We booked the lunch and tea party that ran us nearly 10000 rupees and included a tour of the Palace, for which we came. Unpleasant surprise was that we did not support very long booking by phone, so we lost 2:00. The food is very tasty, but not worth the money. The excursion lasted 20 minutes, power, it was a huge disappointment. The guide spoke very unintelligible, all his explanations included the phrases "look at the ceiling, look on the floor" time for self-examination halls did not changed very quickly in the next room. There was a sense that he's doing us a huge favor and wants to lose quickly. The Palace itself is beautiful, but it is newly built in the beginning of 20 century. Anyone who has seen the State Hermitage Museum or Palace of Tsarskoye Selo in Saint Petersburg, will not find it nothing special. My impression is that people come back and pay a disproportionately big money to "play a game of Kings", this is very funny. Summary-money thrown away.
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  • Was I impressed with the food? Not really. This place is all about eating in an area of the Adaa restaurant, which is specifically the balcony section of the restaurant overlooking the city. If you sit here, you end up paying minimum 150 USD or something. The menu items were well thought out and serving portions were small. You essentially are tasting different items, and quite honestly the overall experience is worth trying but I am not entirely sold on the cost of it all. If you are visiting from America, maybe worth it...but if you are based in India, waste of money since you are really getting food that mediocre at best due to the cost vs. what you actually eat. Service is alright, I was super impressed. I will however recommend this option as needed but you have to really make your own judgement if it is worth checking out for what you pay to experience this venue and I am specifically referring to the open sitting area.
  • Set in a restored 19th-century palace overlooking the city, this luxe hotel is 2 km from Falaknuma train station and 4 km from the landmark 16th-century Charminar mosque. The elegant rooms feature Colonial-style furniture and marble floors, plus flat-screens, DVD players and limited free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms have canopied beds; stately suites add separate seating and/or dining areas. Room service is offered 24/7.
  • Wow is my first visit experience. I have been here 6 times by now. My experience with the place is good. Hospitality here can not be matched any where else. Food is very good, I liked the Italian restaurant more than the Indian restaurant.
  • From the second we set foot in this amazing property we could not fault it. The theatrical welcome with horse and carriage, rose petal cascade and standard bearer set the bar for the rest of our stay! It is often said that nothing was too much trouble for hotel staff, never was this truer than at the Falaknuma Palace. The staff seemed to know what we wanted before we did. We ate in both restaurants and had room service and could not fault anything we ate or drank. The hotel tour is a must with the resident historian (daily at 5.30pm). We look forward to the day when we can return.
  • It is not TAJ FALAKNUMA PALACE IT IS ONLY FALAKNUMA PALACE, taj group of hotels have hired it for a limited time period , but it is a very beautiful palace in the world.