An epitome of luxurious living, fine dining, world-class hospitality and impeccable royal experiences, Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad is a heritage luxury hotel that lies 2000 feet above the city. An enchantress for the Nizams, their Begums and other European signatories, this property consists of refurbished royal furniture, huge Venetian chandeliers, grand marbled stairs, paintings in ornate frames, an amazing collection of crystals, well-maintained gardens and more. 60 guest rooms have been designed in an aesthetic manner and speak of the grandeur of the royalty. The former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, now Taj Falaknuma serves scrumptious delicacies and finest of spirits. The hotel offers all modern comforts.
The construction of Taj Falaknuma Palace was started by a Hyderabadi nobleman Sir Nawab Vikar-Ul Umra who belonged to the Paigah family. All these men commissioned their own palaces, own court and own army. This beautiful property mesmerized Mehboob Ali Pasha, the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad who also happened to be the Sir Vikar’s brother-in-law. The Nawab made Sir Vikar his prime minister so that he could get this lovely palace in the form of ‘Nazar’ or gift.
The palace was built in 1894 and the construction took around 10 years. This beautiful structure was designed by William Mard Marret, a British architect. Sir Vicar-Ul-Umra, PM of the State of Hyderabad, Nizam Mehboob Ali Pasha and Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur became the owners of this property one after the other. Later, it was bought in 1895 and remained the residence of Nizam VI till 1911. After this, the palace was turned into a royal guest house for the esteemed dignitaries including Dr. Rajendra Parasad, the first president of India how stayed here in 1951. Finally in the year 1995, the palace was restored by The Taj Group of Hotels and it became a popular luxury heritage hotel of Hyderabad.
Taking their cue from the erstwhile luxurious setting, the makers of the 60 guestrooms have kept the royal feeling completely intact. Her Highness Princess Esra personally gave a lot of important to the décor’s of the room so that the royal touch and pure indulgence stays at all the places. Some of the world-class facilities and amenities include Pillow-Menu, DVD Players, Multi-line telephones with voicemail , Satellite TV, attached bathrooms with plush toiletries, round the clock room service, several private accesses, private bar, Refrigerator, Fax machines, Laundry services, In-room electronic safe, etc. The color palette is soothing and relaxing. Accommodation at Falaknuma is segregated into 6 categories:
Simply pure leisure, Luxury Rooms offer special valance curtails, Italian marble flooring, refurbished colonial furniture, bathrobes from Ploh, 310 TC Egyptian cotton linen sheets and more. These rooms open to the verdant and well-maintained central courtyard.
If the Nizams would be here, they would surely pick Palace Rooms for their stay because of the opulence, lushness and flawlessness that the rooms offer. Hand-painted walls, shiny oak wood floors, rich fabrics, mirrored tiles in the bathrooms are the highlights.
Also known as Pincer Suites, Historical Suites boast of a superb location in this scorpion-shaped palace. Her Highness Princess Esra took personal interest in selecting Edwardian artwork, plush fabrics and antique furniture pieces. The high ceilings look grand.
Located in the ‘Zenana Wing’, the detailed architecture, superb décor and affluent furnishings of the Royal Suites would allure you. Timber that has been in these suites are seasoned120-year-old Burma teak.
Grand Royal Suites
Offering its guests an amazing high, Grand Royal Suites are a heady mish-mash of spectacular views and artistic interiors. The room has a special private area that was used by the erstwhile Begums when they had to remain in purdah. This suite contains of all the luxuries one can think of. The carpets on which you put your feet on, are custom-made in Turkey.
Grand Presidential Suite
The former personal space of the Nizam of Hyderabad, the Grand Presidential Suite is probably India’s largest Presidential Suite and the most outstanding too, oozing out unimaginable royalty. A self-sufficient pool of extravagance, this Suite consists of a private Jacuzzi, a private swimming pool, a rejuvenating marble fountain and decorate delicate furnishings. This suite is a mix of the royal touches of the past clubbed with the state-of-the-art modern comforts, which has been restored in a wonderful manner. Plush huge bathrooms, Cararra marble flooring and customized furnishings from Turkey are the highlights.
The gastronomic experience at Taj Falaknuma Palace is mix of traditional delicacies from the kitchen of the royalty and popular world-class fares. The recipes used have flown down from generations and when modern culinary techniques are added, the result is lip-smacking food right on your plate. The collection of rare spirits is superb too that has been clubbed with special handmade cigars from across the globe. Following are the dining venues:
Dishes prepared on ‘dum’ that is cooking slowly under pressure with a lot of ‘itmenan’ that patience, are the highlights of traditional Hyderbadi cuisine that is served at Adaa. Special state Banquet menu includes gastronomic delights. Every dish, coming from the royal kitchen, is prepared with great precision and perfection. The ambiance is luxurious too with special delicate carved mirrors and life-size portraits of the Nizams.
Taking inspiration from the Renaissance, Celeste is an all-day dining venue where the guests can relish Mediterranean and Italian cuisines. The in-house expert chefs churn out lip-smacking delicacies in an alliance with European culinary experts. As the ingredients come from all around the globe, the tastes and aromas are authentic.
Breakfast at Jade Verandah
Brighten up your winter mornings by picking delicacies from an exhaustive a la carte menu or from traditional Hyderabadi, South Indian and Turkish delights during Breakfast at Jade Verandah. While relishing your food, savor the scenic beauty and serenity spread all around. There is a special ‘Charminar breakfast’ that is a recreation of dining experiences offered to the dignitaries by the Nizams.
The Jade Room
An ideal place for chit-chat during your afternoon tea, the Jade Room’s menu includes an array of Indian fares, a special Champagne chocolate team and a typical English fare. The highlight of the menu was a selection of tea from all around globe, carefully created by adding traditional Nizami touch. The views from here are lovely. Originally this room was used by the royalty, the dignitaries and important guests for discussions and casual chit-chats. Fitting to the regal feel, the room comprises of a priceless collection of jade from different parts of globe, stunning Belgian cut-glass chandeliers and Victorian style hand-painted ceilings.
The fragrance of jasmine in Hookah Lounge recreates the times of the Indian royalty. The extensive menu of the Lounge consists of a varied collection of flavored Hookahs that are served in handmade apparatus. Low-length seats, lavish upholstery, candle light and instrumental music add to the charm.
Placed on the poolside, The Rotunda, is the perfect place to relish refreshments, finger food, starters, salads and beverages.
Distance From Airport8.8 km
Distance From Station18.7 km
Hyderabad, known as the ‘City of Nizams’, is dotted with numerous architectural wonders. Some of the main attractions that are worth-visiting include The Charminar, The Mecca Masjid, Golconda Fort, Ramoji Film City and Chowmahalla Palace. Do not miss out on the very-popular Hyderabad. Shopping at the local bazaars is a must.