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When I was trawling through the various hotel booking sites for my visit to Lucknow, there was one hotel which caught my eye; the Vivanta by Taj. The bright white building with beautiful domes and picturesque palm trees looked like a dream location to spend the night, so I went ahead and made my reservation. Although it was a stretch on my budget, I have absolutely no regrets. It was simply exquisite.

From the moment I walked in, to the moment I left, the service by the staff was without competition. It was what a five star hotel should be. It makes you feel at home, relaxed and that you never want to leave.

I’m not a brand ambassador and I wasn’t sponsored for this post. I only ever write about hotels which I truly feel happy about spending the night in and that I remember fondly after I’ve checked out. This was one of the finest hotels I have stayed in so far in India and I would highly recommend you spend the night if you ever find yourself in the capital of Uttar Pradesh.


Personally, I love a heritage hotel. There’s just something about historical buildings that draws me to them. It almost feels like the past speaks through the walls at you! Although this particular hotel was built in 1995, the architecture and design reflects that of the colonial era.

Before I came to India, I’d never heard of Lucknow but it turns out that this city has a colourful past. The Nawab’s (a title given to a ruler) ruled the kingdom of Awadh (which Lucknow used to be a part of) in the 18th and 19th centuries. A lot of the monuments and palaces built and left by them still stand in Lucknow and you can visit them today. How cool is that?

Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with a history lesson here but the Vivanta by Taj have reflected a lot of the cities heritage within the hotel. The colourful architecture in Lucknow was something I fell in love with and when I came back from a busy day of sightseeing, I still felt like I was there when exploring the rooms  – with the added bonus of AC of course!

The best thing was there breakfast room. It was perfection. The room was a beautiful shade of blue and chandeliers hung from the ceilings. Such a great place to spend a morning.




The Rooms

In contrast to the heritage style hotel, the rooms are modern with a heritage twist. The colour palette was blue and green in my room and it had a nice feel to it. But, in the historical fashion of the hotel, there were old sepia pictures of the local sites on the walls.

The room had all the modern amenities which you would expect in the room including A TV, AC (most important!) and your usual coffee and tea making bits.

The room service from the house keeping team was an added touch each day. I would leave my jewellery or make up out on the side and I would come back to find them lovingly placed in a velvet box or a silk sheet. It was so nice of them.

My favourite part though had to be the rainfall shower. I visited Lucknow in May, the peak of Indian summer heat. I needed two showers a day minimum just to make me feel clean again so this baby was just the ticket!



The Pool and Gardens

Although it was 40 degrees in the shade, I still loved to wander around their beautiful garden area at the back of the hotel. It was an oasis from the busy city streets and traffic outside. The white marble floor, swaying palm trees and crystal clear pool all made the perfect combination for a relaxing retreat.





The Service

I really feel that a hotel can look pretty but if it doesn’t provide a good service to go with it, this can leave a sour taste in your mouth. The service here was second to none. The staff made you feel at home and were always on hand to help.

It wasn’t just the reception staff either. It was the security team, the staff waiting at the door to welcome you back, the dining team, gardeners and the rest. They all greeted me by name and even took time to ask how my day was. This was a comfort after a day spent sightseeing on my own.


Taj hotels simply cannot be beaten on service, which is why I choose to stay in them around India. They coin the term ‘Tajness’ which I like and the service sticks with you long after you have checked out.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here at the Vivanta by Taj in Lucknow. If you’re looking for a place to spend the night, I wouldn’t book anywhere else!


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