My first visit with Nirmal and Pushker two years ago to the Trident, a luxury Udaipur hotel, was a fond memory. No, we did not get a room. We had piña coladas and a lot of laughs in the bar. Udaipur, like most Indian cities, doesn’t have a bar/nightclub culture. If you want alcohol, you go to a hotel bar because stand alone bars don’t exist. Liquor licenses are exhorbitant, all the more reason why only hotels have them. At any rate, the drinks were good, even if the service was a little slow. And you can’t find piña coladas just anywhere in Udaipur. In fact, a decent cocktail isn’t easy to find at all. So we decided we should go there again just for cocktails. It’s too expensive for dinner.
The evening didn’t start out well. The Trident is on a gated property, and we were at first refused admittance by the guards. We were told the hotel and restaurant were full because of a wedding, which made no sense because we said we were there for drinks only. Nirmal called in a favor from a friend, and we were finally let in. Nirmal peeked into the restaurant, and it was nearly empty.
Service was intolerably and ridiculously snail-like. What they served up as a piña colada was tasty but didn’t look or taste anything like the previous time, when they were so good. All the cocktails seemed really wimpy and watered down. Appetizers were good, but the drinks and appetizers cost more than the entire meal had at Raj Bagh. All considered, with the bullshit refusal of entry, lousy service and ridiculously high cost, we decided never to return.
The bar area looks pretty, though. And you couldn’t beat your company!
What a shame, Marie. That bar is a very gorgeous room! Silly, aren’t they? You and 10 others will now go elsewhere. It’s sometimes a problem here, if a restaurant doesn’t satisfy, there are so many other good places to go, and gossip travels faster than lightning! It’s called competition – have they not heard of it? 😉
I think they were much more concerned with cultivating the ultra rich clientele who can afford $500 a night rooms.
Ok, I just checked their website. They only charge $355 per night for their suites, a mere $215 a night for the cheap garden view rooms. That’s still 12x more than what I pay at the Mewar!
Ok, I’m rallying! That bar doesn’t quite so sharp now! I mean at those prices you’d want something like the Imperial Hotel in Delhi – where I only partook in a cup of tea and a scone, AND we arrived in a tuk-tuk, but still the service was impeccable!