Royal Orchid Metropole

Mysore, India

The Metropole was built as a royal residence in the 1920s to accommodate the British guests of the Maharaja of Mysore. Just down the road from the spectacular Mysore Palace, this restored mansion has quirky but charming British India ambiance, with 30 guest rooms that capture the feeling of a bygone era. Breakfast in the former maharaja’s dining room is a treat, with its fireplace, hunting trophies, and period antiques. Be sure to try some of their South Indian items like umpa, a thick spicy porridge, or dosas, crepes made from rice and lentils. Weather permitting, dinner is served al fresco in the hotel’s courtyard.