At press time, exquisite Falaknuma Palace (Tank Bund Rd.), a work of astonishing architectural opulence that has hosted the likes of King George V, was in the process of being converted into a heritage hotel by the Taj hotel group. This is likely to be the best place to stay in Hyderabad when it opens in 2011; visit for ongoing developments. Other than our recommendations below, you could opt for Green Park (Begumpet; tel. 040/2375-7575;; doubles from Rs 6,250), which is very good value for its location and excellent service and facilities -- all that's missing is a pool.

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