I give up. I ran out of superlatives apropos to my very recent experience at the Oberoi Mumbai. Fascinatingly frenetic and bursting at the seams with life, the city of Mumbai offers an oasis of luxury, calm and uncluttered refuge at the Oberoi. I booked the weekend spa package that came with a 30 minute massage, early check-in and 6PM check out. When I was making travel arrangements, the late check out sealed the deal for me at the Oberoi because of a late night Sunday flight out of Mumbai.
The South Mumbai location is smack in the middle of the financial district , walking distance to shopping and major landmarks like the Gateway arch and the Taj Palace hotel -- the other hotel I considered for this trip. In front of the hotel is a promenade fronting the Arabian Sea. On a weekend, this promenade was unbelievably busy with a good cross section of Mumbai population represented even at 2AM. I do not know how safe will a late hour stroll be for a Mumbai newbie but I felt safe in the company of a friend who is local.
Putting the luxurious contemporary and very tasteful atmosphere of the Oberoi aside, what sets this place apart from great hotels I have experienced is its staff. All the hotel folks I've come in contact with from the moment I went through the security gate for the first time, struck me as genuinely liking their job and place of work. This perception makes a world of difference in framing my experience at the Oberoi. Oh… I never expected my room to be cleaned and freshened-up on day of checkout. Why would they? However, at the Oberoi, my room got cleaned, towels refreshed and bed made as if I was spending another night. I had to remind the cleaning crew that I will be checking out at 6PM. Apparently, it did not matter.
Indubitably, my next trip to Mumbai will see me at the Oberoi.
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- Oberoi Mumbai Hotel Mumbai (Bombay)
- Oberoi Bombay
- The Oberoi Mumbai
- Oberoi Hotels Mumbai
- Oberoi Hotel Bombay