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“Extremely filthy, and expensive”
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Hotel Al Saudia
Ranked #373 of 463 Hotels in Mumbai
Reviewed March 9, 2013

The room had permanent stains on the pillows and the sheets, insects all over the bathroom, and the overall condition was horrendous. We spent over two weeks in different parts in India, and this was by far the most expensive, not to mention that we couldn't even stay for a single night because of how bad of a state it's in.

I even asked them to change the (only) bed sheet because it had disgusting stains all over and the replacement was just as bad. Even the toilet paper they provided had dirt stains all over it, and the bathroom was extremely filthy.

We left on the first night and the guy at the reception ripped us off so we ended up paying even more for a single night (we chose to leave after a couple of hours - couldn't even stay the night).

The only advantage is that the area of Mahim is very lively and away from all of the tourists, so you get to live a true Mumbai experience. I'm generally extremely lax with hostels/hotels, but this one was by far the worst I've ever seen.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank TarekShalaby
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I chose this hotel based on the reviews (and because it was about all I could get with a same day reservation), but I have to say that the four and five star reviews are, in my opinion, not merited. Perhaps they are all by friends? Or maybe it's just that most of the other budget places in Mumbai are considerably worse? In Delhi, you can get a room that is much, much nicer for half the price; but I can’t make a proper comparison because I don’t know Mumbai very well.

The people were friendly and helpful. They were also respectful, which is extremely important to me as a solo female traveler. That's definitely the best thing about the place.

The rooms are old and shabby. They are of reasonable size, though, but not particularly clean. Windows, walls, doors and furniture don’t get washed very often. The floor gets swept regularly, but not always mopped.

The bathroom, including the shower, was fully functional, though a leak caused it to be constantly wet and a little dank.

The bed was not too bad for a budget place. The mattress seemed to be foam. It was neither really squishy nor hard as a rock—and it was only slightly lumpy.

Linens were generally clean, though the towel was stained and a little smelly.

No bedbugs. Also didn’t see any cockroaches.

There was a sign in the room saying there will be a Rs500 per day charge for washing clothes in the room. Really!

The location is a bit iffy. Didn't feel all that safe outside the hotel.

The hotel is a little off the main road, so there isn’t as much noise from the street as there might have been. However, it's rather too close to a mosque, considering the excessive volume of the loudspeakers. At least the muezzin has a reasonably good voice.

On the other hand, the elevator is exceptionally noisy, and you hear it everywhere.

Sign in the room says, "Smoking prohibited in this area", yet there is an ashtray provided.

A/C was functional, but temperature couldn't be controlled. It's either off or on.

I wouldn't stay here again unless I was desperate.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

we stayed over a month. great and family type atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and helpful 24/7. The owners made us feel at home.Children enjoyed their stay.Still talks about it.Rooms are comfortable and spacious. we felt safe with our many kids.Would say A++++ hotel for anyone.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Irfaan_81
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

I stayed in a non-AC room for one night in December 2012. As a solo female traveller, I felt safe in the hotel. The staff (and by this, I mostly mean the guys at the front desk) were always nice, helpful and respectful.

The room was spacious though clearly very old and run-down. However, it served my purposes (ie to have a bed for one night) well. Hot water worked fine.

I was a bit worried because there was a window in the room but there were no glass panes - just metal railings. This was covered by the curtains. I thought this meant it was possible for someone outside to stick his/her arm in and move the curtains away, but I didn't check in detail. So there might be an issue of privacy, apart from the noise from outside if you like to sleep very early.

There's not much soundproofing between the rooms, so I'm glad the kids next door shut up after a while.

As for location, it's about 25 minutes by train away from CST station (otherwise known as Victoria Terminus). The advantage is that it's less than half an hour away from the airport.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank Ashley_Chow
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Excellent place to stay, very much located centre of mumbai, l felt its a homely atmosphere, service is very good and staff members are very co-operative and helpfull, rooms are nice and comfortable..............

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank nabs_15
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

its a great place to visit..the staff is very polite and helpfull..i couldnt ask for more than what i got..the location is also very good..had great satisfaction...overall excellent experience...i highly recommend this hotel to all..

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank ufaqsiraj
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

had great time at this hotel.. the staff is very helpfull and has close proximity most of the attractions in mumbai

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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7  Thank FA910
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Address: Lady Jamshedji Road | Opp. Paradise Cinema, Mumbai 400016, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Mumbai
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Ranked #373 of 463 Hotels in Mumbai
Price Range: $25 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Al Saudia 1*
Number of rooms: 32

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