After a 29 year absence from my birth place, I returned just before Xmas with my daughters. We travelled round different parts of India, using Mumbai as a base. So, we stayed at this hotel twice - for 3 days just before Xmas and then again earlier this month.
It is an excellent hotel and I recommend it without reservation.
It is very clean, rooms are large and airy, with good TV facilities with a range of English language channels. There is complimentary water every day, if your room is cleaned, with free coffee and tea making facilities, again replenished daily. The showers work well and again complimentary items such shampoo, lotion, talc powder, soap etc. The above lists of items were not standard in other hotels. Fans and air con work.
The breakfasts are amazing! A chef cooks your masala dhosa and omelette in a corner for you, there are 3 different types of fresh fruits and 2 different types of fresh fruit juice. There is a large selection of teas from green to masala to make yourself, but we preferred the ready made delicious masala chai in an urn. Lots of different South Indian specialities but also cereal and croissants/ Danish pastries for those wanting a more western breakfast, with toast as well. We didn't need lunch after these feasts!
The hotel is tastefully decorated with pictures of Mumbai in earlier decades.
The big selling point was the lovely lounge area, with citronella burning in the corner, comfortable sofas and, free wifi in this area with 2 laptops free of charge for use. The internet connection was much better here than elsewhere in India and also Mumbai .
The stAff were just brilliant, so welcoming and attentive from the managers, receptionists to the security guards and cleaning staff.
It is a brilliant location, so central and within easy reach of Colaba, but without the ' Colaba Premium' - for those who don't know what this is, everything is more expensive in Colaba from the eating establishments to the cobblers! All because it's near the Gateway of India.
There are some brilliant very cheap veggie eating places a few blocks near this hotel, which I'll be also reviewing and it's a short walk to Marine Drive, which is a lovely walk especially at sunset.
This is an underrated hotel and only one of 2, which I would give 5 stars from the many we stayed in India. We will be back!
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