I arrived in Mumbai without a reservation and headed for Colaba expecting to find plenty of budget options. Bad move.
There are very few places below 1000R But quite a lot in the +4000R category. So after an extensive search the 2 cheapest options I could find were a dorm bed or The Strand at 3500R (apx) a night. It was dark, getting late and I was tired. I took the latter even though it's way more than I would normally be willing to pay when travelling in a 3rd world country.
The room was 'ok'. No better than the one a had in Jaipur which cost 950R. Furnishings were old and worn. Was quite well kitted out though with a/c, fridge, tv, phone, writing desk etc. Bathroom quite nice with throne style toilet, good hot shower, sink leaked on the floor.
Hallways were also old and worn.
WiFi is only available in reception (seriously? at this price?)
Reception staff were a miserable bunch. When I walked in the following morning about to say good morning not one of the 3 looked up. Kid who brought me a coke to my room was the only friendly one.
Needless to say I checked out and found something that was not a total rip off. I know this place is in a prime location but for over 3500R I expect more. You would get better value for money in many European destinations.
If you want a quality hotel and don't mind paying for the privilege The Strand in NOT what you're looking for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strand Hotel is located in city of dreamers, stalwarts and the common man, Mumbai. This is located at the distance of 300 meters from Gateway of India, 2.7 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji Train Terminus and nearest airport at 26.3 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Property provides facilities like Wi-Fi, car rental, laundry, parking service, travel desk and room service. In-house multi-cuisine restaurant dishes out the best of Indian and international delicacies to cajole the taste-buds. In medical emergency one can avail doctor on call facility. The rooms in the hotel are well-furnished, ventilated, clean and come with good quality furniture. The hotel houses simple and sober rooms that offer a homely ambiance to guests. All rooms have attached bathroom with essential bathroom toiletries & linen, Complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet, Airconditioner, LED TV with satellite channels,telephone and many more. It is all about the experience that goes beyond the ordinary! ... more less
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