The Gateway of India is probably Mumbai’s most famous historical landmark. This 85-foot stone arch on the Mumbai waterfront commemorates the 1911 visit of Britain’s King George V and Queen Mary. Extending a gracious welcome to visitors is also a trademark of some of Mumbai’s world-famous hotels, each with its own heritage and traditions of hospitality.
The Oberoi, Mumbai
The Oberoi, Mumbai occupies a prime location in the city’s business district. The hotel is like a self-contained city, offering haute cuisine and a host of amenities to ensure a pleasurable stay. Luxury defines the rooms and suites. They feature dark oak floors, walnut furniture, hand-tufted rugs, commissioned oil paintings, state-of-the-art technology and silk-padded hangers. The two presidential suites offer spectacular views of the Arabian Sea from their 20th and 21st floors. A 24-hour business center serves business guests. Ziya’s Michelin-starred Indian cuisine, Vetro’s authentic Italian cuisine and the international fare at Fenix offer exceptional dining experiences.
The Taj Mahal Palace
Staying at the Taj Mahal Palace during his visit to India in 2010, President Barack Obama paid tribute to this historic hotel established in 1903: “ … the Taj has been the symbol of the strength and the resilience of the Indian people.” Inspired by one of the world’s most dazzling monuments, the Taj greets its guests under vaulted alabaster ceilings hung with crystal chandeliers and amid archways and onyx columns. The hotel’s suites feature original art and period furniture befitting a palace. Complimentary flowers, fruit, wine and chocolates provide a gracious welcome for executive suite guests.The Golden Dragon restaurant serves Sichuan and other Chinese cuisine prepared by chefs under the spotlight of a live kitchen. Under the star-spangled dome of the Zodiac Grill, patrons enjoy impeccable French cuisine, and the eclectic delights of the Sea Lounge make this semi-formal restaurant a longtime favorite.
The Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Like its international counterparts, the Grand Hyatt Mumbai is synonymous with superlatives, from its luxury accommodations to its exceptional cuisine and international shopping. Sycamore wood paneling, marble bath with jetted spa tub and state-of-the-art technology grace the presidential suite, with its furnished balcony and garden views. Guests have personal butler service and welcome gifts of wine and chocolate. Home-style Italian cuisine is on offer at the Celini restaurant. For regional and tandoor-grilled specialties there’s Soma, and the China House features Sichuan cuisine. Fifty Five East presents an array of international cuisines set in interactive kitchens. A full-service Business Center and the Club Oasis Fitness Center & Spa round out the facilities.
Leela Kempinski Mumbai
Located between Mumbai’s domestic and international airports, the Leela Kempinski Mumbai enjoys high recognition locally and internationally. The hotel offers luxury standard rooms and suites overlooking the city. The presidential suite features antique Indian artifacts, paintings, teak furniture, silk fabrics and a host of amenities. Enjoy all-day dining and the view of cascading waterfalls at the Citrus.The elegant Jamavar serves traditional North and South Indian cuisines, while the Great Wall offers Chinese specialties in a classical setting. Stop in at Bling, a chic nightclub, or at Six Degrees, a cosmopolitan and contemporary bar.
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