Mumbai, once Bombay, is a fast growing urban center and serves as a center for global business, in the financial, entertainment and technological sectors. It’s no wonder, then, that hotels have been springing up across the city. Many well-known international chains have a presence in Mumbai. A number of affordable high-end hotels in Mumbai belong to chains that exist only in India with names that may be unfamiliar to American travelers.
Four Seasons Mumbai
A worldwide hotel chain, the Four Seasons in Mumbai is an award-winning property in the central neighborhood of Worli. The hotel offers a blend of Western and Indian luxury, with spacious, well-lit rooms, several fine dining options, and views of the Arabian Sea. Rooms are decorated in a traditional Western mode, with Indian accents in the form of glasswork, silks and art. The roof-top pool area offers a lounge deck with a view of the city skyline. The hotel has two major restaurants: the Italian-inspired Café PRATO and the Pan-Asian San-Qi. The hotel lounge, Aer, is the city’s highest rooftop bar.
The Leela Kempinski Mumbai
The Leela Kempinski in Mumbai is a traditional-style luxury hotel in downtown Mumbai. Basic rooms are smaller and intimate, with Indian linens and furniture. The hotel has a number of suites with large balconies, sweeping views and even banquet tables. The Maharaja Suite, on the eighth floor, has multiple rooms and seats 12 for dinner. The Leela spa focuses on traditional Ayurvedic treatments, including facials and skin care. The dining options at the Leela Kempinski range from traditional Indian cuisine at Jamavar to Chinese fine-dining at the Great Wall and lighter fare at Citrus, as well as Italian cooking at Stella.
The Oberoi is on the waterfront in Nariman Point, one of Mumbai’s main business districts. The hotel is ultra-modern, with crisp, clean lines, warm earth tones and cutting-edge technology in every room. One of the main draws to the Oberoi are the views of the Arabian Sea. Many rooms and conference rooms offer full views, and some rooms on the ground floor are just off the water. The restaurants on site include Fenix, which specializes in global cuisine, Vetro Italian restaurant with an wine list of more than 400 wines that focuses on Italian varietals, and Ziya, a nouveau Indian restaurant under the leadership of two Michelin-star Chef Vineet Bhatia.
Taj Mahal Palace
One of the oldest continually running luxury hotels in Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Palace was built in 1903. The architecture of the place combines influences from Italy, China and Arabia to create the sort of building once seen widely in Old Bombay. The hotel has many priceless works of antique art and crafts as well, from early 20th century paintings to sculpture and crystal chandeliers. This hotel offers 11 restaurants, lounges and bars for guests. For those staying in Palace Suites, the hotel provides a personalized butler service.
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