Mumbai (Bombay) Hotels
You can find a bed to suit most wallets in Mumbai, although the city is one of the most expensive places to stay in India and budget hotels here charge rates that would be mid-range anywhere else in the country.
The most expensive hotels quote their prices in US Dollars; only resident Indian nationals are permitted to pay in rupees and often the quoted Dollar rate is considerably more than its equivalent in Rupees. Less expensive establishments quote their prices in rupees.
There are various local taxes that apply to hotel room rates and whether these are included in the stated rate or added onto the bill depends on the hotel. Generally, the more modest establishments attract a lower rate of tax. Visitors are strongly advised to check what taxes apply when making a reservation.
The hotels below have been classed into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$200)
Moderate (US$60 to US$200)
Cheap (up to US$60)
These are starting prices for a standard double room, excluding local taxes and breakfast, unless otherwise specified. All hotels listed have air conditioning.
A bonafide boutique hotel in the heart of Colaba, Abode recreates the final years of the British Raj, with cool, teak- or tile-floored rooms full of colonial and art deco furnishings and interesting artworks. The location is perfect for exploring South Mumbai, and the hotel benefits from being off the main drag, tucked away behind the historic Regal Cinema.Address: Colaba, M.B. Marg, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 80 8023 4066.
Gordon House Hotel
Each floor has its own theme at this boutique hotel located just behind Apollo Bunder. Decorated in Mediterranean, Scandinavian or country cottage styles, the rooms are charming without being twee, with plenty of modern gadgets and positively 5-star bathrooms. There's also a bar and the popular Poly Esther's nightclub onsite. Light sleepers should avoid rooms adjoining the club.Address: Apollo Bunder, 5 Battery Street, Colaba, 400039
Telephone: +91 22 2289 4400.
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
A Mumbai institution since 1903, the Taj has played host to Maharajas and monarchs, movie stars and media moguls. Built in striking Indo-Saracenic style, this grand hotel was extensively damaged during the 2008 terrorist attacks, but an artful renovation has removed all traces of the disaster. For more than a century, this has been the epitome of luxury in Mumbai, with graceful vaulted ceilings, tall archways, fine carpets and crystal chandeliers. The Taj also houses some of Mumbai's best restaurants, plus luxury shops, a nightclub, and outdoor pool, gym and even its very own fortune teller.Address: Colaba, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 6665 3366.
Set back from bustling Colaba Causeway, the Ascot is a small hotel with high standards. Set in a typical art deco Mumbai block, the rooms are modern and uncluttered, and decorated with subtle colours. They also boast generous bathrooms with bathtubs. The staff are friendly and obliging, and the location is ideal for exploring South Mumbai.Address: Colaba, 38 Garden Road, Mumbai, 400039
Telephone: +91 22 6638 5566.
Hotel Bawa Continental
A comfortable resort-style hotel along lively Juhu beach, the Bawa Continental offers neat rooms, some with grandstand views over the beach and Arabian Sea. Although a hike from the historic centre, Juhu is much calmer than Fort or Colaba, with plenty of upscale restaurants and bars within walking distance. Rooms have TVs, air-con and Wi-Fi (for a charge), and there's a Starbucks on site.Address: Juhu, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai, 400049
Telephone: +91 22 3077 0270.
The atmosphere in Fort is a bit less frantic and a bit more business-like than in Colaba, and the Residency makes a perfect base from which to explore. Rooms are modern and comfortable and decorated in calming colours, with pictures of historic Mumbai on the walls. There's also a cute little café, where breakfast is served.Address: Fort, 26 Rustom Sidhwa Marg, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 6667 0555.
Slightly faded but welcoming and popular, Bentley's has been hosting budget travellers for decades. Spread across several buildings on Oliver Street, Henry Road and J.A. Allana Marg, rooms come in all shapes and sizes. The simplest are small and ordinary; more expensive rooms in the Oliver Road building have polished floorboards, colonial furniture and grand balconies overlooking a park.Address: Colaba, 17 Oliver Road, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 2284 1474.
Rooms are compact but tastefully decorated at this inexpensive 30-room hotel in a handy location in Fort, just a short hop from Victoria Terminus and Horniman Circle. For a reasonable price, you'll get a TV, air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom. There are numerous dining options on the neighbouring streets.Address: Fort, 276 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 3022 7886.
Set on a leafy road in Fort, Traveller's Inn has just 21 rooms, which are small but clean and excellent value. There are inexpensive dorms and better private rooms, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. There's also free wireless internet access in the lobby. Located close to many good value restaurants.Address: Fort, 26, Ballard Estate, Adi Murzban Path, Mumbai, 400001
Telephone: +91 22 2264 4686.