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15th Dec 2012 10:57am | By Editor
Mumbai is not an easy city to negotiate. The wayward traffic, smoggy air and miles of shanty towns can be intimidating. Ease your way into the chaotic, yet fascinating, culture with a stay here.
Overview This hotel has a distinctly colonial feel about it, with guests swanning around the grand lobby in linen trousers and straw hats.
Many travellers check in before taking an iconic train journey across India, such as the coastal Konkan Express (which can be booked at reception).
Wow factor Not many hotels in India’s industrial capital have a lush pool, with an outside bar, surrounded by a tropical-style garden – exactly what you need after a sweaty day sightseeing.
More curiously, there’s a level below the lobby where you’ll find a warren of shops selling gifts to take home, nick-nacks and tasty local snacks.
Rooms While the pretty-dated decor probably won’t compare to brand spanking new five-star hotels in Toyko or New York (you won’t find mod-cons like iPod docking stations or room CCTV here), the clean and spacious rooms are miles ahead of many guesthouses in Mumbai.
They also come with wifi and traditional embroidered rugs.
Bill please From Stay from £81 per night.
Sahar, Mathuradas Vasanji Rd
Andheri East, Mumbai 400059