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The Taj Mahal Palace 4.5

Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India

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Pros

  • Located on a shopping street in the Colaba neighborhood; overlooking the Gateway of India
  • Luxurious rooms with air-conditioning, minibars, and personalized amenities
  • Rooms in the Palace Wing feature personal butler service
  • Four fine-dining specialty restaurants (including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Eastern Mediterranean)
  • Two general restaurants, bakery, bar, and lounge
  • Buffet breakfast; with menu changing daily
  • Jiva Spa for beauty treatments and Taj Salon for grooming services
  • Large outdoor swimming pool with beautiful landscaping
  • Fitness center and free morning yoga classes by the pool
  • 24-hour business center with seven meeting rooms and conference facilities
  • Kids@Taj programs and babysitting services
  • Free Wi-Fi available throughout

Cons

  • Buffet breakfast not included in all room rates

Bottom Line

The Taj Mahal Palace is an iconic luxury hotel in South Mumbai. The hotel is most well-known for its amazing location overlooking the Gateway of India as well as its reputation for offering some of the most luxurious hospitality in Mumbai. Attention to detail is what makes this hotel so special, with nine specialized dining facilities, two spas, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. The 550 rooms have elegant and sophisticated decor with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and sea views. Rooms in the Palace Wing include a personal butler service. The major downside here is that not all rates include breakfast. While The Taj Mahal Palace is unrivaled in most regards, The St. Regis Mumbai is another luxurious and elite option in Mumbai.

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Iconic Mumbai hotel, with luxurious interiors and high-end clientele

The Taj Mahal Palace is an iconic hotel that's often included on Mumbai must-see lists. It has the distinction as the first Taj hotel in the world and the first licensed bar in India. The hotel is divided into two parts: the New Wing and the Old Wing. The Old Wing is the historic part of the hotel, built in 1903 during British Rule. Both wings are equally spectacular, with palace-like interiors featuring original artwork, marble flooring, exquisite wall and ceiling detaisl, wide hallways, and beautiful carpeted stairways. Jasmine scents and fresh flowers fill the hotel. Each of the nine dining facilities feature an individual design and exquisite interiors, all just as elegant as the rest of the hotel and most featuring stunning views of the Gateway of India. The Taj Mahal Palace is mostly frequented by high-end travelers; either on corporate or leisure travel. However, families are also made comfortable here with the Kids@Taj program and babysitting services.

Location

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, opposite the Gateway of India

The Taj Mahal Palace is located in the Colaba neighborhood, one of the oldest areas of South Mumbai. It overlooks the Arabian Sea and has a great view of the Gateway of India -- particularly as the lights come on at night. It's also located in the middle of a shopping street with numerous restaurants and shops within close walking distance. It will take about six minutes on foot to get to the Gateway of India from the hotel's front door. The National Gallery of Modern Art is an eight-minute walk from the hotel. It's a 27-minute drive to Haji Ali Dargah. For luxury shopping, High Street Phoenix Mall and Palladium Mall are both a 42-minute drive from the hotel. Churchgate Railway Station is the nearest train station, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Colaba Port is a six-minute walk away. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is an hours' drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Luxurious and exquisite rooms with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and minibars

The 550 rooms, including 42 suites, at The Taj Mahal Palace are all exquisitely decorated with elegant Old World charm. Decor includes original paintings, period furniture, patterned carpets, and luxurious linens. There are 10 categories, each including their own signature highlight. The suites all have additional character in their unique architectural design and evocative decor. All units include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, tea- and- coffee-making facilities, minibars, safes, telephones, and free Wi-Fi. The small added details in each room make for an even more luxurious experience; including a pillow menu, softer or firmer beds on request, a bath menu, yoga kit, free bottled water and newspapers, and specific suit, skirt, and padded hangers. Guests in the Palace Wing have access to personal 24-hour butler service. Bathrooms are lush with marble tops and high-end features, including either walk-in shower and soaking bathtubs or shower/tub combos, magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, and free house-brand toiletries. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided. 

Features

Nine dining facilities, outdoor pool, two spas, fitness center, and business center

The most attractive features of The Taj Mahal Palace are its location and its iconic reputation for luxury. Of course, there are several other spectacular features of this hotel starting with the total of nine dining facilities, including four fine-dining specialty restaurants: Wasabi by Morimoto specializes in Japanese cuisine; Golden Dragon serves Chinese; Masala Kraft provides contemporary Indian; and Souk serves Eastern Mediterranean. Shamina offers a la carte international cuisine, as well as a buffet breakfast with a daily changing menu (breakfast not included in all room rates). Aquarius, positioned next to the pool, serves lighter meals, signature cocktails, and delicious desserts. There's Harbour Bar for drinks and tapas, Sea Lounge for afternoon tea, and La Patisserie for sweet treats. The hotel also offers personalized private dining experiences upon request.

There are two spas: The Jiva Spa and Taj Salon. The Jiva Spa is the main spa in the hotel, offering a range of treatments and experiences. Some include Indian therapies and aromatherapies, body scrubs and wraps, beauty treatments, spa indulgences, and yoga and meditation. The Taj Salon offers a range of grooming services for both men and women, including hair treatments, facials, and massages. The 24-hour fitness center has Technogym equipment and there are free yoga sessions each morning next to the pool. The outdoor swimming pool is large and surrounded by sun loungers and umbrellas. Towel service is provided. 

There's an extensive event area with seven fully-equipped meeting rooms with conference facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, secretarial assistance, interpretation facilities, and workstations. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and premium Wi-Fi available for an additional fee. Other amenities include valet parking, kid-friendly services like Kids@Taj programs and babysitting, a travel desk, heritage walks for guests upon request, and tours of the Taj Art Gallery.

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Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai (Bombay) 400001, India

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