Hotel Beach Garden is in a courtyard set just off Juhu Tara Road, opposite the Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, in the Juhu Beach area, North Mumbai. Although you can't see the beach from the hotel, it's a 2 minute walk away. Prices are from 3260 rupees inc taxes for a standard room, including a very basic breakfast (tea/coffee/carton of orange juice; cornflakes or toast and jam or eggs). You can also order room service food at reasonable prices and decent hours.
The all male staff are lovely and helpful (if sometimes needing a push to think outside the box) and gave us a free upgrade and sorted out a rickshaw driver who was not honouring his metre... Beware of that as we'd never come across one before who, after we'd arrived, produced a price chart, showing that 130 on the metre meant 181 rupees!
The staff will help you with general tourist info and organise taxis if needed.
Rooms are decently maintained by India's usual standards. You'll get marked paintwork, a bit dusty in the corners and the wifi hardly ever works but always clean on the surface, pristine sheets and towels every day, bins emptied, floors swept, clean surfaces and fridge, etc. The beds are good, rooms are air conditioned and include fridge, TV, small table and two chairs, wardrobe and bedside drawers. We nosied at four rooms (as you do) and found most bathrooms are small but clean and perfectly adequate although water was more tepid than hot - so don't get excited if you get a room with a bath. There's a computer in reception which you can use for free internet.
The style of the hotel is pleasing and it's a good place to stay if you need to be in the Juhu Beach area, but the touristy area of Mumbai (where the sites are you'll probably want to look at) are about 40 mins by car (an hour by train) going South, down the beach.
My friend and I were at a seminar at The Sea Princess Hotel, a ten minute walk away - beautiful place with outdoor pool overlooking the beach - but above our budget even at a special delegate rate of 6500 rupees. Although if you're staying elsewhere you can (pay to?) hang out at the pool, apparently.
There are restaurants and coffee shops within a 20 minute walk up and down Juhu Tara Road, the road which runs parallel to the beach, and any shops you'll likely need. You must check out the beautiful Hare Krishna temple (called IKSCON) about a 20 minute walk away and also go inside the Hindu temple right opposite (go up the stairs inside to view all the God statues on each of the 7 floors - quite a sight!) Near the temples is the local people's outdoor shopping area where I bought street food and bindis - the locals will be pleased to see you.
A friend and I both spend a fair amount of time online looking for good hotel deals in the area and believe that, without wandering around with your luggage, haggling at random hotel receptions, this is the best you'll get for your money in the area as apparently Juhu Beach area is the posh end where all the celebs live - I didn't notice to be honest. I asked a seminar organiser what her hotel was like - they were at the Ajanta - and she screwed her face up and shook her head. Of course if you have a bigger budget get to a luxury beach hotel (I stumbled upon the Marriot - Jesus Christ, you should see the place!) but on a more modest budget I think you'll be pleased with the Hotel Beach Garden.
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