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The Taj Mahal Palace
Ranked #3 of 440 Hotels in Mumbai
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai, India
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61 reviews
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“Taj Mahal Colaba an experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

I would say that amongst all the hotels that i have stayed at in Mumbai the Taj Mahal Colaba would be rated at pole position on my list.

The front desk and concierge are extremely cooperative, warm and welcoming. It being my b'day was made special all the more by almost every staff wishing me for the day.

We were staying on the 17th floor of the hotel with the Gateway of India view. The gateway view gives a view of the Arabian Sea as well. The view is simply stunning especially at night with the city lights.
So ask for the highest level of rooms with the gateway view!

The spa called Jiva has by far been the most relaxing ever! Very courteous and professional masseurs will ask your exact pressure areas, where u feel extra attention to be paid. For me it was my back and OMG it was a heavenly experience!!

We had dinner at the Wasabi; a Japanese cuisine restaurant at the Taj. Exquisite sea food is what is served there. It is for sea food lovers who do not mind indulging in sushi's and caviar.

The have multiple restaurants which serve different cuisines like continental, Indian and some more. The pool services are equally great which stays open till 10 pm.

All in all it was value for money. The room that we had which was sea facing with the gateway view was an average of USD 200 per night...

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2012

I was a postgraduate research student here in Mumbai, so know the city really well and must advise although this hotel is magnificent please get out and see the real Mumbai, a hub of noise, activity and inexpensive yet amazing restaurants. I stayed here when my parents came over the visit. Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track! First thing to learn, blue taxis have air-conditioning whilst the yellow and black ones do not and ALWAYS agree a price with the driver before you get in! If taking a rickshaw, each rickshaw is fixed with a meter, do not pay more than the meter says. You can pick up meter price guides easily, mine was provided when I arrive on campus. Also products such as bottled water have a price printed onto them, usually in small white print above the bottle label; this price shows what it should be sold for, so always look for this as I was caught out on my arrival buying a bottle of water for 150Rs when it should’ve been just 25Rs!

The hotel itself (when you get to it) is magnificent, from the lobby, through to the afternoon tea room which has great views out onto the sea. Relatively expensive food and drink for Mumbai but inexpensive in comparison to other comparable hotels in Europe. Getting to the hotel can be a bit of a nightmare (Mumbai traffic is notorious) but the hotel is actually surrounded by guarded barricades, which I assume were put in place post 2008. It is no problem to walk through the barricades, they have two obvious purposes security and essentially for keeping people who are not guests away from the hotels. Although begging is illegal, it does happen and you will often be subjected to it, my tip is rather is to keep mini bags of sweets to hand to give to the children you will encounter outside of the barricades. I would advise dressing appropriately also, low cut tops and anything above the knee I wouldn’t recommend outside of the hotel as you will receive unwanted attention. I did notice metal detectors outside the main entrance, however I was never asked to walk through them or have my bags scanned, although this seemed to be selective based on your ethnicity.

One thing I have to advise all people to do, is to take a boat (numerous prices from tourist boats to Indian national boats, the latter of which are a real experience) out to Elephanta Island. Such a fantastic escape, you can take a small train from the dock to the foot of the steps (there are a lot of steps) if you choose but I’d recommend the walk. The steps are pretty steep and it can get really hot on the way up, but the steps are lined with stalls which are amazing to buy gifts from and they can be much more reasonable than in the city just haggle! Always haggle! Learn to master the Indian head bob, shaking your head side to side and seem as disinterested as possible in something you genuinely like to have. No cars are allowed on the island and the scenery is great, beware of the monkeys and do not eat or drink whilst walking past them as they will come and steal the food or drink from your hands. It’s also great watching the sunset from the boat on your way back to Mumbai.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

- Best location in Mumbai.
- Awesome pool area.
- It is a magnificent building, a place worthy of being visited if one does not stay in it.
- Good spa.
- Fantastic restaurants (Chinese and Japanese are both exceptional).
- Rooms are very nice in the Palace (not seen the Tower), although can be very different from one another. I had a huge room but I saw the inside of two other rooms and they were half the size (still very nice).
- Very good service, for India. Far less erratic, slow, and overbearing than anywhere else I have stayed in the country (I go to India four times a year and I do have a problem with service there, but that's a different topic). This hotel has the best service I have experienced in India so far, over a sample of 15 five-star hotels or so I have been to in four years.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chennai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, opposite the Gateway of India, is a renowned place for its highest standards of service. It has continued to maintain its standards---when I stayed at the hotel after a gap of about a year. Even the used show is returned in a new nice cloth bag after it is shined---and they readily provided---with their compliments ! -- a new set of batteries for my camera when I asked for directions to a shop to buy these !
For the buffet breakfast, the coffee-shop at the ground level has a better range and is faster--though the one at the first floor --overlooking the Sea and the Gateway is more romantic, historic and leisurely ! The interiors have been exceptionally done up---and their guided heritage walk around the Hotel in the evenings is something not to be missed !

Room Tip: Always ask for the old block--the Palace---rather than the high-rise Towers--which is a modern versi...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kottayam, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

We stayed there for two days... The Best in India.. Fantastic views from the room above the Iconic Gateway of India with sea breeze, sound of waves and good views...

Best palatial corridors and plenty of meeting rooms, restaurants and what not....


The only disadvantage we are feeling as in most Indian hotels is lack of free internet.. Can't understand why this is so, in a technologically advanced India, where even labourers have started checking mails and booking movie seats thru' net.. I feel the Indian hotel industry must start acting on this...

Room Tip: Ask for sea side rooms
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Taj Mahal Palace

Property: The Taj Mahal Palace
Address: Apollo Bunder | Colaba, Mumbai 400001, India
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Region: India > Maharashtra > Mumbai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Mumbai
#2 Business Hotel in Mumbai
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mumbai
#3 Spa Hotel in Mumbai
#3 Luxury Hotel in Mumbai
Price range (per night): ₹ 12,305 - ₹ 26,574
Hotel Class:5 star — The Taj Mahal Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 550
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai is India's first luxury hotel. Offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India, the hotel is a city landmark. The hotel offers 550 rooms including 42 suites, each adorned with original paintings and period furniture that exude an aura of old-world charm and elegance. The restaurants at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai offer distinctive dining experiences that cover the finest Indian and international cuisines - from casual, all-day eateries to Oriental, Japanese, Indian and Mediterranean fine dining. The hotel also houses the first licensed bar of Mumbai and also a beautiful sea-front restaurant for hi-tea and live music. Palace Services in the Palace Wing of the hotel add to the experience, where the butler plays the all important role of guide and assistant. ... more   less 
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