Mumbai being the commercial capital of India can be a little overwhelming at to the uninitiated, especially when it comes to deciding on where to stay in Mumbai. The vast metropolis of Mumbai has an equally wide range of options on offer when it comes to accommodation. One has the option to book 5 star Hotels in Mumbai or settle for a more modest option. Depending on the budget, needs, and requirements one can zero in on the accommodation option that meets ones needs.
One of the best areas to stay in Mumbai is undoubtedly Colaba, an area that is rich in history and culture that goes back to the times of the British Raj and beyond. Colaba is a colourful and stylish area that pulsates with vibrancy and is the meeting point of the contemporary and the historical. The magnificent and towering presence of the Gateway of India with an endearing promenade, classic theatres like Regal that have been milestones in the history of Bollywood Cinema, iconic restaurants like the Leopold, tempting shopping arcades, heritage buildings, all of this combine to make Colaba a happening destination in Mumbai. What can be a better experience than to directly step out of your hotel into the magical world of Colaba. Here are a few stay options in the Colaba vicinity.
The Taj Mahal Palace
If you want to experience Mumbai in true grandeur reminiscent of the royal era, then head out to the Taj Mahal Palace which stands like a jewel on the tip of Mumbai, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Waking up in the morning and getting breathtaking views of the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea as you push the curtains aside would surely rank as on of the best travel memories and stay with you for long. The experience of staying in the Taj is akin to that of staying in an art gallery in vintage style. The Taj which was built in 1903, 21 years before the Gateway of India rose from the ground is an ultimate indulgence to all the visual senses, an experience of fine living, and a rejuvenating experience. Of course given the quality of the experience which is top notch, there is a price to match.
Virtually rubbing shoulders with the Taj Mahal Palace is the Oberoi, another 5 star hotel which offers sheer luxury and elegance. Where the Taj is steeped in history and has an unmistakable flavour of Indian royalty and reminisces of the Raj in its ambience. The Oberoi on the other hand is contemporary in its entire outlook and could be any modern luxury hotel in any big city of the world. Most foreign tourists make a beeline towards the Taj while the Oberoi is where the business class usually head to. The spas and the restaurants of the Oberoi offer the best in class services to ensure an experience to be relived again and again.
Hotel Suba Palace
If one is looking for a hotel in the mid-range price segment in Colaba, Hotel Suba Palace is a nice option. The Hotel is a nice and comfortable place to retire to after the day’s exploration of Mumbai. The location of the hotel is very strategic and one can go on long walks along the promenade or walk through the shopping arcades. One can quickly step into the neighbouring Café Leopold for a drink or snack.
Staying in Colaba in Mumbai ensures that there never is a dull moment in your Mumbai experience and your stay would remain etched in memory much after the din of the noises of the metropolis have faded.