Travelling to Mumbai is one thing and travelling in Mumbai is another. Given the congested traffic chaos that the city meets every hour, it becomes a challenge for business travellers to travel in and around the city, being on time for their commitments, yet defeating the road jams.
And to top it all, staying put at a hotel which is stretched out in the busy lanes of the city makes it a nightmare to travel to & from the airport. Keeping the situation in hand, many hotels have been established over time around the airport premises.
Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel is one such hotel, situated right next to the international airport, which offers world class hospitality on economical rates. In the first week of February, I travelled to Bombay and had the privilege of staying at this compact and contemporary hotel that meets the international standards of AccorHotels.
Although, you can very much take a local cab/auto to reach Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel on your own, the hotel also offers shuttle service to & fro the international airport upon prior reservations. As I arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, I was warmly greeted by two gentlemen representing Ibis Mumbai. My ride was comfortable, with a platter of assorted fruits and cold mineral water by the side of my seat so that I could unwind from all the travelling.
Upon arrival, Mr. Ridul Deka, General Manager of Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel and Mr. Rayan Aranha welcomed me to the hotel, sharing an insight on what Ibis Mumbai Airport is all about.
I was also greeted to a refreshing glass of coconut water which adds on a small gesture that makes Ibis Mumbai Airport’s hospitality stand out amongst the rest. The check-in was absolutely hassle-free, the reservations and reception staff courteous enough and the overall protocol handled without any problems whatsoever.
The hotel consists of 148 rooms, with 128 non-smoking rooms, 1 room for people with reduced mobility 14 connecting rooms for bigger groups and families.
My stay was booked in Deluxe Queen Room which consisted of a cosy queen size bed, a study table with the view of the city and a compact contemporary bathroom which was well equipped with all the basic amenities one needs for the stay.
My room was beautifully decorated with some intense towel-art, a platter with Maharashtrian snacks, some chocolates, a refreshing drink and some assorted fruits.
As a token of thank you, the team also gifted me a faux leather wallet which is another level of making their customers feel special.
One more thing worth mentioning is that the rooms and the hotel itself are soundproof, which ensures no noise pollution of the airport disturbing your sleep or peaceful dining experience.
I found the bedding quite comfortable, desirably spacious room, absolutely loved the study table setup against a window with adjoining almirah to store your belongings and a miniature sofa to sit on.
What really intrigued me though was the compact bathroom, which included bath and body products which were eco-friendly and kind to your skin upon usage. This is something I haven’t come across ever in any hotel till date. So Kudos to AccorHotels for such a deet!
Speaking about the location of the hotel, then it is located close to Bandra, BEC, BKC and both international and domestic Mumbai airports. Ibis Mumbai Airport also consists of ‘Spice IT’ restaurant offering the longest breakfast from 4 am to noon, a chic bar called ‘The Hub’ and an indoor games and lounge area for people to unwind at.
Spice IT is a 24 hours open restaurant offering Indian as well as International cuisines on both buffet and A La Carte menu. They have an advanced buffet breakfast spread open from 4 AM onwards that operates till afternoon.
For my lunch upon arrival, Chef and his team prepared a massive Maharasthrian thali which was my first ever experience being a regular visitor to Mumbai and other parts of the states.
Hands down, this is the best thali experience I’ve had till now. Bringing in the coastal, cultural and contemporary flavours of Maharasthra, this thali was a blend of seafood, meats and vegetables which have signified the cuisine of Maharashtra.
Highly recommended for travellers or foodies alike who would like to try an authentic Maharashtrian Thali, Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel’s Spice IT is the place to be at.
Understanding the requirements of business travellers, Ibis Mumbai also offers a workstation, equipped with two Mac stations that can be utilised for free by the customers over a span of 20 minutes.
And if you have your own laptop and would just like to chill over a cup of coffee or some hard drinks, then The Hub is where you should park yourself.
Comfortable seating area, quirky decor, a live bar catering to all your requirements, fast wifi facility and a lot of indoor games to get busy with, The Hub is the place to unwind at.
I thoroughly enjoyed my quick stay at Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel and I highly recommend this hotel for travellers who want to avoid travelling much and need a stay right next to the airport. Visit the hotel for some great food or to simply hangout at The Hub.
I would like to thank Mr. Rayan and Mr. Ridul for extending such a warm hospitality and a great stay experience for me.
For more details on Ibis Mumbai Airport Hotel, visit http://www.accorhotels.com/