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Taj Mahal, Mumbai (Bombay)

Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

The flagship property of the IHCL group, The Taj Mahal Palace boasts the most celebrated address in Mumbai. Built over a century ago, it has become a favourite of many Indian Maharajas, visiting dignitaries and film stars over the years due to its comfortable, well-appointed accommodation and excellent location.

The old Palace Wing, built in 1903, is full of period charm and old-world splendour mixed with modern amenities, while the adjoining Tower Wing, designed by the renowned American architect Melton Bekker, offers rooms that blend contemporary European and Indian styles. The hotel’s public areas are decorated with antiques, silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, paintings and contemporary art, while views over the Gateway of India, the Arabian Sea and city rooftops can be enjoyed from many of the rooms.

Our rating: Deluxe

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There are six room and suite types, each overlooking the Arabian Sea or Mumbai’s skyline. Accommodation is split between the historic Palace Wing and the Tower Wing, built in the 1970s. All feature modern amenities such as satellite TVs, electronic safes, hairdryers, tea/coffee makers and Wi-Fi access (additional charge).

Additional amenities and exclusive benefits can be enjoyed by guests staying in higher category accommodation, such as access to the Palace Lounge, where complimentary High Tea, cocktails and other drinks can be enjoyed. Some offer a 24 hour butler service and complimentary breakfast, as well as transfers from the airport and access to the hotel’s steam and sauna facilities.


The hotel is situated on the seafront and offers panoramic views of Colaba Bay and the Gateway of India. You’ll find a variety of restaurants and shops within walking distance, and the property makes a great base for exploring Mumbai’s many attractions.

Food and drink

The hotel has ten restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, including Indian, European, Middle Eastern and Oriental. Private dining can also be arranged in the Chef’s Studio for a more intimate experience, while a variety of food and drink pairing experiences can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room. Guests can also explore the hotel’s fine collection of wines and whiskies during their stay.

Facilities and activities

Guests can make use of the 24 hour fitness centre, large outdoor swimming pool and award-winning salon. There’s also a shopping arcade including designer fashions, a well-stocked book shop and a spa offering a range of Indian massages and treatments.

Our opinion

This is one of the best-known five star hotels in the world. It lives up to its reputation as a fantastic place to stay, and sits in a great location, at the heart of southern Mumbai.

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