Hotel Review: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India
The original Taj Mahal Palace hotel was built in 1903, 21 years before the Gateway of India it faces. The Tower was built 70 years later. Together, the five-star property, belonging to the legendary Tata family, stands for the resilient spirit of Mumbai, particularly after the horrific terror attacks of 2008.
Every one of its 560 rooms, including 44 suites, is individually stunning. The Tower rooms are more harmonious, with Indian and European architecture fusing to create a pleasant effect. The totally refurbished Palace rooms are filled with original art and come with super efficient butler service.
The hotel’s restaurants are world-class. Savour New Age cuisine at The Zodiac Grill as you eat with Christofle cutlery. Favourites on the menu include Camembert soufflé and lobster with wild pepper butter. Masala Kraft, on the other hand, serves healthy Indian gourmet food.
Don’t leave before you have tried an Indian aromatherapy massage at the hotel’s serene Jiva Spa, a haven in the always-rushing city of Mumbai.
The Tata Suite, all 465sq m of it, features marble floors, handknotted carpets, gold-leaf murals and brass-inlaid rosewood doors. The colonial furniture is often silver-leafed and always handcarved and the drapes are embroidered with gold thread. Live the life of a king – or tycoon – in these 15 stunning rooms, while a staff of 13 attends to your every need.
RATE / NIGHT: Dhs45,000++