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Mumbai Hotels

$300-$399
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Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
114, Dr E Moses Marg
Mumbai
India 400018
Tel: 91 22 2481 8000

The first Four Seasons in India is also, at 33 stories, the tallest hotel in the country. Its location in the up-and-coming Worli section, halfway between the airport and the heart of the action on Nariman Point (where the landmark Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is situated), conveniently splits traffic-choked traveling distances. Worli's makeover has a way to go yet, however, and hotel guests may be discomfited to see slum dwellings at their ultra-luxe doorstep. Exuberant abstract art in the lobby and elevators sets a modernist tone that melds with indeterminate pan-Asian touches to create a pleasant if slightly unremarkable ambience. The streamlined decor is better in the 202 spacious and luxurious guest rooms, whose cool contemporary design is enriched with luxurious locally inspired fabrics and ornate bed runners. Dine on fusion Asian at oh-so-now San-Qi, and have drinks and snacks on the outside pool deck adjoining the well-run two-story day spa.

$200-$299
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Gordon House Hotel
5 Battery Street
Apollo Bunder
Colaba
Mumbai
India
Tel: 91 22 2287 1122
sales.mumbai@ghhotel.com
www.ghhotel.com/gh_mumbai_south.html

Tucked away just off Colaba Causeway, downtown Mumbai's main shopping and nightlife thoroughfare, this charming, popular boutique hotel is a welcome alternative to the city's standard five-star options. The 28 rooms are split into three loosely themed floors: The Mediterranean level has bright stucco walls and Provençal color schemes, the Country rooms have gingham lamp shades and patchwork quilt wall hangings, and the Scandinavian suites combine clean-lined furniture with black-and-white photography. What can be jarring, however, is the music pumping till 3 am in the hotel's nightclub, Polly Esther's, which is usually packed on weekends with Mumbai's retro-obsessed partyers. Insist on rooms on the left side of the building on a higher floor to keep the revelry at bay. Avoid, too, the hotel's restaurant, All Stir Fry, which often teems with unruly children, and choose instead from one of the neighborhood's culinary marvels.

$300-$399
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Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Off Western Express Highway
Santa Cruz East
Mumbai
India
Tel: 91 22 6676 1234
india.reservations@hyatt.com
www.mumbai.grand.hyatt.com

A growing number of visitors to India's financial capital are choosing to stay within striking distance of the city's new business district, the Bandra-Kurla Complex, about an hour from downtown. The Grand Hyatt is the best luxury option nearby, with 547 plush, modern suites, a beautiful spa, and a top-notch martini bar that draws in wealthy patrons from across the city. Some of the finest examples of contemporary Indian art and sculpture adorn its Jaisalmer stone walls. But the real buzz is around China House, a decadent split-level nightspot with a Szechuan specialty restaurant upstairs and a basement lounge that pulls in movie stars who frolic in private enclosures, as regular-joe millionaires pretend to look away. However, the long row of tarpaulin-roofed houses facing the hotel from a distance are a reminder that this is a city of sometimes grotesque contrasts.

$200-$299
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Hotel Marine Plaza
29 Marine Drive
Mumbai
India
Tel: 91 22 2285 1212
hmp@sarovarparkplaza.com
www.sarovarparkplaza.com

This exclusive luxury hotel is on prime real estate right on Marine Drive, commanding a view of the Arabian Sea. The hotel is small, with a glass-fronted exterior and a modern marble lobby. Two capsule elevators flank a shell-shaped interior waterfall. From the lounge, you can gawk at guests swimming in the glass-bottomed pool on the fifth floor. The 68 rooms are small but comfortable; 40 of them are suites.The Oriental Blossom restaurant serves excellent Chinese food. The hotel service is efficient and courteous. The only drawback is that on weekends, the lobby lounge can be crowded with sightseers from Marine Drive.

$200-$299
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Hyatt Regency Mumbai
Sahar Airport Road
Mumbai
India
Tel: 91 22 5696 1234
hyattregencymumbai@hyattintl.com
www.mumbai.regency.hyatt.com

The relatively new Hyatt Regency, close to the airport, delivers serious bang for your buck. The dramatic lobby has glass walls and an Italian marble floor, and the guest rooms have a hip, minimalist design, with a neutral palette, teakwood floors, glass desks, and white marble bathrooms. Room rates include breakfast and airport transfers. It's worth paying a little extra for a Regency Club room, which comes with use of a private lounge, a special concierge, all-day tea and coffee service, and cocktails and canapés. The hotel's Club Prana spa is the perfect place to recover from jet lag or decompress after a day of sightseeing in frenetic Mumbai.

$400 or more
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The Oberoi, Mumbai
Nariman Point
Mumbai
India 400 021
Tel: 800 562 3764 (toll-free)
Tel: 91 22 6632 4343
reservations@oberoigroup.com
www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_mumbai

Reopened in spring 2010 after a multimillion-dollar makeover helped erase the damage caused by the 2008 terrorist attack, the Oberoi, a Mumbai landmark, has been reinvented as the city's most tranquil hotel. The reception area—a light-filled atrium of white Thassos marble punctuated only by a red lacquer grand piano, sets a serene tone that's continued in the well-appointed spa, 24-hour fitness center, and three restaurants. (At Ziya, Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia blends northern and southern flavors into a contemporary take on Indian cuisine.) All 287 of the renovated guest rooms seamlessly pair soothing, contemporary decor (teak floors, an ivory and moss palette, white leather headboards) with elegant Indian accents (cabinets and mirrors inlaid with mother of pearl, Agra marble tables, lithographs of local landscapes). The glass-enclosed marble bathrooms star freestanding ceramic tubs, and in the rooms, tech updates pop up everywhere, from Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations to flat-screen TVs. There's butler service, too, but the best accessories, if you book one of the front rooms, are the expansive picture windows, which make you feel like you're in a ship floating on the Arabian Sea.—Raphael Kadushin

$400 or more
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The Taj Mahal Palace
Apollo Bunder
Mumbai
India
Tel: 91 22 6665 3366
tmhresv.bom@tajhotels.com
www.tajhotels.com/Palace/The%20Taj%20Mahal%20Palace%20%26%20Tower%2CMUMBAI/default.htm

The 107-year-old Florentine-influenced palace fronted by the Gateway of India—"the best location in Mumbai"— fully reopened in August 2010 after suffering damage in the November 2008 terrorist attack. Interiors still display alabaster ceilings, silk carpets, and onyx columns. Rooms offer either colonial or contemporary decor and, in some, "amazing views over the water." Wasabi by Morimoto serves Japanese. "Staff are so good, you can't imagine staying anywhere else."

(560 rooms)

$199 or less
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Taj President Hotel
90 Cuffe Parade
Mumbai
India
Tel: 91 22 5665 0808
president.mumbai@tajhotels.com
www.tajhotels.com

This five-star hotel has 292 rooms, including 20 executive suites. The standard rooms are decent, but it's worth springing for one of the executive rooms or suites, all on the higher floors. These come with breakfast and offer a breathtaking view of the harbor or city. The hotel service is excellent, as is the buffet breakfast. There is an Italian restaurant, the Trattoria, as well as a coffee shop. The pretty pool is a great place to relax after a tiring day bargaining for souvenirs. The hotel has an excellent location, conveniently close to the city's main business district and a short taxi ride from the Gateway of India.

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