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Gordon House Hotel, Mumbai

Editor's Pick
5 Battery Street
Apollo Bunder
Tel: 91 22 2287 1122's insider take:

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.

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