The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower was built in 1903, and was a majestic landmark before the Gate of India was built. The hotel has 565 rooms, 46 suites and offer a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India.
Fax No : +91 22 66650323 /24
Unique Quality: I didn't see any scars on the building after the terror attack in November 2008 when I was standing outside in April 2010.
Directions: GPS coordinates:
18° 55' 19.1900" N 72° 50' 1.8500" E
The legendary Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is Bombay's most famous hotel and arguably its best. It is made up of the historic palace building and a modern tower annex, both of which have all the amenities that come with a five star hotel. When I stayed here in February 2009, only the rooms in the tower were available, while the old palace building was still undergoing renovations following the terrible attacks of November 2008. Ground floor shops, restaurants and the swimming pool in the Palace, though, were open for operation. A stay here is unforgettable, for the service is impeccable and the ambiance is loyal to Bombay and its history. For more about the history of the hotel, read the "Things To Do" tips on this page.
Excellent attentive staff (we kept getting complimentary items with our dinner/breakfast, and were waited on by several waiters at a time)
Clean good finishing rooms
Great scenery (overlooking either the city or the Arabian Sea)
Unique Quality: This is probably THE best place to stay in Mumbai. Legend has it that the Indian founder was denied entry into the top hotel in Mumbai due to a policy of ''no dogs or indians allowed''. He swore he'd build a bigger and better hotel- and he did.
Famous leaders and celebrities stayed in the hotel, and we were lucky to stay there a month and a half after the Nov 2008 attacks on the hotel, as we got to see the amicable quality and energy in which the hotel is ran
We did not actually stay here but had a tour of the premises. My daughter stayed here a few years ago and was impressed by the facilities and service.
Unique Quality: The view was of the Gateway of India and the bay.
IThe hotel was built by Tata . He was once refused entry to a hotel and vowed then to build a hotel to equal or better than to that which had ejected him.He ended up founding a chain of hotels and became a captain of industry.
He got an Italian architect to design the hotel. When the hotel was finished the architect committed suicide on discovering that his main entrance , instead of facing the sea,actually faced a small back lane.
Directions: beside the Gateway of India
Unique Quality: Built in 1903 by the Parsi industrialist J. N. Tata following an episode similar to what happened to Gandhi in South Africa (where he was thrown off a train for trying to ride in the First Class section - European only). Tata was refused entry into a nearby European hotel for being a ‘native’. So he built a much bigger and better hotel which has become Mumbai’s social epicenter (the British hotel has disappeared). Tata would also lead India’s greatest industrial family.
The Taj Mahal Hotel is probably the most famous in Mumbai. It was built in 1903 and has hosted numerous dignitaries and famous people over the years such as Prince Charles, Jackie Onassis, Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton to name only a few. Right behind the Gateway of India it is also a stones throw from Colaba Causeway (Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg). During World War 1 it was used as a 600 bed hospital. The architecture is a mix of Oriental, Florentine and Moorish styles. In 1973 a more modern town wing was added but still blended in perfectly with the old charm of the original building.
Grand old building, much marble, many luxury shops, beautiful pool.
But poor service: got out of the cab, no one picked our luggage. We wheeled our suitcases all the way to the frontdesk. The front desk personel can hardly spare a smile, too costly I guess. Everyone seems too busy in their own little world.
The service at the Taj Mahal was very disappointing and I would suggest to the hotel manager to take a page from the Oberoi Agra, fantastic service.
Save your money and splurge at any Oberoi hotel, they are tops.
All the international airlines stay in this hotel, like Alitalia do ( I was guest of it).
the hotel and the service is perfect, there are suite room looking to the sea, and there is a new part looking to the swimingpool.
The hotel have many different restaurants, from traditional to international, trought one of the best Japanese in the world!
All the accomodation of a luxury hotel!
There is a disco very crowded on sunday where all the young hig class of Mumbay go to spend some hours dancing international and indian music.
But this is not my choice cause I prefer simply and clean hotel, I don't want to leave the total ammount of a annual indian family money for a bad and a shower!
Directions: In the Coloaba area in front of GAte of India
One of the Oldest and Grandest Hotel of Mumbai formerly known as " Bombay " , just adjacent to Gateway of India offerring the best view of the Harbour and the Historic Monument . an ideal place to stay and explore the city . Excellent service with all the modern facilties of 5 star Hotel .
Unique Quality: Great View of the Harbour , excellent location , explore the by lanes to shop local stuff ,
Directions: Colaba , just adjacent to Gateway of India
My first visit to Mumbai was when it was still known as Bombay. I remembered it fondly as my friends and I bumped into Goldie Hawn and Sally Field, and they stopped to say hi to us!
At that time, we had wandered around the Taj Mahal hotel to see what's so great about it and was very impressed. I told myself then that I will stay there on my next visit.
My wish came true! This hotel is so full of history and is extremely grand. I feel like a queen living during the colonial times and were waited on hand and foot.
My room was huge with a separate breakfast patio facing the sea, separate dressing room and a big bathroom. My bed was a four poster king size (but of course!) and the service is excellent.
Unique Quality: Old world charm to relive the romance of the British era
Prime location, near the sea, Gateway to India and shopping.
Fabulous pool and great rooms
Wonderful English breakfast
An in-house ghost (yup, I'm not kidding). My boss was haunted by it 2 nights in a row but he found it amusing.
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Is it feasible to visit Taj Mahal if I'm stationed in Mumbai?
If so, what is the travelling time and travelling cost?
Taj in Agra is quite far from Mumbai . First you have to come to Agra by Train ,or Flight ( Jaipur or Delhi ) then yopu can visit taj.
Mumbai is connected to Jaipur by Flight / Train
Jaipur - AGra ( 240 kms , 5 hrs 0
Delhi- Agra , 200 Kms , 4 hrs by bus / Train
Taj Mahal is in Agra which is near Delhi. If you are stationed in Bombay, its very far. There are trains and planes that ply between the two cities very frequently but its a lonnnnnng way from Mumbai to Agra to consider driving. The best option would be by plane to Delhi and then train/bus to Agra from there. Unless you have a lot of time to spare, even trains are not an option as it takes about a day. You can try checking the following links for pricing...
What if I'm stationed in Dehli? How do I get to Agra and the estimated time required?
From Delhi you can make it as oneday trip,by car/train.Its 4 hrs by car.
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Address: Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, 400 001, India