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.
An exceptional Hotel. Pure luxury throughout and a fantastic service from the moment you arrive. Well worth the high price for maybe a 2/3 day stay
Possibly my favourite hotel in the world
Unique Quality: Worth paying that little extra to have a view of the Gateway of India and the sea. The rooms are quite sizable, very well furnished incuding a sound system for CD, a DVD and computer all connected through a 40" flat screen to four speakers around the rooom. The food naturally is excellent, and the breakfast, I would say, has the largest choice of dishes anyone could ever wish for, complete with an incredibly attentive staff (see my intro of Mumbai for more on this fabulous hotel)
Directions: Virtually oposite the Gateway to India monument
Opened in 1904, the Taj Mahal Hotel consists of two wings: the original, much renovated, and the tower.
I know nothing about the tower. The original ranks among the finest hotels I've ever stayed in.
Like the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, this is the place to stay if you have money to burn ... or just want to splurge.
In November 2008 Muslim terrorists attacked Mumbai. One of their targets was this magnificent hotel. They killed guests and set the hotel on fire, partly by throwing grenades.
The hotel was quickly repaired. In November 2010 its guests included the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Unique Quality: 1. Great views of the Gateway of India.
2. Gourmet restaurants: continental, Chinese, Mughal. Also a fine coffee shop (with a complimentary breakfast).
3. World-class service. (The duty manager personally escorted me to my room.)
4. High-speed internet access in the business centre.
5. Good shops, with reliably high quality merchandise.
6. Excellent location near the heart of the historic, cultural, shopping, and business sectors.
I felt personally attacked when Muslim/Pakistani terrorists invaded this magnificent hotel, killed some guests, and set fire to the building. In over half-a-century of travel, I'd enjoyed few hotels as much as I did this one. (I'm very happy that it has been repaired and is once again one of the finest hotels in the world.)
My picture of the Gateway of India (second picture) was taken through the window of the alcove in my room.
As every guide and guidebook will tell you, the Gateway was intended to greet King George V and his consort, Queen Mary, on their visit to India in 1911. It wasn't ready when he arrived, so a hastily wood-and-paper arch was erected to greet and honor the royal pair. (George V was the only British 'emperor of India' to be crowned at his own durbar in the country.)
The trumphal arch as it stands today was not completed until 1924. A mere 23 years later the last British troops of the colonial Raj left India through the Gate of India.
The main building is where Pakistani/Muslim terrorists lodged, killing people and setting fires. The hotel has cleaned up the mess and is again fully open, with much enhanced security.
Unique Quality: Outstanding, complimentary breakfast. Excellent Chinese, Indian, and continental restaurants. Many fine shops selling everything from souvenirs to clothing to carpets.
Rooms in the original building have ceilings that I estimate at 15-16 feet (five meters). They are lavishly furnished -- with high definition TV sets, among other luxuries -- and have alcoves that overlook the Gateway of India and the bay. ('Bombay' from the Portuguese 'bom bahia,' good or fair bay.)
Hallways in the original building -- inaugurated on the 234th anniversary of Beethoven's birth -- are furnished with antiques and works of art.
Unique Quality: One of the three or four finest hotels I've stayed in anywhere.
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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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