Location: Located next to the Gate of India on the harbourside, this hotel provides guests with direct city access and water views.
History: This beautiful old building was completed at the turn of the 20th century and has housed dignitaries, royalty and VIPs for more than a hundred years.
Service: This iconic establishment has a long history of excellent service, with personal butlers assigned to guests for round-the-clock care.
For over a century, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower has been the haunt of India's elite, and has played host to princes, kings, maharajas, presidents, CEOs and countless celebrities. Built in 1903, it is an architectural marvel, bringing together Moorish, Oriental, and Florentine styles. Inside, the hotel showcases contemporary Indian art framed by vaulted alabaster ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, and an eclectic collection of furniture. There are 519 rooms and 46 opulent suites with panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the Gateway of India. The Taj's excellent dining options include Golden Dragon - voted the best Chinese restaurant in Mumbai; Masala Kraft - Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist; Souk, which has stunning views of Mumbai from its rooftop location and serves Middle Eastern cuisine; The Zodiac Grill, where a special menu is offered for each month's star sign, and the stellar Wasabi By Morimoto - Mumbai's first contemporary Japanese restaurant, helmed by the Iron Chef himself. There is also the Harbour Bar, Mumbai's first drinking establishment, and the Insomnia nightclub, filled with "Bombabes" and their millionaire boyfriends. Guests can unwind at the luxurious spa, the fitness center, equipped with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, steam shower and sauna and swimming pool, or with a game of badminton, squash, tennis or billiards. The hotel also has a private yacht available for day trips on the Arabian Sea or to nearby Elephanta Island. There is a business center with wired and wireless Internet access, secretarial services and cell phones and laptops for hire. Wi-fi available throughout the hotel. The Taj Mahal Palace is 45 minutes from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM).
Rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace are spread over two buildings - the 1903 palace itself and the Taj Mahal Tower, a newer wing. All rooms and suites are decorated in elegant period style, with Tower rooms offering views of the Gate of India and Mumbai city and Palace rooms incorporating grand original features into their design. All rooms are luxuriously appointed.
Featuring rosewood floors, arched ceilings and white lattice woodwork, these elegant colonial-style rooms are located on the top floors of the Palace. Club rooms include phone, WiFi, mini bar, TV with cable channels, fax machine, safe, tea and coffee maker and hairdryer and a 24-hour butler. Club guests enjoy complimentary access to the club level, complimentary breakfast, complimentary cocktail hour, complimentary and afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge, access to the fitness center and early check-in and late check-out.
These wonderfully-restored rooms in the palace were refurbished by four of the world's leading interior design companies. Their design preserves the original turn-of-the-century ambience, while offering guests unsurpassed luxury and all modern conveniences. Views are of the Gate of India and the harbor, or of the Taj Mahal Palace's pool. Sized at approximately 37 square meters, these rooms feature a light-filled bay window with seating, phone, WiFi, minibar, TV with cable channels, Sony Bravia surround sound, safe, tea and coffee maker and hairdryer. A 24-hour Taj butler is on-hand for all requests.
Located in the Tower wing, these rooms sport a modern uniform layout, with a mix of European and Indian design. Showcasing the Gate of India and the Arabian Sea or looking out over the lights of Mumbai, rooms are sized from 26-28 square meters, and equipped with phone, WiFi, minibar, TV with cable channels, safe, tea and coffee maker and hairdryer.
The 24-hour business center offers meeting and function rooms, the full spectrum of business services, a lounge, WiFi, a library and private rooms and work stations.
One of the Taj Group's most luxurious features is the Jiva Spa, which can be found on every property. Offering truly indulgent packages, wellness treatments and traditional therapies, the Jiva Spa draws upon age-old Indian rituals to revive and rejuvenate travelers. Yoga classes are also offered.
A spacious outdoor swimming pool is open from 6am to 10pm, with towels provided and sun loungers available. Open 24-hours a day, the fitness center features modern exercise equipment, locker facilities and a steam room. Personal trainers are on hand to provide assistance when needed.
For hair, nails and beauty the salon is open all day. Trained beauticians and hair stylists can address all grooming needs in an opulent and tranquil setting. Bookings are recommended.
The picturesque gardens surrounding the pool provide an elegant setting for drink and snacks. Smoking cabanas are provided for guests and diners can enjoy a selection of wines, cocktails, juices and desserts.
Opened in 1933, the Harbor Bar was the first licensed venue in Mumbai. This stylish art deco bar serves malts, wines and Asian Herb cocktails, plus a menu of international tapas.
Located amid the shops of the Palace wing, tis cake shop offers delicious deli snacks and bakery items from Chef Rohit Sangwan. Beer and wine is available here, as are take-away treats and gift hampers.
Open for lunch and dinner on the lobby level, this restaurant offers traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Live cooking stations prepare dishes to order, utilizing the best Indian spices with cooking techniques that require less oil. Specialty cocktails are also served here.
This beautiful art deco space is open all day for light Indian and Western meals, including Indian street food and traditional afternoon tea. In the evenings, it's an ambient location for Champagne or sunset cocktails.
Offering all-day dining, this ambient coffee shop provides an international breakfast buffet, salads, pizza and pasta for lunch and a la carte Indian, Western and Asian cuisine in the evenings. A live band plays daily and dinner guests can enjoy the wine buffet with local and international wines.
This stylish modern restaurant is located on the top floor of the Taj Tower wing, offering Mediterranean fare with panoramic city and harbor views. Open for lunch and dinner, Souk offers a daily brunch buffet, with an extravagant buffet spread every Sunday. A menu that encompasses cuisines from Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Turkey and Egypt is created by Syrian Chef Simoun Chakour.
Open in the evenings from 5.30pm, Starboard offers Mexican cuisine, plus a comprehensive range of margaritas. There's an outdoor terrace and DJ to supply music until early morning. Happy Hour is offered daily.
This Chinese restaurant has been providing Mumbai diners with fine Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine for the past 40 years. Open for lunch and dinner, there's a Sunday dim sum brunch and a long list of a la carte options. Steamed seafood and Peking Duck are not to be missed.
This formal European restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, offering the finest in European cuisine. A favorite haunt of the social elite, diners can enjoy a decadent lunch buffet or degustation menu for dinner, accompanied by world-class wines. Children under 12 are not permitted.
This Japanese restaurant continues to garner international awards each year with its fresh take on Japanese cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, Iron Chef Morimoto uses imported seafood from Japan alongside a vegetarian menu co-designed by Chef Oberoi.